6o6oSoftware - Downloads

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Notes
(highlight = recommended / new release)
ALBUM 432 5.03
Jan 2014
Displays JPG (and BMP) files one at a time from any specified folder, centred on an otherwise blank black screen with no Windows mess. Manual/auto slideshow, delete, sequence options (alphabetic, reverse alphabetic, random), scale up/down
BDE 5856 5.01 This is the Borland Database Engine, which you will need to run older versions of most of my applications.  Use HAVEBDE (see below) to find out whether or not you already have the BDE.
You must be logged on to Windows as an Administrator to install BDE.  
CASHAC       Cash accounting ledger, click here for details. 
Superseded by Cashac2 below.
 
Requires BDE, see above
CASHAC2     Upgraded version of Cashac, does not require BDE! Click here for details.
CLOCK2 552 28
Aug  2017
Clock/timer - useful for timing boiled eggs
FILING 626 12.00
Dec  2014
now obsolete - see Filing2 below
FILING2       For textual filing, click here for details.
Uses Firebird in place of BDE, so OK for Windows beyond XP.
FOLDERS

FOLDERSexe

3300

546

8.04
Jun 2017
Compares the list of files in any two specified folders (directories). Options to include subfolders, to delete duplicates or superseded versions, to synchronise the folders (including subfolders if specified), and (basic omission from Windows Explorer) to export the file list to the clipboard . 
Now (Dec 2016) uses Firebird in place of BDE, so OK for Windows beyond XP.
HAVEBDE 412 1.04
Dec 2009
Checks whether the Borland Database Engine (BDE) is already installed on your PC. If not, see "BDE" above. 
JOTTER 368 2.09
Jan 2014
Every Windows programmer has developed their own version of Notepad, this is mine. 
PLANS 632 3.06
Jul 2018
For making scale drawings. Click here for user guide.
Requires BDE, see above
PLAYER     now obsolete - see Player3 below
PLAYER3     Audio jukebox for MP3 / OGG Vorbis, click here for details.
Uses Firebird in place of BDE, so OK for Vista & Win 7 as well as XP.
REPAIR 112 - Incorporates the Borland utility TUTIL32.DLL (but unsupported by them) to repair a corrupt database table. Also included with the main db apps above.
Requires BDE, see above
UNITS 230 1.10
Apr 2009
Converts between different units (eg metres / feet ) for the same quantity (eg length). Options to to add new quantities and new units (for example, a 'Post Office Tower' as a unit of height) 
Requires BDE, see above
Plenty of websites do this, but it's instructive to enter the units and their inter-relationships yourself. Plus you can make up your own units!
WHENTRIP 398 2.00
June 2017
On startup after a power outage, reports when the outage occurred

These (apart from BASS, BDE, TUTIL32) are programs that I have written. They run on versions of Windows from 95 to XP, Vista and 7 - except where the BDE is required, which is not Vista or 7 compatible (it is possible to get round this incompatibility, the internet has the answers). None of the programs has been time-limited or disabled in any way. You are welcome to download them, to copy/distribute them, and to enjoy the full functionality for free and without any registration. But please note :

Of course, these programs are basic applications which thousands of amateur programmers besides myself have produced versions of : you will need to compare and contrast to decide your own preference. I have used most of my programs (in particular, the ones highlighted as recommended) over many years, and have ironed out most of the errors and added many features of genuine utility. I believe that such a programme of continuous improvement is  a defining feature of most non-commercial software, and offers a level of quality to rival commercial software (although perhaps not the same breadth of functionality), despite (in my case) being squeezed to not-very-much spare time at home alongside all the usual work / family / social commitments.

All of these programs were written using Delphi from Borland. Some of them (as indicated) require Borland's Database Engine (BDE) also to be installed. Rather than include the BDE with each application, which at 5+MB would increase their download times, it is included just once as "BDE". Use HAVEBDE to find out whether you already have BDE installed. BDE works fine for versions of Windows up to XP. For Vista a couple of tweaks are required - go to my "Cashac" page for more details.

The BDE supports several different types of database, for example DBASE, Paradox, Interbase; of these I only use Paradox. This is not resilient : for example a power failure can leave your database corrupt. Pah. If you suffer error messages about "Blobs" or about Index problems (including records which mysteriously disappear and reappear), then try the "rebuild" function in the table repair utility "Repair". This works well for Index problems, but is of only limited help for Blobs ('Binary Large Objects", which in this context means big chunks of text), as its approach is to delete the corrupt text from the database rather than to rebuild it, which can result in losing the value of a text memo field. The best you can do is (as always) to take backups frequently. 

From 2011 I have started to use Firebird in place of BDE/Paradox for database handling, much better, and more compatible with later versions of Windows. See www.firebirdsql.org for details. I am gradually upgrading my existing applications in this respect.

Apart from the BDE, the downloads are ZIP files. Use Windows Explorer (XP and later) or WINZIP (see www.winzip.com) to unzip them to a folder of your choice. Make sure you keep the 'Use Folder Names' option checked when you unzip the files, so that any folders beneath the EXE file are preserved. If you want to use a folder in "Program Files" then you will need to be  logged on as an Administrator. After unzipping, the application is ready to run, with no setup or install required. You will need to create your own shortcut(s) to these applications as you wish. The applications may also be deleted, or moved (with their subfolders if any) to different folders, without worrying about the Windows Registry or about special installation procedures via Control Panel.

If you are upgrading from a previous installation of the same software, 

I apologise for not providing any online help. It would be nice to think that the software is so easy to use that this is not needed (and this is certainly a design intention), but this is not an adequate excuse.  There are a few sketchy user guides which is a start at least.

Please contact me (email address below) -  I promise to help as best I can with any problems associated with my software, and any feedback is always appreciated. Include  the application name in the email Subject line to give yourself a chance of being noticed in the blizzard of spam.  

Enjoy!

Charlie Thomas
6o6oSoftware
December 2015