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How does actionBarEZ work?

actionBarEZ is a powerful cross-design action bar & action button management solution—here are some answers to your questions regarding its operation.

actionBarEZ is a tool that offers you robust features that range from parsing every action button and property across all designs in a database, to letting you mass-edit action bar settings across any number of designs, all without opening them in your Designer client. In this section, we’d like to answer some questions that you could be wondering about: How does it “work”? How (and where) is it installed? Are there any risks? Is there an "undo" button? Here you go!

What type of installation does actionBarEZ require?

As the rest of the Ytria tools, actionBarEZ is installed on the client side ONLY, there is no need to install anything on the server, and being a local install means no system downtime.

How does actionBarEZ "work"?

actionBarEZ is a standalone compiled application coded in an efficient, low-level language. When installed, it's executable file (actionBarEZ.exe) is detached into your Notes Program Directory. Each time you start actionBarEZ, a new Notes session is created, independent from your Notes client session. This means that actionBarEZ runs parallel to your Notes and Designer client and thus will not interfere in any way. In fact, you can think of actionBarEZ as a special "Designer client" to help you oversee and manage your designs’ action and action-bar settings across an entire database.

You can even select which ID you want to work with—without having to switch IDs in your Notes or Designer client!

How does actionBarEZ affect security?

actionBarEZ offers you a multitude of features that surpass the functionality available in both the Notes and Designer clients (such as the ability to view all actions and action bars with only Reader access), yet our tools NEVER bypass Notes security. Certain key options, such as listing private designs, modifying designs or choosing which ID file you'd like to use for your actionBarEZ session, or enabling Full Access Administration, require you to have the proper access rights in order to use them.

Are my modifications safe?

With actionBarEZ, you can modify hundreds of designs in merely a few clicks. With such power available, how can you know that you're making the right changes? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Your modifications are protected by a two-step saving process which lets you review your changes before deploying them—regardless of the modification you've performed.

What about speed? Do I get all this info right away?

The fact that actionBarEZ is an independent, compiled program, puts it in the position to outperform the Designer client. But beyond that, actionBarEZ can handle hundreds (or even thousands) of designs, giving you a much better overview of your global view and column architecture. Loading all this information can take a bit of time. Don't worry though; we've built a bunch of pre-loading filter options into actionBarEZ—such as the types or names of designs to load—so you can pinpoint only the designs that you absolutely need to work with.

How does logging pertain to actionBarEZ?

actionBarEZ operates through the official Notes API channels; any changes that you perform are will be reflected by a signature change upon saving them. However, we offer much more extensive history and log options than the native solutions. You have the option to create a special Modification Log database in which every single operation performed using our EZ Suite tools will be logged. You can place this database on either your local machine, or one of your servers. You can even use our licensing system to route logging for all EZ Suite users into a central log database.




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