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    Office XP or 2000? (97)

    I want to make a catalog using Access for my company. I believe that the Developer version of Office has the tools to make a executable file.(right?)
    My question is which version of Office should i get?
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    Right now we have 97 Professional.

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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    There are *no* tools to make an executable file of an Access application. The developer's version of any of the three allows you to create a distributable runtime version of an Access application, but it is not an executable.
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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    But will this allow me to make the catalog and have it accessable to anyone because of the distributable runtime version of Access?

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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    Maybe you should explain more about what you're trying to do. What do you mean by having it accessible to everyone? Where do you intend to put it?

    The runtime would have to be installed on each machine, although it would be possible to create a setup that could be run from a network drive to install it on any given machine.
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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    The developer version includes a licence to distribute a runtime version of Access. This is required to be installed on each PC that you will run the database from. The good news is that you just purchase one copy of developer and that allows you to install the runtime Access on as many PC's as required.
    A comment about XP / 2000. 2000 is tested thoroughly, XP is new and I do not know about the runtime for 2000 and Microsofts 'activation' protection system.

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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    What I was planning to do was to put our company's catalog on a cd. Make some sort of fancy interface and put all the products that we make in an Access database and then we could give the cd to our customers and potential customers.

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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    I hate to stick a pin in your balloon, but I think this is a better idea for HTML or Adobe Acrobat than it is for Access.

    You could include the database on a CD plus a runtime setup for customers who did not have Access, but that's imposing on the customers and requiring at least some of them to install something on their computers in order to read your catalog. However, I'd suggest looking at alternatives that require nothing more than their browser or at most the Acrobat Reader.

    Actually, thinking about it, XP allows you to export forms and reports to XML/XSL format, which can be read by IE. Unfortunately, Netscape has problems with XML/XSL and earlier versions of IE don't fully support the new features, so I think you're still stuck with the lowest common denominator of HTML or PDF.
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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    Our previous catalog, made around 1996, was made using Visual Basic and Access.
    I did not do it and the person has since left the company.
    On that previous catalog, there was/is an installation step. Which may not be a bad thing because that way we will stay on our customers computer and they will remember us.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    Mark, something you may want to look into that may be very important. I recently read the runtime version of Access (XP) is incredibly large. I have searched everywhere but can't find the source of that info however it has made me completely re-think a very similar project. We will be using HTML. <img src=/S/surrender.gif border=0 alt=surrender width=31 height=23>

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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    Have you looked at the full runtime setup of Access 2000? Is the XP version supposed to be larger than that? Or are you talking about the runtime executable itself, msaccess.exe?
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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    A runtime setup of Access 2000 can take up to 150 MB of hard disk space and, I think, install all sorts of stuff to update internet explorer to a version it wants. Speaking as a 'customer' of yours I may not want to touch that with a bargepole. The previous method of storing in an access database with a custom front end is much more preferable, probaby requiring only a couple of MB of space on your customers PC and NO changes to the current settings.

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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    The "runtime lite", which can be downloaded from Microsoft, reduces the setup to between 75Mb and 80Mb because it assumes IE 5.x is installed on the user machine, but that's still huge and it isn't a safe assumption.
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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    Do you know if the runtime lite Access will still function if IE 5.x is not installed on the target machine? To pose the question differently is this runtime lite only to make the installation disk contain fewer files?

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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    I guess that I'm going to have to look into doing html also.
    Which is the best way? Front Page?

    Thanks for your advise.

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    Re: Office XP or 2000? (97)

    I guess that I should go another route.
    Most people are suggesting HTML.
    Do you agree?

    Thanks for your help.

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