LegEasy 6 Windows is the first version in our LegEasy program. It was created by popular demand, and to rectify a serious problem for a lot of our users - incompatiblility of DataEase 6.x in Windows 7.
When DataEase development was taken over by 4ThePeople, we quickly realised that the map didn't fit the terrain. The "common" belief in the DataEase camp, that the solution to all problems was simply to move to the latest version, didn't really ring true. We quicly realised that a lot of our users had stayed behind in older versions of DataEase.
Our goal is to make DataEase as good today, as it used to be back in the good old days of DataEase for DOS. We realise that this is not done overnight, so we aim to make sure that everyone that use DataEase today, should be able to continue to use their applications as they are, when at the same time giving them a path forward.
The goal of the LegEasy program is to offer Legacy users the safety net they have been missing, and give them the comfort of time and opportunity to move forward.
One of the things that has been stressing our legacy users the most, has been the constant redefinition of functionality, and the fact that a upgrade was always a migrate. The fact that Migrate in DataEase terms, meant project didn't helpt the situation. We got the distinct impression that a lot of our users was "battle worn", so we decided that the main goal of our LegEasy program, was to insure that we din't change or break anything.
So rest assured, everything in LegEasy 6 Windows work exactly the same way as it did in 6.52, with one little difference. Some things that didn't work in 6.52 work in 6.53...
People that use DataEase 6.x seem are in general very happy with it with one big exception, and that is that it looks very dated. The same way that it after a while become a little embarassing to have the little back dos box as your user environment, the Windows 3.11 appearance in 6.52 glowed of "outdatedness", so we decided that since we coulnd't play with the functionality in LegEasy 6, we could definitely play with the look and feel.
We have completely changed the toolbars, icons, button, dialogs, styles etc, to make it much more contemporary. In fact it looke so good after we had done it, that we needed to update DataEase 8 again, just to make sure it looked better...
There are many reasons why DataEase has enjoyed worldwide popularity for over 20 years and these include:
Each workstation must have a full copy of DataEase installed. The AUTOEXEC.BAT file on each workstation must contain the DENAME environment variable described on the next page.
To keep track of who locks a given database resource, DataEase requires that you assign a unique name (called a computer name) to each network workstation using the DENAME environment variable. To assign computer names, add the following command to the AUTOEXEC.BAT file on each network workstation: set DENAME=computer name where computer name is a unique name for each workstation. Make sure there is no space between DENAME and the equals sign (=), or the command will not work. Note: Be sure to use a unique name for each workstation. If two workstations with the same name try to log on, DataEase displays an error message. Although two workstations with the same computer name can be logged on simultaneously, results are unpredictable and serious problems can develop. Memory Requirements in OS/2 2.0 You can run DataEase in a DOS Compatibility box under OS/2 version 2.0. The only requirement is that the DOS box be set at a minimum of 2 MB of memory, although we recommend a setting of at least 4 MB of memory. For information on setting the memory for your DOS box, please refer to your OS/2 documentation. Running DataEase on a Local Area Network If you are using DataEase on a network, there are only a few more steps to follow to run DataEase in a multi-user environment. To successfully run DataEase on a network: · When you define network security, make sure that all DataEase users have all access rights to the application directories. · If your network operating system does not assign each workstation a unique name automatically, manually set the DENAME variable on each workstation. More information on DENAME is provided earlier in this appendix. · Follow any special installation instructions required for your specific network, as specified in the following sections. Note: On some networks, you can only access a local Native database (stored on your workstation). See the Readme file for the limitations imposed by your network. Installing DataEase on a Microsoft LAN Manager Network If you are using a Microsoft LAN Manager network, the MAXLOCKS setting in the LANMAN.INI file of each workstation should be set to 1000. The MAXCONNECTIONS setting in the LANMAN.INI file on the server must be set to at least 128. The DISKCACHE setting in the CONFIG.SYS file on the server must be set to 128. Note: Some foreign engines require different DISKCACHE settings. See your foreign engine documentation for information on the optimum DISKCACHE setting. Make sure that one of the entries in the LIBPATH variable in the CONFIG.SYS file of the server and each workstation lists the complete path (disk drive and directory) of the directory in which the LAN Manager Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files are stored. Installing DataEase on a Novell Netware Network If you are installing DataEase on a Novell Netware network, make sure that one of the entries in the LIBPATH variable in the CONFIG.SYS file of the server and each workstation lists the complete path (disk drive and directory) of the directory in which the Netware Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files are stored. Adding Network Licence Tokens The number of users who can access a DataEase application is regulated through the use of Network Licence Tokens. When you first install DataEase, the number of available Network LicenceTokens is equal to your DataEase user count. To increase the number of available tokens, you must install a DataEase Network Licence Pack. A Network Licence Pack increases the number of available tokens by three or five, depending on the capacity of the Network Licence Pack you purchase. How to Install a Network Licence Pack 1. Place the Network Licence Pack disk in drive A of any PC on the network. 2. From the Windows Program Manager, choose File>>Run. In the command line edit box, type: [drive letter>:addusers ?where is the location of the DataEase program on the network. For example, to add Network Licence Tokens to a copy of DataEase stored on drive F in the directory \DFW, type: A:ADDUSERS F:\DFW 3. Click OK. The Addusers program increases the number of available Network Licence Tokens. After adding the tokens, the Addusers program displays a message similar to the one shown below: Upgrading maximum users from x to y Upgrade complete, y users now supported on the network Installing Multiple Network Licence Packs If you are installing two or more Network Licence Packs, follow the same procedure for installing each pack and number each Access Pack disk in the order in which it is installed. © DataEase International
DataEase is undergoing major changes, but productwise and licenseingwise. We lauched LegEasy 6 as a rescue version for DataEase 6.x users, with the expressed intention to incentivice them to move forward when they "have caught their breath". This is why we offer it for FREE* if you later upgrade to DataEase 8. *FREE in this context, means that we will credit you, your entire LegEasy 6 outlay if you buy DataEase 8 within 12 months from buing LegEasy 6.