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The Alpha Software Forum Participation Guidelines

The Alpha Software Forum is a free forum created for Alpha Software Developer Community to ask for help, exchange ideas, and share solutions. Alpha Software strives to create an environment where all members of the community can feel safe to participate. In order to ensure the Alpha Software Forum is a place where all feel welcome, forum participants are expected to behave as follows:
  • Be professional in your conduct
  • Be kind to others
  • Be constructive when giving feedback
  • Be open to new ideas and suggestions
  • Stay on topic

Be sure all comments and threads you post are respectful. Posts that contain any of the following content will be considered a violation of your agreement as a member of the Alpha Software Forum Community and will be moderated:
  • Spam.
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  • Quotes from private conversations without permission, including pricing and other sales related discussions.
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  • Pirated, hacked, or copyright-infringing material.
  • Encouraging of others to engage in the above behaviors.

If a thread or post is found to contain any of the content outlined above, a moderator may choose to take one of the following actions:
  • Remove the Post or Thread - the content is removed from the forum.
  • Place the User in Moderation - all posts and new threads must be approved by a moderator before they are posted.
  • Temporarily Ban the User - user is banned from forum for a period of time.
  • Permanently Ban the User - user is permanently banned from the forum.

Moderators may also rename posts and threads if they are too generic or do not property reflect the content.

Moderators may move threads if they have been posted in the incorrect forum.

Threads/Posts questioning specific moderator decisions or actions (such as "why was a user banned?") are not allowed and will be removed.

The owners of Alpha Software Corporation (Forum Owner) reserve the right to remove, edit, move, or close any thread for any reason; or ban any forum member without notice, reason, or explanation.

Community members are encouraged to click the "Report Post" icon in the lower left of a given post if they feel the post is in violation of the rules. This will alert the Moderators to take a look.

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.

When you do post
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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QuickBook Integration Product Available

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    QuickBook Integration Product Available

    Business users

    QLinker is an
    Add-on product for Alpha Five and Alpha Five. It allows you to quickly and
    easily move data back and forth between QuickBooks and Alpha Five or Alpha
    Four. For a limited time, QLinker is available at a special
    introductory price of just $99.95

    For complete
    information on QLinker, click

    How to
    Buy Qlinker:

    To purchase
    QLinker for Alpha Five V5, click

    To purchase
    QLinker for Alpha Five V1 through V4.5, or for Alpha Four, click


    QLinker easily and quickly moves data between QuickBooks and Alpha
    If you have Alpha Five V5, QLinker is completely integrated into Alpha
    Five and you can automate import/export operations with Xbasic.


    Data integration between QuickBooks and Alpha Five allows users and
    companies to:

    Build highly customized reports based on your QuickBooks accounting
    data using Alpha Five�s powerful and flexible visual report writer.
    Use Alpha Five to design fully customized data entry screens,
    including enhanced error checking, lookups and validation, then transfer
    this �clean� data to the appropriate files in QuickBooks.
    Use the robust analytical and statistical tools offered by Alpha Five
    to �mine� data from QuickBooks and generate greater insight into your
    company�s business, thereby increasing profitability and competitiveness.

    Analyze and reformat QuickBooks accounting data for use by other users
    in your company.
    Quickly and easily build robust and highly customized Alpha Five
    database applications based on QuickBooks data.
    Use Alpha Five�s sophisticated multi-file personalized letter and
    e-mail merge features to increase sales, improve customer server, and
    streamline purchasing.
    Eliminate double entry of data into your information and accounting
    Track additional data about clients, prospects, vendors, etc. over and
    above the requirements of QuickBooks.


    Alpha Five Version 1 through 5 or Alpha Four (Note: If you have V5 a
    special version of QLinker is available)
    Requires QuickBooks Pro 2002, QB Pro 2003 or QB Premier 2003
    Windows 98/2000/ME/NT/XP

    RE: QuickBook Integration Product Available

    QLinker is also listed on the QuickBooks Site

    If any of you would like to rate Alpha Five on the Intuit
    site -- we would really appreciate that

    please go to

    Richard Rabins
    Richard Rabins
    Co Chairman
    Alpha Software