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Great New Features for MS Office Users

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    Great New Features for MS Office Users

    Hello Everyone,

    I just bought my copy of A5V9 and the Runtime (actually my company was kind enough to buy it for me) and I have started testing the new features.

    There are a couple of new features I really love. So I thought I would comment on those, just in case it helps someone make up their mind whether to purchase A5V9.

    Those are:

    AlphaDAO Export builder
    Print to Excel File - Reporting feature

    These two new features have been worth the arm twisting for me.

    Several years ago, one of the weaknesses of Alpha Five was that it didn't work well/interface with MS Office products. This made it difficult for some of us who work in an office environment (where everyone uses MS Office) to share data. You had to export everything to MS Excel, ASCII or a DBF to share data.

    But with every new version Alpha Five gets better and better in this regard.

    The AlphaDAO Export builder is a great new feature. I can now export my tables directly into a networked Access MDB (database) file. No more do I have to import a DBF into Access.

    Also, I don't know how we ever did without the "Print to Excel" feature. Those great looking reports we all design can now be transferred to Excel with the data formatted just the way you wanted it.

    Hope this helps someone make up their mind.


    Re: Great New Features for MS Office Users

    Hi Vince - nice to see you back in circulation. Thanks for pointing out yet two more new features I can use in the future!

    - John O
    John Oesterle
    ToolBytes, LLC


      Re: Great New Features for MS Office Users

      Originally posted by Vince McGinnis View Post
      Print to Excel File - Reporting feature
      Indeed, this was a benefit from QReportBuilder, which had this feature already, and it is extremely useful and allows us to speed up the production of spreadsheet to send to our customers immensely - and they look GREAT!

      The best thing is you can produce the same on WAS too, which means our customers can actually generate their own reports in Excel format now :)