AutoSlate Extractor

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The Problem

I count myself among those that absolutely loved my Palm Pilot and heavily used the AutoSlate application to keep track of mileage and maintenance on my vehicle. Unfortunately, years later I have have found myself holding a backup file named AutoSlate_Database.PDB containing years of valuable data with no real way to read it.

The official method of getting your data out is an XLS file created by a custom HotSync conduit normally installed on the computer, however it does not help if your Palm Pilot is years gone and there's no XLS file in sight. Others that have their generated XLS file have reported problems opening them. Whatever the reason, the official XLS file is often lacking in permitting you to get your data back.

The Solution

The program

The source

PDBExtract AutoSlate_Database.pdb > AutoSlate_Database.csv

This is something that I threw together in order for me to be able to translate my own PDB file. This was done without any official input, cooperation, or knowledge from anyone with any official connection to either AutoSlate or Stand Alone Inc. Because of this, the program is nothing but a badly-written patchwork of guesswork that will likely fail miserably on anyone else's file other than my own.

BSD License

Copyright (c) 2010, Erik Anderson, All rights reserved.

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4/19/2010 - Initial Public Release