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Keeping the sort for external default record

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  • Keeping the sort for external default record

    We are using a mailing program that sorts the list according to postal regulations even creates sorting numbers for each record but because we are using commercial printers we are usingthe files with some other program which doesn't have the option of sorting it will just print by record # , is there any fast way to make the sorting field as record without exportingimporting by sort field ?

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    Re: Keeping the sort for external default record

    I've read your post six times and don't have a clue what you want. Does any of your question have anything to do with Alpha? If so, what part?
    There can be only one.

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    • #3
      Re: Keeping the sort for external default record

      It is confusing to me also.

      I print post cards/ envelopes. etc. with alpha to a printer. They are sorted by zip code and then counted(done with alpha) so when taken to the post office, there is a reduced rate. They want them sorted lowest zip first and grouped with a firm count.

      Is that something like you want?
      Dave Mason
      dave@aldadesktop.com
      Skype is dave.mason46

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      • #4
        Re: Keeping the sort for external default record

        Simiular, our program does the sorting perfctly even modifies a field from alpha with piece number, but it doesn't change the recno() so when printer prints it will not reconize sort field it will print by recno (not approved for USPS)
        Thanks

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        • #5
          Re: Keeping the sort for external default record

          Did you try putting it in a temp table and send that instead?
          Dave Mason
          dave@aldadesktop.com
          Skype is dave.mason46

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          • #6
            Re: Keeping the sort for external default record

            I think DaveM is on to something.

            Have you tried creating a "copy" operation to create a new table that's sorted (ordered) the way you want?

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            • #7
              Re: Keeping the sort for external default record

              that's we are trying to avoid

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              • #8
                Re: Keeping the sort for external default record

                Why?

                You might try coping to a temp table, emptying the current table, then appending back to the original in the order you want.
                There can be only one.

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                • #9
                  Re: Keeping the sort for external default record

                  David K,

                  As you know, the record number corresponds to the physical location of the record in the DBF table. I don't think Alpha supplies a "sorting" capability that lets you open a table and then physically move records around within the table until they're fully sorted, all in one step. For native Alpha tables the sequence would be to copy the records to a second table in the desired sort order; and then, append them back to the original table if desired. This second step would appear to be unnecessary in your situation. The "second" table could be sent to the commercial printer, leaving your original table in its original "unsorted" state.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Keeping the sort for external default record

                    How do you copy to a temp table

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                    • #11
                      Re: Keeping the sort for external default record

                      Operations tab, Copy operation.
                      There can be only one.

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