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    Default Beta users - comments please

    The next issue of the newsletter will be out next week, and I'd like to get comments any of you have about v5.

    All appropriate comments will be included, including your names if you wish.

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    Bill:

    The beta version from the very begining was vast improvement over the current system. Xdialog provides improvements that match and surpass the competition. The abundance of new commands for the programmer requires a whole new learning curve.

    The non-programmer will be able to accomplish much more than they did in the past. I particualry enjoyed the ability to open another screen and provide the key access to the file the new screen would open.

    I know more than one article will be needed to inform everyone about the giant leap the beta version has made.

    bob adler

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    There are so many new items that it is unbelievable. No one can say "Alpha are you listening" anymore when wishing for enhancements to their database product. I have never seen such a leap of development from one version to another in any software program I have ever used. One thing I noticed right away is much has been added to aid the programmer/developer. It seems that while you are exploring the program, the relative Genies are "at your service". I mean that they are not elementary nor obnoxious, but of ample strength and features. They make you appreciate their presence instead of quickly looking for a way to close them! Another thing that I quickly ran to try was the auto advance on a lookup field, you know when you start typing in the product id in a line items field, the popup list advances as you type :)

    With just these comments, I have not even opened the door to the new improvements for you. It seemed that on every corner of looking around in the program I was "big eyed" with WOW look at what they have done here!

    Super database and great job Alpha! I can hardly wait for the final code to buy.

    George Corder, MCSE

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    Alpha has done an amazing thing with their new Version 5.0. They have increased the ease of use in many ways while also attending to some of the fundamental design improvements for the database. The result is a product that is more capable while also being easier to use. This is the reverse of the featuritis present when software only seems to have a new feature list and no fundamental improvements.

    For beginning users who have a tough time working with indexes and filters, Version 5 shows you the calculations while you work. By providing many little services and genies like this all thrugh Alha Five, the program makes the learning and design process run much faster.
    For lower level programming, version five adds such things as new variable definitions and ways to interact with users. Since more objects are now written in Xbasic, you now have more programming control over them as well. The script recorder is hugely productive and can show both new coders and old hands how to work with Xbasic.
    With the ability to automatically send and retrieve email directly to the database, Version 5 will likely tickle the imaginations at many companies who are trying to manage remote data entry at small remote sites given modest budgets. Version 5 also prints in PDF and HTML formats so reports are much more mail and web portable than before.

    David Sander

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    Very simply this new update should not be called Alpha 5 Version 5. Each devlopment of Alpha has had a new number. Therefor I suggest this new edition be called Alpha 6 Version 1. I know ths is not very original but this is a new product and not just an update version. I often find that telling an existing customer about all the improvements made are well appreciated, but are totally lost on a new customer. They need to know how it will benifit them now as it stands not how it was. All you great experts out there can talk about the fantastic benifits (and there are plenty) what we also need are some words from some people who have not used Alpha before to get their reactions.

    Three cheers to Alpha, for "Alpha 6"

    Keith Hubert
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    I am currently updating two fairly complex programs, one is using Alpha 4 Version 3 and the other Alpha 5 Version 4.5. I am amazed at how rapidly I am progressing with these conversions. I used to labor over some of the xbasic scripts, not being a professional programmer, but now Version 5 does most of the work for me. I was also impressed by the quick responses I received from Alpha Software when I had problems. Some of the problems were real, others were due to my lack of knowledge.

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