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  • AlphaFour Books

    Does anyone know of any AlphaFour books available for either ver 4 or ver 6? If so please forward info to me.
    Thanks to all who will reply

  • #2
    RE: AlphaFour Books

    Try they have several, Using Alpha Four
    Martin, Sherry J. and one Enhansing Alpha Four Using functions And Expressions; Author is Jeffrey S. Benson.



    • #3
      RE: AlphaFour Books

      Thanks Ken, I will try that. If you learn of any others please let me know.


      • #4
        RE: AlphaFour Books

        I haven't actually seen a copy myself, but I understand that Sybex
        published "Mastering Alpha Four, Version Four". Alpha actually didn't
        even (AFIK) publish a version 4 book. I just remember getting some
        pamphlets with mine.



        • #5
          RE: AlphaFour Books

          Thanks for you reply with the info. Do you have any idea how I can find out if it available?


          • #6
            RE: AlphaFour Books


            No one said anything about the reference manual and tutorial
            manual. I received these when I purchased Alpha 4 V6. I would think you could still acquire them from Alpha Software Corp.

            Cathy Benedict


            • #7
              RE: AlphaFour Books


              Alpha no longer provides printed manuals for A4V6 when you buy it.
              I don't think they have any more, but it might be worth a try.
              The "manuals" now come as two .pdf files on a CD. When someone
              on the board first _commented_ about this, I called Alpha, explained
              that I was a registered user and let them check. Then I asked to buy
              the CD. After checking with someone (a supervisor, I guess) they
              quoted me a price of $ 20 plus $5 shipping. They are actually quite
              legible on screen, and print very nicely.



              • #8
                RE: AlphaFour Books

                Cathy, Thanks for your reply dated 9/19. I also gor books with my purchase of A4v6 and I have gone through the tutorial once and am starting it again. All works well when you just read, look at their demo and do what they tell you but when you (I) want to do something a little different I have problems. So how does a person become a good A4 user?


                • #9
                  RE: AlphaFour Books

                  Hi Charles

                  Do you know about Alpha Forum?


                  They have an archive of past articles with tips, techniques, and how to scripts. I don't know how far back they go. I have been a long time subscriber but they seem to be very moribund right now.

                  Anyways they used to publish a hard copy newsletter before they went on the web. I find their back issues very useful for researching a problem.

                  I want to keep mind but there might be someone out there who would part with their's

                  Good Luck



                  • #10
                    RE: AlphaFour Books

                    To paraphrase Charlton Heston - "Not from my dying fingers!" My A4 books are dogeared, dirty and there are a few loose pages, BUT they are invaluable - even if II periodically think I know what I'm doing! One of my A4 customers just bought a five-user upgrade and did, in fact, received the manuals on CD. I STRONGLY suggested that they do what I did with my A5 manual-on-a-CD - print them. A 3 inch, 3 hole binder, and you're in business.

                    If the lack of a printed manual was my biggest complaint, I'd consider myself a happy camper. Printing the manual from the CD is heap investment for what you get.

                    Dave Jampole
                    Dave Jampole

                    Women and cats will do whatever they want. The sooner men and dogs realize that, the happier they will be.


                    • #11
                      RE: AlphaFour Books

                      I believe that there is also a link from the purchase part of this site to an outfit that will print them and spiral bind them for a reasonable fee. I did this with the A5 manuals, they aren't as nice as the original A4 manuals but are serviceable.