Address Book

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The Address Book can be used to view and manage addresses and contacts, synchronize contacts with Microsoft Outlook™, create an e-mail to a contact, or create a Microsoft Word™ document using Word.  The Outlook™ and Word™ functions both require MS Office version 2003 or higher to be installed on your computer (CloudSpace users ONLY).  The e-mail function requires Outlook™ 2003 or higher but will also work with any other MAPI compliant e-mail system.

*Word Doc and Outlook Sync are NOT available for Cloud Users, unless they are also CloudSpace users.



To open the Address Book, choose Project - Address Book


project - address book menu


address book window


Select Contacts to Show


You can choose which types of contacts to display on the Contacts Grid by selecting the desired type in the Select Contacts to Show frame.  You can choose as many of the selections as desired.  The type of available contacts are as follows:


ab_clients Clients:  All active Clients from the Client Glossary Window.


ab_proj bill Project Billing (Proj. Bill):  The Project Billing Address as recorded on the Project Window - Info Tab for all open Projects.


ab_proj site Project Site (Proj. Site):  The Project Site Address as recorded on the Project Window - Info Tab for all open Projects.


ab_ship to Ship To:  All active Ship To Addresses from the Ship To Code Glossary.


ab_vendors Vendors:  The Vendor Address as recorded on the Vendor / Payee Window - Info Tab for all active Vendors.


ab_payees Payees:  The Vendor Payee Address as recorded on the Vendor / Payee Window - Payee section for all active Vendors.


ab_misc Miscellaneous (Misc.):  Any Miscellaneous Addresses created as described under the Address Book Choose New Record Type Window below.


ab_POS - POS POS: Point-of-Sale clients.


ab_ship - POS Ship: Point-of-Sale Ship To's.


ab_custom Custom: The Custom button will display the Select Addresses Window.


select addresses - cutom

You can use the Select Addresses Window to narrow the list of contacts on the Contacts Grid by inputting a Code Range, City, State, or Zip Code Range.  The Code Range allows you to only display contacts, regardless of their type, within a certain subset of Codes.  Entering a City will only display contacts that have the same City.  Note that the City much match precisely.  The State will reduce the contacts to only those have the same State.  The Zip Code Range allows you to show contacts that have a particular subset of Zip Codes. The Type  drop down menu will allow you to show ONLY those Contacts with the chosen Type. Input any combination of these criteria and then click the OK button to update the Contacts Grid.


TAG: The Tag column allows you to select specific Contacts to Email, Create Envelopes or Labels for, and Export as a list.



Adding, Editing, and Deleting Contacts


To add an address/contact to the list, click on the Add Button and choose a type to be created. Then choose OK.


address book - choose new record type


The Edit and Delete buttons can be used to change or delete the highlight contact.  Note that certain contacts cannot be deleted.  For example, Project Site and Billing contacts cannot be deleted from the Address Book Window as a Project must be deleted or closed from the Project Window.  Editing or deleting a contact from the Address Book Window is the same as deleting it from the corresponding glossary or Project Window.


Create Contact from Miscellaneous type

The Create  button is used to create a new address/contact from an existing address/contact.  This function allows a miscellaneous contact type to be converted into a Vendor, Client, or Ship To.  For example, you may use the miscellaneous type to store sales leads.  Use the Create Button if you want to create a Client from a sales lead.  To do so, highlight the miscellaneous contact for which you want to create a Vendor, Client, or Ship To.  Click on the Create Button and select the appropriate new type.  Doing so creates a copy of the contact as the new type; it does not delete the original miscellaneous contact.  The original contact may be deleted using the Delete Button.


create new contact address book


Locating a Contact with the Map Feature


You can quickly locate a contact or determine directions to their site by selecting the contact on the Contacts grid and clicking the Map map button.  Doing so will launch your default Internet browser displaying Google Maps with the map positioned to the contact's address.



