stupid password protection.
As far as I can tell, this app makes you use a password every time you use it. How many computer apps do that? Not many that I know of, because it is stupid security overload. I've forgotten my password twice now, and there is no way to retreive it, so I've lost what I put in the app because I can't get to it. I can't beleive I actually paid something for this. It's a useless piece of junk that actually loses your information.
Not very useful.
This app is basiclly a (VERY SLIGHTLY) glorified "NOTES" program. The tables really can't be customized at all. In fact, they really aren't tables. It is more like NOTES with 3 levels of naming. i.e. DATABASE TITLE > TABLE TITLE > RECORD TITLE > Then a basic text editor… No way to add dropdowns or categories. In my mind, this isn't a DATABASE program, but a way of filing notes more specifically. Don't waste your money if you need to keep track of actual data.
Great idea (for me). Disappointing implementation.
UPDATE: Notational Velocity (free) is the answer I found. It's as brilliant as this thing is clunky.With the advent of Lion and the demise of Rosetta, I had two choices for managing a couple of legacy Filemaker databases. One was to buy Filemaker Pro at the cost of a few hundred dollars and a few hundred megabytes of MacBook Air drive - just to manage a few hundred KILObytes of data.The other was to find an alternative.From one database I was able to create a functional spreadsheet. The other - book reviews - begged for a simple, flat-file database.Database seemed potentially perfect. Unfortunately, it quickly disappointed. Which is difficult to do, you'd think, for a program you paid two bucks for.Primary problems:1) Interface - you're presented the first time with an option to 'sign in' or 'sign up' - for what? Is it taking you online? No, this is the developer's way of insisting that you have a user name and password. Which I don't want.2) Security: user names and passwords are included in the unencrypted text file, which sort of (duh) defeats the purpose of a password, no?3) All data entered, regardless of user or database, is stored in a single text file. Any change to that text file risks corrupting it (but then all the info is unencrypted so could be retrieved).4) Another reviewer noted that when you create a new record, you have to make it active, which obviously should be the default. I entered enough records manually that finding 'new record' involved scrolling, since the records are automatically alphabetized. (btw @jeffm23 Apple dictates price tiers that end in .99)5) No provision for importing or exporting data.I consider myself something of an anomaly. Despite the abundance of cheap or free storage, I've been working lately at reducing my data footprint. In some cases, the real data in a 10MB PDF file amounts to 100k or less. I have some important data files that are measured in bytes. I love text files. So I can't really evaluate the market for a simple, small footprint, flat-file database without bells and whistles, but I would love a simple program like this to work.Based on the number orf ratings, I would guess a few others fell the same way.
Just Too Basic
I was looking for a way to organize potential client research, and this seemed like a simple solution. I used to use Access for these sorts of things, but that is no longer an option after switching to Mac.Unfortunately, this was just too primitive to be very useful. I was cutting and pasting records, had some frustration with the interface and scrolling through files, and the cherry on top that caused me to delete it was that the search feature didn't work at all. It essentially required me to memorize all of my data (or spend an hour reading every single entry until I found what I needed), which really renders the concept of a database pretty useless.I would say I wish I could get my money back, but it was on;y $1.99, so I think I just got what I paid for. Too bad these apps don't let you try things before you buy them, or I wouldn't have even spent the time I did on it.
Althogh not many features, it's a great App: Simple and Useful.
Although it's not a powerful database App with lots of features, it's really what a good App shold be: user friendly. It's simple, logical and useful, and it's design is great for organizing different simple collections of information that one needs to handle frequently or on a daily basis. It's worth it's price and more…and I look forward for any upgrades