Records

The no-non­sense name for a friendly data­base cre­ator

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

£22.99 De­vel­oper Push Pop­corn, push­pop­corn.com

Re­quires OS X 10.10 or higher

Late in 2013, FileMaker put a stake through the heart of Bento, the com­pany’s per­sonal data­base so­lu­tion for OS X. The un­timely demise of a long­time favourite left a size­able void in the Ap­pli­ca­tions fold­ers of many Mac users, but a new con­tender has ar­rived on the Mac App Store to right this injustice.

Records is a sur­pris­ingly light­weight ap­pli­ca­tion (less than 10MB!) that takes the drudgery and com­plex­ity out of cre­at­ing any per­sonal data­bases, such as me­dia col­lec­tions, shop­ping lists and other forms. Built for OS X Yosemite and op­ti­mised for Retina dis­plays, Records takes full ad­van­tage of Ap­ple’s tech.

From the clean WYSIWYG user in­ter­face, you can sim­ply drag and drop any one of 14 ready-made form fields from the right-hand side­bar onto the main vis­ual edi­tor win­dow in the cen­tre.

A vir­tu­ally un­lim­ited num­ber of li­braries can be cre­ated at left, each ca­pa­ble of stor­ing tens of thou­sands of records across any num­ber of forms, which ap­pear across the top as tabs. The built-in fields cover just about any kind of data imag­in­able (in­clud­ing pop­ups, check­boxes and images), with ed­itable head­ers to make them your own. Au­to­matic align­ment guides make cre­at­ing lay­outs a snap, but Records of­fers full man­ual con­trol over each field, in­clud­ing text align­ment and de­fault value.

Once added, ob­jects can be copied and pasted for mul­ti­ple en­tries, although a one-click du­pli­cate fea­ture (or du­pli­cate X times) in the con­tex­tual menu would be a wel­come ad­di­tion.

Records in­cludes six colour­ful themes, but they ap­ply across an en­tire li­brary rather than spe­cific forms, which is a shame. There’s also a list edi­tor on hand, which can be

Once a li­brary is com­plete, dis­abling edit­ing turns li­braries into read-only data­bases with rapid-fire text search

used to cre­ate com­mon data types that can be fre­quently reused, such as Coun­tries, Cur­rency, and even Credit Cards. Once a li­brary is com­plete, click­ing the lock icon dis­ables fur­ther edit­ing, ef­fec­tively turn­ing li­braries into read-only data­bases with rapid­fire text search.

De­spite an im­pres­sive ver­sion 1.0, Records’ big­gest weak­ness is its in­abil­ity to open or im­port data­bases cre­ated with other prod­ucts, in­clud­ing those from the or­phaned Bento. How­ever, the de­vel­oper has laid the ground­work for a vi­brant tem­plate-shar­ing com­mu­nity to blos­som over time.

The bot­tom line is Records is an im­pres­sively nim­ble piece of Mac soft­ware that makes per­sonal data­bases in­sanely sim­ple to cre­ate and use. J. R. Book­wal­ter

Records makes light work out of data­base cre­ation, with­out com­pro­mise on fea­tures or power.

Records for Mac makes cre­at­ing a per­sonal data­base very sim­ple.

Au­to­matic align­ment guides make it easy to cre­ate great-look­ing data­bases.

Light­weight yet pow­er­ful

Easy drag-and-drop forms

No du­pli­ca­tion for ob­jects

Can’t open from other apps

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