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Upgrading to V10 Desktop

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  • alexmuir
    Re: Upgrading to V10 Desktop


    Thanks for your advice. Its very much appreciated.

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  • MikeC
    Re: Upgrading to V10 Desktop

    It must be fairly common as Alpha has a function just for that

    as does microsoft (access)

    But I know the term is not used very much on the messageboard much so can see why some would be not familiar with it.

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  • Scott Emerick
    Re: Upgrading to V10 Desktop

    "Make Them Dirty" refers to making a change which tells Alpha(or any other software) that a change has been made and needs to be resaved.

    I wasn't trying to be cryptic, I honestly thought that was a common programming phrase.


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  • gskelton
    Re: Upgrading to V10 Desktop

    Question, What does "make them dirty" refer to?

    I would suggest you run a test copy of your V8 application in V10 to see if any issues arise. It might also be a good idea to open all your layouts in V10 and make them dirty so they can be saved in the V10 format

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  • Scott Emerick
    Re: Upgrading to V10 Desktop


    I have had no problems running V10 on W7 ultimate 64bit. I have seen some minor timing issues with some very complex code written in V8, but not a show stopper by any means. I think that Alpha has done a great job in backwards compatibility.

    I would suggest you run a test copy of your V8 application in V10 to see if any issues arise. It might also be a good idea to open all your layouts in V10 and make them dirty so they can be saved in the V10 format. Just keep in mind, once you edit and save anything in V10 it will not necessarily work in V8 any longer, so make sure you have backups and work with a fresh copy of your application.


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  • alexmuir
    started a topic Upgrading to V10 Desktop

    Upgrading to V10 Desktop


    With our new customers installing Win 7 machines we've now decided to upgrade our core A5V8 applications to A5V10.

    Does anyone know if there are any documented recommendations for installing A5V10 and the run time on networks where there it includes XP, Vista and Windows 7 workstations?

    I'm not particularly concerned with hardware as we always recommend 4 gig in the server and a minimum of 2 gig per workstation.

    In short what I'm looking for is some hard won wisdom than can prevent our customers and ourselves much frustration.

    Finally, is there any specific version of Windows 7 we should be recommending our business customers to buy?
    Most of the Alpha applications we install are on platforms between 4-12 users.

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Kind regards