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Using Notetaker to Display Database files
Using NoteTaker to Display Database files

If you have a number of databases and/or Phonebooks that you want to open at the same time, you have a couple of options.

One option is to use Software Carousel to create multiple System Manager sessions and open different databases in different SC sessions.

The latest version of Software Carousel (ver 7.07) prevents you from opening the same Database or Phone Book file in more than one session. This restriction eliminates one of the major causes of corrupted database files.

It is possible to open two Phone Book files or two Database files in one System Manager session. For example, you could open two database files, e.g., DB1.GDB and DB2.GDB, by using the MENU File Rename command to give DB2.GDB the file named DB2.PDB. Once you've done that you can open DB2 with the Phone Book and DB1 with the general Database program.

If you want to keep your Phone Book file and two database files open at the same time, there's even a way to do that.

You can use NoteTaker to open a second .GDB file. However, this trick takes a little more effort. It's not as simple as renaming a file.

Use the utility program GDB2NDB by Jorge Trevino (Csi 72540,620) to convert a .GDB file to a NoteTaker file and you'll be able to open a second database file in NoteTaker and still keep your Phone Book file open.

The easiest way to do this is to put the GDB2NDB.COM file, along with a copy of the DEBUG.EXE program (from the D:\DOS directory on the Palmtop), in the same directory as your database file. The DOS command to use is


Do not add the .GDB extension to DBName. Press Enter and the conversion will be done. You'll end up with a file called DBName.NDB which you can open in NoteTaker.

The upside is that you can now use the System Manager clipboard to copy and paste from one database file to another without having to close one file and open the other.

GDB2NDB is the second in a matched pair of programs. The flip side to GDB2NDB is the program called NDB2GDB. Jorge created the pair of programs so he could convert a NoteTaker file to a database file with NDB2GDB. He could then open a NoteTaker file in the Database application and use the command [MENU], File, Modify and add a date field to his NoteTaker file. He used the GDB2NDB program to change the modified file back to a NoteTaker file that contained a new date field.

For the purposes of this tip you only need the GDB2NDB program. However, you'll want to keep the other program handy just in case you want to modify the structure of your "expanded" NoteTaker file.

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