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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.

“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.”

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

dBASE CLASSIC™ the reintroduction of the original dBASE V for DOS

Today, dBase LLC is proud to announce the immediate availability of dBASE CLASSIC™, the newly repackaged historic database, based on dBASE V for DOS. The dBASE V for DOS was one of the most used databases in the historic timeline of dBASE. This was really the first fully realized IDE and database combination for building and managing data across a wide spectrum of users.

Here at dBase LLC 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 V 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.

The new dBASE CLASSIC™ is a stand-alone, fully licensed version of dBASE V for DOS at an introductory 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 V for DOS. dBase LLC is calling the included documentation a “box of docs” and for those customers who cannot remember, the original dBASE V 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 V for DOS.

“I am really excited about making dBASE CLASSIC™ available to the dBase user community,” said Michael Rozlog, CEO of dBase LLC. “The fact that we now have a way for users to continue to use their existing DOS based products on the latest and greatest Windows® hardware and software with dbDOS™, and now the ability to get a copy of dBASE V for DOS with the full doc set is really cool. Plus, the price and red tape are significantly reduced in the new packaging!”

The new dBASE CLASSIC™ will be sold in two packages; the $99.00 USD package, which includes the entire dBASE V for DOS product, and the $198.00 USD package, a bundle which includes both dBASE CLASSIC™ and dbDOS™. Both packages are sold on a per-user basis.

Purchase dBASE Plus 2.8 Full or Upgrade during August 2012 and you are invited to our next training class

We are pleased to announce a dBASE live online training seminar to help you become productive and successful with dBASE even faster!

Any purchase of dBASE Plus 2.8 Full or Upgrade between August 1st 2012 and August 31st 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.

Training Agenda

The training is set for September 6th and 7th from 1:00 pm EST to 2:00 pm EST each day. The agenda for these two training session 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.

Printing to Windows Printers with dbDOS is better than ever!

As many of our current users know, dbDOS™ is the fastest, easiest way to run dBASE for DOS on the latest Windows Operating Systems. With it you can launch your own dBASE applications on the latest hardware platforms. One of the on-going challenges is bringing forward the print functionality on these new USB, Network and even Wireless print platforms and still maintain how it used to work in the MS-DOS days of serial and parallel printers. I think we have finally figured out the majority of printing issues and are very excited to announce a new patch dbDOS™ 1.1.1!

The new print functionality that was introduced in the 1.1 version had introduced a BETA feature called RAW Print. This new way of printing allowed the Printer Escape Characters to go directly to the printer by-passing all of the Windows specific information, which allowed in certain cases to have a better result. With this update, you can now print with the RAW Print feature and get better results. We have also updated the Interpreted Print feature, which adds the Printer Preview functionality. Printing twenty-year old DOS reports in Windows 7 is not very straightforward. But we are constantly working to make it easier, and better for our dbDOS™ users. I

f 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.

Now if you do not have dbDOS™, you have dBASE for DOS products or dBASE applications, and you want to use them on the latest hardware and software combinations, you need to get dbDOS™ today!

dbDOS™ 1.1.1 is available to existing dbDOS™ 1.0 users free of charge, and the cost for new named users is still only $99.00 USD. The CD and documentation can be purchased for an additional $19.95, not including shipping and handling.

Introducing dbDOS™ 1.1

When we released dbDOS™ 1.0 in May we knew there was a need and expected a warm welcome by the dBASE community but we have been overwhelmed by the response! We wanted to reward that response by incorporating the many suggestions and requests by our customers and provide them a more features and a new level of support for their dBASE for DOS programs.

dbDOS™ 1.1 adds a significant number of features that will make using and working with the product easier and give a wider range of support for various hardware configurations. Here are just some of the great improvements introduced with dbDOS™ 1.1:
* Wizard based setup; for customers that want a little more help setting up the product we have added a new wizard to walk you through the steps. Remember, if you are an advanced user you can still use the single page setup introduced in the 1.0 version.
* Print ESC and Printer specific codes; one of the key features of dbDOS was the ability to finally print to a Windows printer with dBASE for DOS programs. Well, we found out very quickly that many dBASE for DOS users created specialized forms and reports using the low-level printer escape codes. We now provide the ability to support that approach and allow you to print those reports on Windows Printers!
* Integrated International Support; now you can select the country specific CodePage so that we support your keyboard, printer, and operating system character use automatically, while still allowing you to override it if needed.
* Better hardware support; these new configuration options allow users to select the best support for their hardware. This allows hardware like graphics cards and mice (mouse) to work better and more seamless on many different hardware configurations.
* FASTER! In some cases, almost 100% faster than the original dbDOS 1.0 product.

We have heard from many customers stating that dbDOS is a lifesaver and a huge money and resource saver as well. One customer stated that by using dbDOS their organization will save well over $195,000.00 dollars this year in rewrite costs and only have to invest $5,000.00 dollars for their 50 users to continue to use their 20+ year old software program that many users love and feel they cannot live without.  

So no matter if you are trying to use dbDOS for the one dBASE program you just love from the DOS days, or you have an organization that can benefit, dbDOS™ 1.1 is the most cost effective way to continue to use the tried and true software on the latest hardware and software for Windows®.

dbDOS™ 1.1 is available to existing dbDOS™ 1.0 users free of charge, and the cost for new named users is still $99.00 U.S. The CD and documentation can be purchased for an additional $19.95, not including shipping and handling..

Join us for a Webinar on June 21

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/165198498

To help you make an informed decision during your dBASE 2.8 evaluation, we have prepared a series of examples that will guide you through your decision making process.

In this Webinar, we will walk through some of the basic features of dBASE 2.8 including how to connect to existing data, creating a new data-input program and even some dBASE Language (dBL) logic. We will follow up by creating a basic executable file that can be deployed to your client workstations.

At the end of the Webinar, we will share various online resources available to you and answer any questions you may have.

Title: dBASE 2.8 Evaluation Webinar
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar

Are you curious about dBASE 2.8?

It has been almost two months since we release dBASE Plus 2.8 and the request for downloads have increased by 300%, which is very exciting. If you are one of those thqat have downloaded a Trial Evaluation of dBASE Plus 2.8, we wanted to follow up with you and ask for your feedback. When we announced the new company, dBase LLC., we said that we will be a company that listens to its customers, values your feedback, and takes action on your suggestions. In that spirit, we invite you to take our quick, five (5) question survey. Please select this link http://goo.gl/wCiGk and take a few minutes to help us understand how we can best serve you in this time of evaluation of the dBASE Plus 2.8 product.

The new Installer in dBASE 2.8 significantly improves the initial out-of-the-box experience for customers when installing the product, allowing for smoother installs across the entire Microsoft Windows® Operating System lines of products, including Microsoft Vista and Windows 7. We also increased the quality and made foundational improvements, which will make dBASE 2.8 run better and more stable on all platforms.

In addition, we also included with each purchase of dBASE Plus 2.8, a free PDF copy of The dBASE Book, the 686-page definitive work on the dBASE product, written by Ken Mayer, one of the world’s leading authorities on dBASE and how to get the most out of the product.

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