Add-In Express - amazing!

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Tim Sullivan

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Mar 31, 2005, 7:09:23 PM3/31/05
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This morning, while talking with a prospect, they told me that a competing
vendor told them they would add a feature that would let them import emails
into their software in a fairly unique way. My response? Of COURSE we can do
that too!

What I didn't tell them was that I didn't know jack or squat about Outlook
add-ins.

Enter Add-Iin Express (http://www.add-in-express.com/). Less than four hours
later, I had a fully integrated add-in which did exactly what the client
wanted. Sure, it could use some spit shine, but man were they impressed when
I showed it to them this afternoon. It may even get us the contract.

Did I mention that I didn't require any support or assistance, and did
everything based on the manual and demos from the website? No? Well, that's
a pretty big deal for me. :-)

So, if you need to integrate with Outlook, or with MS Office in general,
check out this product. It's amazing. Kudos to Eugene and the crew at
Afalina. They've done a great job.

--
Tim Sullivan
Unlimited Intelligence Limited
http://www.uil.net


Robert

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Mar 31, 2005, 10:19:56 PM3/31/05
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"Tim Sullivan" <t...@NO.SPAM.uil.FOR.ME.net> wrote in message
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> This morning, while talking with a prospect, they told me that a competing

Looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Robert


Mike Noordermeer

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Apr 1, 2005, 1:37:19 AM4/1/05
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Hi Tim

We've used it for some time now ... great product, fantastic support!

Regards

Mike


Mike Leftwich

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Apr 1, 2005, 10:40:10 AM4/1/05
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We've been using it for almost a year. Incredible product and top-notch
support. Highly recommended.

Mike

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Romano

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Apr 1, 2005, 12:22:56 PM4/1/05
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"Tim Sullivan" <t...@NO.SPAM.uil.FOR.ME.net> wrote in
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> So, if you need to integrate with Outlook, or with MS Office in
> general, check out this product. It's amazing. Kudos to Eugene and the
> crew at Afalina. They've done a great job.

I Agree.

I have been using Add-In Express for one year and it is fantastic.

Romano Pittas.

Ed Dressel

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Apr 1, 2005, 5:43:13 PM4/1/05
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so are you able to import Outlook emails into your application? and if so,
next time you do an import, are you able to check against duplicates?

thanks
Ed Dressel


Ed Dressel

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Apr 2, 2005, 12:43:45 PM4/2/05
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I spent some time loking at their videos of online demos and still don't
understand what practical applications could be built with them. Anyone care
to comment?

Ed Dressel


Andrea Raimondi

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Apr 3, 2005, 5:49:29 PM4/3/05
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I did a couple of Office Add-ins using VB - which eases things
quite a bit - but still they were DARN complicated to do.

AddInExpress, instead, claims(didn't try it for myself) such process to
become much easier. I haven't tried them, but if they only ease the
process by - say - 30% that's surely worth the value.

The most complex part of creating such add-ins for Office is the fact
that there're *awful* COM complexities to deal with. Just adding a
toolbar can be a real PITA, because you have to take care of so many
things, avoiding to mess with the "Normal.dot" template and such beasts.
Plus, while the previous run it seemed to work, the next for some reason
might not work the same way :-( .
It's one of the worst programming tasks possible.

> Ed Dressel

Andrew

Lars Black

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Apr 4, 2005, 9:45:21 AM4/4/05
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>I spent some time loking at their videos of online demos and still don't
>understand what practical applications could be built with them. Anyone
>care to comment?

I just bought them this weekend and they are REALLY cool! We're working on a
solutions that would allow the user to push things like emails and contacts
from their Outlook into their MBS Navision ERP system.
While ADX is only a small part of the project, it will definitly save us a
lot of time using them..

Cheers,
Lars


Robert Parrish

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Apr 4, 2005, 10:18:44 AM4/4/05
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Well Ed I looked at all the videos and came to the same conclusion you did.
Is there a demo app built with Add-In_Express we could look at?

