Improvements to ACT!

The latest release, ACT! (21), began shipping in August.  It offers tighter Microsoft Outlook integration, enhanced calendar functionality, powerful Lookup and search capabilities, and new tools to help you better administer the database. Letís take a closer look at what ACT! 2019 has to offer.

Tighter Outlook Integration

ACT! 2019 includes a number of new features that Outlook users will appreciate.

Calendar Enhancements

Most of us live by our calendars, and so features that help us get more out of our calendar data are most welcome. With a new Calendar Copy feature, you can copy an ACT! calendar to an Outlook calendar or your Outlook calendar to ACT! with one click on the main ACT! Toolbar.

The calendar print function now respects the filters you have applied to your calendar, including type, priority, date range, and user. This eliminates the need to re-set the print filters to match your ACT! calendar filters. When you print a monthly calendar, ACT! 2016 will print the contact names associated with any activity you have scheduled making it easy to see who is attending a meeting, for example. For meetings with multiple contacts, you quickly can determine who is included in the activities schedule on your calendar by mousing over a scheduled activity. ACT! 2016 will show you the name of the first contact listed for the activity, not just multiple contacts.

Do you work within a large team? Now you can view the activities of all your team members, even if the team is larger than 10.

Improved Lookups

ACT! Lookups have been streamlined and improved as part of ACT! 2016, making it easier to find the data you need. The Lookup dialog has been simplified and enhanced with powerful search capability.

Lookups now are based on additional search operators enabling you to find what you are searching for based on only part of the
name or title. For example, when searching for contacts with manager in the title, simply enter the word manager and ACT! will return all contacts with manager in the title, including sales manager, office manager, or manager of special services.

In ACT! 2016, you have the ability to switch your search easily between Contact, Group, or Company entities without having to start over entering your search parameters.

You now can access the Advanced Query option from the main Lookup screen and the last lookup you performed will carry over so you can refine your search further without starting over from scratch. Likely you find yourself using the same lookups frequently. In ACT! 2016 there is a new Lookup Previous function that provides fast access to previous contact lookups. You can view the last several contact lookups, categorized by type, date, timestamp, and number of contacts in a query.

Database Maintenance Options

In this release, ACT! now automatically handles periodic database maintenance tasks and provides you with many options for tailoring
maintenance to fit your needs. The ACT! Scheduler is a powerful tool to help automate many routine tasks, and ACT! 2016 builds upon its power. ACT! users can automate tasks such as calendar copying, database backups, and maintenance from the ACT! Scheduler. These features were previously only available to ACT! Premium users.

In addition, new time options are available for each of these tasks, enabling you to automate these functions multiple times per day, at the
times you specify.  The process of installing a remote database is significantly easier in ACT! 2016. All you need to do is open or double-click the ACT! RDB (remote database) file, click OK, and ACT! does the rest.

To reduce the size of your backups, you now have the option to exclude attachments from your database backups. This will speed the backup process, especially if you have a large number of attachments. 

When configuring ACT! on userís computers, your ACT! Administrator will appreciate the ability to view the name of the logged-in user, the date and time of the last login, and the userís ACT! security role by mousing over the user name included in the lower right
corner of the screen.

Monitor the progress of your ACT! synchronization with the new streamlined Sync Progress Bar. It includes five steps with easyto-understand terminology. You can see the
length of time it will take for your sync to complete and determine which of the synchronization steps were successfully completed.

Edition Differences

The new functionality extends to the ACT! Pro, ACT! Premium, and ACT! Premium for Web editions. However, be aware that some of the features may not be available, or may operate slightly differently than described in the ACT! Premium for Web edition.

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