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Old 05-01-2009, 07:37 PM   #1
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I archive tons of files onto CDs and DVDs. The software (Pirem CD Cataloguer) I've been using to catalog the files is getting a bit long in the tooth. It hasn't been updated in years and the company no longer exists.

I think its database may be close to capacity -- the program has gotten very slow, and sometimes I can't even get it to launch if I'm running a lot of other programs.

So I'm looking for something new. It needs to run under Windoze XP, and be able to scan a disk and enter a list of filenames/sizes/dates into its database. Needs to have a good search function, including wildcards.

The ability to print out a CD case cover/insert would be a plus.

I'm not looking for freeware, because I'd prefer to get a program from a company that fixes bugs and occasionally updates the software.

And this may be a stupid question (I don't know squat about databases), but is it possible that there might be a way to convert my old Pirem database file so it's usable by a new program? Do some of these programs have the capacity to import/convert other programs' files?

FWIW, I do realize that most of these kinds of programs have demo versions available. Before I bought Pirem, I tried out a lot of programs -- maybe 10 or 12 -- and it was very time-consuming. I'd rather get recommendations for a couple of programs and try those out.

TIA,

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Old 05-04-2009, 12:22 AM   #2
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I can't offer you a suggestion of a replacement program, but you could check to see if Pirem has an export facility - preferably tab-delimited text or csv (comma separated values).

Then one of the criteria for a replacement would have to be the ability to import the exported files. You would need to use the demo to do an import, because matching fields can be an interesting exercise.

   
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:36 PM   #3
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Never thought to check! Looks like I can't export, though. The database file is a .cdt file -- some sort of open-source database format, maybe?

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.cdt is apparently a Corel Draw template file. See http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/cdt

   
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:18 AM   #5
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.cdt is apparently a Corel Draw template file. See http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/cdt
Or shares the same CDT extension, as seems more likely.

Hey, Marlene, have you exported one of these and looked at it in a text editor?
It might be something in a more standard file format that they've tacked their own extension onto just so they can exclude other files from e.g. File Open dialog boxes.

   
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:14 PM   #6
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Yeah, they stole CorelDraw's extension.

I looked at the file in Conversions Plus, and here's a handful of lines at the beginning of the file:

RDB$PRIVILEGE:/ RDB$USER RDB$OWNER_NAME:/
RDB$USER_TYPE RDB$GRANT_OPTION RDB$FIELD_NAME/ RDB$FIELD_NAME
RDB$BASE_FIELD RDB$VIEW_RELATIONS J
RDB$RELATIONS
G:/
RDB$VIEW_NAME RDB$RELATION_NAME/ RDB$RELATION_NAME RDB$RELATION_NAME
RDB$OWNER_NAME RDB$OWNER_NAME0g, SYSDBA RDB$USER_PRIVILEGES
RDB$RELATION_NAME RDB$RELATION_NAME:/ RDB$OBJECT_TYPE
RDB$PRIVILEGE
RDB$PRIVILEGE:/ RDB$USER RDB$OWNER_NAME:/
RDB$USER_TYPE RDB$GRANT_OPTION RDB$FIELD_NAME RDB$SECURITY_CLASS

RDB$RELATION_NAME RDB$SECURITY_CLASS RDB$SECURITY_CLASS('
RDB$RELATION_NAME RDB$FIELD_NAME RDB$RELATION_FIELDS
RDB$RELATION_NAME RDB$RELATION_NAME/ RDB$FIELD_NAME RDB$FIELD_
NAME RDB$SECURITY_CLASS
SQL$GRANTe RDB$SECURITY_CLASS
RDB$SECURITY_CLASS RDB$SECURITY_CLASS SQL$GRANT RDB$OBJECT_TYPE
RDB$PROCEDURES RDB$PROCEDURE_NAME RDB$RELATION_NAME
RDB$OWNER_NAMEg,0g, SYSDBA RDB$USER_PRIVILEGES RDB$RELATION_NAME
RDB$R
ELATION_NAME:/ RDB$OBJECT_TYPE
RDB$PRIVILEGE
RDB$PRIVILEGE:/ RDB$USER RDB$GRANTOR:/
RDB$USER_TYPE RDB$GRANT_OPTION RDB$FIELD_NAME/ RDB$FIELD_NAME
RDB$FIELD_NAME RDB$SECURITY_CLASS
RDB$PROCEDURE_NAME
RDB$SECURITY_CLASS RDB$SECURITY_CLASS(' RDB$PROCEDURE_NAME
RDB$TRIGGER_8 RDB$USER_PRIVILEGES RDB$FIELD_NAME RDB$RELATION_
FIELDS RDB$RELATION_NAME RDB$RELATION_NAME/ RDB$FIELD_NAME
RDB$FIELD_NAME RDB$SECURITY_CLASS SQL$GRANT RDB$SECURITY_CLASSES
RDB$SECURITY_CLASS RDB$SECURITY_CLASS RDB$SECURITY_CLASS
RDB$TRIGGER_1 RDB$USER_PRIVILEGES RDB$TRIGGER_15
RDB$CHECK_CONSTRAINTS RDB$RELATION_CONSTRAINTS RDB$CONSTRAINT_NAME
RDB$CONSTRAINT_NAME RDB$TRIGGER_14 RDB$CHECK_CONSTRAINTS
RDB$TRIGGER_13 RDB$REF_CONSTRAINTS RDB$TRIGGER_12
RDB$REF_CONSTRAINTS RDB$RELATION_CONST
RAINTS RDB$CONSTRAINT_NAME RDB$CONSTRAINT_NAME/ RDB$CONSTRAINT_TYPE
FOREIGN KEY RDB$RELATION_CONSTRAINTS RDB$CONSTRAINT_NAME
RDB$CONST_NAME_UQ9/ RDB$CONSTRAINT_TYPE PRIMARY KEY/
RDB$CONSTRAINT_TYPE UNIQUE RDB$TRIGGER_11 RDB$RELATION_CONSTRAINTS
RDB$CONSTRAINT_TYPE FOREIGN KEY9/ RDB$CONSTRAINT_TYPE PRIMARY KEY/
RDB$CONSTRAINT_TYPE UNIQUE RDB$INDICES RDB$INDEX_NAME RDB$INDEX_NAME
RDB$INDEX_SEGMENTS RDB$INDEX_NAME RDB$INDEX_NAME RDB$

I am clueless.

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Given the number of RDP$ strings, ya have to wonder if it's not some variant of RDB (a mostly Unix-I-thought) database program.) Ah, but there are ODBC drivers for it under Windows so it could be something like that.

Given an installed driver, it looks like you might be able to suck the thing open in Access.

There. We've just used up all of MY clues too.

   
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Hmmm. Not sure if I even have Access or not. I think I have MS Office 2000, probably standard edition. If it includes Access, I didn't install it. I'll have to find the program CDs and check.

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Old 05-11-2009, 04:18 PM   #9
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How hulking is/are the file/s?

If sub-five megs or so, squirt me one and I'll see if (Hey! Mikey!) Access will eat it.

   
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:07 PM   #10
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The file is gi-normous. Like 48 MB.

Anyway, I dug out my Office 2000 CD, and I've got the Standard edition -- no Access. Boo-hoo.

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