Year End Inventory Reduction Sale at dBase

It is the perfect time of the year to stop by store.dbase.com and take advantage of deep discounts during our Year-end Inventory Reduction Sale! Everything in the store is 25-50% off the regular price!

Say Yes and Save this Year End

Until the end of this year, starting Wednesday, December 26th 2012 at 12:00AM EST, you can save 25% on all dBase products*. That’s 25% off dBASE PLUS, dbDOS, dBASE CLASSIC, and even online Training. As for any physical items in your order like Books, Manuals and CDs , you can take an additional 25% off. That is 50% off all Books, Manuals and CDs. Just use the promotional code “YEAREND” when you check out to take advantage of this one-time sale*.

*Discounted prices are available only for purchases made starting Wednesday December 26th 2012 at 12:00AM EST ending on Monday December 31st 2012 at 11:59PM EST.

Apprentice Program for dBASE CLASSIC for you and a colleague

Keeping your investment in dBASE CLASSIC up and running is just as important to us here at dBase, LLC as it is to you. That is why we are extending our year-end apprentice promotion to users of dBASE CLASSIC.

By naming a second individual, you will both be able to attend not one, but two of our training seminars. Our goal is to help you expand your company’s dBASE expertise and protect your investment in your dBASE applications that you depend on every day.

For any purchase of dBASE CLASSIC Bundle, made between November 1st 2012, and December 31st 2012, we will include two seats in our successful online training seminar “Working with dbDOS”. Additionally, we will include two seats to our newly introduced training seminar “Migrating your dBASE programs to dBASE PLUS 2.8”. With each purchase, you will receive two invitations to each of these classes.

dBASE CLASSIC™ and dbDOS™ have been wonderful additions to the dBase line of products,” said Mike Rozlog, CEO of dBase. “The new dBASE CLASSIC™ Apprentice Program helps ensure companies continuity going forward with this tried and true technology. It also offers these same companies a glimpse of what can be accomplished with the latest dBASE development products by showing how easy it is to migrate those older products to the newer foundation, thus ensuring even a longer runway with the dBASE technology.

This is a great opportunity to show one of your colleagues how to utilize dBASE in order to create powerful applications that can help your business thrive in today’s difficult economy.

There will be a single date in January 2013 with two different time options to take the “Working with dbDOS” seminar.

The date is set for January 23rd from 1:00 pm EST to 2:00 pm EST (GMT -5) or later that same day from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm EST (GMT -5). All four seminars will be presented in English.

There will be a single date in January 2013 with two different time options to take the “Migrating your dBASE programs to dBASE Plus 2.8“.

The first seminar is set for January 24th from 1:00 pm EST to 3:00 pm EST (GMT -5) or later that same day from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am EST (GMT -5). Both seminars will be presented in English.

Apprentice Program for dBASE Plus 2.8 for you and a colleague

Here at dBase, LLC we realize that many dBASE solutions have been for the most part owned and operated by just a handful of talented individuals. There are times when the person responsible for maintaining the dBASE application is not available. And it always seems to be at those times, when their support is needed most.

That is why for the rest of this calendar year, we are extending our training offer to include a second individual. By naming a second individual, you will both be able to attend not one, but two of our training seminars. Our goal is to help you expand your company’s dBASE expertise and protect your investment in your dBASE applications that you depend on every day.

For any purchase of dBASE PLUS 2.8, Full or Upgrade made between November 1st 2012, and December 31st 2012, we will include two seats in our successful online training seminar “Working with dBASE”. Additionally, we will include two seats to our newly introduced training seminar “Migrating your dBASE programs to dBASE PLUS 2.8”. With each purchase, you will receive two invitations to each of these classes.

The new apprentice program just makes good business sense,” said Mike Rozlog, CEO of dBase. “I think this is a great way to get more people involved with dBASE and its great technology and at no additional cost. In addition, this will help many small businesses and individuals have the needed technology backup ready to go when the need arises.

