Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Whether you’re cataloguing your wine cellar or managing complex business records, a database app can help you enter, store, and search highly structured data. A small sampling of database apps on the iPad:

• FileMaker Go for iPad: For databases on the iPad, the official mobile version of FileMaker Pro is the gold standard. Not only can you open most FileMaker databases directly on your iPad without making any modifications, you can also connect via Wi-Fi or 3G to a FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server database and make changes in real time. One limitation of note: although you can edit data on the iPad, the databases themselves must be created on a Mac or PC. (FileMaker, $39.99)

• Bento for iPad: This straightforward yet elegant personal database includes templates for everything from time billing to diet tracking. It syncs wirelessly with Bento for Mac. (FileMaker, $4.99)

• DEVONthink To Go: This app, which I mentioned earlier in the context of transferring documents, is a database of sorts—for PDFs, text files, URLs, and other types of documents. It can sync wirelessly with DEVONnote, DEVONthink Personal, DEVONthink Professional, or DEVONthink Pro Office on a Mac; read my review at http://db.tidbits.com/article/11730. (DEVONtechnologies, $14.99)

• FMTouch: If you have FileMaker Pro versions 8–11, you can use this universal app to run your databases directly on your iPad, and optionally sync data with desktop or server versions of FileMaker Pro via Wi-Fi. (FMWebschool, $9.99)

• HanDBase for iPad: A powerful relational database available for numerous platforms, the iPad version of HanDBase offers a long feature list, an attractive interface, and optional syncing with the developer’s products for Mac OS X and Windows. (DDH Software, $9.99)

Source of Information : TidBITS-Take Control of Working with Your iPad 2011
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