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    Building a database

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    Building a database
    Hello I am relatively new to the mac world and brand new to databases. I run a business and on my old computer (a pc) I used Microsoft access to build a database to store and update client information and keep track of daily attendance, but mac doesn't have access.

    So is there a program I can use to build a database to use on my mac. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Dan

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    The Macintosh has a bunch of database programs available for it.

    On the low end there is:

    NeoOffice (free)
    NeoOffice Home
    (This is a free office suite very similar to Microsoft Office. Since it is free, you may want to give this a try before any of these others.)

    Bento
    Personal Database and Organizer Software | Bento 3

    EagleData (free)
    EagleData

    FrontBase (free if you forego support)
    http://www.frontbase.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/FrontBase

    Panorama Sheets ($40)
    Panorama Sheets -- RAM Based Database for Speed and Flexibility

    iList Data ($70)
    Welcome to iList Data

    iDatabase ($20)
    iDatabase, Database for Mac and iPhone - Organize and catalog information | Apimac

    iData ($70)
    iData3.com

    Valentina
    Welcome to Valentina

    Papyrus (an office suite that includes a database)
    Papyrus OFFICE (English) - R.O.M. logicware GmbH

    SuperCard
    Introducing SuperCard 4.7 - Now Even More Power and Ease of Use


    On the high end there is:

    FileMaker Pro
    Database Software | FileMaker

    Panorama
    http://www.provue.com/panorama5.html

    4th Dimension
    http://www.4d.com/products/4thdimension.html

    Omnis
    http://www.omnis.net/products/studio...etail=overview

    Helix
    http://www.qsatoolworks.com/1product/helix60.html

    Fileability's Xbase £40
    a database program that features templates, table views or automatically generated form views, a built-in word processor for reports, form design, and tabs. It also includes regular expressions, numerical validation, 12 data types, an API for scripting via JavaScript, and more.
    Fileability › Xbase

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    Nice post by Randy!

    I'd like to offer one other free option, Open Office:

    OpenOffice.org - The Free and Open Productivity Suite

    The included DB product looks pretty decent, shares a few UI elements with MS Access and can open Access DBs as well (I only did this to review some data, so I'm not 100% on the level of compatibility).

    It has the ability design forms and reports too, so I'm assuming you could build a decent application wrapper around your database design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [DT] View Post
    Nice post by Randy!
    Thank you! That is very nice of you to say.

    Quote Originally Posted by [DT] View Post
    I'd like to offer one other free option, Open Office...
    OpenOffice and NeoOffice are almost identical. Both are based on the open-source OpenOffice codebase from Sun, originally from Star Office.

    Actually there are about a half dozen competing "Projects" working with the OpenOffice codebase to create a Mac native port. Others are GoOo, StarOffice/Mac and LibreOffice. (All of which are free, except for StarOffice.) Of these, OpenOffice/Mac is the best known, and ironically the least advanced.

    NeoOffice is currently the most advanced. NeoOffice has implemented more features for the Macintosh:
    NeoOffice 3.1.1 Feature Comparison - NeoWiki

    ...and in most instances is faster.
    NeoOffice Performance Comparison - NeoWiki

    For the future, you should keep an eye on LibreOffice, as it is likely to have a greater rate of development than any of these others. LibreOffice is a new fork in the Open Office development field, which, unlike all the others, is being backed by some heavy hitters such as BROffice, Google, Novell and Red Hat. In short order this project should eclipse all of the other Open Office projects.
    Home » LibreOffice

    The first release version (i.e. non-beta) version of LibreOffice was released a couple of weeks ago. it is extremely impressive, but I've been playing with it, and it crashes constantly. It is not quite ready for prime-time. But with a beautiful interface, and about 90% of Microsoft Office's features, at some point in the near future when LibreOffice is made stable, just about all of Microsoft Office's customers will never need to pay for MS Office again!

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    Fantastic info! I'm going to track down Neo and keep an eye out on Libre. We use MS Office (Winders©) under Parallels, but sometimes it's nice just to fire up a native OSX app if you don't need some kind of specific compatibility.

    You know you should write a book ...





    ... oh, wait.


    (Thanks [again], have a terrific rest-of-the-weekend).

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    Quote Originally Posted by [DT] View Post
    Fantastic info! I'm going to track down Neo and keep an eye out on Libre.
    Sorry, I should have given citations so that you can check out everything that I mentioned.

    NeoOffice - free
    NeoOffice Home

    GoOo - free
    Your Office Suite

    LibreOffice - free
    Home » LibreOffice

    Oracle Open Office (aka StarOffice) - (Commercial)
    Oracle Open Office | Applications | Oracle

    Enjoy!

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