updated 08:15 pm EDT, Wed September 29, 2010
RAM-based db boasts 5x performance increase
ProVue's popular database program Panorama, available on the Mac since 1988, has been updated to v6.0, a major upgrade to the high-performance RAM-based program for Macs and Windows. New features include a major speed boost on Intel Macs, live preview, protections to guard against data loss using Time Machine-like technology, full right-click contextual menus, enhanced search and simplified data manipulation and import/export among others.
Because the program is RAM-based and now fully Universal, the company boasts that it is now five times faster on Intel Macs than the previous version of Panorama, which relied on Rosetta. The program continues to run natively on PPC Macs as well, requiring 10.4 or higher for compatibility. Panorama boasts that it is "Crash Proof" with a "total recall" feature to protect data from power outages or crashes, as well as "Goof Proof by offering a "time lapse" rollback option, both similar in nature to Apple's own Time Machine software.
Additional new options include dragging to re-arrange order of fields, the ability to hide selected fields, dozens of improvements to the deep searching dialogs, the ability to save searches, and the ability to drag directly from Numbers or Excel into Panorama, or from Panorama out to Numbers, Excel, Word or Pages.
A 15-day trial version is available. Panorama 6 costs $299, with upgrades from previous versions starting at $140. An eight-minute video offering a quick tour of the new version is available on the company's web site.