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Author Topic: Free simple database progam needed (that can import from Works DB ideally)  (Read 2338 times)

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I have a friend who has just started using Windows 7 and has a lot of databases in MS Works format on his old hard disk.

Does anyone know of a simple free Database program that works on Win 7x64 (comparable in complexity and features to Works DB) ?

Ideally it would be good if it could import or open WKB files - but if not importing CSV files would be good.

I have suggested he uses Excel as he has pretty simple tables but he isn't sure about using Excel and is a bit intimidated.

Any ideas gratefully received!

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Re: Free simple database progam needed (that can import from Works DB ideally)
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2011, 08:37:48 AM »
i would like to see this too.  something that works on win xp would be nice too.

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Re: Free simple database progam needed (that can import from Works DB ideally)
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2011, 08:56:29 AM »
Found a viewer, not sure if it will do what you want to.

http://www.microsoft...n/details.aspx?id=12

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Re: Free simple database progam needed (that can import from Works DB ideally)
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2011, 09:32:15 AM »
Thanks but that just seems to be for works word processor - there is a plugin for that available for MS Office.

It is the DB app that is rather more elusive!

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Re: Free simple database progam needed (that can import from Works DB ideally)
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2011, 11:02:55 AM »
I found 2 different ways to get his works database into something that would be more useable.

1. Import Works DB into Access - it's for access 2000, but it should work
2. Convert to CSV or Excel

Once there, he should be able to get it into something else.

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Re: Free simple database progam needed (that can import from Works DB ideally)
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2011, 11:11:40 AM »
Thanks but he doesn't have Access and as I said I can covert to Excel via CSV - trouble is he doesn't want to use Excel - too complicated!

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Re: Free simple database progam needed (that can import from Works DB ideally)
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2011, 12:08:36 PM »
How simple of a database app is your friend looking for?  Maybe my Snap DB app could be of some use?  FWIW, it can easily import CSV files.

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Re: Free simple database progam needed (that can import from Works DB ideally)
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2011, 12:23:38 PM »
How about export from Works to format OpenOffice Base can read.
I think dBase (.dbf) will work.

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Re: Free simple database progam needed (that can import from Works DB ideally)
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2011, 01:03:14 PM »
Thanks - SnapDB looks nice and simple and the sort of thing he needs. I have also mentioned OO Base - but to be honest for what he is doing I thing Excel would probably be better than OO (which is a bit overkill given that he already has the home version of Office 2010 installed).

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Re: Free simple database progam needed (that can import from Works DB ideally)
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2011, 02:54:34 PM »
I found 2 different ways to get his works database into something that would be more usable.

Sorry... I guess I wasn't specific enough.  I was just saying that you could convert to another format, and then use another db program rather than looking for a works compatible db program, i.e. snapdb or something similar.