Developer: Portable Databases
Current Version: 5.9
Last Updated: 3 days ago
Download Size: 2.9 MB - Download
General DB is great for recording information quickly and flexibly into a modern, full-fledged database.
General DB lets you edit data in your database as if it were a spreadsheet, and you can open multiple databases at once and copy-and-paste data or drag-and-drop tables between them.
Some valuable features:
Open Multiple Database Windows:
For dragging and dropping tables, or copying and pasting rows
Lets you edit individual cells, or copy and paste selected cells to another app
Easily Create SQL Views:
For displaying only some of the fields of a table, or reordering the fields, or filtering out some of its rows
Good for postcards, stickers, envelopes, and forms
Copy and Paste Rows:
Copy and paste selected rows or cells to another database or app. Drag and drop tables between databases.
Import and Export Rows:
From CSV, tab-delimited, or pipe-delimited files
Execute SQL and make favorites
Designed for both casual users and power users, General DB can be used as a replacement for some spreadsheet tasks, or as a staging system for larger database systems, or for publishing data sets to iOS devices using the Private DB app, or for many other tasks.
Some example uses:
Say you have a bottle collection, and you want to keep up with what you have. You could make a table with these fields: Date Acquired, Bottle Type, Bottle Origin, Shape, Notes. Then whenever you add a new bottle to your collection, you can add a row to the table describing it.
If you want to track visits to different vacation sites, you can make a table with fields for the Date Visited, Location, Description, and Attraction. As you visit the sites, you can add corresponding rows to your table.
After you add rows to your tables, they will be:
Many apps are too specific to a subject, but General DB is flexible enough to handle many, many needs, such as:
- Customer info
- Membership lists
- Tracking Logs
- and many more !
No database knowledge is required to use this app, but you will pick some up as you go!
Distribute databases to either General DB for the iPhone and iPad, or the free Private DB!
For power users:
General DB allows easy data entry into a full-fledged SQLite database. To do so, it enhances it with field formats.
The field formats allowed are Text, Number, Date, Time, Duration, Location, Photo, Barcode, Raw, Picker, and Lookup Table. There are convenient buttons next to some fields for easier input.
For administrators or IT manager, you can create a master database of reference information that you don't want your users to modify. This master database can be published on the internet and either the Private DB app or General DB can download and view it.
Some more powerful features:
- Import text files into tables
- Execute SQL
- Custom picker field formats to select values from a list
- SQL templates for tables
- Add SQL statements to your Favorites
- See and execute past SQL in the History
- Create views as JOINs of 2 or more tables for relational capabilities
- Export selected rows from your tables to a file
- Create databases
- And much more!
- Make a table or view a Picker Table and use it as the field format of a field in another table.
- Picker Types are now called Pickers that are stored in the system tables.
- Bug fixes
- Decimal math functions
- Support for UPDATE FROM
IMPORTANT: This is a major release. If you have critical databases, you MUST back them up before updating this app. To back them up, use Time Machine, or share them with iCloud, or upload to Dropbox.
Most Helpful Reviews
beautiful in simplicity, excellent in function - Not just great for a "1.0" product -- General DB is small, efficient, and effective. The author's description is accurate. I would like to be able to customize the SQL editor window (change text/background colors,etc), but that is a fairly minor wish. I suppose the next "big" addition would be a visual query builder. I would also include a public domain copy of the Northwind database file for handy testing/practice. Anyway…this software comes highly recommended for its target audience, and you can't beat the price.
Frustrating - Downloaded and spent some time trying the program out. Can’t delete databases, can’t view more than 20 fields, can’t view more than 100 lines. Very limited and inflexible.
More Reviews for Current Version
Efficient and Powerful - I needed a Mac database to perform simple searches on a 1.5M record file (usually done with Access on Windows). General DB did the trick, and sooo much quicker than Access. Support questions sent to the developer were answered quickly. 5 stars!