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Ok,

I'm getting a tad "tired" of trying to "input" all the information on either an Excel or Quattro 10 spreadsheet. I really need a good (inexpensive) "database" that will allow me to set the "fields" (names and length), sort in any way I choose (frequency, location, state, county, or just certain pages. This also should allow me to print in either "portrait", (normal) or "landscape" wide sideways.

At one time, there was a DOS program called, "File Express 5.0". It did work well, but only displayed 25 vertical lines at one time and didn't print in landscape mode. It WOULD 'sort' in any way I chose. I don't even know if the company still exsist as this was in the late 80's. MICRO$HAFT has probably either bought them out OR run them out of business. There never was a "Windows" version.

Can anyone suggest such a database that might fill my needs?

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Hi Don:

I remember FileExpress! It was one of the easiest databases ever! I found this link using Google: http://www.millenniacorp.com/Expressware/InfoFileExpress.htm

Today, in a Windows environment, probably one of the nicest database programs is FileMaker. Compared to FileExpress, FileMaker is expensive, but very powerful, and complete. You can read about it, and download a free trial here:
http://www.filemakertrial.com/?ovmkt=O5M3PJVLTCEPRD8T2ID54FN20G&WT.mc_id=O5M3PJVLTCEPQ23BA306DIQDE0

Sometimes you can find deals on eBay.

Depending on the version of Windows you're running, you might look at Microsoft Works. It's pretty basic, but the price is right.
 

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As much as I hate to say it, but if you have Macro$carf Office, you might consider using Access.

I know you can import delimited ASCII file into it. But then you may have to fix the ASCII info for import. Field lengths can be set, record type identified, sort order is pretty unlimited.

Disadvantage. It's made by Macro$carf.

I miss DBase III.
 

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LEH said:
As much as I hate to say it, but if you have Macro$carf Office, you might consider using Access.

I know you can import delimited ASCII file into it. But then you may have to fix the ASCII info for import. Field lengths can be set, record type identified, sort order is pretty unlimited.

Disadvantage. It's made by Macro$carf.

I miss DBase III.
It may depend on the version of MS Office. MS Office 2003 Academic omitted the Access database application.

I hear ya on dBase! I started using dBase-II on CP/M systems back in the 80's. When DOS came around I moved to dBase-III, then IV. MS FoxPro 9 is a current product, and is a dBase clone. You can pick it up on eBay for around $70.00. There are some on-line sites that sell it as well. I don't think it's used in the U.S. too much. Not sure why.
 
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