[Qgis-developer] DBF

Andreas Neumann a.neumann at carto.net
Fri Mar 4 04:04:11 PST 2016

libreoffice has good dbf support.

Besides, it is really time to retire Shape files ... if we all focus on improving geopackage support we can soon have a real alternative.


On March 4, 2016 12:48:48 PM CET, Nathan Woodrow <madmanwoo at gmail.com> wrote:
>I'm sure there are other dbf editors out there outside of excel. I
>think it will have any impact on the GIS world really
>On Fri, 4 Mar 2016 9:37 pm Pieter du Plooy <pjduplooy at zpanelcp.com>
>> Hi guys, I do not know to what degree this will affect anyone, but
>> across this snippet:
>> "Fellow GIS-ers,
>> As you may be aware, Microsoft dropped dbf support from the newest
>> versions of Access (2013 & 2016).  Their reasoning?...dbf is an
>> and/or dead file format.  They either did not realize or ignored that
>> is the tabular format behind all shapefiles and very much still in
>> throughout the entire GIS industry.  It is the universal format for,
>at the
>> very least, GIS data exchange.
>> Unfortunately, this means one can no longer link to a shapefile dbf
>> from within an Access database to work directly with the data
>> manually nor through VBA).  I’ve been on the phone and exchanged
>> emails with Microsoft’s support personnel over the past couple of
>> building a case for bringing back dbf support. The best I can get
>> a “Premier” support ticket) is the suggestion to continue using
>> 2010, or some other registry hack-type workarounds…all of which are
>> unviable in the long-term.
>> So, I’m pushing for a “grass-roots” campaign, if this problem
>> affects you…please consider voting for the current “bring back dbf”
>> suggestion in the online Access suggestion box:"
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