13 Replies Latest reply: Apr 19, 2011 11:28 AM by Looter
Dr Sam S Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
I am looking for a good, or acceptable relational database for the iPad. I have tried Bento and it is not it. I want something that allows me to develop the tables/forms, etc. on the iMac and them send the developed application to the iPad. I am Bullseye Target shooter and the iPad seems like the perfect tool to take to the range and log my scores. Problem is that everything out there so far is no help. I tried Numbers, but the developed sheet on the iMac does not transfer with format to the iPad.

Anyone know of a RDatabase App out there?


iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3, iMac, iPhone, iPod, Macbook
  • Craig Brady Level 4 Level 4 (1,790 points)
    You might want to take a look at HanDBase in the app store. It looks like it might meet your needs. I have not tried this software myself though.
  • jaxjason Level 4 Level 4 (3,535 points)
    How complicated is this that you require a RD for recording scores? Numbers should be able to handle this. I have already developed far more complex workbooks on ipad numbers. Is there a certain feature or requirement that it doesn't meet? It sounds like the only problem was formatting, which is limited, but not a show stopper for recording rows of information.

  • Dr Sam S Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Well I have 5 Target Pistols. I will use any 3 during a 2700 match. I would like to track scores and shots to each pistol and match conditions. It is a bit more complicated than summing rows and columns. There are variables of Climate, Wind, and Altitude that are considered with each shot. Also, the cartridge itself, grains of powder, type of powder, grains of the bullet, muzzle fps, etc. All of these would reside in separate tables and then be called by pull down for the score sheet. The only way I know how to do this is a RD.

  • jaxjason Level 4 Level 4 (3,535 points)
    Ok, now I get it. yeah a RD is your best condidate, however I do not know of any ipad ready apps that would qualify for your complexity.

    Are your individual lists static? i.e. are you always adding more kinds of cartridges or number of grains?

    I will keep thinking about it, but I hope others that have tried RD's on iphone might give us direction.

  • Dr Sam S Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I might have the answer. There seems to be am app out there called FMsomething or other that will download FileMaker files and all use ont he iPad. It is very new for the iPad and reports are not that good. I'll continue to develop my application on the Desktop in FileMaker and hope they get the app fixed. This may be the answer.
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (27,125 points)
    There really isn't a decent user-level database app even on the Mac, let alone the iPad.
  • Dr Sam S Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I know, but you work with what you have. I'm just trying to keep it simple.
  • Lee M Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Do you have internet access (WiFi or 3G) at the range? Might be easier to devlop the front-end of the app as a web-based application...
  • John H Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)
    AFAIK Bento is a related database
  • dwb Level 7 Level 7 (21,805 points)
    Yes it is but...it is a strange duck. I can use it for all my own projects but for work I do have to use FileMaker Pro. And the iPad version has some obnoxious limitations - like only showing 4 records in the relational window forcing a scroll to see more.
  • Dr Sam S Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    OK, HandBase has just released for the iPad. I used to work with this database long ago when I was on the dark side and carried a Dell Axim. It is not the same program that is offered for the PC, however the guys at HandBase say they are going to spend more time on the program for the iPad and other Apple products.
  • SARGWILSON Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The best one that I have found for you is CMP app I am not the best fan of it becuase it does work but I need it to break down just a slight bit further.  Like you, I wanna break it down by match then have an agg of all three that way I can look at scores from individual matches.  But hopefully there will be an update that fixes that.

  • Looter Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    FileMaker GO is the official iPad client from FileMaker. It will do what you want but you'll need FileMaker Pro on your Mac. You can also look at FMTouch for iPhone/iPad.