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    John W. Brunner
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    My Alpha4v4 program died. Can someone convert a database file made with Alpha4v4 so I can read it with Microsoft or Lotus?

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    Paul French
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    Alpha 4 creates .dbf files. Most spreadsheet and database programs can easily import .dbf files, or, if you're using Lotus Approach, it can read the .dbf files directly. You may, however, have problems if your database contains memo fields.

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    John W. Brunner
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    The database in question has a .bck extension, I do not know why. I got it from someone else. When I try to change the extension to .dbf and run it with Excel or Lotus I get garbage. Alpha technical help tells me I have to make the conversion within the Alpha program but my Alpha program does not work.

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    I stayed with Alpha 4 through version 3, and next updated to Alpha 5. I don't find the .bck file extension in my version 3 documentation, but presume it is a backup file. If you post a request for help in the Alpha 4 forum on this site and explain that you need someone to turn your .bck file into a .dbf file, you may have better luck.

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    William Hanigsberg
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    I believe the built-in backup utility in A4 created files with a .bck (or similar) extension. If that is what you've got, only the backup utility can read it.

    Bill

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    Elliott Lester
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    John:

    Someone may help you if you go to the correct board.
    This board is labeled "Code Archive." It is
    designed to post CODE snippets and the like.

    If you need help with A4, go to the A4 hyperlink. If you
    post your message correctly, many will try to help.

    Good luck

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    Nicholas Cutting
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    John.
    Alpha4 does indeed use the .bck extension to signify it's backup copies.
    A "Backup" is made from the A4 main menu, and can be "Restored" from there too.
    Choose "Utilities", then "restOre". Follow the 'on screen' instructions.
    If your A4 programme is damaged, you will need to find another A4 user to restore this backup for you.
    You will then be able to read the data with a spreadsheet.
    Regards.
    Nick.

  8. #8
    Nicholas Cutting
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    Jonh.
    I have A4v6.2 but, as this is a later version than the one you were using, it should work.
    If you want to attach the .dbf file to an e-mail, you can send it to me at nicholas.cutting@house-and-home-int.com
    I'll restore it and e-mail it back.
    Regards.
    Nick.

  9. #9
    John W. Brunner
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    Nick,
    Thank you so much for your offer. Someone else also made the same offer and has restored my file and I can now read it perfectly. Thank you so much to all of you who have been so helpful. I am very grateful that I can now finally use the information in this database. You are a great group of people.
    John

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