This is a great opportunity to show one of your colleagues how to utilize dBASE in order to create powerful applications that can help your business thrive in today’s difficult economy.

There will be two different date options to take the “Working with dBASE” seminar. Each date will offer two different time options to better accommodate worldwide participation.

  • The first date is set for December 6th with the seminar from 1:00 pm EST to 3:00 pm EST (GMT -5) or later that same day from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am EST (GMT -5).
  • The second date is set for January 8th from 1:00 pm EST to 3:00 pm EST (GMT -5) or later that same day from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am EST (GMT -5). All four seminars will be presented in English.

There will be a single date in January 2013 with two different time options to take the “Migrating your dBASE programs to dBASE Plus 2.8“.

  • The first seminar is set for January 10th from 1:00 pm EST to 3:00 pm EST (GMT -5) or later that same day from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am EST (GMT -5). Both seminars will be presented in English.

Migrating your dBASE™ programs to dBASE™ Plus 2.8

With the introduction of dbDOS earlier this year, and the reintroduction of dBASE CLASSIC™, we are proving that here at dBase, LLC, we are committed to keep your dBASE™ programs up and running well into the future.

That being said, many of our customers are still very much interested in learning how to migrate their dBASE programs to the current dBASE Plus 2.8 in order to take advantage of the latest technology enhancements, as well as ensure that their programs are better positioned to withstand the test of time. Today dBase, LLC (dBase) is happy to announce a new training class for dBASE, Migrating your dBASE programs to dBASE Plus 2.8.

It is amazing, the number of dBASE customers located around the world that are on DOS based products, and this class is designed to help them move to a later platform”, said Mike Rozlog CEO of dBase. “This continues our commitment to the entire dBASE community by helping customers that want to stay with DOS by using dbDOS™, and those customers that want to modernize their applications from the DOS era but just don’t know how to.

The new Migrating your dBASE programs to dBASE Plus 2.8 training course will be 60 minutes in length, and will cover the following topics:

  • dBASE III+, and IV (1.0, 1.5, and 2.0) migration to dBASE CLASSIC
  • Migrating a project from dBASE CLASSIC to dBASE for Windows
  • Updating the program to run in dBASE Plus 2.8

The introductory cost of this new training seminar will be $99.00 USD for a single one-hour session. Following your purchase, you will receive a private invitation to attend one of the January 10th sessions, either at 1:00 PM EST or 10:00 PM EST. The invitation will include details on how to participate.

dbDOS™ Training is now available!

Today dBase, LLC (dBase) is proud to announce a brand new training class for dbDOS™. Response to dbDOS™ has been great. With the help of this training course, you will be able keep your original investment in dBASE™ up and running on the latest hardware.

The dbDOS™ product is an important new component for the dBASE community”, said Mike Rozlog CEO of dBase. “Most of our surveys around the community show that around 50% of the dBASE community is still using some form of DOS based dBASE, so this product is essential in many of our users lives. Plus, the product has matured very fast and is the easiest way for DOS users to continue using their DOS based software.

The latest version of dbDOS™ builds on the prior releases by adding new memory management and bring the RAW print feature out of beta. Now, it is possible to print reports from dBASE for DOS, just like it did back in the 80’s and 90’s

The new Working with dbDOS™ training course will be 60 minutes in length and will cover the following topics:

  • Architecture Overview
  • Installation and Setup
  • Using Mounted Drives
  • Program and Directory Configuration
  • Interpreted Printing
  • RAW Printing
  • Advanced Configurations

The cost of this training seminar will be $99.00 USD for a single one-hour session. Following your purchase, you will receive a private invitation to attend one of the November 7th sessions, either at 1:00 PM EST or 10:00 PM EST. The invitation will include details on how to participate.

Between October 1st 2012 and October 31st 2012, any purchase the dBASE CLASSIC™ Bundle will include this training seminar (a $99 value) as part of your purchase*.

