BCM screen Layout

Siggi

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Hi,
I'm trying to create screen layouts that can contain more than two columns side by side (which seems to be the default for BCM). but when you select the Developer tab and then the design this form you get a totally different layout which gives you the option to display multiple fields any size you like. This is the form layout that I want to use in BCM.

This is the standard layout

bcm1.JPG


This is what I want to use

bcm2.JPG


I can't see any way of displaying these forms / screen layouts rather than the standard screen layout with all the input fields being the same size.

How do you use / display these screen layouts?

Siggi
 

Siggi

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Hi Diane and thanks for the feedback.
I though the same in that you can only use the half width or full width screen layout, but it's strange that you can see the other layout which contains the same information / fields when you go to the edit form option. Hence the question.
I don't know why they would show that other layout if you cant use it! but I agree it's beginning to look like I can't format it in the way I want to. I guess I'll need to start from scratch using MS Access.
 

Diane Poremsky

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I don't know why they would show that other layout if you cant use it!
It's the weird Outlook forums designer :) It drops to the old Office 2002 gray form in the design and if you edit the first page of contacts, lose the pretty eye candy.
 

Siggi

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Thanks Diane, I looks like if I'm going to use BCM I'm stuck with the 2 column layout. I have to say, I'm impressed with what I have seen so far. It's a bit of a learning curve, but I'm getting there. I'm just trying to work out how to display hidden forms - but I'm sure I will eventually find out how to do this. Up to now I have used a CRM program called ACT! (V16) which gave me everything I needed, but my version wont work in Windows 10! That's why I have been looking for a replacement and as I say - I think BCM will do the trick.

Just for info, This is the layout I had created and used in ACT!

ACT! webhosting info.JPG

Siggi
 

Diane Poremsky

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Looking at that form, you might actually be better off using Access on the front end, with either an access or sql db (using the sql BCM installed). It's just more work creating the tables and the queries.
 

Siggi

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Hi Diane,
I agree, in many cases it would be a better finished product using Access, as it would look exactly as I want it, as You know, there is quite a lot of work to develop the correct structure and then create all the reports , mail merge, and the rest, so at the moment I'm persevering with BCM using their layout. I'll see how I get on and then decide which way to go.

Regards
Siggi
 

Diane Poremsky

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Yeah, it's harder to do Access from scratch. I use Access as a front end for a simple 3 or 4 table SQL db and it's nice. There is a web interface but it doesn't give me all of the views i need. When Microsoft first released InfoPath, i used it to create a better interface but it was a pita - Access was easier/better.
 
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