PowerBASIC Gazette

Number 103 www.powerbasic.com



January
Twentieth
2012

From: Bob Zale, President
           PowerBASIC, Inc.
PowerBASIC Gazette #103

Subject: It writes your GUI code for you!

How easy can it get? PowerBASIC/FORMS is the PowerBASIC Visual Designer. It works with PowerBASIC Compilers to build GUIs almost as fast as you can imagine them. There are two versions of PB/FORMS... One for the Classic PowerBASIC, and one for PowerBASIC 10.0. But more about that later. PB/FORMS is a very special product. It really simplifies GUI
design (graphical user interfaces). Dialogs, controls, colors, fonts, and lots more. All the adjustments are right at your fingertips.


PB/FORMS, the movie? Click HERE to watch the video.


Of course, the built-in DDT is good at dialogs, too. You can keep using the built-in functions:

DIALOG NEW...
CONTROL ADD BUTTON...
CONTROL ADD TEXTBOX...
DAILOG SHOW MODAL...

They work well. They always will. But with PowerBASIC/FORMS, you see what you're designing this very instant. No trial and error. No guesses at how big that form should be -- you just click, and there it is, right on your screen. Change the color, adjust the size, choose a style, and watch it happen instantly. With PowerBASIC/FORMS, you'll drag'n'drop controls, design complex menus, automatically build resources from your images and version info. You'll create and name your own favorite styles for later. Even import GUI designs from Visual Basic. You'll like this one a lot.


PB/FORMS, the movie? Click HERE to watch the video.


The latest incarnation is PB/FORMS 2.0. It's designed specifically for PB/WIN 9.0 and PB/WIN 10.0. It offers native DDT support for TreeViews, ToolBars, StatusBars, ProgressBars, even Tab Controls and more. You'll find you can use simple, straightforward DDT functions to manipulate all the controls on your forms. You know, it just doesn't get any easier than this. One keystroke takes you to the visual designer; one more keystroke takes you back. It's just that simple!


Need more info about PB/FORMS?
just click: http://www.powerbasic.com/products/pbforms/


But, what about Classic PowerBASIC? We didn't forget you! With Classic PowerBASIC 8.0, you'll want Classic PB/FORMS 1.5. It's a real bargain at half price, and works wonders with Classic PowerBASIC! Choose from 29 different standard controls, then add custom controls as well. Choose fonts, styles, and colors. All designed specifically for Classic PB/WIN 8.0.


Need more info about CLASSIC PB/FORMS?
just click: http://www.powerbasic.com/products/clfw/


Both versions offer some pretty amazing features. You can import designs from Visual Basic or hand-written PB code. There's a menu editor, a tab order editor, even a version resource editor. So, how do you start? First, you'll open a dialog, and size it to your needs. Add a few controls, choose the fonts, select the colors, add menus, accelerators, short-cuts, and you're well on your way. Then generate your template and start adding code. Of course, you'll use instant test mode to view the final design, even before you compile it. But what if you need to add an extra button, or change a size or style? It's simple... just reopen the project, as often as needed, and you're right back in business. In fact, if you ever find you've really made a mess of things, you can even request a completely new template from your modified project. What could possibly be better?

So, how about it? Ready for the new PB/FORMS? I hope so! It's priced very attractively, upgrades available. If you order right now, you might be up and running in 30 minutes!


Ready to order? GOTO www.powerbasic.com -- click! BUY NOW


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THE POWER Changes Everything

Just in case you're one of the few... who hasn't yet upgraded to the latest compilers -- Stay with me for a minute?

Now is the time to move. Full product purchases are just $199 and $169. Pretty refreshing compared to some of the $2,000-$5,000 prices from the competition! If you qualify for an upgrade, you can still take advantage of special pricing. Upgrade PB/WIN 9 to PowerBASIC 10.0 for just $99 -- upgrade PB/CC 5 to PB/CC 6.0 for just $89! There is no reason to wait... today is the day to upgrade.

Of course, PB/CC is our Console Compiler -- creates programs with a text mode user interface. Easy to use. Easy to port from DOS. It's the perfect solution for CGI Internet applications. Any time you want pure performance and nothing more! PowerBASIC 10 for Windows gives you the "look and feel" of a graphical user interface (GUI), the essence of Windows. Frankly, they've both taken a big leap forward.


Transparent Unicode

You know, a good compiler offers you ANSI strings. This has been the standard for many years. A better compiler lets you choose between ANSI and UNICODE in each program. But only one of them per program. If you want Unicode, you can't keep binary bytes in a string. It simply won't work. If you want ANSI, you can't have Unicode without exhaustive conversions. Not so good.

A great compiler, like PowerBASIC, supports all of them in the same program. And it's totally transparent. With PowerBASIC 10.0 for Windows (or PowerBASIC Console Compiler 6.0), you can have it all. One variable with ANSI. Another with UNICODE. Mix and match any way you choose with PowerStrings. All the messy details, and even the needed translations, are handled automatically by the compiler.

You can finally display a Euro symbol. Unicode text in a GUI or a Console. Read and write a Unicode file. Even print Unicode text on a Windows printer!


