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Old 08-19-2017, 08:43 AM   #1
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An Attention Seeking Database

A recent thread https://www.access-programmers.co.uk...d.php?t=295318 prompted me to compile a demo database showing many of the ways of getting users' attention.

Some of the features have already been posted in other threads e.g. in sample databases / code repository
Experienced users will be familiar with many of these ideas already.

Features include various ways of creating messages to get users' attention including:
1. Formatted message boxes
2. Customised message boxes with HTML formatting & countdown timer
3. Flashing, scrolling and balloon tooltip text
4. Dim / blur / remove background
5. Adding warning sounds (use speakers if possible)



NOTE: Some items are meant to be less serious than others!

In addition, I have incorporated a simple 'You have 3 new messages' type feature as described by both CJ_London & Static in the other thread.



The zip file includes images & sounds used by the DEMO database.

Please don't overdo ANY of the more 'overt' methods or you will annoy the users of your databases!

Hopefully the code for each approach is easy to follow.

Any comments, brickbats, questions or issues, please send me a visitor or private message
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File Type: jpg UnreadMessagesForm.jpg (15.3 KB, 434 views)
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File Type: zip AttentionSeek.zip (1.34 MB, 148 views)

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Re: An Attention Seeking Database

I've updated the sample database partly in response to a request from another user in this thread:
https://www.access-programmers.co.uk...d.php?t=295318

Amongst the changes made in v3 are:
1. Added code so the number of unread user messages are now checked/updated at regular intervals - default = 10s

2. Added a button to allow you to add new user messages
NOTE: one new user message is automatically generated each day the db is opened

3. Added additional effects on the 'Add a bit more drama' item including the use of 'Text to Speech'

EDIT
The attached zip file does not include the sounds & images used by the program.
These are part of the zip file attached to the first post
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An Attention Seeking Database - UPDATED

I've updated this to version 4 so it can also be used in 64-bit Access.
This is in response to a user in this thread:
https://www.access-programmers.co.uk...d.php?t=295617

I've also added an on screen keyboard for any users running Access on a tablet
It has no effect on other machines

NOTE:
The balloon tooltip item currently won't work in 64-bit
I'll come back to this at another time
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