Palm OS Database Review: Database
Professional, HanDBase, MobileDB and SmartList To Go
Posted December 2004
Page 3: MobileDB Access 4.1.4
and distributes a host of software. Their offerings cover the expanse
of Palm OS applications, some better known than others. MobileDB is
one of several database offerings on their web site. It's been
around a while, and again this review provided an opportunity to
see what’s new.
With the exception of its wireless features, MobileDB represented
the simplest of all the entries. It's pretty much a text list
manager. The handheld app presents a basic list of the databases
available. Tap on a database to open the table. Tap on an entry to
bring it up for editing or reading the longer text fields.
MobileDB doesn't support forms or queries as best I can tell.
It does have password support for individual databases. It furnishes
support for just 7 data types, but can export the appropriate types
to the Palm Datebook/Calendar or Address Book/Contacts. Databases
may be located on the card.
The MobileDB-Access Desktop supports both MobileDB-PC format and
Access import/export, but with separate programs. The MobileDB app
allows editing the databases on the PC. It will also convert to/from
CSV format. The Access exchange program handles conversions between
the respective formats, but will only import one Access table to
one MobileDB database. I tested the conversions with Access data
tables, and encountered no difficulties. MobileDB was the only app
not to use a dedicated HotSync conduit.
The latest versions of MobileDB include some powerful wireless connectivity
support. Email addresses, phone numbers, and web addresses will link
directly to apps that can connect if using the correct data types.
You can also download databases wirelessly from Memoware directly
to MobileDB. These capabilities provide welcome wireless features
for those with devices so equipped.
a very simple database app with lots of support in the community.
There are quite a few free databases in MobileDB format on the web. MobileDB
for Palm OS with MobileDB-Access sells for $29.99 as tested.
Transfer Palm Address Book/Contacts and Datebook/Calendar
Simple to use
No forms or query support
Supports limited data types
No reporting capability
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