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Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by Donna A, Nov 1, 2005.

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  1. Donna A

    Donna A
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    My company is considering purchasing ACT for contact management but looks to
    me that Access will do the same thing, and we already have Access. One of
    the advantages of ACT is that it sends reminders/alarms similar to Outlook.
    Anyone have experience in both programs to offer a good comparison? Thank you.
     
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  3. Larry Linson

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    Access is not a Contact Manager, but it is software in which a Contact
    Management application database can be created. The Contact Management
    template is far, far less feature rich than commercial programs.

    If you already have Microsoft Office Pro, with Access, then you already have
    Outlook, which is a Contact Manager -- that would require less development
    work to adapt to your needs, I am sure, than implementing a Contact
    Management database application in Access.

    Yes, you can do a form of automatic notification with Access, but in its
    simplest form, it would only notify when you open the CM Database that you
    prepare in Access.

    Larry Linson
    Microsoft Access MVP



    "Donna A" <DonnaA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6064029B-AFC6-4C9C-8C00-C8B3606E9EA5@microsoft.com...
    > My company is considering purchasing ACT for contact management but looks
    > to
    > me that Access will do the same thing, and we already have Access. One of
    > the advantages of ACT is that it sends reminders/alarms similar to
    > Outlook.
    > Anyone have experience in both programs to offer a good comparison? Thank
    > you.
     
  4. Rick B

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    Act is a written contact management system. Access is a development tool
    that allows you to build databases. If you are up to the challenge of
    writing a contact management system using Access, and if you think you can
    incorporate all the features you will need, and if you need more flexibility
    than Act offers, it is probably a good choice to go with Access.

    If you want a predesigned solution that has had many years of development by
    professional software developers, then you will want to use Act.

    Price should also be a consideration in your decision, but buying Act will
    most likely be much cheaper than spending hundreds of man-hours writing a
    unique solution.

    --
    Rick B



    "Donna A" <DonnaA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6064029B-AFC6-4C9C-8C00-C8B3606E9EA5@microsoft.com...
    > My company is considering purchasing ACT for contact management but looks
    > to
    > me that Access will do the same thing, and we already have Access. One of
    > the advantages of ACT is that it sends reminders/alarms similar to
    > Outlook.
    > Anyone have experience in both programs to offer a good comparison? Thank
    > you.
     
  5. Arvin Meyer [MVP]

    Arvin Meyer [MVP]
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    If you decide to write your own Contact Manager, I have a sample of a
    Tickler (Reminder) application on my website:

    http://www.datastrat.com/Download/Birthday2K.zip
    --
    Arvin Meyer, MCP, MVP
    Microsoft Access
    Free Access downloads
    http://www.datastrat.com
    http://www.mvps.org/access

    "Donna A" <DonnaA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6064029B-AFC6-4C9C-8C00-C8B3606E9EA5@microsoft.com...
    > My company is considering purchasing ACT for contact management but looks

    to
    > me that Access will do the same thing, and we already have Access. One of
    > the advantages of ACT is that it sends reminders/alarms similar to

    Outlook.
    > Anyone have experience in both programs to offer a good comparison? Thank

    you.
     

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