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A5 is too difficult

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  • A5 is too difficult

    I have really tried to get this thing working for me, but it is beyond my ken.
    Yes, I did get the usps bar code to print on labels, but could not get them to print the second time I tried. they come up on screen, but I do not know how to get them to print.
    As for "sorting" for get it! in the browse screen, click a field and sort a-z and get maybe maybe not, but go and ask for z-a, works perfectly.
    Ended up with names not being deleted that I had asked it to delete, but was able to delete when I was in a4v4 and did a "pack."
    Where is the backup deal?
    I had to print my labels from a4v4 again this month.
    I quit.

  • #2
    RE: A5 is too difficult

    I am surprised at your problems.
    Why don't you describe your specific problems here. I am sure someone
    will help you over the bumps.
    Alpha5 ids far superior to the DOS version.
    There is a learning curvr in going from a DOS version to a Windows
    version. Be patient. It will be worth it.

    Explain your difficulties in sufficient detail. You will be


    • #3
      RE: A5 is too difficult

      Selig is right!!

      A number of us have had some quite perplexing problems (at least to us) and we've been helped. I've also seen some very inovative atempts at trying something new. It is always a team effort. Most of us would not be where we are today (with A5) if it weren't for this msg board. That's not saying A5 is unusualy hard to learn (Try Paradox if you think A5 is a problem)but with the help of folks on this board, we're able to attempt projects that are for the more advanced users.

      Ask and you shall receive!!!!

      TYVM :) kenn

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


      • #4
        RE: A5 is too difficult


        They're right: all of us have needed and received help with Alpha Five because it's so much more versitile and powerfull that Alpha Four. It's not uncommon for any of us to be very knowledgable in one area of Alpha Five and still ignorant in another.

        In fact, it happened to me just last week. A real mind-bender. Couldn't get my head around it. I posted the problem and within 24 hours had an answer. (Thanks again, Tom.)

        Everyone here is helpful and supportive. Stay with Alpha Five, it's definitely worth it -- especially when you consider the features that version five will include. This is the first MAJOR update of this product in quite a while. As a reviewer, I would even go so far as to say it represents a new generation of the program; not just a new version.


        Geoff Hollander


        • #5
          RE: A5 is too difficult


          I'm not a database wiz by any sense of the imagination. I too started out in Alpha Four, with version 6. That product work, and until I get fully transferred over to Alpha Five, it continues to "work great" for me here at work.

          I did purchase Alpha Five Version 3. Yuck, I could do no right with it. It sat on the shelf. When version 4 was release I waited a while and then bought it. At first I thought that it would be a dust collector like version 3 was to me. But I think between my slowly increasing knowledge over time of how things are/can be done with databases and the improvements of version 4 over version 3, I slowly started to like/enjoy version 4. I began to get a "feel" for the product and accomplished things. Like I said, I'm "not" a wiz, but version 4 has definately grown on me. The more I use, the more I like. I've found that there are things that can be done in A5 that I could not figure out in A4, and they can be done easily.

          My suggestion, as per my experience, would be this. DO NOT try to do a wholesale move over to A5-v4!!! Instead, pick your easiest, and most simple applications/tables and move them over one at a time with the intention that you're not going over wholesale until you feel that you get a firm grasp on the product. A4 and A5 are NOT the same and you will have a hard time in the transfer, unless you're as bright as some of the people on this board that are "always" so willing to offer help and advice, or you get the experience with A5 under your belt.

          Again, when I first started out with A5, I didn't like it at all. But the more I use it the more I like it, the more I could do with it. I can gaurantee that one day A4 will be a memory (A good one at that) and we'll be moved over to A5.

          One important thing...this board is priceless, and the people who frequent it and help other priceless.

          If you have any question about my experience, you are welcome to email me or post them here.

          Kindest regards,
          Thank you,
          Mike Konoff


          • #6
            RE: A5 is too difficult


            I agree with Mike. Don't try to convert anything complicated from A4 to A5 right off the bat. Too much pressure and frustration. I started by doing a whole new, yet relatively simple application in A5. As I've gained experience, only now have I started to convert A4 applications over. Understanding A5 and feeling comfortable with it makes a world of difference in the conversion. Probably for most of us, if the A4 applications continue to work, they can continue to be used while we learn A5. Also, this board is more helpful than a shelf full of books. Use the search engine because chances are, any problem you encounter someone else has asked about in the past.

            Good luck.


            • #7
              RE: A5 is too difficult

              Let me add my voice to the others who have encouraged you to hang in there.

              Alpha Four enabled us to build some pretty sophisticated applications. It's been my experience that trying to 'port' a complex A4 application is *not* the place to start in Alpha Five. Instead, I recommend starting with small sections of the original application. Learn how to pass variable information between forms. Learn the various ways to set a particular 'view' of your recordset. (In Alpha Five there are several different ways to do it and this sometimes leads to confusion.) Dr. Wayne's books are *highly recommended*, too.

              When your development effort runs aground drop us a note in this forum. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the timely help you will receive...

              -- tom