#1. You are correct, you need to use the Exchange Forms Designer (EFD) which
is VB 4.0 16bit only. The EFD has its own VB4 like environment to make
customizations in, you do not actually need to purchase VB 4.0.
#2. Using the EFD you cannot use VB 5.0 to design forms. If you have a need
to design forms with VB 5.0 I would suggest you investigate Sax mPower at
<http://www.saxsoft.com/mpower/> as they allow you to create fully
functional Exchange Forms in VB 5.0.
For an informative book on the EFD see "Building Microsoft Exchange
Applications" MS Press.
NOTE: Outlook also has a forms designer that is 32bit, however you need to
have all your clients on Outlook, which sounds like is not the case for you.
"Building Applications with Microsoft Outlook 97" is a good book that covers
Hope this helps
>We have Exchange 5.5 with both Exchange and Outlook clients. We would like
>to use the Forms/PublicFolders etc. to automate the workflow in our
>organization. Here are my questions:
>1. I understand that one cannot start designing a form directly in Visual
>Basic, but has to start the design process first in Exchange Forms Designer
>and then move on to make the changes/enhancements in VB. Is this true?
>2. All of the references to Visual Basic mention version 4.0 and not 5.0.
>Does this mean I cannot use VB 5.0 with Exchange forms? (I am new to VB as
>3. What good resources (books mainly) are available to get started with
>Exchange Forms/Visual Basic.
>Thank you in advance for your help!
>Any suggestions, comments or recommendations are greatly appreciated as