Also between October 1st 2012 and October 31st 2012, you can take advantage of the dBASE CLASSIC Anniversary Pricing when purchasing the dBASE CLASSIC™ Bundle for $178.00 USD. That is a $297.00 USD value for only $178.00 USD, a 59% savings when you take advantage of this promotion*.

For individuals that have already purchased dbDOS™, this class can be purchased separately.

Thanks for your continued support of dBase!

Michael J. Rozlog
President and Chief Executive Officer
dBase, LLC

*Sale price is available only for purchases during the month of October 2012.

UPDATE: To clarify, until October 31st 2012 all three products combined in one bundle, dBASE CLASSIC, dbDOS, and dbDOS TRAINING, is a $297.00 USD value for only $178.00 USD.

dbDOS™ Prints Like It’s 1989

Who would have thought that it would be printer specific escape characters of printed documents that would elude us so some twenty years later? We have just recently resolved an issue related to printing reports from dBASE and could not wait to share it with you. In the latest edition of dbDOS™ we have printing working the way it did back in the day! If you are printing reports that use the PICA or 10 Characters Per-Inch (CPI) then dbDOS™ 1.5.1 is your solution.

“dbDOS™ enables our existing dBASE DOS customers to continue using their great software”, said Mike Rozlog CEO of dBase, LLC. “The biggest issue we have been trying to fix for our customers is the print functionality on new hardware. Now, with dbDOS™ 1.5.1, we finally have a solution that appears to work across a wide range of hardware setups.”

The most common print format in dBASE for DOS products was PICA. This was the general use approach for many people generating reports. The new upgrade makes print PICA based reports as simple as printing the normal way. dBASE also supported two additional print types – Elite 12 CPI, and Condensed 16 CPI. These report types are supported through the use of the dbDOS™ feature “Interpreted printing”, where the user can change the font, font size, and use the Windows® Printer driver with settings like “Fit to Page.”

dbDOS™ 1.5.1 is the most comprehensive solution for using DOS based software on the latest and greatest hardware and Windows operating systems regardless if the OS is based on 32 bit or 64 bit environments.

dbDOS™ 1.5.1 is an exciting upgrade for customers already using older dBASE for DOS products because now they have the ability to print on the latest hardware and software from Microsoft. It is also an excellent opportunity for users of dBASE III and IV for DOS to upgrade to the dBASE CLASSIC™ product currently on SALE right now for just $79 USD! The dBASE CLASSIC™ product is based on dBASE V (5.0) for DOS and can be bundled with dbDOS at a special price of $179 USD.

dbDOS™ 1.5.1 is sold separately is currently available for $99 USD.

*Sale price is available only for purchases during the month of October 2012.

Special Anniversary Celebration Pricing for dBASE CLASSIC™

To celebrate the original dBASE™ 5.0’s Eighteenth Anniversary, dBase, LLC is happy to announce special pricing for the entire month of October 2012. The dBASE™ platform on DOS was one of the most used databases in the historic timeline of dBASE™ and to this day still represents a significant number of our users. In fact, almost half of the dBASE™ user community is still using some form of the DOS based dBASE™ product.

Back in 1994, Borland dBASE™ 5.0 for DOS was release at a retail price of $799 USD for a new license. For a limited time, that same full license of dBASE™ will be available for $79 USD. That is just 10% of its introductory price from eighteen years ago. There has never been a better time to upgrade your applications from dBASE™ III, IV (1.0, 1.5, and 2.0) to dBASE CLASSIC™. Here are just a few of the reasons you should upgrade:

