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Base is a fully featured desktop database management system, designed to meet the needs of a broad array of users, from
- just tracking your personal CD collection, to
- producing a corporate monthly departmental sales report.
Base offers wizards to help users new to database design (or just new to Base) to create Tables, Queries, Forms and Reports, along with a set of predefined table definitions for tracking Assets, Customers, Sales Orders, Invoices and much more.
When a personal use database is all you need, Base offers the full HSQL relational database engine, configured for single user, with the data stored right in the Base file, as well as native support for dBase flat files.
For power users in the enterpirise, Base delivers native support drivers for a variety of multi-user database engines: MySQL, Adabas D, MS Access and PostgreSQL. In addition, support for JDBC and ODBC standard drivers allows you to connect to virtually any existing database.
Base integrates seamlessly into the rest of the OpenOffice.org suite applications, for example:
- supplying address book data for mail merge in Writer using the industry standard LDAP protocol, or common address book formats such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Windows and Mozilla;
- creating linked data ranges in Calc files for data pilot analysis or as the basis for charts.
For more information on working with Base, please see the OpenOffice.org Wiki Database pages.
For technical information, or to help make Base even better stop by the Base project page.