Replacement for MS Access?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Maury, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Maury macrumors 6502

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    I am a former Win user who did a lot of Office Automation programming, mostly using Access and Excel. Excel is available on the Mac and works well enough, but Access is not, and I'm looking for a replacement. I've looked at FileMaker Pro, but it seems very dated.

    My perfect Access replacement would:

    1) use ODBC for _all_ connections (no "internal" or "attached" database engine)
    2) default to using the OSX's built-in SQL engine, but allow easy sharing
    3) work on a "drag and drop" basis for drawing forms
    4) support some sort of scripting that's useful - I haven't use AppleScript under OSX, but under Classic OS it was uselessly slow.

    Any suggestions on what I should try?

    Maury
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What do you mean by "seems very dated"? It's a DBMS, not a Lady Ga-Ga video. The capabilities of DBMS has been pretty much set since FileMaker went Pro and 4D got speed. Unlike Access, I have never heard of 4D or FileMaker Pro ever losing user data.

    If you need Access-compatibility on the Mac, then you should look into Oracle's OpenOffice.org or the Java-based OOo clone, NeoOffice. Both are solid, reputable, productivity suites. They are free and they are the only options for Access on the Mac.
     
  3. Maury thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As in "looks like something written 15 years ago and continually patched so it just barely works".

    The UI was terrible, and it forced me into a pattern of operation that was utterly unlike Access' "draw some field, type in the SQL and go".

    Maury
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Just because an application doesn't look like it was written by Microsoft doesn't make it dated. If Access were all that, then someone would have developed a Mac-based DBMS that apes the MS look and feel. It is telling that no one has done so. It is particularly telling that FileMaker Pro historically has been the No. 2 DBMS among Windows users.
     

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