(PRWEB) March 29, 2013
Avanquest recently introduced recommendations on how to open CSV, DB, and DBF file extensions which are associated with a database file type. These recommendations will help users easily manage and choose the right program among the number of diverse software applications.
To view the CSV file contents, Avanquest recommends any text editing program such as Notepad or WordPad for Windows, Apple TextEdit for Mac, or gEdit and Nano Editor for Linux. File extension CSV is referred to as a comma separated values file created in a text-based format. The commas in the file serve to separate data to define each line which indicates a new database row. This allows the CSV file to be transferred between different database management systems and to be organized into cells for use by a spreadsheet program.
CSV files can also be opened using OpenOffice Spreadsheet which is part of the OpenOffice suite of applications and is available as an unpaid download on the OpenOffice.org website.
For file extension DB and DBF Avanquest introduced multiple options in terms of the database management applications to use. DB files contain data organized in a structured format which allows the file to be used with a variety of database management applications. File extension DBF is typically used with dBASE but is also compatible with other database management applications. The file stores data organized into tables and fields, which creates a database structure that can be imported into other programs. For these file extensions Avanquest recommends using Microsoft Access, which is part of the Microsoft Office Suite Professional Edition and can be used to manage, update, share and publish data and easily perform data analysis. Access is available on the Microsoft website and is compatible with the Windows operating system.
Using Microsoft Excel also allows users to open DBF or CSV files. Excel is a spreadsheet application that is part of the Microsoft Office Suite of productivity applications. It can be downloaded on the Microsoft website as a standalone application or with Microsoft Office Suite. For a Windows-based PC, DBF or CSV files can be opened with Microsoft Excel 2010. For Mac OS X, Microsoft Excel 2011 should be used.
To open file extension DBF Avanquest recommends GTK DBF Editor, which is an open source editor for DBF files available under the GNU General Public License as an unpaid download on the SourceForge website and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.
File extension DB and DBF are also recommended to be opened using SQLite, which is an open source database management system. SQLite is an in-process library and embedded SQL database engine that is available on the SQLite.org website. SQLite can be used with Windows, Mac OS X, or the Linux operating system.
These software applications are only a few of the programs which Avanquest recommends for CSV, DB, and DBF files. There are a variety of other applications in the file extension database that will allow working with these file extensions as well.