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    Peter MacDonald
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    Default A5 Product Feedback

    I would like any feedback, positive or negative, on the following Alpha 5 products from a "hands on" point of view.

    * Alpha 5 Home Version
    (How cutdown is this product and is it really simple to
    to develop databases?)

    * Add-on Template
    (Is adding on the accounting template as easy as 1-2-3?
    What should I know before recommending it to my boss?)

    Thank you.

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    Default RE: A5 Product Feedback

    Hi Peter,

    How one product is compared to the other depends on your needs.

    Home Edition...How cutback? Not much. It's my understnding that it's only missing the Xdialog and the action script related to Xdailog. Alpha is easy to use. Like anything else, there is a learning curve. Some have found it steep and others not. It depends a lot on your approach. If you've used other products, you need to start is if you've had no experience. While some things are similar, you need to determine you will do it Alpha's way and not the other way.

    Accounting Package... I haven't used it but I've not seen anything that's a major issue on this message board.

    Others may have input as well.

    kenn

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    Default RE: A5 Product Feedback

    Actually Ken (and Peter), the Home Edition does include Xdialog, it's just the Xdilaog Genie (in Action Scripting) that has been removed. If you'd still like to use Xdialog you can. You'll just need to code it by hand.

    -Lenny

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    Default RE: A5 Product Feedback

    Lenny,

    Thanks for the clarification.

    kenn

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    Default RE: A5 Product Feedback

    Peter

    One of the big problems of evaluating the difficulty level of any product is that it is impossible to assess the competency level of the user. A product might be very easy to understand for one level of user knowledge and be a total fog to another.

    While I have not used the accounting template, it appears fairly simple and a great place to start an accounting package. Notice, I say start. It is just a template. A fairly complete template. It probably can be used without any real changes, but you will probably want to make changes to fit your specific needs. The question isn't how easy the template is to use, but how comfortable are you with Alpha 5 to make small changes?

    Alpha 5 is very easy to use and learn, but like any product, it does take a little experience to get the most out of it.

    Jerry

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