Paradox database & Spectral Core

Paradox is a file database engine currently published by Corel Corporation. Original Paradox for DOS was released in 1985 by Ansa Software, which was purchased by Borland in 1987. Paradox for DOS was successful in 1980s and 1990s, as it was a very fast database thanks to its caching capabilities, visual query-by-example and innovating programming language PAL.

We support very fast Paradox file reading in our products! No drivers are needed - our technology can even decrypt protected Paradox tables.

Paradox for Windows was a complete rewrite and delayed to market enough for Microsoft Access to launch earlier. That was a significant blow to Paradox. When Microsoft lowered the price of its Access database to $99, Borland lost significant revenue. When Microsoft bundled Access into Microsoft Office Professional, stand-alone database products like Paradox completely lost their market.

Today Paradox is an obsolete database and shouldn’t be used. Borland never released database structure information, making it hard to migrate the database away. However, by using the information found in the excellent pxlib open-source library we were able to write our own Paradox reader component. We can even handle encrypted Paradox tables.

Paradox support in our products

All our products support Paradox database natively. No drivers are needed, you will be able to work with Paradox as soon as you run our applications.

Paradox is also known as Paradox, Borland Paradox. (related files: db, mb)

Export your Paradox database

It may make sense to migrate your data away from Paradox. You may want to do it permanently or just need to share your tables with a collague in a different format.

We will copy all your tables with their data and apply indexing and relationships exactly as they are in your current Paradox database. In a nutshell, you get exactly the same database in another database engine. Each time you run the migration, we will copy all the tables again. Of course, we have a built-in scheduler, so you can run this overnight and have a fresh database copy in the morning.

Replicate your Paradox database

If you have already created your target database (by yourself or using our Full Convert product), you can synchronize data in your target database with your original Paradox database. We never pollute your databases with additional tables or triggers for replications. We never even write to your source database.

Replication allows you to update your target database very often, as we always write just a minimum of changes needed to bring databases in sync. For example, if you added three records to a single table in your Paradox database, our replication product will write those three records to target database and nothing else. If you deleted some records, changed some others and inserted some, again – our product will pick that up and replay those changes in the target databases without touching existing data that should stay there. Our products are highly optimized for real-world workloads, so data that's inserted into different areas of table are combined and written using high-speed algorithms, as available in a specific target database.

You can run database replication often, as your target database is never empty while replication runs. You will simply see that your changes are applied on each run.

Purchase for $799

Our top of the line database replication software. It efficiently replicates any supported source database to any supported target databases.