> 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.