Best database solution?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jprint714, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. jprint714 macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Just wondering what folks are using these days for database applications. I'm currently using FileMaker Pro (8), but there might be a better fit out there. FMP allows me to create more fields to enter multiple phone numbers and addresses, as well as create drop down tabs and check box fields, etc. for differentiating the background of each contact. But its searching capabilities are a bit clunky, and it doesn't interface w/ Mac's Spotlight.

    Has anyone found a better solution? Here's my database wish list...

    -I'd like to keep these core features -- creating multiple fields, as well as drop down tabs and check box fields, for differentiating sources' background -- but find an app that does better/easier searching.

    -Interfacing the app w/ Spotlight.

    -Any kind of hyperlinking-like features. That is, will not just allow me to attach a reference to a file, but link to a particular section w/in a file (i.e., Word, PDF, etc..

    -Cross-platform would also be great...

    Any suggestions? Thanks!
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    PostgreSQL if you want a real enterprise level database for free.

    For the easy to use non-developer crowd Filemaker Pro 10 (or the Advanced edition I guess) is probably as good as it gets on the Mac.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Based on your specifications, it sounds like you are looking for a professional-level contact manager rather than a database management system.
  4. jprint714 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2009
    That might be a better way of putting it. Any suggestions on professional-level contact manager that matches my needs?

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