Static Link Libraries

Compile all your general purpose code into static units. Then, when it's needed, just $LINK it into your EXE or DLL and you're on your way. It's pre-compiled, so it's perfect for team programming. What will it do for third-party tools? Plenty. PerfectSync has already released SQL Tools 3. It links right into your EXE, so there's no need to drag a DLL around. Just $LINK and go. Lots more tools are sure to follow. And, if that's not enough, you'll get a librarian, too. Combine any number of units to a single library, and just use one single $LINK. PowerBASIC just discards those which aren't necessary. SLL's can contain Subs, Functions, and Object Classes. How easy can it get?


Automatic Dead Code Removal

Fight the war on BloatWare. Now, you can include big libraries of useful code -- PowerBASIC cleans it up for you. Any Sub/Function not used is automatically ignored when compiled. In fact, even Classes are pared down by similar Method and Property removal.

Order Now? GOTO https://shop.powerbasic.com/


There's more. Lots, lots more. A completely new IDE based on Tabs, with syntax display as you type! Transparent Unicode. Print Preview. Thread Objects. A built in Resource Compiler. A StringBuilder Class. PowerArray class encapsulates SafeArray structures. A DEC$ function formats decimal numbers. Graphic Windows with scroll bars and scroll keys, user drag to resize, clip areas, and wrap by whole word. ENUM blocks, PREFIX blocks, ASMDATA blocks. THREADSAFE option for functions and methods. TEXT windows, Text Split, and the new FASTPROC procedures. There's more, but it's easy to see this is a very important upgrade.


SQL Tools version 3

You can use the power of SQL to access relational databases from Microsoft Access, SQL Server, Oracle, FoxPro, dBase, Btrieve, and 50 other popular formats. Open a database with a single line of code, and use standard SQL statements to build powerful, sophisticated, multi-user database programs! This is a total database solution.

This product has earned accolades from virtually all of its users. Version 3 is certainly no exception. With both a DLL and an SLL, you'll have the option to just $LINK units and libraries right into your EXE. No more DLL's to drag around, unless you choose it. Even better, PowerBASIC will only link the code that's necessary. Version 3 is faster and leaner, even with all the new features.

Many functions have been simplified. You can retrieve all rows in a single operation. You'll also get improved trace files, Quad integers, Unicode, plus enhanced Memo and BLOB field support. Then there's improved Microsoft Access database support, and much more! Documentation is provided in CHM, HLP, and PDF formats.


You can order right now...

PB/WIN 10.0 is priced at $199, while PB Console Compiler is $169. Upgrades from versions 9 and 5 are just $99 and $89 respectively. SQL Tools Pro is $199.95, while SQL Tools Std is $99.95. Upgrades from version 2 are $99.95 and $69.95 respectively.


Need more info?

We have a page created just for you. It's "Why should I upgrade?"

GOTO http://www.powerbasic.com/products/whyupcc.asp
GOTO http://www.powerbasic.com/products/whyupwin10.asp


Need even more info?

The comlete documentation for both PB/CC 6 and PB/WIN 10 can be found right on the PowerBASIC Web Site! To see the 100% complete documentation:

GOTO www.powerbasic.com -- HELP DESK


You'll find everything you need to know to make an informed decision. You can order right now by replying to this email. You can call us today at (888)659-8000 or (941)473-7300, or fax us at (941)681-3100.

You can visit https://shop.powerbasic.com/ to place an e/order on our secure web site, or even mail an order to our offices. But no matter what method you choose, do it today and do it with confidence. Every product PowerBASIC ships for physical delivery is offered with a money-back guarantee for a full 30 days from the transaction date.


Regards,


Bob Zale, President
PowerBASIC Inc.




PowerBASIC Price List

PB/CC Console Compiler 6.0 - Full Product $169.00
PB/CC Console Compiler 6.0 - Upgrade from ver 5 $89.00
PB/CC Console Compiler 6.0 - Upgrade from prior versions $119.00
   Add Printed Documentation $49.00
PowerBASIC for Windows 10.0 (GUI) - Full Product $199.00
PowerBASIC for Windows 10.0 - Upgrade from ver 9 $99.00
PowerBASIC for Windows 10.0 - Upgrade from prior versions    $129.00
   Add Printed Documentation $49.00
PowerBASIC for DOS 3.5 - Full Product $99.00
PowerBASIC for DOS 3.5 - Upgrade from prior versions $49.00
   Add Printed Documentation (2 book set) $29.00
PowerTree BTree Manager for DOS and Windows $99.00
PowerBASIC Forms Visual Designer ver 2.0 $99.00
SQL Tools Standard Version 3.0: $ 99.95
   Upgrade from ver 2 (Std) $69.95
SQL Tools Professional Version 3.0: $199.95
   Upgrade from ver 2 (Pro) $99.95
   Upgrade from ver 2 (Std) $129.95
Graphics Tools Standard ver 2 for PB/CC & PB/WIN $69.95
Graphics Tools Professional ver 2 for PB/CC & PB/WIN $139.95
Graphics Tools Standard ver 2 Upgrade from ver 1 $44.95
Graphics Tools Professional ver 2 Upgrade from ver 1 $114.95
Graphics Tools Professional ver 2 Upgrade from ver 2 Std $79.95
Console Tools Standard: $49.95
Console Tools Professional: $99.95


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