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Old btrieve DDF files for modified Platinum

Old btrieve DDF files for modified Platinum

Old btrieve DDF files for modified Platinum

I'm starting a development project and the client has a very old (1992) version of Platinum accounting system that has been modfied a lot.  I have the datafiles and the ddf files (file.ddf, field.ddf, index.ddf, view.ddf attribute.ddf - that's what they are called) but no software that I've tried can make head or tail of this, including an old version of DataJunction.  What I need is to see the structure and preferably be able to extract some of the data, though the structure is more important than the data.  Any ideas?

Best regards,

Arnor Baldvinsson
San Antonio, TX

RE: Old btrieve DDF files for modified Platinum

I have had to do something similar to that with a different accounting system.  What I did was I had the ddf's and I set up an ODBC DSN referring to the ddf's (I had to install pervasive dll's, etc. on my PC.)  Once you have a the dsn in place you can use MS Access or VB Data manager to see the tables and the fields within as well as extract data, etc.

There is a pervaise tool also called ddfease which shows you the structure without the need for a dsn.

I think smithware also have some kind of utility also.

I found joining tables to be very slow - I ended up using the (+) to use left joins which turned out to be much, much faster.

RE: Old btrieve DDF files for modified Platinum

Please help me to convert Btrieve file in Microsoft Visual Foxpro DBF.


RE: Old btrieve DDF files for modified Platinum

You can also take a look at BtSearch at www.nssdd.com. ; It can help you view the DDF files and their structures.  There is also a print function that allows you to print the definitions.  It has other capabilities such as exporting/importing to dbase or ascii.  As well as editing on the fly.



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