The no-nonsense name for a friendly database creator
£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