Monday, November 10, 2014

Good bye to the SaveDBF addin

When we wrote the add-in in 2008 we could not have imagined the success it achieved over the last 6 years.

It provided a stable solution to saving and editing DBF files for thousands of users all over the world on every continent (even Antarctica!).

The add-in supported versions of Excel 2007, 2010 and now 2013. In 2012 we released the 64-bit version of the add-in which is one of the first 3rd party add-ins that supports the 64-bit version of Office!

Given the directions of Microsoft Office (Office 365 and beyond and the potential drop of Visual Basic for Applications) we decided to stop further development as it is taking enormous amount of time/resources in testing and development.

Current users on systems of Excel 2007/2010 on Win 7 and 2013 on Windows 8/8.1 will be able to use the add-in, however

as of January 1, 2015 the development and support of the SaveDBF addin on ALL future releases of Excel will cease.

It's been a great journey! Long live the DBF!

Finding the XLSTART folder for the SAVEDBF add-in installation

Steps to find the XLSTART folder for the SaveDBF addin installation:

1. Open Excel (2007 or newer)
2. Press Alt-F11 to get to the Visual Basic Editor
3. Press Ctrl-g to get to the "Immediate" window
4. Type in the Immediate window: ?Application.Path
5. Press Enter
6. The path will show you where the XLSTART folder should be located.

For example, Excel 2010 32-bit version on a Windows 7 64-bit machine shows:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14.