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The Master returns: Proaction welcomes back database Masterfile 3

By Chris Williams. Published: 16th Mar 18:19:38 | Permalink | Printable

Proaction, publishers of RiscCAD and EasyC++ amongst other RISC OS applications, announced ealier this week the relaunch of database application Masterfile III. Masterfile 3 was previously published by ex-RISC OS dealer Beebug. Database applications, like Masterfile, collect, order and present data. Data is entered into fields that catagorise and define the type of data allowed. For example, the RISC OS news archive database on drobe.co.uk might be stored as:

Date published Article Author Article headline Article filename on server
16-Mar-01 Chris Williams Proaction relaunch Masterfile 3 ../r6798
16-Mar-01 Chris Williams Walking in Memphis ../r6797
and so on...

Each heading in the above table is a field and each line is a record. A database is a list of records and these records can be editted, searched for and presented graphically. As you can see, databases are ideal for things like customer details, warehouse inventories and GCSE IT coursework.

According to David Bradforth of Proaction, Masterfile has a lot of offer.
"It is fast, simple to use and provides powerful data management facilities suitable for home, education and business use", comments David in his usenet posting. David's posting allows reveals that Masterfile 3 allows minidatabases or subsets, to be created from search results, which update automatically when the main database is modified. Records can be printed in card, spreadsheet or label format.

The features list in the Proaction announcement is as follows:

  • Fast, multi-field indexing
  • Multiple subsets
  • Password protection for data security
  • Global calculations across all or part of the database
  • Multi-line fields
  • Optional toolbox with buttons to step through records
  • Calculation fields based on values in other fields
  • Import text and pictures into fields by simple drag operations
  • Import and export CSV, TSV and ASCII data files
  • Range checking data entry
  • Card designer allowing complete freedom for data entry screens
  • Re-structure database at any time
  • Up to 255 fields of 255 characters
  • Field types include text, integer, decimal, date, picture and calculation
  • New - Now year 2000 compatible
  • New - Updated examples - lots of them

Pricing starts at just under £15 and the application comes supplied on CD with a number of sample databases and a user guide on the same CD. Contact APDL, Proaction's distributors, for ordering details.

APDL (email): info@apdl.co.uk
APDL (phone): 020 8778 2659
Proaction: Dbproaction@aol.com

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