WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL ALPHA SOFTWARE MESSAGE BOARD
Use this message board to ask questions, provide assistance, and collaborate
with other people who use Alpha Five.


GUIDELINES
Please read our guidelines to assure that your experience here is as productive as possible.


Be Respectful and Stay On Topic
Be sure that all the comments you post are respectful and on topic, or they may be deleted.


Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

Don't limit your search to a single forum (i.e. v6... review "threads" on other forums too, i.e. v5).

When you do post
First, make sure you are posting your question in the correct forum. For example, if you post an issue regarding Alpha 4 in an Alpha Five board, not only will your question not be seen by the appropriate audience, it will most likely be removed and not be seen by anyone.

The more detail you provide about your problem or question, the more likely someone is to understand your request and be able to help. A sample table with a minimum of records (and its support files, zipped together) will make it much easier to diagnose issues with lookups, Xdialogs, etc. Screen shots of error messages are especially helpful.

When explaining how to reproduce your problem, please be as detailed as possible. Describe every step, click-by-click and keypress-by-keypress. Otherwise when others try to duplicate your problem, they may do something slightly different and end up with different results.

A note about attachments
You may only attach one file to each message and the file size is limited to 2MB. If you need to include several files, you may do so by zipping them into a single archive.

If you forgot to attach your files to your post, please do NOT create a new thread. Instead, reply to your original message and attach the file there.

When attaching screen shots, it is best to attach an image file (.BMP, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) or a zip file of several images, as opposed to a Word document containing the screen shots. Because Word documents are prone to viruses, many message board users will not open your Word file, therefore limiting their ability to help you.

Similarly, if you are uploading a zipped archive, you should simply create a .ZIP file and not a self-extracting .EXE as many users will not run your EXE file.