I need a Contacts-like app that isn't Contacts

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by macgabe, May 6, 2016.

  1. macgabe macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for suggestions for some software to create a user-friendly database of people - index cards basically - in some work research I'm doing. I'm aiming for between 100 and 1000 cards.

    Each person has their own card with a few predefined fields:
    Name, DOB, Nationality, short biography, bibliography, tags, at least one photo (preferably several) and maybe a general text field.
    The information is searchable and presumably can be filtered or sorted eg by nationality.

    Contacts would be OK but I don't want to mess with my personal contacts / address book. If could create a second Contacts book, I'd use that.

    I've kind of ruled out Excel and Numbers because I want nice embedded fields - but if I find nothing else I'll probably use Numbers. Filemaker is way too big, expensive and complex for this job. I don't want to use some real database software either (SQL software etc) - way too complicated for someone like me. Bento would probably have been OK for this if it still existed…

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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  3. macgabe thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. Significant1 macrumors 6502

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    It is no problem to have more accounts (Apple call it groups in the app) in Contacts book (cmd+1). You can even create a new iCloud account for that in preferences->internet accounts->iCloud.
     
  5. macgabe thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks significant1, I do use many groups already, but I don't want to add any of this new data (which includes historical figures) to my real contacts, not even in a group. It would need to be a completely blank Contacts app before I start. Trying Tap forms now though, and gotta say, it looks pretty good so far.
     
  6. Significant1 macrumors 6502

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    Ok. You can keep it online and set it up on your mac.

    Libre/Open office also has a database, though I dunno about the vanilla version in app-store (it doesn't say in description).

    Another is option is an online database. A google on online database gives quite a few hits, many free and promise of easy to use.

    Good luck. Have not personally done any database work on Mac, so cannot come up with a recommendation.
     

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