  • dBASE CLASSIC™ is Based on the Borland dBASE™ 5.0 for DOS.
  • Full 32-bit operation for superior performance: dBASE CLASSIC™ runs in 32-bit mode while remaining 100% compatible with 16-bit programs, tables, forms, and reports created by previous versions of dBASE™. dBASE CLASSIC™ applications run up to twice as fast as their equivalents created in prior versions of dBASE™ IV. In many operations, dBASE CLASSIC™ will run hundreds of times faster than previous versions of dBASE™ III PLUS.
  • 100% backwards compatible with prior version from dBASE™ III through dBASE™ IV 2.0
  • One of the most exciting new features of dBASE CLASSIC™ is its two-way graphical Form Designer tools, which allows developers to work interchangeably between their visual design and source code. The source code created by the Form Designer can be edited and customized, and the changes made are instantly reflected in the associated form.
  • Integrated compiler for cost-effective distribution: dBASE CLASSIC™ includes a built-in compiler that simplifies the development cycle (no more switching back and forth between dBASE™ and the dBASE™ Compiler for development and debugging) and saves the expense of an add-on compiler.
  • Other new features increase application capacities: New database and programming language enhancements increase the number of work areas, maximum size of records, and the number of fields per record. A new set of commands greatly enhance array processing.
  • Includes the full shipping version of documentation in searchable PDF form
  • The base version needed to convert to dBASE™ Plus and beyond
  • Now available on CD (sorry, no floppy disk option available).

Here at dBase, we recognized that a large number of users are still using dBASE™ on MS-DOS platforms, which is why we introduced dbDOS™. Updating from prior versions of dBASE™ for DOS to the final and most stable release in order to maintain the longevity of these sometimes mission critical applications, is more than worth the effort. Until today, the only way to get a licensed copy of dBASE™ 5.0 for DOS was to purchase an upgrade or a new copy of dBASE™ PLUS 2.8 and purchase the additional CD. That was a costly matter for our customers that were not looking to upgrade their applications to a windows version of dBASE™ at this time.

Once this special promotion offer expires, the new dBASE CLASSIC™ stand-alone, fully licensed version of dBASE™ 5.0 for DOS will continue to be available at a price of $99.00 USD.

Also included exclusively with this stand-alone version are the searchable PDF versions of the entire documentation set that originally shipped with dBASE™ 5.0 for DOS. dBase is calling the included documentation a “box of docs” and for those customers who cannot remember, the original dBASE™ 5.0 for DOS was shipped with 5 manuals weighing just over 15 pounds. dBASE CLASSIC™ will not weigh that much, but it will have all the information that was shipped in the original dBASE™ 5.0 for DOS.

[line]“The fact that almost half of the dBASE™ community is still using a version of dBASE™ (III, IV, or V) for DOS is amazing”, said Mike Rozlog CEO. “What is great about dBASE CLASSIC™ is that it is 100% backwards compatible with prior versions of dBASE™ for DOS, and it is the easiest way for the dBASE™ for DOS users to get to dBASE™ for Windows. This will be extremely important as time goes on, as we rebuild dBASE™ for the 22nd century.”[line]

The dBASE CLASSIC™ promotional anniversary pricing for October 2012 will be available on both packages; the $79.00 USD stand-alone package, which includes the entire dBASE™ 5.0 for DOS product, and the $178.00 USD package, a bundle which includes both dBASE CLASSIC™ and dbDOS™. Both packages are sold on a per-user basis.

New Memory Manager enables dBASE to run even faster with dbDOS 1.5!

dbDOS™ continues to be the fastest, easiest way to run dBASE™ for DOS on the latest Windows Operating Systems. Bundled with the reintroduced dBASE™ CLASSIC for DOS and you have a complete solution to launch your own dBASE™ applications on the latest hardware platforms. With version 1.5, dbDOS™ manages memory even better than before. In fact, procedures that once took forty-five minutes now take less than two. This allows dbDOS™ 1.5 to not only run dBASE™ for DOS programs faster and more efficiently, but also enables users to run more DOS based programs than ever before.

