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  • Standalone Toolbar

    My MainMenu form (which stays open) opens my Goto Toolbar in its OnInit event and it stays open throughout the session - so far so good. I have added a cancel() to this form's CanExit event so the user has to use my buttons to exit the program. I need to be able to switch between database files and am using the system Open Database/ Close Database. Which at the moment will not work because of the CanExit script. So I added a button to close the Main Menu form first so then the Open Database will work; however the standalone Toolbar will not close and when another database - using the same toolbar is opened, I get 2 copies of it. I set Tbar as a global variable (pointer) when opening the Goto Toolbar but Tbar.close() will not close it. I've tried testing if is_object("Goto Toolbar") but I get nothing in the interactive window when the toolbar is loaded. Toolbar launcher will close the toolbar but the 2nd instance of MainMenu OnInit will not reopen it. What am I doing wrong? I tried assigning the toolbar to the Main Menu properties but when the form is minimized the toolbar becomes hidden - therefore it needs to be a standalone. And please don't tell me that v5 will solve my problem - that is not the answer at this point in time! I've searched the board for a work around as to how I can bypass the system menu and CanExit was the only option I have found. I have Logon and Logoff scripts to run and need to be able to control the program or database file exits. Anybody - any ideas?

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    RE: Standalone Toolbar


    I'd probably require the user to close the current session, shutting Alpha Five down. Then use a second shortcut to begin a new session with the other database. -- tom


    • #3
      RE: Standalone Toolbar

      Hi Tom,
      Right now the 3 users have 3 database files they each use. I am not sure how that effects the multiuser license count when they open 2nd and 3rd instances of A5 - which is what they are doing now. Should I even worry about this? I thought that maybe if they could switch files then record locking problems could be avoided from leaving a set open.
      I'm discovering that training adults is more of a headache than I expected!
      Thanks, Robin


      • #4
        RE: Standalone Toolbar

        It's been a while since I checked this, but I believe each open instance of Alpha Five counts towards the license limit.

        In my earlier suggestion I was assuming you needed to switch databases, not tables. There's a world of difference between the two.

        -- tom


        • #5
          RE: Standalone Toolbar

          Hi Tom,
          Yes I did mean databases. Sometimes they need to quickly pop up a different database but then they do not close that copy of A5. They are using the desktop shortcuts now to do this. I thought if they would use their one open copy of A5 to switch databases that would resolve the problems, but I can't get it to work right with my standalone toolbar.


          • #6
            RE: Standalone Toolbar

            I added an if is_object("Goto Toolbar")... to the OnInit event of my Main Menu form which I am not entirely sure actually tests for a toolbar or not, but it seems to be keeping a 2nd instance of the toolbar from appearing when the databases are switched. I dumped the CanExit/ Cancel() from the MainMenu which caused optimization problems. I guess I will just have to train my users better.