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dBASE PLUS 9 – Frequently Asked Questions

dBASE PLUS 9 is a major update for all versions of dBASE PLUS. Does the dBASE software license allow me to install on multiple computers? The specific language is available in the License Agreement under Section 2.2 (License Grant). A simple way to describe it as a “named user” license, where one “named” person can install on many machines but can only use one machine at a time. Multiple users, whether on a single computer or multiple computers, would require multiple licenses. Are dBASE 8.X projects forward compatible in dBASE PLUS 9? YES, projects developed in dBASE PLUS FULL 8.X should compile with little to no changes. Can I ship applications I create with the included Glyfx graphics? YES, these new graphics are supplied by, which is our premier provider of professional graphics. The libraries included are available for redistribution in user-developed application. Glyfx also has a wide array of additional professional graphics available for additional charge. Is ADO royalty free? Yes, ADO is part of Microsoft’s data access strategy and both Microsoft and additional 3rd parties provide ADO data drivers. Keep in mind that ODBC drivers can be used with ADO as well. Is ADO better than BDE? Yes, for applications that are going to be communicating to databases outside of dBASE and the dBASE database, ADO is newer and faster technology supplied by Microsoft and has updated database drivers. Does ADO allow me to use both ADO and ODBC data drivers? YES, ADO allows user to use ODBC through ADO, this is much like BDE using ODBC through BDE. Are the new ActiveX controls royalty free? Yes, these new components are based on an open source library for Delphi and C++Builder. These components have been wrapped so that they can work with dBASE. The new components will be published with source so other developers can see how it is down and additional ActiveX controls to dBASE in the future. Do I need Delphi to use the ActiveX controls? NO, these controls are fully compiled and ready to use by dBASE. dBASE has also had additional bug fixing in the ActiveX support to make it easier to use 3rd Party components. Will dBASE PLUS 9 work on the new Windows® 8.1 Operating System? Yes, dBASE PLUS 9 has been tested on the latest Microsoft Operating System and is ready to go from the front panel to the Desktop. Will dBASE PLUS 9 run on Windows® 64 bit Operating Systems (Vista, 2008, 7, and 8)? Absolutely! The latest dBASE PLUS 8 has been tested on these OS’s specifically and it works great. Will dBASE PLUS 9 run on Windows® XP? NO, we like Microsoft have dropped XP support in order to focus on the supported Microsoft Operating Systems with a new compiler that only supports Vista and above. Does the new dBASE SQL Designer support other databases besides dBASE? Yes, it is a generic SQL designer built for creating reusable cutting edge SQL. Can I ship the Lookup tables with my applications? Yes, that is why we include them in the product. This is to make it easier to build application with data. These lookup tables are based on common-need data, like city, state, zip, etc. Can my application take advantage of the new Windows Style support? Yes, this has been exposed through the components. dBASE PLUS 9 include a set of Catalyst Communications ActiveX(s) can I distribute them with my application? Yes, these components can only be distributed with dBASE PLUS 9. However, the license is that you can distribute them freely.
  • SocketTools – File Transfer Protocol Control 8 – The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) control provides a comprehensive API which supports both high level operations, such as uploading or downloading files, as well as a collection of lower-level file I/O functions.
  • SocketTools – Hypertext Transfer Protocol Control 8 – The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a lightweight, stateless application protocol that is used to access resources on web servers, as well as send data to those servers for processing.
  • SocketTools – Post Office Protocol Control 8 – The Post Office Protocol (POP3) provides access to a user’s new e-mail messages on a mail server.
  • SocketTools – Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Control 8 – The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) enables applications to deliver e-mail messages to one or more recipients.
  • SocketWrench Windows Socket Control 8 – The SocketWrench control provides a simplified interface for the standard Windows Sockets API used to develop Internet and intranet applications using the TCP/IP protocol.


dBASE PLUS 9 included Catalyst Communication ActiveX(s) are there any limitations? YES, these are not the secure components, so if you need SECURE components that support SSL, TLS and other please visit for product availability and pricing. dBASE PLUS 9 coms with dbfExplorer™, what is it and how is it licensed? dbfExplorer has no license restrictions. However, it must be installed using the dBASE PLUS product. I sometimes see Paint Artifacts showing on the screen, or some may call it Window bleed through, what is it and how can I stop it? This is a result of various video cards. So if you see something like: Screen Bleed This usually occurs after you drag a window over an editor or an internal window. Notice the example above is with the Navigator and the Command window and there is a bleed through that occurs. Once the screen is refreshed, the paint issues disappear. If this becomes an issue, you can change the Theme from dBASE PLUS 9 Blue Windows Theme to Windows Classic from Windows 7 the paint issues can be reduced.


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