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  • Local Help File

    Is there a way to get a PDF or local help for V10? I am going out of the US to an area where internet access is spotty at best.

    I will be there only a short while, but having a local help file would put my mind at ease.

    Barry Kucher

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    Re: Local Help File

    as far as I know all you can do is use the V9 chm help file and the "what's new in V10"

    I think the old style chm help files are not used anymore
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    • #3
      Re: Local Help File

      That is what I have been using. Unfortunately, the 'What's New in V10' is ONLY online.

      I understand it is a work in progress, and I would rather Alpha use it's resources to enhaance V10, but a usable User Guide for the NEW V10 features is a MUST.

      Yes the video's are nice, but I need a manual! Maybe because I am self taught, I feel more comfortable with a manual with trial and error.

      It probably goes back to my Commodore 64 days, when all I had was a magazine and LOTS of TIME. Well I don't have lot's of time anymore.

      Barry Kucher


      • #4
        Re: Local Help File

        The information in a specific help topic can be to a pdf printer driver, which gives you the informationn in a pdf file.I do this frequently when I've found a good reference topic.
        1 - open the topic in Alpha Software Help
        2 - close the left hand contents column (to give more room/page)
        3 - Set the printer default to a pdf printer driver
        4 - click 'print'
        The attached is a pdf file for the "Application Development Tools and Functions" as an example
        I use Nuance Paper Port, have it set to default all the time.
        PDF Creator from SourceForge works fine too - shareware so price is right.


        • #5
          Re: Local Help File

          Barry - there are also books specific to V10 which can be downloaded as pdf, or used on disk.


          • #6
            Re: Local Help File

            A short while ago ....well, last year I guess (time goes way fast now...), I did a quick search and found a freeware called CutePDF Writer which can be used for personal or commercial use--no watermarks, no adware/nag screens.

            It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
            It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
            Henry David Thoreau


            • #7
              Re: Local Help File

              Originally posted by 411tech View Post
              Is there a way to get a PDF or local help for V10? I am going out of the US to an area where internet access is spotty at best.

              I will be there only a short while, but having a local help file would put my mind at ease.
              I would second the request for a .chm file for v10, again also understanding it's a work in process... I know Alpha's thrust lately has been web-centric, but there are a few of us left who are still developing for the desktop, and have more than one instance when internet is not always available. Just my two cents - hope someone is listening!