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Control Panel, to show or not to show

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  • Control Panel, to show or not to show

    I realize I have a very different situation with my program. I do not use the program to develop and sell applications. We use one program for one business and have always used the full version when we had 1 user to now when we have had a 5 user license. The business is changing in that we require more stations to access and enter data although we have no more employees so we are changing to a 10 user runtime. All users will need to get used to the runtime which is not that much different from the shadow database they have been using. My question is (if any of you have had this experience), when I install the runtime with some pretty major changes I am making in the design, should I show or hide the control panel? I like the safety of the runtime but the users have been used to being able to open a raw table and view/sort the contents and I'm sure I'll hear complaining if they can't do that with a hidden control panel. So, you experts out there, give me your advice.
    Jim Belanger

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    Re: Control Panel, to show or not to show

    I'd definitely hide the control panel. There is nothing they can do with the control panel that you can't provide for them via a form without accessing the control panel.

    If they like opening the raw data and sorting it, how about creating a form with an embedded browse on it - they can click on the column title of any field to sort it to their liking.


    • #3
      Re: Control Panel, to show or not to show

      I think you're right and I'll set it up that way but I know I'll hear groaning. The nice groaning will be when they find out they can't make changes that surprise me. They have kept that to a minimum because they haven't figured out how come their changes all go away when they refresh the shadow <grin>.
      Jim Belanger


      • #4
        Re: Control Panel, to show or not to show

        Originally posted by Beltronics View Post
        I like the safety of the runtime but the users have been used to being able to open a raw table and view/sort the contents
        Jim, even with the control panel hidden your users can still view the tables and have a lot of the power that they are used to if you create them browses. It look and feels the same.



        • #5
          Re: Control Panel, to show or not to show

          Yup, I guess I'm coming to the same conclusion.
          Jim Belanger