Monthly Archives: October 2012

Oct 17

dbDOS™ Training is now available!

By dBaseGeoffrey | Newsroom

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.

Oct 10

dbDOS™ Prints Like It’s 1989

By dBaseGeoffrey | Newsroom

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.

Oct 03

Special Anniversary Celebration Pricing for dBASE CLASSIC™

By dBaseGeoffrey | Newsroom , Promotions

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.