Send E-mail


ab_send email


You can create an e-mail for single or multiple contacts by clicking the Tag column for each desired contact then clicking the Send E-mail button.  Depending on the E-mail Setting on the User Settings Window, the email will appear as follows:


Outlook - When Outlook is selected, Design Manager will launch Outlook™’s E-mail Message Window with all of the features normally associated with that program.  Each tagged contact that has an E-mail address entered will have the E-mail address displayed in the To... field so that the E-mail can be completed and sent. Note: Outlook Express cannot be used and Outlook™ must be version 2003 or higher.
Save PDF - When this selection is chosen, a basic Windows Explorer window is launched for you to save the file locally.
SMTP - If SMTP is selected, a more advanced E-mail Window is displayed with the E-mail address of each tagged contact in the To: field.  The SMTP E-mail Window has more robust features including adding attachments to the E-mail, having Blind Carbon Copies (Bcc:), etc.


For more information on configuring your E-mail with Design Manager, see the User Settings Window under Additional Features.



Labels and Envelopes



You can print mailing labels or envelopes for contacts using three different options:


You can print labels or envelopes for all the contacts currently listed on the Contacts Grid.
You can choose particular contacts by clicking the Tag column on the Contacts Grid so that labels or envelopes will be printed for only those specific contacts.
You can print a label or envelope for the contact current highlighted on the Contacts Grid.


To print the labels or envelopes, click the Labels & Envelopes (Labels & Envlps.) button which will display the Address Labels and Envelopes Report Window.


address labels envelopes report options


Choose whether to print labels or envelopes for Tagged Records, All Records, or the Highlighted Record on the Select Records menu.  Choose whether you are printing Labels or Envelopes in the Mailing Format selection.  You can also choose to print in order of the contact Name or Zip Code with the Sort By selection.  Select either Laser or Ink Jet under the Printer Type depending on the model of your printer and whether or not to include the Contact Name in the address.  If you are printing labels, you can choose the proper label format under the Label Type menu.  Select a printer if desired, and click OK to print the labels or envelopes.



Export List


The Export List button sends the list of contacts to a printable format that exports cleanly to Microsoft Excel™ or other applications.  You have two options when exporting contacts:


You can export all the contacts currently listed on the Contacts Grid.
You can choose particular contacts by clicking the Tag column on the Contacts Grid so that only those specific contacts will be exported.


To export, click the Export List button which will display the Export Contacts Report Window.


export contacts report options


Choose whether to export All Records or Tagged Records on the Select Records menu, select a printer if desired, and click OK.  Once the output is shown in the preview window, use the export button along the top of the window to send the contacts to Excel™.  Note that even though the preview may truncate a name or address because of limits of the paper size, when exporting the entire name will show.



Word® Document   (Desktop and CloudSpace users ONLY)


*If you do not have Microsoft Outlook®, or are a Cloud User you will not have access to Word Docs.


The Word Document (Word Doc.) button can be used to create a document from a special Word® template.  Design Manager will open Word® and place as much information as possible from the highlighted contact on the Contacts Grid into the new document.  Design Manager is shipped with several commonly used templates.


create word doc window


To modify the Design Manager Word® templates or to create new ones, you must edit or save the templates to the Word® Templates folder that is under the Design Manager Installation folder.    To insert Design Manager address and contact fields into your template, the following codes can be used:




Follows the “Address To” setting in Design Manager from the Select Template Window.


Company Name (Name)


Contact Name


Contact, Company Name, and Address (with City, State, and Zip) in block format.  The Contact and Company Name follow the “Address To” setting in Design Manager from the Select Template Window.


Address (with City, State, and Zip) in block format.


Address part only












E-mail Address


Alt. Name / Phone Desc. 1


Alt. Phone 1


Alt. Name / Phone Desc. 2


Alt. Phone 2




Client / Project / Vendor Code


Vendor Account Number / Project Order Number


Sort By Name (Last, First).


