Re: How to ACT!?

Max Wood (
Wed, 19 Mar 1997 08:20:50 -0600

Hi Frank,

I export from ACT using Intellilink, but I export in the ASCII mode not in
the ACT mode. This allows me to import the data into my database program
(Lotus Approach). Once in Approach I try to solve some of the problems.
With Todos, I add the telephone number and the action item I need to perform
(this is from the "re" in ACT) and change the priority numbers to coincide
with OGOs. When I export to OGO and display my todos each todo includes
contact name, contact telephone number and what I need to do (call, follow
up on lead, etc.) with each todo item (see example below). Same with
meetings, except with meetings I include the street address in the note
section of OGO. With phone records, I pare down my 1000 contacts in ACT to
about 80 I keep in OGO. Once these changes are made in the database, I
export from the database in the ASCII mode to OGO.

On the reverse trip (OGO to database to ACT) I make the necessary changes to
put all this information back into the ACT format. This way as I make
changes in OGO I can update ACT.

All of this may seem complex (it was to set up), but it takes less than five
minutes to go from ACT to database to OGO and vice versa.

Hope this helps.

Example todo: Lee Davis : 1-770-239-1254 : Attend next board meet

At 08:39 AM 03/18/97 -0500, you wrote:
>-- [ From: Frank Ruma * EMC.Ver #2.3 ] --
>I found that intellilink will work with ACT!. As you described you do not
>get all the features of ACT!.2.0 . Can you tell me more about how you
>transfer your scheduled (calls, Meetings & Todo's) with the connectivity
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>Date: Monday, 17-Mar-97 08:02 PM
>From: Max Wood \ Internet: (
>To: F.C. Leuver \ Internet: (
>To: \ Internet: (
>Subject: Re: How to ACT!?
>Hi Frank,
>What I am about to tell you will not make you a happy man :) .
>I don't know what version of ACT! you are using, but v2 is the only one
>that works at all with the OGO Connectivity Pack at the present. You can
>do all of your stuff in ACT and load it into OGO with the Connectivity Pack,
>, but you loose a lot of ACT features. Here are just a few:
> No true sync -- upload and download only
> Many fields in ACT will not transfer to OGO & vice versa
> When going from OGO to ACT, if you are not very careful, contacts get
>duplicated in ACT
>I won't go on with this. There is more, but I know by now you are a very
>unhappy person.
>If you have a friend who is technically inclined, or if you decide to
>become so inclined yourself, you can use the ASCII option in the
>Connectivity Pack to solve most (not all) of these problems and more. It
>is time consuming, but it can be done.
>I'll be happy to answer more of your questions.
>Good luck.
>At 12:23 AM 03/17/97 +0000, you wrote: >Hello everybody,
>>I was a happy man with my Omnigo, PC and Connectivity Pack. I would work
>>mainly on the PC and then synchronise with the Ogo.
>>Now I have recently started to explore the program ACT! and it looks as
>>if that could make me an even happier man. The only thing is that it
>>seems rather foolish to schedule my work in both ACT! and the
>>connectivity pack, just for the sake of synchronising with the Ogo.
>>By looking around in the archives, I have gathered some hope that there
>>is a solution to this problem. The information that I found so far comes
>>in bits and pieces and being completely a-technical I cannot get a full
>>picture out of it.
>>Therefore my question: I would like to be able to synchronise between
>>my PC, using ACT!, and my Omnigo.
>>Could anybody advise me how to ACT?!
>>Thank you in advance and kind regards,
>>Frank Leuver
>>The Netherlands
>- Max
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- Max