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Hi Pertti,

Since years back I now again need to create a database preferable one that can extract and print reports. I noticed that LO has skipped ’Firebird’ and offers ’HSQLDB’ as a main option.

_(a)     Is LOBase up-to-date and seriously still usable or shall I look for another program

No problem to work with LO Base. If you don't need functions like DATEADD, LIST (Concatening text-content by grouping) or special windowfunctions you could use HSQLDB. HSQLDB wouldn't be removed, because it is better integrated into LO Base as Firebird. For creating a database as internal Firebird database you have to set the experimental mode "on". You could set it "off" afterwards, when Firebird database file has been created.

(b)     is JRE still needed (is it needed for the reports?)
-- if so what is the exact name of the JRE-version to be downloaded & installed
-- are there anything special to know when installing JRE

Depend on the system you are using.
Using Mac you could get some problems:

(c) any advice regarding installing & using the ’modern’ LOBase?

If you have used LO Base before and also used the Report Builder have a look at the installed extension. Reports would fail if you have installed the old extension, because LO has included ReportBuilder since LO 4.1



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