> Find­ing an af­ford­able data­base


I build data­bases us­ing FileMaker Pro 13, and re­cently cre­ated one for club quizzes. Since that ver­sion is get­ting old — and isn’t sup­ported on High Sierra — is there an af­ford­able re­place­ment that I can use in­stead? Up­grade pric­ing for FileMaker Pro starts with ver­sion 14, so you’d have to pay full price (cur­rently $329) to stick with it. In any case, for this task it would be overkill. FileMaker used to sell a sim­pler, more af­ford­able app called Bento, but un­for­tu­nately it was killed off four years ago.

If you re­ally want a data­base, a close al­ter­na­tive is Ni­nox ($34.99, Mac App Store). To check it out be­fore buy­ing, down­load the trial ver­sion from ni­noxdb.de/en.

Con­sider other tasks you might want to use this for. If they’re based on struc­tured text and im­ages, then look at a down­load­able demo of Tin­der­box from east­gate.com. Billed as a tool for notes, it goes far be­yond, and is ideal for stor­ing struc­tured in­for­ma­tion and ideas. A sin­gle li­cence costs $249.

Treemaps are in­valu­able for a quick over­view of dif­fer­ent types of note; we even use them to man­age Ge­nius Tips.

Tin­der­box lets you struc­ture your notes in hi­er­ar­chies, and us­ing so­phis­ti­cated links. Th­ese notes also form a time­line.

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