I set up Outlook to allow me access to the Contacts in Act, but each
contact is listed individually. There is no way I can set it up to import
them by group to make mailings easier. I find if I click the E-mail
button while I have a group selected, an empty e-mail opens with no
contacts, however; it contains contacts with the smallest subgroup. I simply
need to be able to open Outlook, Click To: and select a group for that
particular mailing subscription. Forwarding is a very simple concept and yet ACT! is not effectively compatible with Microsoft Outlook to this extent.
As it stands, I have to keep a constantly changing contact list in several different groups up to date. At the same time, I also have to keep every contact list group in Outlook up to date. This is time-consuming and incredibly inefficient. I find ACT! to be the best software choice available in every other aspect. Please make this possible to greatly increase the value of ACT! software.
P.S. It also might by worth including compatiblity with Thunderbird and Gmail since many companies are beginning to transfer to those e-mail clients for better compatibility and security.
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Have a button in Outlook so when somebody sends you an email you can go straight to their contact page in ACT! with one click. This would save having to manually look a contact up everytime someone sends you an email.
When a user is in Outlook and accepts an invitation, this meeting gets copies over to the ACT calendar. If the user accepts the invitation as "Tentative" though, it does not get copied over to ACT (and thus typically the user will never attend the meeting). It would seem reasonable that a tentatively accepted meeting should get copied to ACT (and in some fashion then marked as 'tentative'.
In the same way that the Outlook email client is seen as preferable to the ACT! email client by most ACT! users, so the Outlook Calendar is far more flexible, faster and elegant than the ACT calendar.
We now have the option to not use the ACT email client so could we not also have the option Not to use the ACT! calendar at all but just to use the Outlook one?