GS-Base 16.8 has been released

Changes in this version:

  • The zip64 file format.
    The standard older zip file format has been replaced by the newer zip64 format. As opposed to the standard zip, the zip64 files are not limited to 4GB and the number of sub-streams (files) is no longer limited to 65K.
    This means databases can now contain virtually any amount of data and the number of inserted objects/images or memo entries is no longer limited to 65K.


  • The zip64 files can be explored like standard zips in the File Explorer in Windows 10. However, please note that the 64-bit zips with a large number of sub-streams rather aren’t handled efficiently in Windows. For example, for the following 25MB zip64 database file containing 100,000 very short “long text/memo” entries

after you rename it to a *.zip file, trying to explore it in the File Explorer (or browsing a folder containing it) will occupy the File Explorer for anything from several to tens of minutes or more. Thus it’s usually a good idea to use the *.gsb file extensions for the database files instead of the *.zip extensions.

  • If you open an older zip file, GS-Base lets you choose whether the format should be updated next time you save it.
  • The “Find-As-You-Type” and “Find In Current Results” searching options.
    If the “Find As You Type” option is “on”, entering/deleting characters in the “Find” edit field results in automatic full-text searching.
    The “Find In Current Results” was the default state in the previous versions and it causes subsequent searches to be performed only within already filtered records, narrowing the results. The “Find As You Type” and “Find In Current Results” options are mutually exclusive.
  • Verifying URLs entered in database fields.
    You can save the returned URL status and filter the status codes as necessary or you can let GS-Base verify the returned codes and automatically list all errors/broken URLs.
  • You can pause and continue the verification process.
    • These can be both http and https URLs, optionally with the ending “:number” port specification.
    • Choosing cancel to close that dialog box causes retaining the previous results in the “status” and “modification date” fields.
  • Additional file information in the opening window.
    The list of recently used databases displayed in the opening GS-Base window includes now the database size and the last modification date.
    Also, if a given path no longer exists, it’s preceded by the “cancel” icon.
  • The “Any flags” searching option.
    This additional option in the “Search” dialog box enables you to search for records with any flags set.
  • Warning about saving as text.
    If you edit a text or dBase file and add some data that can be saved only in the .gsb/.zip format like multiple tables, pivot tables, drop-down lists, GS-Base will warn you about this if you don’t switch the file format before saving.