That is not all; we have been hard at work making dbDOS™ the best solution to extend the lifespan of dBASE programs well into the future. Here are some of the top features that are offered:

  • Easy to use wizard based interface supports importing and exporting of multiple environment configurations
  • No modifications to dBASE™ or any other applications are required
  • Ability to run any of your DOS programs* (BETA)
  • Very small footprint, under 10 megabytes of storage needed for the program
  • Enhanced memory capabilities with JEMM386 enables programs to run much faster
  • New clipboard feature for pasting text into DOS from Windows
  • Pick your screen resolution, need a bigger window than the default 640×480.
  • Ability to print ESC and Printer specific codes to the host OS’s printers (either networked or connected)
  • Revive existing applications instead of rewriting them

*Requires original installation media and license from manufacture

If you are using dbDOS™ now, download the patch from dbase.com/updatesandfixes.asp and install it over the current version then open up each configuration and save it again. Please watch this YouTube video where I explain this in more detail at youtube.com/user/dBaseLLC.

We’ve heard you! Choose from two different training sessions scheduled for worldwide audiences!

As you may know already, dBASE PLUS 2.8 has been used by professionals around the world ever since it was first introduced. Response to our recently announced training has been impressive to say the least. To accommodate our customers around the globe, we will now be offering the class at two different times.

Any purchase of dBASE Plus 2.8 Full or Upgrade between September 1st 2012 and September 30th 2012 will include this training seminar (a $199 value) as part of your purchase*.

If you are a dBASE for DOS customer ready to get up to speed on the programming in dBASE 2.8 for Windows, or if you are returning to dBASE after a number of years looking to enhance an existing dBASE 2.8 for Windows skill set, these two one-hour training sessions will help you on your way.

For individuals that have already purchased dBASE 2.8, this class can be purchased separately. The cost of this training seminar will be $199 for two one-hour sessions. Following your purchase, you will receive a private invitation outlining the exact data and time that the online class will take place including details on how to participate.

We are pleased to announce there will be two different time options available to better accommodate worldwide participation. Both sessions will be presented in English and based on feedback from previous classes, both will consist of a single two hour session.

October 4th from 1:00 PM EST to 3:00 PM EST (GMT -5).

October 4th from 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM EST (GMT -5).

The agenda for each option will include the following topics:

• How to use design tools to create and edit an application
• Creating dBASE File (DBF) Tables with indexes
• Establishing Parent Child Relationships with Data Modules
• Setting up Data Entry Forms
• Customize your application with Menus
• Enhance Reports by showing Grouped and Summarized data
• Building and Packaging the application for deployment to client workstations

Each of these interactive sessions will grant you direct access to dBase’s own engineering staff where you can directly ask questions and drill down into any issue that you need more help with.

Best Regards,
Michael J. Rozlog
President and Chief Executive Officer
dBase, LLC

First 150 days of the new dBase, LLC.

On Monday April 2nd 2012 dBase LLC was introduced and dBASE was reborn. Since then, we have been in the process of reintroducing the new dBase LLC, the company that is reinvigorating the dBASE product lines. It has been roughly one-hundred-fifty days and we wanted to touch base and share a quick review of what has been accomplished, and where the new company stands.

In the initial press release and announcement, we made a promise to the dBase community that we would be working around the clock to provide the best products and services to ensure our users could manage data, build cutting-edge applications, and tools. We also made the promise that we would communicate as much as we could, take feedback from you, and make decisions that will best reflect the needs of our vast community of users, developers, and fans. In case you missed it, here is what we have done thus far:

