Applications and Tools
Computer software makes the process of programming messages for the
Alpha, AlphaVision, Alpha Premiere, AlphaEclipse,
Alpha Director, Alpha Solar, and BetaBrite displays
fast and easy, while giving users full access to the many features
built into these displays. Innovative Industry Application Programs
integrate the display of messages and the display of real-time business,
production, and financial information. Software tools and custom programs
round out the programming options that are available.
programs invoke the following display features:
or Proportional Spacing
Date and Time
features are included, such as:
and Down Counters by Minute, Hour and Day
Computer and Remote Keyboard Messaging
AlphaNet has evolved from a full-featured DOS message editor
into a comprehensive suite of Windows programs and diagnostics routines
that can invoke many features designed into the Alpha,
AlphaVision, AlphaEclipse, Alpha Premiere, Alpha
Director, and BetaBrite displays. AlphaNet software
will also program older Alpha
models - the Alpha 210, Alpha 221, Alpha 430,
Alpha 440, Alpha 460, Alpha 480, Alpha 710,
Alpha 715, Alpha 790i, and Alpha Solar series.
The newest version, AlphaNet 3 for Windows, has features to
program the new Alpha Eclipse StreetSmart and Alpha Eclipse Pure Color RGB full-color
models. AlphaNet features include:
- Saves messages as files on disk. These messages can then be retrieved
and modified and resent to the sign(s). Today's messages become
tomorrow's message templates.
- Has a message Scheduling feature. Messages can be scheduled
to run at specific times on specific days.
- Has a Counters feature that will increment or decrement up to five
counters at once by day, hour, or minute in any interval, eg.
increment by 2 every second starting with a specific value. This
is handy for Safety Counters, such as Days Since a Lost
- Has a Message Simulator that shows how messages will appear on
any Alpha or BetaBrite sign model.
- Has many additional features. Click here to read more.
The Alpha File Loader system is designed to compose and store messages,
animations, and graphics in each of the specific memory areas in Alpha
and BetaBrite signs. It a full-featured software program
that provides multiple message editors (one for each Alpha or
BetaBrite sign memory area) with pull-down menus for modes,
positions, characters, colors, speeds, animations, international characters,
special characters, editing features, and more. It has multiple message
simulators (one for each sign memory area) that display the message
exactly as it will display on any Alpha or BetaBrite sign
model. The Alpha File Loader program was designed for two types
with the Alpha Discrete Input Interface Device who need
a convenient way to program up to 36 messages in their Alpha
signs. These stored messages are triggered automatically by
the Alpha Discrete Input Interface Device. At present,
most of these users enter messages using the Infrared Keyboard.
This is time-consuming and error-prone, and there is no way to
save the messages on disk, and there is no way to easily replace
all the messages with a different set of messages.
users do not have a computer where their sign is normally used.
These locations include buses, taxis, and limousines; restaurants
and bars; coin laundries; convenience stores; trade show booths;
department store point-of-sale; business, church, or casino lobbies;
and many others. These users need a way to program their signs
with multiple stored messages that can be triggered easlily by
two or three keystrokes on the Infrared Keyboard. For example,
a sign could have a message list like this:
TIME, and DATE
HOUR FROM 5-6PM
NIGHT IS KARAOKE NIGHT
WE'RE CLOSED. WE REOPEN AT 9 AM.
AND DONUT SPECIAL $2
SPECIAL-BURGER AND FRIES $5
their Infrared Keyboard can be used to RUN A or RUN
B or RUN ABC.
Alpha File Loader meets the needs of these users. It allows
multiple lists of messages to be composed easily, saved on disk,
and a selected list of messages can be transmitted quickly to Alpha
and BetaBrite signs. Saved messages can be retrieved and
modified later and transmitted again to the sign. Alpha File
Loader software supports RS232, RS485, TCP/IP, and UDP connectivity.
It will automatically play one message, selected messages, or all
messages when the messages are transmitted to the sign(s), and it
can trigger special devices, such as strobe lights, stack lights,
Messaging Program and Alpha
These two WYSIWYG
messaging programs simplify the messaging process for users with little
or no computer experience. Both programs allow a message to be typed
on the computer screen in the same color and font it will have on
the sign. Simple point and click icons specify message features, such
as color, font, speed and display mode.
Remote Messaging System
This network-based program allows multiple
users to compose, modify and send messages to the same Alpha
display(s). It solves the problem of one user's messages replacing
another user's messages on the same sign. The Alpha Remote Messaging
System creates and maintains a message database that is shared
by all users.
Web Ticker Software
Integrates your own custom messages and real-time text
from a Web site..
Call Center Industry
Application Programs integrate messaging and real-time information
on one or more displays:
ProductionView and Messaging integrates messages and real-time
information from manufacturing processes.
Broadcast Service and Messaging integrates messages and real-time
sports scores, news and financial reports.
Marquee Active X Control
software tool for program developers simplifies the development
of custom applications for Alpha, AlphaVision, and
SmartAlec (Discontinued) - The Smart Alec Intelligent Messaging System was an application development
tool that allowed developers to integrate Alpha, AlphaVision, AlphaEclipse messaging with a wide variety of input
and output devices, networks and protocols. Give Alpha-American Programmable Signs a call. We'll show you a better way to achieve your custom applications..
Software Technical Support
Alpha and BetaBrite programs and software tools are supported by knowledgeable
and experienced programmers, instructors, technicians and application
support personnel at Alpha-American Programmable Signs. Assistance is available by telephone, on site in
your location, by e-mail, or online.
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