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Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

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    Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine


    The January 2003 issue of PC Magazine features a detailed comparison of the major personal databases, and this time Alpha Five is included.

    The article begins on page 116, and the A5 review starts on
    page 119.

    FYI, it was 2nd compared to Filemaker Pro 6, but if you
    check the summary of features on page 131, you will see the
    difference is not that significant. Basically $50 more, no
    support for XML and the lack of a PDA version.

    RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

    Yes, definitely another exposure for Alpha 5.

    Quite a few Alpha users were contacted or attempted by PC Magazine, including those that actually made contact WITH PC Mag, asking them to get going with Alpha coverage.

    Joe Rotello, Founder WindowGroup
    [email protected]
    Voice: 865.932.0041


      RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

      Here is the link,6263,770570,00.asp


        RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

        Please note that the rating is four not five stars. Also, Alpha Five is the highest priced database among those reviewed.



          RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

          Correction, Alpha five is not the highest-priced datatabase reviewed but is third behind askSam Professional 5 and Paradox Professional edition.


            RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

            there is another review in PC mag


            Alpha Five is rated 5 Stars in the review.
            Richard Rabins
            Co Chairman
            Alpha Software


              RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

              Also please not that none of the others have a forum nearly as good as this and you likely won't get to correspond with the developers and principles of the company directly.

              Pc Mag previously reviewed it and gave it 5 stars.


                RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

                So Filemaker came out best buy. It is a great product but........

                Filemaker is like excellent parents that hold you by the hand and guide you through the intricacies of database design. And as you grow up you need to do things on your own, but Filemaker will not let go of your hand, so you reach a point where you know what you need to do, but can't do it. You could rebel and go to Alpha.

                Or you could choose better parents to begin with.

                Alpha lets you grow with its handholding. As you grow up you can explore on your own through XBasic, yet you can always return for your parents' handholding.

                If your parents' handholding still doesn't help, you've got lots of Aunties and Uncles on the forum as well as the wisdom of your Grandpa Selwyn to help you.

                So how to get this across and sell Alpha to the masses? People don't like changing parents - it costs $$$. Trade in your old parents for Alpha at upgrade price?



                  RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

                  Well Said!



                    RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

                    Very nice analogy!
                    AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

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                      RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

                      I have built several quite deep filemaker apps and had been an avid FM user from ver4 thru ver6 dev. The issue that made me switch to Alpha5V5 is FM's 3rd party plugin dependance. In FM if you want your app to include basic bells and whistles (pop calendars, smtp mail, menu control)you will need to spend thousands in additional developer license fees. Also FM's developer runtime is only single user.

                      Alpha5 V5 comes with everything and A5's runtime is as multi user as you need.

                      Those are the sales points that sold me.

                      Marc King


                        RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

                        Marc .. thanks for sharing that.. we sorta missed that in a comparision thread on forum about two weeks ago (Alpha 5 forum, type in Filemaker, Clarion, Access in the search and it should come up)

                        That is almost identically the weakness for Clarion, it seems.. a good product that you have to buy a lot of 3rd party templates to get the functionality that we take for granted here .. (you can also expect that relying on a lot of diverse such addins and plugins and templates makes long term upgrades and maintenance much more problematic and costly)

                        Also please note that none of the others have a forum nearly as good as this and you likely won't get to correspond with the developers and principles of the company directly.

                        Definitely true on the developers and principles input, this is a level of involvement I have only seen before on one-man shareware products (Keynote, Zoot maybe TheBat!), what this means to the developer community is just immense.. kudos..

                        I remember looking at a Filemaker forum for awhile, the developers were very helpful (especially the gal in NYC), so I don't want to begrudge them that, however they were always aware of and commenting on the distance and difficulties of having their ideas expressed to the Filemaker heirarchy, who were looking largely in other directions in enhancements... they were incredibly adept at workarounds, remember they have only scripting, no language, even "extremely adept", however as a programmer I try very hard not to use tools that are workaround dependent :-)


                          RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

                          Am I missing something here?

                          I did not get to see the PC Magazine review until this past Sunday. When I read it, I thought that the folks at Alpha Software must be very happy. Only six months after hitting the market, they score EVEN with Microsoft Access, the best selling desktop database of all time. I don't think Bill Gates is a happy camper with this review and you can bet that the next version of Access will have lots of wizards.

                          I think the review was very fair. A5 is positioned as the database with alot of power and great ease of use. I think this review can be used to sell the product. What A5 needs now is market share and market visibility. (My suggestion: Give it away. That's right, give it away with a new Dell, Gateway, HP, etc computer. This will put it into the hands of folks who would not otherwise purchase it. It will get Alpha Software's name on the ads for these computers. If you don't have much of an advertising budget, this is the best way to get noticed. )

                          So V5 now has a five star individual review and a four star comparison review. Not editor's choice but still a pretty good showing. I certainly expected to see more enthusiasm than the tepid comments I have read so far.


                            RE: Alpha Five v5 good review in PC Magazine

                            Thanks John for the comments.

                            We are talking to a number of computer manufacturers/OEM's and magazines along the lines that you are suggesting.

                            We agree -- we know we have a very good product in Alpha Five v5 -- and we are working to get more folks out there to try it.

                            If you have any specific suggestions - PLEASE email me directly at [email protected]
                            Richard Rabins
                            Co Chairman
                            Alpha Software