By David Chartier, MacworldJAN 20, 2011 5:15 am PST
For those of you dear readers who get all a’twitter at the thought of cataloging, managing, and syncing vast databases between your Mac and iPhone, Apimac has a pair of presents:
iDatabase 2 for Mac and
iDatabase 4 for iPhone and iPod touch.
iDatabase looks like it’s designed to be flexible enough for both work and play. Apimac includes 16 pre-made templates to get you started, or you can define your own from a slew of fields for storing text, calculations, and even images.
New in iDatabase 2 for Mac is an emphasis on visual editing and previewing. You can now preview and define fields and labels when importing, and a new table view presents a visual array of all database records. Some interface polishing, template exporting and importing features, and a lot of bug squashing round up the list of changes in iDatabase 2.
In iDatabase 4.0 for iPhone and iPod touch, Apimac replicated the Mac experience on iOS, creating as much of a parallel as possible between the features, layout, and interface. You can now duplicate a database and all its records, or you can clone a database with blank records. Databases can now be e-mailed, or you can send records as PDF or CSV files. Syncing with the Mac version via Wi-Fi has also been optimized, though Apimac isn’t much more descriptive than that.
iDatabase for Mac 2.0 is available now from
Apimac’s site (Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later is required). A new single license costs $20, family five-packs are $30, and upgrades for existing owners are $10. iDatabase 4.0 for iOS requires at least iOS 3.0 and costs just $1 for new customers.