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    RE: Screenshots

    Check the spelling of "Investigtzive" - was the "z" intended?


      RE: Screenshots

      Whoops - try "Investigzative"


        RE: Screenshots

        Glen Schild said, "What a great thread, so many good ideas and styles."

        I find myself reaching for the mouse to click on a button or two and then.....

        What a lot of great ideas!!!!

        TYVM :) kenn

        Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


          RE: Screenshots

          Might as well throw in my 2�.
          This is an app I made for an FAA repair station...
          the names have been changed to cover my arse. ;-)
          JobTrak - work order database
          a browse table with hi-lites(for those who may not know you can do this)
          I hope to add a shot of my last one (similar to this but more robust)
          -Robert Emery
          (started using Alpha Four in '92)


            RE: Screenshots

            Just became aware of this year old thread.
            And an excellent thread it is.

            Thought I would throw in a couple of shots of an small Jail Commissary app we just completed with V5. This one is the basic inmate account form.


              RE: Screenshots

              And the Jailcom app order / invoice form


                RE: Screenshots

                I just love it! You're an inmate in your own application. Is that your wife who bailed you out?

                Bill Hanigsberg


                  RE: Screenshots

                  Hah... yep!
                  But that was a beta.

                  Now, with the package we ship, it is hard coded to popup a notification to the staff that "obviously there has been a mixup and to release me immediately" if my name ever get's put into it. :-) May be in my best interest to just give that program away for free.



                    RE: Screenshots

                    Here is my UPS Shipments manifest program screens.

                    There are 3 screens included.

                    The Main menu screen, a screen for viewing data and an file export menu.

                    Don't really know how it looks, but hey, it works. :)


                      RE: Screenshots

                      Export screen


                        RE: Screenshots

                        View screen


                          RE: Screenshots

                          Hey! I wanna play too! :)

                          Here is the Main Menu's Login Screen for the latest app I have been tasked with. Once you login, you get the buttons that open the form of your choosing.

                          Suggestions are appreciated! :)

                          Jeff K.


                            RE: Screenshots

                            Hey Jeff,

                            I like that--so blue! What does service stat do?

                            Bill Hanigsberg


                              RE: Screenshots

                              We are using it to track customer service requests, repair time, parts...etc.. applied against either a service contract or straight time billing. Will have an invoicing module to allow one button invoice generation. Contact manager thats employee person keeps a personal CM but it can use "Public" contacts such as our customer info, or they can designate a contact they create as "public", will also track all the computer and network related information for each client.. makes tracking down info about purchase dates, user names and passwords, .. etc.. a lot easier.

                              An ambitious project but one that I am anxious to get into operation.

                              Sorry 'bout the sales pitch.. but you asked! :)

                              Jeff K.


                                RE: Screenshots

                                And I saw your forms too.... very nice.. very tidy.. I really liked that.

                                If I remember I will post the screens as I complete each module... I work in dialog forms only 'cuz they are so much cleaner. I am just learning so if something doesnt look right then holler at me please! lol

                                Jeff K.