Name of Design Manager User


Job Title of Design Manager User


E-mail of Design Manager User


Your Company Name and Address (with City, State, and Zip) in block format


Your Company Address (with City, State, Zip)


Your Company Address part only












E-mail Address




Wherever one of the above codes is located in your template, Design Manager will substitute the respective information from the highlighted contact.  For example, if your template included the sentence:


Thank you for your order, <DM-CONTACT>.


When the template is used and Mr. Johnson is the highlighted contact, the text would read:


Thank you for your order, Mr. Johnson.


The code must exactly as shown in the above table, with the <> around the exact text.




Synchronizing Contacts with Microsoft Outlook™ (Desktop and CloudSpace users ONLY)


*If you do not have Microsoft Outlook®, or are a Cloud User - see File Import on how to Import Contacts.


All contacts and addresses can be exported and/or imported to and Microsoft Outlook® Contacts folder.  To use this function, you must have Microsoft Outlook 2003 or higher installed on your computer.  Outlook® provides many mail merge, document, and management features using the Microsoft Office® suite of programs.  Before you send contacts to Outlook, it is a good idea to organize your Outlook® Contact folders.  Design Manager suggests creating a new Contacts Folder for each type of Design Manager Address that you wish to synchronize.  You must first create folders in Outlook.  Design Manager will allow you to choose the folder but cannot create one. See the Outlook®’s Help system for information about creating Contact folders in Outlook®.



When you are ready to send and/or receive contacts with Outlook®, click on the Outlook Sync button.  Note that this is a manual system; the button must be clicked to execute the exchange of contacts. Upon clicking the button, the Microsoft Outlook® Contact Synchronization Window will be displayed.


outlook sync window


Choose an Outlook® Contacts Folder for each type of Contact that you wish to synchronize.  Next, choose a Synchronization Type.  There are two ways the Design Manager will move addresses between itself and Outlook®:


“One-way” Synchronization:  This method simply copies contacts from Design Manager into Outlook.  Should the contact already exist in Outlook® it will be changed to match the Design Manager contact.  When using a one-way synchronization, all changes to your contacts such as new phone numbers and updated addresses should be made in Design Manager as any changes made in Outlook® will be lost.


“Two-way” Synchronization:  Under this method, new contacts in the Outlook® folder are also created in Design Manager as well as new contacts in Design Manager are created in Outlook®.   Changes made to contacts such as new phone numbers or address changes will be updated based on the last modified date and time of the contact.  For example, if a contact was last changed on March 1st in Design Manager and then changes where made on March 2nd to the contact in Outlook®, upon a two-way synchronization, the Design Manager contact would be changed to match the Outlook information.  In a multi-user Design Manager setting, the last user to make a change overrides all other users.


Design Manager recommends using a two-way synchronization to bring contacts from Outlook® into Design Manager on the initial synchronization.  It is then recommended, especially in a multi-user installation, to use Design Manager as the primary tool to make changes and add new addresses, so that the markedly simpler one-way synchronization can be used from that time forward.


Selecting the Update Notes option will move the contact notes along with all of the address and other contact information.  Since Outlook® and Design Manager use different methods for storing the formatting (i.e., bold, underline, etc.) of the notes, the formatting will be lost if using a two-way synchronization.


Sort/New Code Generation - When synchronizing with Outlook® you have the option for what Design Manager uses to create the Sort and the Code - as in the Design Manager Client, Project or Vendor Code - to use within the program.  Each of these options pertains to the corresponding Columns/Fields found in your Outlook® contacts.


The Save Settings button can be used to save all of the options on the Microsoft® Outlook® Contact Synchronization Window so that you do not need to select them again the next time that you run a synchronization.


To run a synchronization, click the Begin Synchronization button.  Upon doing so, you will be asked "Are you sure that you want to begin the synchronization with Outlook?".  Clicking Yes will begin the synchronization. Note:  Running the synchronization the first time may be fairly time-consuming!