SmartWare has a long history and was first released in 1983 as an office suite. During that time the desktop has moved to multiple window GUIs. The major question for SmartWare loyalist has been when will SmartWare get a more Windows like look and feel? The answer is Visual SmartWare. The product has come a long ways in the last three years. During these three years the database engine has updated, changing the data structure for the first time since 1988. The new data structure lays the groundwork for support of huge file sizes and data content that reflect the needs of the future as well as support for the Client-Server OLTP data model required for true distributed database applications.