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DotActiv PowerBase Updates For July 2022
LeAnn PieterseAug 1, 2022 3:59:37 PM5 min read

PowerBase Updates For July 2022: What’s New and Updated

DotActiv PowerBase Updates For July 2022

As we head into the second half of 2022, DotActiv has been hard at work to bring you new software updates, writing and uploading new articles and updating current articles on the DotActiv PowerBase. During July, we added three new articles and updated two based on our latest software updates. We also updated five further articles to fit our client's needs.

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

New Articles On The DotActiv PowerBase - July 2022New articles on the DotActiv PowerBase


How To View And Maintain The Master Display Structure

Need to make updates to your Master Display Structure but don’t know where to find it?

With the recent software update, we have added the option to access the ‘Master Display Structure’ in the Tools section of the ‘Data’ tab. Once opened, you can populate blank fields and update existing fields. The software also indicates invalid paths and levels of the display structure that do not have any products associated with them. 

Want to know more? Read how to view and maintain the master display structure in the DotActiv software.

How To Add A Decision Tree To A Report Template

When classifying products, a predefined category hierarchy and consumer decision tree will need to be created to make up your display structure. To do this, you will need knowledge of the products and the way in which the consumer shops the category.

But what is a Consumer Decision Tree or CDT?

It is a graphical record that allows retailers to understand shoppers' buying habits and decision-making processes.

As a new feature, you can add the decision tree to a custom report in the DotActiv software.

How To Aisle View Planograms On A Gondola Block

When building a floor plan in the DotActiv software, you can add planograms to a gondola block. This allows you to create the different aisles that you would have in a retail store.

But what happens when you want to get a glimpse of those planograms on your floor plan from an aisle point of view?

Don’t worry, we have added the ability to view the planograms of an entire gondola block.

Software Release Updates On The DotActiv PowerBase - July 2022

Software release updates on the DotActiv PowerBase


How To Add A Cluster Plan To A Custom Report

When you are creating a custom report, you might want to report on certain clustering components. 

One of the new features in the latest software release is the ability to add the ‘Cluster Composition’ to your custom report. Once the ‘Cluster Composition’ object has been added to the report, you can make changes to the text in the structure and resize and move the boxes around on the page.

You can also make further changes to the structure once you’ve linked the cluster plan and generated the report. Furthermore, we’ve updated the article on the PowerBase to reflect this.

Learn how to link a cluster plan to your custom report in the DotActiv software.

How To Add A Planogram To A Report Template

The DotActiv software has various features which make analysing data extremely easy. Amongst these are the Planogram Analyzer function, Days of Supply alignment, Planogram Reports and Highlights. 

However, up until now, these have only been available when working in Space Planning. 

To further your ability to analyse data on planograms, we have added the means for you to do so when creating a custom report. You now have the option to view the Plano Analyzer next to your planogram when running a custom report.

Learn how to add the Plano Analyzer to your custom report in the DotActiv software.

Updated Articles On The DotActiv PowerBase - July 2022

Updates on the DotActiv PowerBase


What Are The Different Payment Method Options At DotActiv?

You can purchase the DotActiv software in two different ways. The first is by making a purchase through our online store while the second is by signing a contract after going through an in-depth process with one of our sales consultants. 

Learn what happens if you want to switch payment methods when purchasing a solution from DotActiv.

Troubleshooting Import Utility Errors

Are you having issues with your import utility?

Don’t worry, that is why we originally wrote an article and we have also recently updated it to unpack the difference between the ‘Category Mismatches’ error and cross-merchandising.

Troubleshoot your import utility errors by following these steps.

No Default Driver Specified Error

When importing a CSV to a database or planogram, you may come across the ‘No Default Driver Specified’ error. 

To resolve this error, you will need to make changes to your Application Settings in the DotActiv software. We recently updated the troubleshooting article to include the full error - ‘Data source name not found and no default driver specified’ as a tag. 

Learn what you need to do if you're experiencing a ‘No Default Driver Specified’ error.

What Are The Hardware And Software Requirements To Run DotActiv Software?

There are certain operating system and hardware requirements that you need to ensure that you can install the DotActiv software on your device and operate it smoothly.

Based on a null search result, we have added 'PC Specs' as a tag to make it easier for our clients to find this article.

Do you need to install the DotActiv software on your device? Read more about the requirements to run DotActiv’s software in this article.

How To Create A New Range Plan In Range Optimizer

DotActiv’s Range Optimizer function is used to optimise a range based on certain variables or rules. The Range Optimizer applies rules to a range and the DotActiv software can apply logic to suggest a range. This function is also used when creating a new range.

We recently updated the article that focuses on his topic to include the tag 'demand transference' as it also unpacks the Transfer Of Demand feature within the Range Optimizer.

If you would like to know how to use the Range Optimizer function within DotActiv, please read this article for a step-by-step explanation.


The DotActiv PowerBase provides you with quick answers to specific questions about how to make 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 on the article. 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 its sales while also pleasing your customers? You can book a meeting with a DotActiv expert here or browse our various software and services options on our online store here.


LeAnn Pieterse

LeAnn Pieterse joined in 2020. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch.