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Auto-Export

Postby Adrian Jones » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:08 pm

I'm just about to export a load of data from a DOS 4.53 application.

I dimly recall there being a third-party utility that might let me do this automatically. Am I remembering correctly, and if so, what is it and is there any way I can get hold of a copy?

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Re: Auto-Export

Postby Graham Smith » Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:06 pm

Are you thinking about DataGrab ? I've got a copy somewhere that I can send you but I can't guarantee that it will work any more.
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Re: Auto-Export

Postby Adrian Jones » Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:40 am

Hi Graham -- well remembered. That's the one.

Thanks for the offer of a copy -- I found a downloadable version from:

http://www.meltonisl.com/software.html

and it seems to run, at least in virtual XP mode.
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Re: Auto-Export

Postby Graham Smith » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:51 am

I found my copy and it won't run on Win10/64
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Re: Auto-Export

Postby Adrian Jones » Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:17 pm

It will run in a Windows Virtual PC XP mode, but we are slowly running out of options on what will run when it comes to these very old and unmaintained programs!

Just noticed that DataGrab 'helpfully' swaps any spaces in field names for underscores in the field header row, but wrote a little routine to undo that as my target app is DfW 6.52.
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Re: Auto-Export

Postby Graham Smith » Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:31 pm

I experimented around with DOSBOX and can't get DfD to run under it, but Pete tells me he has in the past. There is also FreeDOS in a VM.

The other VM option would be WinXP which isn't hard to setup. I wouldn't care to routinely use it, but I do have a version (XP Mode) on my Win7 computer that will serve the purpose as long as I keep this machine running. I've only used it two or three times over the past year to extract data from DfD apps.
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Re: Auto-Export

Postby Pete Tabord » Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:37 pm

Yes, can still run DFD in Win 10 64bit using DOSbox. But it's pretty useless for most installations, as no networking is available.

Gonna try Ubuntu next (64 bit of course) :-)
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Re: Auto-Export

Postby Graham Smith » Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:09 pm

Pete Tabord wrote:Yes, can still run DFD in Win 10 64bit using DOSbox. But it's pretty useless for most installations, as no networking is available.

I wish I knew what we were doing different. Are you running 4.53 or 5.17?
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Re: Auto-Export

Postby Graham Smith » Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:20 pm

FWIW, I found something called vDOS which is similar to DOSBox but geared to support business apps and NTVD. Anyone try it?
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Re: Auto-Export

Postby earlwer » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:23 pm

Graham Smith wrote:FWIW, I found something called vDOS which is similar to DOSBox but geared to support business apps and NTVD. Anyone try it?


Why bother? VirtualBox is free and works. You can use a Win7 32-bit OS. VMWare is free and also works.
Thousands of people are using these programs. Why bother with some Virtualization s/w that nobody uses?
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