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  • Anyone Heard of PFS: Professional File?

    I have encountered a database conversion project where the current database is maintained in PFS:Professional File. It is an OLD SCHOOL DOS Application, fairly simple, but the version I have (I think it may be 1.x, not sure) does NOT contain ANY ability whatsoever to export records.

    I can't even ascertain what the table structure may be, the file extensions are .DAT and .FIL.

    I need to get this in a format for import into Alpha. I have search the internet high and low, and there does not seem to be any helpful information.

    Anyone have any insight or ideas?

  • #2
    Originally posted by ernman97
    I have encountered a database conversion project where the current database is maintained in PFS:Professional File. It is an OLD SCHOOL DOS Application, fairly simple, but the version I have (I think it may be 1.x, not sure) does NOT contain ANY ability whatsoever to export records.
    This takes me back. I used to use PFS Prof File before I found Alpha Four. I don't have any of the docs that I can find, but I am relatively sure that you can get some kind of output out of this product. I'm thinking it would do a text dump. If you can't find anything, you could always output a simple text report to a file and then imput this into Alpha Five. I'm pretty sure it's doable as ported over a couple of these to Alpha Four years ago.

    Good luck,
    Jim

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    • #3
      Professional File had the ability to create reports which printed to file rather than a printer. You could use this to export all your data.
      Aaron Brown
      Alpha Software Development Team

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      • #4
        A google search for

        PFS:PROFESSIONAL FILE

        turned up several promising hits (notice there's no space after the colon).

        -- tom

        -- tom

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        • #5
          Thank you all for our prompt replies! Not sure if its good or not, all of us working on a Sunday:)

          Anyway - your comments are most HELPFUL! THANK YOU! After a bit more work in the actual PFS application, YES, I was able to figure out how to output reports to a file, and of course, I am good to go from there. There are some limitations on the number of fields that can be exported at once (these databases have a large number of fields), but I think I can work around that.

          THANK YOU AGAIN ALL!

          E

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          • #6
            I am very familiar with this PFS: Prof File. In fact, still using it occassionally. If you need further assiatance, let me know.

            Chris

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            • #7
              If I remember correctly, PFS fist came out on Apple, maybe 1980.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by chris seah
                I am very familiar with this PFS: Prof File. In fact, still using it occassionally. If you need further assiatance, let me know.

                Chris
                Chris,

                I have a PFS:Professional File database that I need to convert to CSV or some other common (and modern) data format. Do you have any suggestions?? I don't have any PF application.

                Thanks!!

                -bruce

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                • #9
                  PF file to convert

                  Hi Bruce,

                  If it is ok, send it over, and I will do the conversion for you.

                  Chris

                  Originally posted by brempe
                  Chris,

                  I have a PFS:Professional File database that I need to convert to CSV or some other common (and modern) data format. Do you have any suggestions?? I don't have any PF application.

                  Thanks!!

                  -bruce

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by chris seah
                    Hi Bruce,

                    If it is ok, send it over, and I will do the conversion for you.

                    Chris
                    Chris,

                    I thank you for your kind offer. While I don't expect that it would be a problem, let me check with my client regarding this.

                    Your profile does not allow me to email you directly. Can you provide an email address?? I will change my profile to allow you to email me directly. Maybe we can get together that way.

                    What would be the charge for this service?? There are 10,000+ records in the file.

                    Thanks!!

                    -bruce

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                    • #11
                      PFS conversion

                      Hi Bruce,
                      My email address is cseah2003@yahoo.com
                      There will be a modest fee if that is ok for you.
                      Thank you, Chris


                      Originally posted by brempe
                      Chris,

                      I thank you for your kind offer. While I don't expect that it would be a problem, let me check with my client regarding this.

                      Your profile does not allow me to email you directly. Can you provide an email address?? I will change my profile to allow you to email me directly. Maybe we can get together that way.

                      What would be the charge for this service?? There are 10,000+ records in the file.

                      Thanks!!

                      -bruce

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                      • #12
                        Re: Anyone Heard of PFS: Professional File?

                        Originally posted by ernman97 View Post
                        I have encountered a database conversion project where the current database is maintained in PFS:Professional File. It is an OLD SCHOOL DOS Application, fairly simple, but the version I have (I think it may be 1.x, not sure) does NOT contain ANY ability whatsoever to export records.

                        I can't even ascertain what the table structure may be, the file extensions are .DAT and .FIL.

                        I need to get this in a format for import into Alpha. I have search the internet high and low, and there does not seem to be any helpful information.

                        Anyone have any insight or ideas?
                        Professional file to a new file that has any of these destination file formays
                        dBase III (PLUS), Lotus 1-2-3( release 1A or 2.0/2.01) , Delimited ASCII, Fixed - Length ASCII.
                        Goto the Export Records Menu and select your choice. I you need more data I have original book.
                        Frank

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                        • #13
                          Re: Anyone Heard of PFS: Professional File?

                          Hi Frank,
                          Welcome to the board!

                          You may notice when searching that there are lots of old threads in here. Which is good for researching but probably not so good for posting...
                          Robin

                          Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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                          • #14
                            Re: Anyone Heard of PFS: Professional File?

                            We have a problem with two databases, PFS:Professional File (2.0 I believe), and Alpha 5 V5. We've been using both programs on a Win98 computer for quite a number of years and recently were told that the motherboard is going bad. The computer was taken to a shop to have both programs/data copied onto a DVD so that the work could be transferred either to our Win2000 computer (not our first choice, as we've already had the motherboard in that computer replaced, and if the current one goes bad we are up a creek) or to our old Vista computer.
                            When the Win98 computer was brought home we discovered that neither of the two available monitors would work. The monitor which has been used with the Win98 computer did work when connected to the Vista computer, so we know it's not the monitors.

                            Our immediate problem with the Win98 computer is to have the video card replaced, and we're having a problem in finding someone who has such a card that will work in that old computer.

                            The next problem is to still find a way to transfer the data in those programs to another computer, preferably to Vista but 2000 as a last resort.

                            Any suggestions?

                            P.S. I hope this is entered into the right place as I didn't see anywhere to ask a new question.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Anyone Heard of PFS: Professional File?

                              Originally posted by Keith68 View Post
                              We have a problem with two databases, PFS:Professional File (2.0 I believe), and Alpha 5 V5. We've been using both programs on a Win98 computer for quite a number of years and recently were told that the motherboard is going bad. The computer was taken to a shop to have both programs/data copied onto a DVD so that the work could be transferred either to our Win2000 computer (not our first choice, as we've already had the motherboard in that computer replaced, and if the current one goes bad we are up a creek) or to our old Vista computer.
                              When the Win98 computer was brought home we discovered that neither of the two available monitors would work. The monitor which has been used with the Win98 computer did work when connected to the Vista computer, so we know it's not the monitors.

                              Our immediate problem with the Win98 computer is to have the video card replaced, and we're having a problem in finding someone who has such a card that will work in that old computer.

                              The next problem is to still find a way to transfer the data in those programs to another computer, preferably to Vista but 2000 as a last resort.

                              Any suggestions?

                              P.S. I hope this is entered into the right place as I didn't see anywhere to ask a new question.

                              Hi Keith,
                              My suggestion is to jump from the Win98 platform
                              into a WinXP platform if you are thinking of running both the PFS File and A5v5.
                              You should be able to find some XP notebooks or desktop PCs around ( from the web, e.g. eBay )
                              Chris

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