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Monday, April 25, 2011

Alpha Five Version 11 Feature Peek #6: Primp your PDF

How fancy you design PDF documents in your Alpha Five Web app is up to you. But now you can control how much or how little of the PDF you want displayed. In Alpha Five Version 11 we've added a new set of parameters in the Tabbed UI to let you control how a PDF is initially displayed in the PDF Viewer.

Prior to this, the PDF Viewer would decide internally how to display the PDF. It set the zoom and what part of the page that would be shown. You had limited control. Now you can specify how you want the PDF to be displayed under the PDF Open Parameters option. You can even set a parameter that will automatically execute a search in the PDF when it's opened.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Alpha Five helps AltaPoint deploy electronic medical records everywhere doctors and patients are

I was the first to declare the trend that doctors are rushing to embrace Alpha Five. I was partially kidding. But then I talked to Doug Lyman, CEO and founder of AltaPoint Data Systems, who is another Alpha Five developer helping support this trend.

While Doug isn't a doctor, he did develop and is selling AltaPoint's Medical desktop application. It integrates medical practice management with electronic medical records (EMRs) management. He wanted to take his app from the desktop to the Web to give doctors and their patients access to EMRs on any Web-enabled device.

Read how Doug used Alpha Five to bring his idea to fruition below or open the fancy PDF version. And keep your eyes peeled to the blog, I'll be posting a demo of Doug's app shortly.

Customer Name
AltaPoint Data Systems, LLC

Customer Profile
AltaPoint Data Systems, LLC develops and sells practice management software for the health care industry. It is the creator of AltaPoint Medical and AltaPoint Medical is a popular windows-based, desktop application for medical practice management. is AltaPoint Medical’s Web application counterpart, where doctors and patients can access EMRs on any Web-enabled device.

Midvale, Utah

Health care

Customer Situation
Several thousand independent doctors and small group practices worldwide use AltaPoint Data Systems’ Medical practice management software. The AltaPoint Medical desktop application was one of the first platforms to seamlessly integrate medical practice management with electronic medical records (EMRs)management. It lets doctors record and access patients’ EMRs as well as manage their front office with functionality, such as patient scheduling, billing, and insurance claim preparation. AltaPoint Medical’s users have consistently reported that the application meets their EMR needs. However, there is increased pressure to move EMRs to the Web with the Obama administration’s American Reinvestment Recovery Act of 2009. Doug Lyman, CEO and founder of AltaPoint Data Systems, set out to bring AltaPoint Medical to the Web to give doctors and their patients access to EMRs on any Web-enabled device. An experienced developer, Doug knew that a rapid application development (RAD) platform would let him build a Web application with the same speed and efficiency as a desktop application. He also wanted the application to be able to run on a mobile device, including the iPad, iPhone, or any other smart phone. He had to work under a tight budget and deadline. The platform had to connect to AltaPoint Medical’s existing database. And to further customize it down the road, he wanted the ability to deploy the application and replicate it for other solutions.

Partner Solution
Doug searched the market and narrowed down his choices to a few RAD platforms. Alpha Five Version 10 stood out on his list with its free 30-day trial and low licensing fees, as well as its reputation for power and productivity when building Ajax Web 2.0 applications. He downloaded the trial and began testing its features. For instance, the JavaScript with Ajax call-backs (created through an easy visual point and click builder) ensured that the Web application would have the speed of a desktop app, with the ability to run anywhere, including mobile devices. After two weeks of testing, Doug determined that Alpha Five met all of his criteria in a RAD platform. With the help of Alpha Software’s online tutorials, Doug single-handedly built, AltaPoint Medical’s new Web application counterpart, in approximately five months. zPatient is a Web application where patients can access their medical records, which includes medical history, problem lists, prescriptions with online refill requests, immunizations, X-rays and images, lab results, and more. Patients can also see their upcoming medical appointments, review their statement, and even make an online payment.

Alpha Five provided Doug the platform to take EMRs to the Web, and more importantly, to mobile devices for real-time access anytime, anywhere for doctors and patients. Its interface is simple to navigate and the application is easy to learn. Users simply self register and begin using it immediately.

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AltaPoint Data Systems, LLC

Friday, October 08, 2010

Alpha Five feature pack of the week is Reports: Table of Contents, Bookmarks, and Index

Whether you're building a Web or desktop app, you now have the ability to add a table of contents, bookmarks, and an index to your reports with the new Reports: Table of Contents, Bookmarks, and Index feature pack. Better yet, when you create these sections, the entries are live, even after you print the report to a PDF file. Click on one and you're whisked away to the correct page in the report.

As for layout, you can completely customize the table of contents and index sections. And you can also  customize the entries of those sections and the bookmarks. This feature pack makes it a breeze to create reports that can be easily navigated. Watch the two videos to see how much functionality this new pack provides.

Part one

Part two

Monday, December 07, 2009

Building mashups with Alpha Five Version 10 by Martin Heller

One of my favorite parts of releasing Alpha Five Version 10 beta is seeing all the amazing applications being created with our tool. Developers and non-developers alike are taking Alpha Five Version 10 to the limits, and coming up with apps that would have been a dream not long ago.

Strategic Developer blogger Martin Heller has been spending some time in the Alpha trenches. And last week, he put together a quick tutorial on creating mashups with Alpha Five Version 10. Did you even KNOW you could do that? Many people don't.

We liked what Martin did so much, that we turned it into a fancy PDF for all to enjoy. In it, you'll learn how to write a REST client using A5V10. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Alpha Five Version 9 vs. other leading database development platforms

We've had the Alpha Competitive Feature grid up for the past few weeks now, and have taken all of your comments, comparisons, objections, and amendments to heart as we made our final, mocked-up version. Looks pretty good, if I do say so myself.

If you're an Alpha developer or VAR, feel free to use this to woo new customers. Or, if you think your company needs an easier way to create databases and manage information, give this to your boss.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Learn to build a Web database in 54 minutes

The No. 1 question I'm asked is probably, "What's involved in building a Web database application?" I asked Jerry Brighbill here at Alpha if he would put together a video tutorial. Instead of one, I got three!

Web-based Contact Manager, Part 1
16 minutes

Web-based Contact Manager, Part 2
25 minutes

Adding PDF Reports to Web Applications
17 minutes

These tutorials feature native Alpha Five .dbf files, but the processes illustrated in them are no different when building against SQL, Access, Excel, or other data. If you'd like to connect to these types of sources, see the following tutorial, by our own Dave McCormick.

Connecting to Other Data Sources
8 minutes

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