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When I went to download the Contacts & Customer Manager Template, I saw this at the bottom:
If you want to integrate your Address Book records, use the Integrated Contact & Customer Manager Template at: http://solutions.filemaker.com/database-templates/detail.jsp?serial=2551721741
Because I did want the database I created in Bento to integrate with my Address Book, I downloaded that template instead of the one linked in the sidebar of the Template Exchange. This other template says:
The original Bento Contact & Customer Manager (http://solutions.filemaker.com/database-templates/detail.jsp?serial=2551052) keeps your
Contacts and Customers in a Library separate from your Address Book. This revised version integrates directly with your Address Book records.
In essence, this revised Template takes all the Forms from the Contact and Customer Library and adds them to your Address Book Library.
I took this to mean that if I created a contact list in the revised integrated version — where I have additional forms in addition to the contacts in the
Overview form — it would add them to my Address Book, but it does not. Do I need to change settings or something for these to be added to my Address Book?
In addition to that, the table view does not coincide with the same information in the form view. Instead, for example, data in the email address list field (because
some contacts will have both a work and home email address) on the form view results in an empty email column in the table view, the zip codes are in the
states column, etc. (I checked to be sure that the data was entered in the correct field and it was.)
I deleted the template and redownloaded the "integrated" template again just in case I had accidently downloaded the original (non-integrated) template and had
the same problems. This has been very frustrating because the information on the template download page gives the impression that the form information will be
added automatically to my Address Book and not that I will have to take the additional step of exporting/importing it. (So how, exactly, does this version differ
from the original version if this is the case?) As the contact list in this particular project expands it will become a big nusance to keep track of which contacts have
already been exported/imported and which ones have not.
If the "integrated" template does not actually integrate automatically with Address Book, perhaps the description of the template might be rewritten to make this
a bit clearer? I see no point in downloading a template when it would have been easier to just enter the data in the Address Book and then create additional forms
to that Group within Bento.