Another “Game-Changing” Alpha Anywhere Capability: Absolute Positioning Controls--Ideal for Mobile and Desktop Apps that Require Form Completion

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Another “Game-Changing” Alpha Anywhere Capability: Absolute Positioning Controls--Ideal for Mobile and Desktop Apps that Require Form Completion


Web application development tools coming soon from Alpha

In our ongoing pursuit to make Alpha Anywhere the most compelling HTML5 environment for rapidly developing and deploying business apps that deliver native-like performance on mobile devices and desktops, we are happy to preview another of its powerful, important new web application development tools that makes it simple to build apps that require precise completion of PDF and other forms.

Positioning controls at absolute locations on the screen using the WYSYWIG builder--Understanding the new AbsoluteLayout Container

By default, when you build an app in Alpha Anywhere the UX component automatically lays out the controls that have been placed on the component, 'flowing' them from left to right, top to bottom. All controls are perfectly aligned. However, there are times when you want more precise control over the placement of controls. This is especially true when you want to use an image (for example, an image of a PDF form you might have) as the backdrop to a form and then place your UX component controls at precise locations exactly over the 'fields' in the image.

This video shows how to place controls in an an AbsoluteLayout container and then set the absolute position and size of each control.

(We have previewed this new capability, which is in the pre-release of Alpha Anywhere along with many more new web application development tools, to a few folks building apps with Alpha Anywhere and the feedback has been tremendously positive!)



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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi www.tubifi.com.

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