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    Drake Software has utilized PowerBasic for many years and we are big fans. We are pleased to announce first to this group that we have acquired the PowerBasic source code from PowerBasic, Inc. We have developed software for over 40 years, and we intend to continue updating and improving the functionality for this excellent product into the future. We also recognize the unique community that has grown over the years through this forum, and the contribution many of you have made to the success of the product. We are looking forward to continuing that community.
    Adam Drake
    Drake Software

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    :-)

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    • #3
      Welcome news for the community!
      "Not my circus, not my monkeys."

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      • #4
        Great news and congratulation on your acquisition, may you succeed in your effort to continue the PowerBASIC lineage. And thank you!
        Regards,
        Marc

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        • #5
          I am very pleased.

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          • #6
            We truly appreciate the influx of renewed life. I know I speak for many that continued support and the potential eventual production of updated and/or new products is great and welcome news.

            Obviously, most conscious business purchases go on with the thought of an eventual ROI. Considering the "chomping of the bit" this community has shown towards products leveraging modern integration, capabilities, and technologies I hope this meets your expectations such that you endeavor to keep the product actively developed using the current paradigm (Smaller/Faster).
            <b>George W. Bleck</b>
            <img src='http://www.blecktech.com/myemail.gif'>

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            • #7
              Welcome

              That is great news

              What do you need from us to make PB a success?

              Thanks
              [I]I made a coding error once - but fortunately I fixed it before anyone noticed[/I]
              Kerry Farmer

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              • #8
                Hi folks. We are using this principal: "First, do no harm." So we are spending some time wrapping our heads around Bob's assembler code and mapping out all of the functions. We don't want to mess up. I appreciate the kind comments. Our goal will always be FAST and SMALL.

                Phil

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                • #9
                  Thank you, Mrs Zale.I am sure that Bob will be smiling and nodding his head in approval.

                  Beat wishes for the future.

                  Drake Software: Established 1977; Employees – 325+; Each year, Drake processes more than 26 million federal and state accepted returns.

                  Wow! Looks like safe hands.

                  Well done, Adam. You probably do not need it but 'Best of Luck' anyway.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for taking on the task of revitalizing PowerBASIC!

                    And best wishes to Vivian who has been through a lot.

                    ... .... . ... . . ... ... .... . .. ... .... .. ... .... .. .... ..

                    n6jah @ yahoo.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Phil Drake View Post
                      ...wrapping our heads around Bob's assembler code...
                      Welcome Phil,

                      I'd love to get your opinion on Bob's code, I was once told it was very well organised and commented.
                      Regards,
                      Marc

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                      • Phil Drake
                        Phil Drake commented
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                        Hi Marc. Bob's code is pretty well organized and commented. If you count lines in the compiler (including white space, remarks, equates and executable code), there are over 400,000 lines of ASSEMBLER. So even if it is organized and commented, there is a lot to grasp.
                        Phil

                    • #12
                      Thank you Phil, we really do need a new 64bit compiler. It does not matter if the new compiler can only do the minimum code like dialogs and arrays.
                      After more than a few million lines of PowerBasic coding, it would be an arduous task for us to convert these code to another language.

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                      • #13
                        Finally there is a bright and shining light at the end of the tunnel - this is really great news!

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                        • #14
                          Congratulations to you and to us too!
                          Good luck in this new challenge!
                          "The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine." - Abraham Lincoln.

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                          • #15
                            Hey Adam,

                            how about a draft on what you plan to do for the next couple of years.
                            I got the feeling you already have some thought of that. ;-)

                            Pierre

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                            • #16
                              Originally posted by Adam J. Drake View Post
                              Drake Software has utilized PowerBasic for many years and we are big fans. We are pleased to announce first to this group that we have acquired the PowerBasic source code from PowerBasic, Inc. We have developed software for over 40 years, and we intend to continue updating and improving the functionality for this excellent product into the future. We also recognize the unique community that has grown over the years through this forum, and the contribution many of you have made to the success of the product. We are looking forward to continuing that community.
                              Congratulations Phil and Adam and best of luck to you. I know Adam has posted numerous times on this forum over the years and that he's no stranger to PowerBasic or Windows API development. I'm certain that I'm not the only forum member curious to know more about your company, as it relates to the future maintenance and enhancement of PowerBasic. Did Drake Software acquire all legal and intellectual property rights, trademarks and copyrights of PowerBasic or just the source code? In other words, is Drake Software the new owner of PowerBasic, Inc?
                              Last edited by Mr. Kevin Diggins; 31 Jan 2017, 06:40 PM.

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                              • #17
                                Thanks Pierre, the answer to a question I pondered last week is "two and one-half hours".
                                "Not my circus, not my monkeys."

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                                • #18
                                  I never changed my Home page from where it has always been since I got on the internet in the 90s, and that's here. All I've heard sounds good so far!
                                  Fred
                                  "fharris"+Chr$(64)+"evenlink"+Chr$(46)+"com"

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                                  • #19
                                    One of the really great things about having Drake Software as the new owner is that their own flagship tax software products are written in PowerBASIC. So they have a huge vested interest in the continued success of the product line, something that should help the community feel very good about the future of the PowerBASIC products!

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                                    • #20
                                      Wow… just wow

                                      I’ll reflect Mr. Farmer’s sediment with:
                                      Your success is my (our) success. Let us know if we can help.

                                      To Mrs. Zale; I wish you the best and thank you for keeping the lights on.
                                      BASIC shampoo - DO:LATHER:RINSE:LOOP UNTIL CLEAN <>0

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