0. Thank you for installing ODABA. This is ODABA version 11, the latest
release of ODABA-NG, the new generation of terminology-oriented database
system. Compared with previous ODABA releases, version 11 provides a number
of new essential features:
- powerful utilities
- GUI Framework based on Active Data Link (ADL)
- Data version features
- semi-structured data
- text encoding suppport
- .NET support
- OSI script language (JAVA/C++ like)
More information you will find in ODABA and in the ODABAInvitation_EN.pdf
or ODABAInvitation_GE.pdf and in ODABA release notes
1. Essential extensions have been made to the ODABA system model in order to
improve data version and history support. ODABA supports semi-structured
data models now and different text encodings are supported for text fields
(UTF formats and several 8 bit encodings).
2. With this version, the ODABA GUI framework and ODABA Development Environment
(ODE) will be released. The GUI framework provides an application program
interface (API) supporting ODABA Script Interface (OSI), C++ and .NET
3. The .NET interface for the ODABA API and GUI Framework has been released.
In order to provide necessary text encoding support for new text data types,
the odaba::String class in the ODABA API has been redesigned.
4. Data exchange has been improved and ODABA supports now file access, import
and export with comma separated files (CSV), extended self delimiter files
(ESDF), object interchange format (OIF) and XML.
5. With the ODABA Media Player and the Message Browser, two examples for OSI
script applications and use of user controls have been provided. Another
example for using user controls is the graphical presentation of class
diagrams in the Class Editor (ODE).
1. Update information are provided on three levels. General release notes you will
find on the WEB site. In the logs folder of the installation folder, there are
detailed release notes (ReleaseLog_xxx.txt) and change logs (Changes_xxx.txt)
for all ODABA subprojects. 'xxx' stands for
sos - common service functions
opa - Database kernel
gui - GUI frame work
ode - ODE tools
Release logs contain information about detailed relevent (conceptual) changes.
Change logs contain a list of cheges per source file.
2. In addition, we provide test logs for ODABA interface classes, which include a
difference protocol which shows changes to the prevoius release.
3. In order to get information about new releases, you should register at
run Software by sending a mail to
1. You may use the GPL in order to develop other software licensed under GPL.
In order to develop commercial software not licensed as GPL product, you
may get a commercial development license.
2. Note, the the GPL allows you creating any sort of GPL projects, i.e.
projects for your own purpose as well as commercial products (as long
as those are published under GPL, again). In order to develop non-GPL
products, you need a commercial development licence, which can be ordered
at RUN Software.
3. You may also join the ODABA Software Development Foundation, which
supports the further ODABA development and which gives you a chance
to participate in strategic and short term decisions.
1. ODABA does not require specific registration procedures and you may copy
the odaba folder to any location in your system.
2. Supported platforms
for all platforms 32- and 64-bit modes are supported. In order to compile
ODABA on other platforms or with other compilers, you might have to insert
a few platform specific extensions. In general, it should not be a big problem.
0. When running ODABA 10 resource databases, those have to be upgraded. In order to
upgrade the resource database. Moreover, you may have to upgrade application
databases, when those refer to system data type (e.g. DSC_Topic or __OBJECT).
How to upgrade a database is described at:
1. A Quick Starter Guide is availale for basic odaba users
or in the ODABA-Base online documentation ("Quick Starter Guide").
and for the GUI framework at
or in the ODABA-GUI online documentation ("Quick Starter Guide").
1. There is a separate documentation package, which you may download and
which contains the complete ODABA documentation. An documentation overview
is given in the DocumentationOverview document. Part of the documentation
has already been converted to .pdf and will be provided in an additional
PDFDoc folder. But there are still documents, which are available in
MS Office format, only.
2. There is also a HTML version, which can be started from the documentation
package downloded, but also from our WEB site
Online documentation will be updated frequently and we suggest using the
online documentation, which is more uptodate.
Forum and bug report
1. If you find problems or if you have any questions, please visit the
ODABA forum http://sourceforge.net/p/odaba/discussion and post your
problem or question or contact RUN Software directly via
2. If you think you have found a bug in ODABA, it would be nice if you
report it to us, so that we can fix it. Before reporting a bug, please
check reported bugs for similar problems.
Always include the following information in your bug report:
- name and version number of your compiler
- name and version number of your operating system
- the version of ODABA you are using
- compile options used for compiling or build number for the binaries
If possible, add an example, the dictionary database and a database, as
well as the configuration or ini-file used for running the application.
3. In order to put your questions directly, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODABA is an intelligent system for solving complex tasks - and ODABA
requires smart developers for being used successfully. If you do not
feel as such, you would better use relational databases. If you consider
yourself as smart enough, with ODABA you might become three or four
times as fast as with traditional systems.