I have recently been getting into older apps from when I was a kid; one of these was this strange DOS shipping(?) database GUI that ran on at least a 286, but looked like Windows 3.1; however when you clicked on the window controls, they just changed color. But the window operations menu from what I recall worked okay.

This is probably a long shot. I would provide screenshots, but alas—I have no further details available, other than this.

I vaguely remember this GUI, and would appreciate any assistance seeing if I can locate it again!


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    You might look into dBase III, FoxBase (or later) FoxPro.
    – Geo...
    Apr 13 '20 at 1:01
  • It went out of its way to look like Windows 3.1; It wasn't 100%, but if it helps- I found it once on America Online, I think. Either that or some geocities site. It was shareware, and I used to pine intensely for a "Program Manager for DOS" that I could use on my 286. Yeah, I was a strange kid, but that's how I found that strange database UI, haha. Apr 13 '20 at 12:43
  • I was finally able to locate a screenshot, and though it isn't direct from e.g. dosbox, it demonstrates basically what I remember. And no, this isn't THE application, I suspect the original author was heavily inspired by this screenshot Apr 14 '20 at 13:09
  • @RobertButler Ahh. I see what you mean by "went out of its way to look like Windows 3.1". PartitionMagic 3.0 would generate a DOS floppy that did something similar.
    – ssokolow
    Apr 15 '20 at 18:21
  • Could it be FoxPro for Windows? winworldpc.com/res/img/screenshots/… Apr 15 '20 at 19:37

Could be Borland Reflex? Definitely had a GUI interface.

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    Could you elaborate on why you think this is the correct answer?
    – wizzwizz4
    Apr 13 '20 at 10:31
  • Reflex has a global menubar; What I remember about that application, it behaved as if it were almost a Windows 3.1 app. It minimized to an icon and maximized to fill the screen. It had this VGA 'teal' color scheme. Apr 13 '20 at 12:45
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    It was worth a try.
    – PeterI
    Apr 13 '20 at 15:04
  • No worries! I'm just puzzled as to what it is; I don't have anything that I can connect to my old harddrive and check for the foreseeable future. Apr 13 '20 at 18:44

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