Bob Parrish

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Mike Leftwich

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Apr 4, 2005, 3:39:49 PM4/4/05
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Here's what we did with it:

http://www.timetag.com/billthis.htm

We could have created the add-in without using Add-In Express, but it would
have taken *much* longer to do.

Mike

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Eugene Mayevski

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Apr 4, 2005, 4:12:47 PM4/4/05
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Hello!
You wrote on Sat, 2 Apr 2005 09:43:45 -0800:

ED> I spent some time loking at their videos of online demos and still
ED> don't understand what practical applications could be built with them.
ED> Anyone care to comment?

With most things, unless you have a problem to solve, you don't understand
what the solution is applied to. I.e. unless you have to make an Outlook
add-in, you will unlikely find Add-In Express useful.

With best regards,
Eugene Mayevski

Ed Dressel

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Apr 4, 2005, 7:15:22 PM4/4/05
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> With most things, unless you have a problem to solve, you don't understand
> what the solution is applied to. I.e. unless you have to make an Outlook
> add-in, you will unlikely find Add-In Express useful.

I seriously may have uses for it but everything is abstract (the demos they
have are as useful as a Hello World app) and no where can I find a list of
what people are doing with it.


Matthew Jones

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Apr 5, 2005, 5:23:00 AM4/5/05
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You need to set the background of your pages to white BTW. If people don't
have default white in their browser, then it looks funny. Nice feature
though.

/Matthew Jones/

Eugene Mayevski

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Apr 5, 2005, 8:10:09 AM4/5/05
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Hello!
You wrote on Mon, 4 Apr 2005 16:15:22 -0700:

ED> I seriously may have uses for it but everything is abstract (the demos
ED> they have are as useful as a Hello World app) and no where can I find a
ED> list of what people are doing with it.

We have an add-in for Excel and we had serious troubles dealing with various
versions of Excel. There was no Add-In Express when we made our module. And
what Add-In Express offers is first of all a way to reduce the number of
problems. I.e. even if it doesn't make coding easier, it definitely makes
debugging less painful.

Tim Sullivan

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Apr 5, 2005, 5:55:38 PM4/5/05
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> I seriously may have uses for it but everything is abstract (the demos
> they have are as useful as a Hello World app) and no where can I find a
> list of what people are doing with it.

Here is a page that lists some sample applications that are using aie:

http://www.add-in-express.com/in-action.php

Hope this helps!

Tim Sullivan

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Apr 5, 2005, 5:53:17 PM4/5/05
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> so are you able to import Outlook emails into your application? and if so,
> next time you do an import, are you able to check against duplicates?

In my application, all I want to do is be able to import an email as a
"task" and hook it to a particular client. I'm merely creating a task with
the type of "Outlook Email", with the subject and text of the email placed
into it.

In the case of duplicates (which is really the responsibility of the Add In
or the database engine), I don't care - worst case is that someone merely
deletes the task from my software. If this were not the case, I could put
dupe checking in fairly easily.

Tim Sullivan

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Apr 5, 2005, 5:59:16 PM4/5/05
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> so are you able to import Outlook emails into your application? and if so,
> next time you do an import, are you able to check against duplicates?

One other thing: it isn't the importing that I needed AIE for, it was
accessing the contents of emails and integrating my UI into Outlook. The
actual importing of the email was the code I needed to write myself:

dbTasks.Append;
dbTasks.FieldByName('Subject').AsString := ASubject;
dbTasks.FieldByName('Notes.).AsString := AMessageText;
dbTasks.Post;

Easy peasy. :-) It was getting at the message subject and text that was the
harder part, though the sample add in for outlook that they supply on their
site gave me most of the code required.

Ed Dressel

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Apr 5, 2005, 5:56:18 PM4/5/05
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> In my application, all I want to do is be able to import an email as a
> "task" and hook it to a particular client. I'm merely creating a task with
> the type of "Outlook Email", with the subject and text of the email placed
> into it.

I've been working on my own email client to plug into my application--what
you describe seems much easier. 4 hours---I got more then then in just class
structure and no UI.

Ed Dressel


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