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DotActiv PowerBase Updates For February 2023
Rina OosthuizenMar 3, 2023 4:00:00 PM4 min read

PowerBase Updates For February 2023: What’s New and Updated

The short month of February has included quite a publication of articles. PowerBase boasts six updated articles and another three based on new software features. With that said, we are also excited to say that we have released a new version of DotActiv, which includes new software features to be discussed in the section - New Software Updates.

If you would like to read past articles on what we’ve added or updated on the DotActiv PowerBase, you can browse those PowerBase summaries. You can also read about why we introduced the DotActiv PowerBase.

Software Release Updates on The DotActiv PowerBase - February 2023

Software release updates on the DotActiv PowerBase


Sync Floor Plans With Market Information From The Database

Overall, this article explains how to synchronize and update floor plans with information from the database. 

When creating a floor plan for a new store, it is suggested that you use a benchmark store’s data to supplement that of the new store. The benchmark store’s data will be used to project what the new store will perform like. This article was updated to include the necessary steps that should be followed when linking the benchmark store to the new floor plan. 

Happy floor planning!

How To Add A Planogram To A Report Template

The DotActiv Reporting Templates allow you to set up personalized reports within the Custom Reporting function. This article explains how to add a planogram to a report template. 

The software’s functionality has been updated to allow you to link the Highlights Function to a graph in the reporting template. The purpose of this functionality is to match the highlighted colors on the planogram to that of the graph. Should the highlight on the planogram be linked to a specific hierarchy level, the graph will update to indicate this accordingly in corresponding colors. 

You can read more about how to add a planogram to a report template in the DotActiv software.

Additionally, the same updates were made in this article that explain the graph functionality within Custom Reporting.

How To Read The Range Optimizer Results Grid

This article helps you to read and understand DotActiv’s Range Optimizer Results Grid.

Previously, when working in Range Optimizer, you would have to save your specific cluster’s range to the database before moving to the next cluster. However, the software has now been altered to ‘remember’ the range that you are working on and allows you to toggle between clusters without having to update the database throughout. Once you have finished updating all the ranges, the changes can be saved to the database. 

Read this article for a step-by-step guide on how this function works.

Updated Articles on The DotActiv PowerBase - February 2023

Updated articles on the DotActiv PowerBase


How To Renumber Shelves

This article explains how shelves can be renumbered by using the ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ functions in the toolbar. 

Furthermore, you can double-click on a specific shelf and renumber it individually in the ‘General Properties’. 

Read more about how to renumber shelves in the ‘General Properties’.

Adding Gondolas, Obstructions Or Island Fridges To Floor Plans

The purpose of this article is to provide you with a clear step-by-step process on how to add a new gondola or obstruction to a floor plan while working with DotActiv software.

The following tags were added to the article to improve the searchability of the article: ‘Dividers’ and ‘Shelf Dividers’. 

Read more about this process in this article.

How To Create A Smart Visit Schedule

This article provides you with a step-by-step process on how to create a smart visit schedule using the Activ8 software.

The Activ8 application has been updated to allow you to add more visits to your day’s schedule should the initial visits be completed earlier than expected. Another update allows you to edit the questions in the questionnaire.

Investigate how to create a smart visit schedule in the Activ8 software.

How To Set Up Your General Application Settings For DotActiv's Software

Are you new to the Activ8 software and need to set up your general application settings?

DotActiv users must set up specific application settings when using the software. This article gives a step-by-step guide to ensuring you do that accurately. 

We added ‘Product View Images’ as a tag to allow you to find it more easily on the DotActiv PowerBase.

Reporting On Changes For Proposed Vs Existing Planograms

The Changes Report is used to report on any changes made between the previous and the proposed planogram.

The Changes Report is available as an option when creating planograms in the DotActiv software. Furthermore, you can also link the report to a Custom Report by following the steps in this article.


The DotActiv PowerBase provides quick answers to specific questions about making the most of DotActiv’s products and services. 

If you come across an article that doesn’t answer a question to your satisfaction, please leave a comment. It’s entirely anonymous and will help us to help you get the answers you deserve.

Are you currently not a DotActiv client but want to learn more about how DotActiv software can help your business increase sales while also pleasing your customers? You can book a meeting with a DotActiv expert here or browse our various software and service options on our online store here.


Rina Oosthuizen

Rina Oosthuizen joined in 2018 and is the Training Manager. She has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the NWU Business School.