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    Quote Originally Posted by KennyC View Post
    Still haven't found something for a db without starting from scratch.

    I'm sorry...maybe I missed it...do you have an existing database in Access? If so, have a look at:

    MDB / ACCDB Viewer ($19)
    Open Microsoft Access Databases on your Mac (allows you to export your Access database to just about any other database)
    https://eggerapps.at/mdbviewer/
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    Quote Originally Posted by usagora View Post
    For you, I'd suggest the $69.99/year (per YEAR, not month...we're talking less than $0.20 per day) for the Office 365 Personal subscription which can be installed on multiple devices AND includes 1 GB of OneDrive cloud storage. Not to mention the programs will never go out of date.

    https://products.office.com/en-US/co...products?tab=1
    ...sigh...no matter how careful I think I'm being, I always manage to screw up, and now it's too late to edit the original. That should have said 1 TB (NOT GB) of OneDrive storage. I was just 999 GB off, that's all But it looks like Jake repeated my error in the reply after that, so at least I don't feel as bad
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    Randy, I love FreeOffice so close to ms office and it saves in the same format. Not sure why but it seems all the other office apps when saving the same file are almost twice or more larger in file size which is another reason I'll stick with FreeOffice.
    Kenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by KennyC View Post
    Randy, I love FreeOffice so close to ms office and it saves in the same format. Not sure why but it seems all the other office apps when saving the same file are almost twice or more larger in file size which is another reason I'll stick with FreeOffice.
    Pretty amazing, isn't it? I'll have to start recommending it more. For now it even seems to be a better option than LibreOffice.

    Thanks for the feedback!
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    Something else about FreeOffice is that it takes up less hard drive space and uses less resources than LibreOffice. Even the paid version (which I really like) of Softmaker Office is a much better choice than LibreOffice except for the $69.95 price.

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    Pretty amazing, isn't it? I'll have to start recommending it more. For now it even seems to be a better option than LibreOffice.
    Something else about FreeOffice is that it takes up less hard drive space and uses less resources than LibreOffice.

    Just another + for FreeOffice 2018 for some users is it seems to work well even in Mavericks 10.9.5 even though their site says:
    System requirements:
    • Windows 7, 8, 10, Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer
    macOS 10.10 or higher
    • Any PC-based Linux (32 or 64 bits)






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    Quote Originally Posted by KennyC View Post
    I guess the old adage if it's to good to be true be careful.
    Programs like FreeOffice and LibreOffice aren't in the category of "too good to be true." They are "open source" products, which means that the product is a group effort by the worldwide community.

    Someone offers a code base as open source so that any programmer anywhere can modify it to suit their needs. All of the upgrades and additions are likewise added to the code. In this way everyone benefits, and regular users like ourselves get applications that are entirely and sincerely free.

    In the case of these open source "office" products, it means that schools, non-profits, and other organizations aren't held up for the ridiculous prices that Microsoft charges for MS Office. It's in their self interest to have their own programmers continually update the code for themselves and the community.

    https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-source

    Symphytum, which is the database software I recommended that you have a look at, is also open source.

    http://giowck.github.io/symphytum/
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    Randy, thanks for the open source explanation. Been trying a few db but haven't found mine yet. will look at your suggestion.
    Kenny

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    Someone offers a code base as open source so that any programmer anywhere can modify it to suit their needs. All of the upgrades and additions are likewise added to the code. In this way everyone benefits, and regular users like ourselves get applications that are entirely and sincerely free.


    Assuming Kenny is not a programmer, is it possible that he could contact one of the open source programmers to make a change that would suit his needs? IE: I guess that would be like asking for a custom application, but maybe some like doing something like that.

    Just wondering out loud... and just a thought...





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    You are correct Patrick, I am no programer. I'm self taught other than a A + class. I started playing with Access a long time ago and learned how to create queries, make forms etc. I was doing this for my own enjoyment and also to keep tract of stuff. I've played with a couple free or small charge db but after the years I've spent on access it's kinda like driving a Ferrari then going to a Nova. I haven't tried LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice but I don't think you can just download a section of it but haven't tried. I'min no hurry so I'll keep looking. I do appreciate all the helpful input from everyone though.
    Kenny

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    @Kenny
    I'm self taught other than a A + class. I started playing with Access a long time ago and learned how to create queries, make forms etc. I was doing this for my own enjoyment and also to keep tract of stuff. I've played with a couple free or small charge db but after the years I've spent on access it's kinda like driving a Ferrari then going to a Nova.

    Maybe it's time to have a look and play around with FileMaker Pro.app. Not exactly the cheapest app but some users I know do amazing things with it. And it's fully Mac scriptable I believe if that helps.





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