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    james thompson
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    Default Alpha 4 data files working in Alpha 5.

    Will Alpha 4 data files, scripts, field rules, etc. work in Alpha 5?

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    Gedi Margaitis
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    Default RE: Alpha 4 data files working in Alpha 5.

    Only the database (*.DBF) files can be used with A5.

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    Default RE: Alpha 4 data files working in Alpha 5.

    James,

    Alpha Five is not really and upgrade from Alpha Four. Gedi is correct, you will have to recreate all forms, reports, labels, letter in Alpha Five from scratch. One thing in common, as Gedi indicates, is the data format - .dbf's. Another commonality is that Alpha Five also uses Field Rules. So if you are familiar with A4's field rules, you have a leg up. Alpha Five has a very powerful programming language called xbasic. I know nothing about it, but from reading in the A5V5 message boards, it is VERY powerful and robust.

    Have you gone to A5 yet?

    Mike

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    Not yet. I'm thinking about switching to another software package with better reporting tools.

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    Hello James:

    How do you know the other program you are considering has better reporting tools than Alpha Five if you're not familiar A5?

    Robert T

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    I am considering crystal reports to generate reports based on Alpha data files or excel spreadsheet data files.

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    James:

    Crystal Reports is an excellent product that will do everything you want and then some. However, I'm trying to figure out how someone who has never used Alpha Five came to the conclusion that the Alpha Five Report writer is inadequate for your needs.

    Robert T

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    Default RE: Alpha 4 data files working in Alpha 5.

    I am very familar with Alpha 5. We have been using it for six years. Our management would like to have WUSISYG type of financial reports. Alpha 5 does not provide these type of reports. I am currently using the DOS Version 8.

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    Hi James:

    Thanks for the explanation.

    Robert T

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    Default RE: Alpha 4 data files working in Alpha 5.

    Hello James:

    You know what, when I read over your thread, I found it somwhwat confusing. Now you say you're very familiar with A5 because you've been using it for six years.

    However, in the very first message of this thread you wrote:

    [Will Alpha 4 data files, scripts, field rules, etc. work in Alpha 5? ]

    Excuse me James, but if you've been using A5 for six years, you wouldn't ask that question because the answer is obvious.

    Robert T

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