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PowerBASIC Gazette

Number 116


From: Jim Bailey, Manager
            PowerBASIC, Inc.


PowerBASIC Gazette #116

Subject: PowerBASIC Announcements

Dear %FIRST%,

Spring is here and it is time to get crunching code!  What better way to do that than have the best possible tools at your disposal? 

We at PowerBASIC would like to announce that the next maintenance release is available for our flagship products:

  • PowerBASIC for Windows v10
  • PowerBASIC Console Compiler v6 for Windows.


The .04 releases fix many compiler issues and also contain a slightly different help interface (with improvements also made to some topics). Some issues addressed include:

  • Improvements to XPRINT, XPRINT PREVIEW
  • IDE: Substantial enhancement of debug step speed.  Corrected display of some international characters.  Better symmetry during debugging.
  • PowerThread, PowerTime and StringBuilder improvements.
  • Enhancement to compiler .EXE to match changes in Windows updates.
  • Array, and String handling enhancements.
  • CON. And TXT. Pseudo objects improved
  • Many more improvements and fixes


For you information, there are VERY limited books for our products.  Please note that with a purchase of a back-ordered book, you will not be charged for shipping or the book.  You will be put on an email list and be contacted when the books are ready to ship.  We currently only have double digit inventories for the following manuals: PBDOS 3.5 (these books will not be re-printed), PowerBASIC Console Compiler 6, and Classic PowerBASIC for Windows 9.  We are on back-order for PowerBASIC for Windows 10.

By the middle of April, we will be releasing the manuals for our current products in a .pdf or .epub format to bridge the pass of time it takes to print new manuals.  Any feedback on this topic is appreciated, and will be given proper consideration.

Also, due to the rise of shipping costs, by April 15th we are forced to increase our shipping costs.  This has no bearing on electronically downloaded files, only physical shipments.  So BUY NOW to save the additional costs.

Another bit of business; I would like to inform all that it has recently become aware to us that some of our forum mail and feedback are not being delivered or is spotty.  While we are working on this issue, I would like to make sure that all are aware of alternate ways to contact us.  Of course the best way is via email: , and

On a last note, our forums are for us - the PowerBASIC community - to ask for, as well as grant help.  We have over 500,000 posts and many of them contain excellent tutorial and code to help our users become more proficient at coding and programming in general. There is no such thing as a “stupid” question. Many of our seasoned users – in my opinion – have lost sight of what it is like to be a novice or amateur programmer; or a beginner in GUI or API coding.  I bring this topic up because I have noticed some posts that have come off as a “less tolerant” response to a simple question, or a question that has already been asked.  Please keep your “earlier” programming days in mind before placing a post.

As always we like to hear feedback on features that you would like to see. We have many ideas running down the pike, and hope that you, our users, can continue to help us make the best tool for your needs.

PowerBASIC Forums

Be sure to visit us soon on the web! Lots of options to help you find the exact programming information you need! The PowerBASIC Forums now sport over 500,000 contributions from good programmers just like you. They ask questions, they get answers, so can you. Just click...

We'd love to hear your questions... your answers... maybe even see a little of your latest code. So would others, and they'll respond!

Lots more to follow on the web site... and the next Gazette!

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

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?"


Need even more info?

The complete 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 -- Then [click] 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 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.


Jim Bailey, Manager
PowerBASIC Inc.

PowerBASIC Price List

PB/CC Console Compiler 6.0 - Full Product


PB/CC Console Compiler 6.0 - Upgrade from ver 5


PB/CC Console Compiler 6.0 - Upgrade from prior versions


  &nbspAdd Printed Documentation




PowerBASIC for Windows 10.0 (GUI) - Full Product


PowerBASIC for Windows 10.0 - Upgrade from ver 9


PowerBASIC for Windows 10.0 - Upgrade from prior versions   


  &nbspAdd Printed Documentation - Back ordered




Classic Console Compiler 5.0 - Full Product


Classic Console Compiler 5.0 - Upgrade from ver 4




Classic PB for Windows 9.0 (GUI) - Full Product


Classic PB for Windows 9.0 - Upgrade from ver 8




PowerBASIC for DOS 3.5 - Full Product


PowerBASIC for DOS 3.5 - Upgrade from prior versions


  &nbspAdd Printed Documentation (2 book set)




PowerTree BTree Manager for DOS and Windows


PowerBASIC Forms Visual Designer ver 2.0




SQL Tools Standard Version 3.0:

$ 99.95

  &nbspUpgrade from ver 2 (Std)


SQL Tools Professional Version 3.0:


  &nbspUpgrade from ver 2 (Pro)


  &nbspUpgrade from ver 2 (Std)


Graphics Tools Standard ver 2 for PB/CC & PB/WIN


Graphics Tools Professional ver 2 for PB/CC & PB/WIN


Graphics Tools Standard ver 2 Upgrade from ver 1


Graphics Tools Professional ver 2 Upgrade from ver 1


Graphics Tools Professional ver 2 Upgrade from ver 2 Std


Console Tools Standard:


Console Tools Professional:






Any Software

& 1 book

Addl Book







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$ 8


Express 2-day US





Express 1-day US





Air Mail Canada/Mex    





Express Canada/Mex





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