Starter for Microsoft® Access® is a database that handles
front-end/back-end (FE/BE) database application startup needs in a
multi-user environment when each user has a local copy of the FE
connected to a BE on a local area network server. When Application
Starter is invoked, it will:
Check for the existence of the local folder path on the end-user's computer and if it doesn't exist, create it.
Check for an updated version (based on file date/time) of the FE in
the server or "master" folder, and if found download it to a local
folder on the user's computer.
Check to see if a specified number of days have passed and if so,
download the FE to the local folder (refreshing the local application).
Optionally check to see if the BE db(s) are not in use, then make a backup, keeping a specified number of backup generations.
Optionally check to see if the BE db(s) are not in use, then if a
certain number of days have passed, compact and repair the BE
database(s) while inhibiting other users from opening the application
during this time.
Start the FE from the local folder and close the Application Starter db.
Starter comes with an easy-to-use properties form for specifying server
or "master" folder location, local folder location, location of
MSAccess.exe file on local computer, and optionally any database files
to be backed up and/or compacted.
v4.4 - Support for master file names with spaces in them.
v4.3 - Support for password protected back-ends, fixed bug where the
temp compact file was sometimes not being deleted afterwards.
v4.2 - Added support for Access 64-bit versions, and now allows the
creation of generational backups prior to opening your application
v3.4 - Added support for %USERNAME% and <CurrentFolder>
replaceable parameters (<CurrentFolder> returns the folder
that the Application Starter db was opened from). Latest version date
and time file written to only after successfully copying master file
from server. Look for MSAccess.exe file in Access directory using
v2.0 - Optional custom command line, added a check to see if the local
version of the master file exists. If it doesn't then it is downloaded
(Allows an installation at a local computer to be refreshed by deleting
the local app .mdb/.mde/.accdb/.accde file).
v1.1 - Optionally creates local folder path on end-user's computer.
v1.0 beta - This is a beta version and is entirely new.
on the downloaded zip file to open it, then double-click on the readme.txt
file inside and follow the instructions contained within to install this
application on your computer.
included readme.txt file or help file for further instructions on application