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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Alpha Five to the rescue! Custom Help Window feature pack released

Whenever I'm in need of a little help, I always get the same Beatles chorus stuck in my head:

"Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help."

But if singing along to "Help!" won't help you out, our new Alpha Five Version 10.5 Custom Help Window feature pack might do the trick. It lets you define custom help systems for your Grid components, including the Search, Grid and Detail View parts, and for individual fields.

With it, you can create your own help text and have it display in multiple languages based on the end user's current active language. The help messages are read from either a .dbf or SQL table. Even after the app is published, you can edit the message. You can then define a button that will trigger a pop-up window in response to the end user clicking on a help icon or pressing the F1 key.

Better yet, when you define a help topic, you can use special commands, or directives, in the help text. This will dynamically generate parts of the help text to let different help text be displayed depending on who the user is. For example, an administrator or a manager.

There's a lot more to it than this. Watch the six videos below to get a demo of the feature pack, or flip over to our release notes. Then let me know if you get that Beatles song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. :)

Part one

Part two

Part three

Part four

Part five

Part six

If this feature pack is something that your app can benefit from, head over to the Alpha Store and buy it for $99.


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