  • Restarting the new company: There was a great deal of work behind the scenes since this was a massive undertaking, and the new team pulled it off in spectacular fashion. It involved not only integrating the existing employees with new employees, it was revitalizing the very core of the operational side of the company. Everything from Email, Newsgroups, Accounting, and even the Office Furniture needed to be updated, reviewed, and reset!
  • Worldwide Distributors: One of the main concerns was reestablishing strong connections to our worldwide distributors to ensure that we could deliver great products and services around the world. I am pleased to announce that by working closely with the distributors and understanding what they need to be successful that we have rebuilt the team and will be expanding in areas that we currently do not have coverage.
  • Update dBASE 2.8: As our first major product undertaking, we wanted to show the community that we could deliver. Within the first month of operations, we had reintroduced a new standard license agreement, one that would protect both our customers and ourselves as well. We also introduced new STANDARD pricing. No more massive sales discounts or waiting until this day or that day to purchase, the standard pricing for dBASE PLUS 2.8 is $399.00 USD new version, $299.00 USD upgrade. Then, as a token of appreciation to all of our loyal customers that had already purchased 2.7x and shown support for the product, we provided an upgrade to dBASE 2.8 free of charge.
  • Introduction of dbDOS™: Not every dBASE application has kept up with the changing times. For many, the philosophy of “if it is not broken, do not try and fix it” still applies. This is certainly true of many existing dBASE for DOS applications that are still operational today. The problem is that maintaining the underlying DOS operating system on modern updateable hardware is becoming a serious challenge. The software is outliving the hardware. dbDOS™ was centered around the idea that we wanted to support the ENTIRE dBASE community, not just the latest and greatest dBASE products. It is unbelievable the number of developers and users around the world that are still using the DOS-based version of dBASE. These MS-DOS based versions of dBASE will not run on Windows Vista and above. dbDOS™ not only allows you to do that, but it also allows you to print, which was not possible using the current Virtual Machines (VM’s) on the market today. The response has been wonderful, and if you want to learn more about dbDOS take a look at the website: http://dbdos.com
  • New dbase.com website: This was a huge challenge because we had over 10 years of information located in a rather old style website that was very hard to maintain and update in a timely manner. The main concern was to make sure that the “information” that the community relies on was there and as close to the same URL location as possible. In addition, we wanted to add as much media as possible to tell the story, so the team spent a good amount of time optimizing images, videos, and sound to ensure a speedy experience even when the internet connection is less than optimal. It also had to be available on mobile devices of all types. We are very pleased with the outcome. The new site has a modern look and feel, is easy to update and maintain, and you can search for information located across the website. It is a strong foundation for dBase to launch new and existing products in the future. If you have not visited the new website, please take a minute or two to check it out: http://dbase.com
  • Introduction of dBase lead training: Another one of the requests that we received almost every day was for training classes. We heard you loud and clear! We began offering dBASE Plus training in the month of July, gave the first training at the beginning of August, and made it an official product offering later in the month. We had our first class with paying customers this week. Be on the lookout for more classes coming in the next couple of months. The next new one will be dbDOS training and then more dBASE training. For more information on training look at the new website overview: http://www.dbase.com/training/
  • Introduction of dBASE CLASSIC™: This product, which is based on the dBASE V (5.0) for DOS, was put in place because of the number of requests we received from the dBASE community. Before the introduction of dBASE CLASSIC™, it was a less than intuitive ordering process that was expensive and time consuming. We have resolved all of those issues, added in a copy of all the full manuals in searchable PDFs, and set a low introductory price. If you want or need more information on dBASE CLASSIC™ please check out the website: http://dbaseclassic.com

This list is just the start. Our re-established research and development team is working hard on many new features to our existing products, as well as some new offerings that we hope will meet your personal and professional needs. In the coming days, we will be enhancing the online store to give a better experience when purchasing products, which will make it faster and easier to use.

We hope you like what you are seeing from the new dBase company, and we would love for you to take a few minutes to answer some survey questions focusing on what we have been doing and what we can do better. Please go to the survey here: www.dbase.com/survey and answer this short questionnaire. We will use this information to help craft a long-term strategy that will keep dBASE in tune with what you need, and turn dBase LLC into the company you always wanted it to be.

Thanks again for your time and consideration.

Go dBase!

Mike Rozlog
dBase, LLC.
President and CEO