Simple flat-file database app for OSX / Windows

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  1. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Hiya

    I'm looking for a simple, preferably free, database app for OSX / Windows. It's just so that I can share a task list of technical things to fix with my boss (he uses Windows).

    FileMaker Pro would be perfect, and I have it on my mac, but it's a bit expensive to ask my boss to buy a Windows version just to share a task list. I'm happy to use Access, but it's Windows only, and I don't fancy keeping VMWare open 24/7 just for that.

    Google Docs would be good, but they have no database app.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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  3. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    Have you thought about something online? If you've got web hosting, with a little PHP and MySQL you could set up a webpage (password protected, if that's your preference), that gives access to your shared database.

    Someone who knows a bit if PHP + MySQL would be able to set this up in no time, and nobody would need to install any additional software.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    If its flat and the needs are simple why not use excel?
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    I'm looking for the same kind of flat-file database app - simple, quick, easy.

    Try looking at either:
    - Eagledata, or
    - iData

    - John
     
  6. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    OpenOffice.org Base sounds like it will fit your needs.
     
  7. RedTomato thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I'd rather use a database app. I already have a todo list, and for this purpose, I need a db.
    Love to, but I know no PHP, and MySQL gives me the screaming *****. I may well need to learn it in a few years time, but not now, for the love of God.
    Tried to. I'm not very good in Excel either. My colleague (who I don't see very often) uses Excel for a similar job. He gave me a copy of his file, but I can't really work out how to make it do the things I want to do. Maybe FileMaker Pro has spoilt me.
    Eagledata is ancient, and doesn't work on Windows.
    iData, do you mean http://www.idata3.com/ ? Looks quite nice for personal use as a note-manager, but I want something field-based, and it doesn't work on Windows anyway.
    Ah, I'd forgotten about Base. I tried it for a complicated project and went back to FileMaker. But for something simple like this, it could be the thing. Thanks for the suggestion.

    I tried a couple of online systems: Zoho - nice, especially it's technical helpdesk module, but too expensive for casual use for more than two users. Would use it if we were bigger and this was for a company core function.

    DabbleDB - lovely look, but all data is public if you don't pay.

    Will try out OOO's Base.
     

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