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Aviation Books Database


An aviation book database on your desktop - that's what 'Bookfile' offers you. The database file allows you to search any field. The fields include title, author, publisher, publication date, ISBN number and keywords. Details of the contents of each title are included. Cataloging of your own book collection is made easy by use of other fields.

What's in it?

The database package consists of the basic .dbf and .dbt data files, plus display format files applicable to dBase III+ or Alpha4 for DOS, and Lotus Approach, Microsoft Access or Claris Filemaker Pro for Windows. Other database packages such as FoxPro can also use run dbase files, but no format display files are included. A version is also available for spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel, Lotus 1-2-3 or Quattro. Detailed instructions on how to use it are also included. These files have been compressed into a single zip file for faster downloading. Additional entries and corrections to existing entries will be available as update files.

What's it cost?

This is a shareware program - you must pay for it if you find it useful. The fee is fairly nominal. If you wish. you can compare your own book collection with the database entries and send me any corrections (via MIME file attachments), making the program more complete and more useful.

Where to get it

The current database package zip file (version 3.0 with over 10,000 separate title entries) can be obtained by FTP from:

ftp://ftp.demon.co.uk/pub/misc/general/bkfile03.zip (2.559 MB)

The current spreadsheet package zip file (version 3.0 with over 10,000 separate title entries) can be obtained by FTP from:

ftp://ftp.demon.co.uk/pub/misc/general/bkxls03.zip (1.423 MB)

Unzip the file in your database or spreadsheet directory and then read the 'readme' file for further instructions.

Updates to the database contents (additional to version 2.0) can be obtained by FTP from:

ftp://ftp.demon.co.uk/pub/misc/general/bkup02.zip (0.599 MB)

Each update should be unzipped to the same directory as the existing database and integrated using the 'import', 'apppend' or 'join' functions, as applicable. Instructions are included. Updated files will be uploaded every few months.

Feedback needed!

Let me know if it works or not, and any suggestions for improvements etc.

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First Created: 27 May 1997 - Last Revised: 2 April 2000
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