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A steep learning curve!

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:24 am
by des
Want to be able to get (maybe attach/link/sync/import/export) data from and to my access 2000 database so that I can view, and edit, it on both desktop and android, perhaps using dropbox or some such. Before I buy your product can you confirm I can do this. Is it difficult?

Re: A steep learning curve!

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:49 am
by Brian_Houghton
Hi,

Thanks for writing.

You can sync HanDBase databases on an Android to Access 2000 databases on a Windows computer using the HanDBase Professional for Android/Windows addon. The sync would occur via a local WiFi connection.

You can purchase a copy of the Professional addon here:

http://ddhsoftware.com/handbaseandroidwin.html

Note that HanDBase for Android is not included in this addon, and is available for purchase from Google Play.

The following document details the basics of syncing:

http://www.ddhsoftware.com/docs/HanDBas ... Manual.pdf

Additionally, you can use CSV format files as an "intermediary" if you want to exchange data via email or Dropbox.

Re: A steep learning curve!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:03 pm
by Zinc Oianoid
Did you ever get the pc version of HDB? It can take some effort to sync and merge data but I think it's better then what is out there today.

Re: A steep learning curve!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:18 pm
by mikkelkasper
Brian_Houghton wrote:Hi,

Thanks for writing.

You can sync HanDBase databases on an Android to Access 2000 databases on a Windows computer using the HanDBase Professional for Android/Windows addon. The sync would occur via a local WiFi connection.

You can purchase a copy of the Professional addon here:

http://ddhsoftware.com/handbaseandroidwin.html

Note that HanDBase for Android is not included in this addon, and is available for purchase from Google Play.

The following document details the basics of syncing:

http://www.ddhsoftware.com/docs/HanDBas ... Manual.pdf

Additionally, you can use CSV format files as an "intermediary" if you want to exchange data via email or Dropbox.


Looking up HandBase Database Manager in the google play store and mehn! there is no free version??
am relatively new to this but will go through the forum a little further to learn more, beginning of a
great journey i hope

Re: A steep learning curve!

PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:15 pm
by mjhanna
des asked:
there is no free version??

In my opinion there are two reasons. First, it takes a lot of work, time and imagination to create a good database program. I think the developer deserves to be rewarded for all that effort. Second, I have generally found that you get what you pay for. Yes, there are free DB programs, but I consider those generally very limited in capabilities and features and often littered with ads. They may be good for a simple task, but little else. HanDBase is a serious database program, with no ads, and good for developing serious tasks.

Finally, last I looked the base price of HandDBase was only about $10. In my opinion for the capabilities and features of this software I consider that ridiculously cheap. Compare with Microsoft's current price of $130 for Access. Does HanDBase have only one-13th the capabilities of Access? Not in my opinion, but that is just my opinion.

Re: A steep learning curve!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:08 pm
by ddhsoftwareadmin
mjhanna wrote:des asked:
there is no free version??

In my opinion there are two reasons. First, it takes a lot of work, time and imagination to create a good database program. I think the developer deserves to be rewarded for all that effort. Second, I have generally found that you get what you pay for. Yes, there are free DB programs, but I consider those generally very limited in capabilities and features and often littered with ads. They may be good for a simple task, but little else. HanDBase is a serious database program, with no ads, and good for developing serious tasks.

Finally, last I looked the base price of HandDBase was only about $10. In my opinion for the capabilities and features of this software I consider that ridiculously cheap. Compare with Microsoft's current price of $130 for Access. Does HanDBase have only one-13th the capabilities of Access? Not in my opinion, but that is just my opinion.


Thanks Michael for the kind words of support. The Free versions out there for many categories are either totally free and unsupported by the developer- you'll notice they look like they were designed a long time ago and never touched again, because they have likely been abandoned in most cases. The other kinds are ad supported, and as long as the app is popular enough to have something like 500,000 users per day, ads could generate enough to make a small living wage (roughly 36,000USD/year). For an app like a game, getting 500k users per day is quite doable and many many games have that size of a user base. