I use a suite found online. Whitetown Dbf2Csv. There is also dbf2xls or csv2dbf to import data from a file in a table.
With this you can convert dbf file to csv. You can also create a .bat to do the same conversione with one clic.
With this suite I resolved a problem to import/Export data in Db5 dos.
> want to make a csv file from a dbf. thought i knew how to do this...