Of course its not easy!!! I did this on purpose to prevent the users from installing. This product, for the time being , is for developers eyes only. I really don't want to answer queries as to why the documents button works on the prospects screen but not on the clients screen. That is all going to disappear!!
Extract the contents of the zip to C:\CFLOW maintaining the directory structure. Only here for the time being. You will see why if you look at the parameter setup.
Extract only to this location as the application has been sliced and
diced to make it work there only. The proper install would be
different, but I have hacked out the security processes for testing.
You will have to create a BDE Alias called C_FLOW and pointing to the C:\CFLOW\DATA directory
Double-click the .reg file to merge it into your registry or make these
entries manually if you wish. This just names the database for the
I am not sure if this will work but it should do.
Issues and Problems with the product (The CRM app)
Actually, too numerous to mention, but a few pointers are worthwhile:
You may see some numbers that look like this "#2001269" on the
screens, this is because the text has not yet been added to the
language file and in fact some texts are mixed up which leads me to
believe that I may have the wrong version of the language file. An
example is on the stock menu - the item labelled Delivery note is in
fact purchase orders, invoices = quotes etc.
It is still very buggy, I should say very buggy! Actually, you will be some kinda techie if you get it running.
C-Flow was developed with client server in mind but is still on
the the BDE at this stage as debugging is much easier. This means that
some parts are c/s and others not. You do not need the server application to run the client application, but the server will know when the client is running.
It is quite a bigapplication and much of the power of the
application is in the design and the "not-so-easy" setup. A cursory glance will not do it justice. For example,
you can monitor a mail box.
If a mail comes in from your web site, from
a specific enquiry type or campaign etc, then the mail can be routed to
a specific person, group etc.
The details from the mail can be
extracted and your prospects populated.
Once the prospect is added, a return mail can be generated and a user notified.
A followup email can
be scheduled to be sent out if no further correspondence is received
from the prospect after a fixed period or the status can be changed and
the second e-mail cancelled if a return is received - You get the
picture! This kind of functionality is up to the imagination and can
not easily be typed into this file.
The accounting aspects of this application are very sad.