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I need a recommendation for a database to help an older computer illiterate salesman manage his customers.  

He was using a propriatary Filemaker runtime 8.5 database that was setup to hold his customers.  His primary desire is to print use this to print birthday cards for his customers.   When his old computer crashed, the Filemaker runtime db died.  I was able to extract the data, but not able to make it function.  He wants something to replace it with that is low cost and is just as easy to use.

He does not have MS access, and will have to buy a license for whatever I make or build for him.     Also, i don't want to spend a lot of time setting this up.  Recommendations?
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Application Developer
Top Expert 2007

Commented:
QuickBooks Pro.  Probably the least expensive route.

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Will LovingPresident, Dedication Technologies, Inc.

Commented:
QB Pro might be about right, but I'm willing to take a look at old Runtime DB. If I can do something with it - get it to work as a Runtime or under FileMaker Pro - I'll let you know. The actual time to fix it would be billable but if it can be done it won't take a great deal of time. You can click the "Hire Me" link on my profile to send an email directly to me.
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Is there functionality that he wants to add to his runtime application? If you have extracted the tables it should be an afternoons work to create the replacement application with the functionality he may want in Filemaker Pro. If the requirements are really limited he may be able to do it in Filemaker Bento. To help I need either more clarity of the applications capability or a pointer to where the application is sold, or documentation. Also need a description of what functionality he is using.

If it is as simple as you describe, povide a sample of the data and the requirements, printing envelopes, Printing on blank card material, etc. And I will give you pointers you will need to create on very quickly. There is a Starter Solution built into Filemaker called Contact Management That already creates address labels for cards, you can certainly modify it to print envelopes. You can easily add Birthdays and family contacts if needed.

It has some other cool capabilities that will probably impress your friend
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Application Developer
Top Expert 2007
Commented:
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS Liason
Most Valuable Expert 2012
Commented:
Sounds pretty basic, I see no reason why the same functionality can't be recreated in MS Access.

Obviously we don't know all the details, we can only go by the one thing that you state needs to be done.
<print birthday cards>
Will LovingPresident, Dedication Technologies, Inc.

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Assuming the Runtime data file is still available, and depending on what prefs were set when it was created, it may be possible to resuscitate it and generate a new Runtime or simply use it with FileMaker directly. If editing capability hasn't been stripped out a birthday cards functions could be added.

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