AIM consists of three files
1.AIM.accde : Graphical User Interface (GUI)
2.AIM_be.accdb : Data Container
3.Dictionary.accdb : User dictionary
(# = may vary depending on programme version)
It is not unreasonable for users to wish to network AIM so the multiple users can access the data contained within the back-end file. Other uses may wish to move or install AIM to a different location other than the default directory. (for example, if their PC has no C:\ drive)
AIM has a built in routine which will automatically detect if the data files have been moved from where they are expected to be found.
IMPORTANT: The re-linking routine is designed to manage the moving of AIM's data files. Users should not move the GUI file manually as this will cause window registry entry errors. Users wishing to move the GUI file should make a backup of files 2 & 3 and then un-install AIM and re-install to their desired location, using the customer set-up routine. Thereafter files 2 & 3 can be copied back.
When the programme detects the data files have moved or are not where they were expected to be found its loads the re-linking routine form. The form shows the location where files 2 and 3 were last located and indicates YES or NO as to whether-or-not they have been found.
Where the form indicates that the file or files have not been located, users can highlight one and one only file from the two offered. Once an entry is highlighted, users can select the locate button, this then opens a standard windows file locating form for users to navigate to the new file location. Once the new file is found, clicking on the file will cause the programme to attempt to re-link to the data file. If the re-linking is successful the form will indicate that the file was found. Users can then re-link the second file if necessary.
Network Usage: AIM has been designed and developed to be multi-user and network efficient. A typical example would be when AIM's data file AIM_be is moved onto a network drive to allow the front end to be placed on numerous user's terminals. AIM always performs best when working on your local computer. However, it is recognised that many users will wish to network AIM. Users may notice a slower than expected performance when connected over a network depending upon various factors such as the design, configuration, speed, traffic, etc. of your company network. (also see Sample Network Set-up)
Caution: If you are in a corporate network environment, you should check with your information technology department to determine whether your company has established guidelines concerning enabling content on Access databases.
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