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  • OLE Errors

    We just converted our systems from v5 to v9. In v5, we had numerous documents where we would create a rich text format and insert data fields into it. When we edit the document, Alpha would bring up word and we could edit to our heart's content. In version 9, the documents don't print, and if we attempt to edit them, they present in word with several or many columns which cannot be changed back to 1 column.

    I have attached a document that shows what is hppening. Had to zip it, pictures in word are very big.

    This is critical, so if anyone knows the magic secret, please let me know.

    Thanks,

    Tom

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    Re: OLE Errors

    You're not gonna show us the ole script?

    In V5 you could have

    wordApp.Documents.Add

    In later versions the syntax is more strict and you have to functionalize the methods and functions

    wordApp.Documents.Add()
    wordApp.Documents.New()
    wordApp.Select()
    There can be only one.

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    • #3
      Re: OLE Errors

      Stan,

      Thanks for the reply, but there is no script. We just set a document up in Alpha, then tried to edit it. If you double click in the body of the letter, it opens word and shows what I sent. In v5 it worked just fine.

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      • #4
        Re: OLE Errors

        Stan,

        I've been experimenting. Try this:

        Open a new report. Create an OLE object on the report. Tell OLE that it is a Microsoft Word type of object. Alpha will open an instance of Word. The useable are of the Word Document will be about 1/4 of an inch. I've tried it with Word, Word 6.0, 7.0, and word 2.0, all with the same results. There obviously seems to be an issue here.


        Tom

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        • #5
          Re: OLE Errors

          When I specify Microsoft Word Doc for the ole object Alpha (V5 and V8) hangs with 100% of processor usage. I can do Excel (starting Excel first) and Pdf files (starting Acrobat Reader first).

          Sorry.
          There can be only one.

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          • #6
            Re: OLE Errors

            My version 5 actually opened word with a full page. The problem is that we have at least 100 of these type of reports. If v9 can't process them then v9 can't be used!

            So... maybe I'm onto something? Now all that needs to be done is for Alpha to address it.

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            • #7
              Re: OLE Errors

              In V9? good luck.
              There can be only one.

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              • #8
                Re: OLE Errors

                Curiouser and curiouser...

                Although I have problems editing the Word OLE, The documents actually print, although it seems like they are sending vector graphics to the printer. Alpha runs through its print process reasonably quickly, then the printer "thinks" for literally a couple of minutes as it is rendering the document.

                Tom

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                • #9
                  Re: OLE Errors

                  Hi Tom,

                  I tested in A5v9 and had the same experience as Stan, A5 crashes.

                  Maybe there are other ways to get the job done, but I need more information how and what you are doing with the documents. Nowadays you can build up your Word document with xbasic code entirely. Maybe you spend an private email on it.
                  Marcel

                  I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
                  ---- Confusius ----

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                  • #10
                    Re: OLE Errors

                    Marcel,

                    Thanks for your reply. This is only one issue I am having with Alpha ver 9. Last weekend, after a year of unit testing, we copied or tables, indexes, and memos over from ver 5. On Monday, we were anticipating some minor, isolated problems. Was I wrong! From 8 AM Monday, through Midnight Tuesday, we had nothing but major problems. Our "system" is a loosely connected group of databases that all refer to one base of information, the client and his cases. At any given time, we can have over 170 users accessing information. We have had the same "system" since it was developed in version 1. The "New and Improved" version 9 system came to its knees. Our users were locking each other out, and nobody was able to process their work. By Wednesday morning, I had to take the version 9 system down and copy the data back to version 5 so that we could continue doing business.

                    As I said, these systems have been working for our agency for over 15 years. The conversion to version 5 was traumatic, but once done, we were able to run. Version 9 stopped us in our tracks. I always thought that new versions were supposed to be an improvement to prior versions, and that things that worked before should continue to work, even better. I am obviously disillusioned.

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                    • #11
                      Re: OLE Errors

                      That's a big problem. I hope it doesn't force you to start from scratch.

                      Do you have the systems running virtual?
                      Marcel

                      I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
                      ---- Confusius ----

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                      • #12
                        Re: OLE Errors

                        WHat do you mean "Virtual"???

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                        • #13
                          Re: OLE Errors

                          E.G. Running VMWare ESX or the Microsoft version with multiple Windows servers in memory. In that case you can build a Windows server besides the production server in an easy way. Or else you need physical hardware. I can imagine that you build the new environment with A5 version 9 or 10 and when tested and ready swap the servers.
                          Marcel

                          I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
                          ---- Confusius ----

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                          • #14
                            Re: OLE Errors

                            We actually have a completely different server for our ver 9 system. Our old ver 5 server is getting too full, and we wanted to isolate the alpha systems from all of our other stuff. That is why it was so simple to cut over and then switch back.

                            Tom

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