Running Reporting4Act! is easy: just double-click the Reporting4Act! icon on your Windows desktop. Alternatively, click the Start button in your Windows Taskbar, choose Programs, select the program group you told the installation process to put Reporting4Act! in, and choose Reporting4Act!.

If this is the first time you've run Reporting4Act!, you're asked for some setup information (including where you want Reporting4Act! to store its data files).

If the Automatically check for updates option in the Options dialog is turned on, Reporting4Act! checks our server to see if a newer version is available, and if so, displays a dialog with information about the new version. See the Updating Reporting4Act! to the Latest Version topic for more information.

What happens next depends on whether you have activated Reporting4Act! or not. If not, a Welcome dialog appears informing you how many days you have left to use the program without activating it.

You're then asked to log in. Enter the user name and password you were assigned (initially, these are both "ADMIN"). You can also choose the database you wish to run reports for. You can change to a different database any time by choosing the Open Database function from the File menu. The login dialog has a link to the Setup dialog. This is useful if you need to change something about the Reporting4Act! setup before logging in. This link is only available if you log in as an administrator.

If the Act! database you select requires a username and password, you will be presented with a second login form to enter this information. You can optionally have Reporting4Act! remember your Act! password, so you will not need to re-enter it the next time Reporting4Act! opens this database. Reporting4Act! encrypts your Act! password before it is stored; the plaintext of your password is never written to disk.

The Act! login screen will be slightly different in appearance for Act! 6.0 and earlier databases compared to Act! 2005 and later databases. In each case, the login information required is a valid Act! user name and password for the selected Act! database.

Act! 2005+:

Act! 3.0 - 6.0:

The Reports Explorer appears next. You can select an existing report and print or preview it, or create a new report if you are using a license other than Basic; see the tutorials for examples of how to do both.

If there are any news announcements about Reporting4Act!, the News dialog appears showing you the latest announcement. You can also check for news at any time using the News function in the Help menu. If you don't want Reporting4Act! to check for news when it starts up, turn off the Check for news items at startup setting in the Options dialog or check the Don't show this dialog again setting at the bottom of the news dialog.

If Reporting4Act! closed due to a problem and you were in the middle of editing a report in a report wizard, the next time you start the program, it prompts if you want to recover and continue editing that report. Choosing No abandons the recovered report so the changes are lost.

To display help information, click the Help button or press F1.


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