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Alpha Software Corporation may amend the guidelines from time to time and may also vary the procedures it sets out where appropriate in a particular case. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.

Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

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First, make sure you are posting your question in the correct forum. For example, if you post an issue regarding Desktop applications on the Mobile & Browser Applications board , not only will your question not be seen by the appropriate audience, it may also be removed or relocated.

The more detail you provide about your problem or question, the more likely someone is to understand your request and be able to help. A sample database with a minimum of records (and its support files, zipped together) will make it much easier to diagnose issues with your application. Screen shots of error messages are especially helpful.

When explaining how to reproduce your problem, please be as detailed as possible. Describe every step, click-by-click and keypress-by-keypress. Otherwise when others try to duplicate your problem, they may do something slightly different and end up with different results.

A note about attachments
You may only attach one file to each message. Attachment file size is limited to 2MB. If you need to include several files, you may do so by zipping them into a single archive.

If you forgot to attach your files to your post, please do NOT create a new thread. Instead, reply to your original message and attach the file there.

When attaching screen shots, it is best to attach an image file (.BMP, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) or a zip file of several images, as opposed to a Word document containing the screen shots. Because Word documents are prone to viruses, many message board users will not open your Word file, therefore limiting their ability to help you.

Similarly, if you are uploading a zipped archive, you should simply create a .ZIP file and not a self-extracting .EXE as many users will not run your EXE file.
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  • Jay Talbott
    RE: PDF Files

    WordPerfect version 10 produces pdf files and keeps the images looking pretty good.

    Of course, we all know what Microsoft has done to the word processing market.


    Jay Talbott

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  • Michael Humby
    RE: PDF Files

    Thanks Gerry and Paul,

    I am using the very latest version of PDF Factory so will give your suggestions a try.


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  • French
    RE: PDF Files

    I've used pdf Factory with very good results, including screen shots. The first thing I'd do is check that you are using the most recent version (1.34). If that doesn't fix things, e-mail the folks at Fineprint and attach a copy of your Word file and the resulting pdf file along with an explanation of the problem. They've been pretty responsive addressing other issues that have come up.

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  • JerryBrightbill
    RE: PDF Files


    I use full version of Adobe Acrobat 5. It is expensive, but if you do much with the PDF format, it is almost necessary. If you use Acrobat Distiller (included with Acrobat) to convert Word files, you can usually get very good results since you can specify how much compression you use for bitmaps, like screenshots. I use PDFs extensively and have a need for very high quality pictures. In that case, I use Distiller to create the text and then go to Adobe Illustrator 9 to embed the pictures. Again, not a cheap solution, but I can produce PDFs with very high quality grahics.


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  • Michael Humby
    started a topic PDF Files

    PDF Files

    Hi All,

    I know this is not an Alpha issue but it does concern application distribution.

    I have created my 30 page help files using Word and included screen shots of the forms from my Alpha application. I have then used PDF Factory to convert to PDF for distribution so that they can be read with Acrobat Reader.

    The problem is that the PDF file converts the text in the document but distorts the text on my screen shots to such an extent that it is not acceptable.

    My Question. Does anyone know of another PDF creator that does convert the screen shots effectively ?

    Any tips appreciated