Firebird Maestro FAQ
You are welcome to look through the following Frequently Asked Questions list for getting to know the answers to the most commonly asked questions about Firebird Maestro.
If you want to ask a question which is not in the list you may apply to our support team.
What is Firebird Maestro?
Firebird Maestro is a powerful Windows database management solution for Firebird administration and development. The software provides you with graphical user interface (GUI) which allows you to make database operations easy and fast.
With Firebird Maestro you can easily create, edit and drop database objects, build queries as visual diagrams, execute queries and SQL scripts, manage data including BLOBs, manage Firebird security features, and use a lot of other tools designed for the easiest and most efficient work with Firebird server.
Is it possible to try Firebird Maestro before buying?
I want to use your software for educational purposes. Can I get a discount?
Yes, you can. Feel free to choose a non-commercial license. Exact prices can be obtained on the purchase page
We intend to buy several products. Is it possible to obtain a discount?
Volume discounts are available for 3 and more licenses. Also you can get a significant discount purchasing a bundle.
I would like to resell Firebird Maestro on my website. What are your reseller's discounts?
Which license type can I select?
You may choose a non-commercial license if you use the software for non-commercial purposes in non-business, non-commercial environment. You should purchase a business license to use the software in a corporate, government, or business environment.
Single license means that a copy of the software is allowed to be used only on a single computer and only by a single user at a time. If you wish to use the software for more than one user, you will need a separate license for each individual user (click the "Order now" button to see volume discounts). Site license means that the software is allowed to be used without limitation on count of installations and users within one organization.
All our products and bundles are shipped with 12 months of free upgrades (minor and major ones) or with 36 months of free upgrades for a quite small additional fee.
Can I deploy one license for both desktop and laptop?
One Firebird Maestro license can be installed on a single computer. However, we offer a special allowance which authorizes you to deploy Firebird Maestro on both desktop computer and portable computer, laptop, or other mobile computer with a single license, as long as it is not being used simultaneously.
What are system requirements for installing your software?
- Pentium PC or higher;
- Windows NT4/2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8;
- 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended);
- 15 MB of free hard disk space;
- SVGA-compatible video adapter.
How can I find out the date of my current product version release?
Is it possible to install the software in "silent" mode (without user interaction)?
Yes, it is possible. Run installation_package.exe with /SILENT or /VERYSILENT command line parameter. When /SILENT is used the wizard and the background window are not displayed but the installation progress window is. When /VERYSILENT is used this installation progress window is not displayed at all.
Which Firebird server latest version is supported by your software?
Firebird Maestro can be used with Firebird server versions up to 2.0.
Does Firebird Maestro support the latest Firebird version XNET protocol?
Yes, it does. Firebird Maestro supports the majority of features implemented in the latest versions of Firebird.
Does Firebird Maestro support sequences implemented in Firebird 2.0?
Yes. Most of objects implemented in Firebird latest versions are supported by Firebird Maestro.
Can I operate my Firebird data stored on a Linux platform?
You can work with Firebird server which may run under any platform supported by the server version. Firebird Maestro is intended for running under Windows.
What are the requirements for Firebird metadata names length in characters?
Metadata names are restricted to 31 characters.
Is it possible to copy my database to another location?
It is a feature of Firebird server called XCOPY deployment: both the runtime and database file can be deployed by simple copying and no separate installer or component registration is required.
What kind of privileges can be applied to table users?
Table users may have SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, REFERENCES, EXECUTE privileges. They are managed within the Permissions tab of the table editor or within the user editor.
What are the Firebird Maestro tools for managing stored procedures?
A stored procedure is a self-contained program written in Firebird procedure and trigger language, and stored as a part of the database metadata. Like all other database objects, stored procedures are created within the appropriate wizard (Create Procedure Wizard) and edited in the appropriate editor (Procedure Editor).
Are there any graphical tools for building and executing queries implemented?
Firebird Maestro provides two powerful tools which allow you either to edit query text directly with syntax highlighting and code completion or to build a query diagram visually selecting tables and fields, setting links between tables, etc.
What is the function of Generate Database Report? Does the report include data?
Generate Database Report Wizard allows you to print definitions of the database objects. To run the wizard, select the Tools | Generate Database Report main menu item. The wizard helps you to print all the database object or specify the Categories for printing according to the selected object type. The report does not include database data.
Is code completion implemented in the SQL Editor?
The Editor area is provided for working with the text of the query. For your convenience code completion is enabled. You can activate the completion list by pressing the Ctrl+Space key combination.
I cannot edit the SQL definition using the SQL tab? Why?
The reason is that you are trying to edit SQL definition within the SQL tab of the object editor. Bear in mind that this text is read-only. If you want to modify the object definition, use SQL Editor or SQL Script Editor. You can find the detailed information in the Manual
What is the difference between Object Manager and Object Browser?
Both Object Manager
and Object Browser
are tools for operating on database objects designed as extensions of the Database Explorer. Firebird Maestro provides such operations as multiple selecting of objects (for copying, dropping, etc.) and the ability of using drag-and-drop operations between Object Manager, Object Browser and Database Explorer as well as between instances of the Object Manager or Object Browser. Unlike Object Manager Object Browser represents objects as a grid with according possibilities (sorting, grouping, and filtering).
Is it possible to execute more than one query using SQL Editor?
SQL Editor provides you with an ability to execute several queries simultaneously. Each query is executed in a separate thread, so all Firebird Maestro features remain available and there is no need to wait for your complex query to be completed.