updated 06:00 pm EST, Mon January 17, 2011
Clean, simple DB software stays in sync
Ask anyone who needs to keep a large list -- whether it be a collector with their antiques or a salesperson with their contacts -- and they'll tell you that once the list reaches a certain size, it's difficult to remember what's on it, what's missing, and all the details. Mac developer ApiMac has updated their iDatabase software, which features a synchable iOS companion version. The latest update features the ability to import already-existing Semicolon-Separated or Tab-Delimited files to make starting a new iDatabase even more quickly.
The Mac version, updated to version 2.0, adds an import preview window, allowing users to define fields and labels and see record previews ahead of importing; a new Table view; the ability to set the first record as either record values or field values (import and export); better display of long field labels; support for Unicode (UTF-8 and UTF-16), Mac OS Roman, ASCII and ISO Latin 1 character encoding, better syncing between the Mac and iPhone versions of iDatabase, and the usual tweaking of UI, performance and reliability elements. This updated address all known bugs as well.
The iOS edition (v4) features the ability to duplicate a database with all records or with no records; users can now export a database via email, or send one or more records in a database via email in PDF, card or CSV form; new Previous and Next buttons for better navigation; the importing, exporting, and character encoding support given to the Mac version, and the ability to import and export templates.
Both versions feature a built-in library of 16 templates to help users get started, which can be easily modified to their particular needs. Templates include Accounts, Classes, Computers, Contacts, Customers, Events, Exercise Log, Expenses, Inventory, Movie Catalog, Membership List, Mobile Phones, Notes, Projects, Recipes, To Do, and Vehicle Maintenance -- and of course users can create entirely custom databases as well, choosing from 10 different types of fields. Both feature an easy, wireless sync with each other to keep databases up-to-date.
Apimac's iDatabase is available for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher (Mac version), and iOS 3.0 or higher (iOS version). It natively supports both US English and Italian. The Mac version is $20 from the developer's store, while the iOS version is $1 from the App Store (in the Productivity category). The company offers a free eight-day trial of the Mac version.