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Open Contacts

 

Locate Working Directory

Open Contacts is generally launched through a program shortcut pointing to a working directory.

After the installation program have installed Open Contacts, a shortcut "Create New Address Book" is created on Windows desktop. As Open Contacts supports multiple address books for one or many users, you need to locate a working directory and create program shortcuts pointing to the directory.

The shortcuts can be created as described below.

Create new address book

  1. Double click on the "New Open Contacts Book" shortcut, and a "Locate Working Directory" dialog is displayed.
  2. Option "Create in default directory and create shortcuts" is selected by default. After you press "Proceed", a working directory will be created in "My Documents\Contacts" for current log-on user. Open Contacts will then fill in the working directory with a set of files including blank databases and templates, and create desired shortcuts which point to the working directory.
  3. Open Contacts will run with the working directory.

In the future, you may run any of the shortcuts to launch Open Contacts.

Options Explained

Option Scenario
Locate working directory You have a working directory already  containing data files. A dialog will appear asking the location of the directory. No shortcut will be created
Locate working directory and create shortcuts You have a working directory already  containing data files. A dialog will appear asking the location of the directory. Shortcuts will be created.
Create new working directory and create shortcuts You want to create a new working directory with blank data structures. A dialog will appear asking the location of the directory and you may create new directory. Shortcuts will be created.
Create in default directory and create shortcuts Directory "contacts" will be created under "My Documents", and blank data structures will be initialized in the directory. Shortcuts will be created

Create new address book shared by all users

  1. Log on as administrator or power user, then run the "New Open Contacts Book" shortcut, and a "Locate Working Directory" dialog is shown.
  2. Select option 2 or option 3.
  3. Check "Proceed for all users".
  4. After pressing "Proceed", the directory Browser Dialog appears with the Shared Documents directory selected. After defining the working directory, shortcuts will be created and these shortcuts will be accessible by all users.

Remarks:

Of course you need to make sure that all users have proper privilege to access the working directory.

For Windows 2000/XP, it is recommended that you log on as administrator to create working directories for all users. Though you may use "Run as" to gain administrator privilege  for program Open Contacts, you won't be able to effectively create a new directory and select it. This is because of a bug in MS Windows 2000 and XP. When you log on as normal user and run a program as administrator, in the directory Browser Dialog or the Save File Dialog, the "Make new directory" function does not work properly. Though the function actually create a new directory, however, this bug of Windows 2000/XP prevent the directory from appearing thus you can not select it.

For Windows Vista, you need to run Open Contacts as administrator in order to create shortcuts for all users. That is, right click on the shortcut of "New Open Contacts Book", and select "Run as Administrator" from the popup menu. Alternatively you may just manually create shortcuts with the start-in directory pointing to the working directory.

It is possible to have a working directory shared by some users only according to your local security policy.

Installation for Multiple Users in Local Area Network

There are a few ways to install Open Contacts for different use cases.

Please refer to the network data sharing guide.