This article pertains to Ram Connection 8. For details on why the Connection toolbar is not visible using Ram Connection 9, see this article.
After installing RAM Connection 8.0, the Connection button still fails to appear in the Database ribbon within RAM Elements.
With the RAM Connection 8.0 installer, RAM Connection for RAM Elements is no longer installed automatically with RAM Connection Standalone. It must be installed separately.
A valid license for Ram Connection (or Structural Enterprise) must be available when launching Ram Elements, otherwise the connection toolbars are still hidden.
Finally, go into Ram Elements - e menu - General Configuration - Licenses tab and make sure the box to "Check RAM Connection license” is checked. If it is not, check it and restart. This wiki explains why some users turn that option off intentionally.
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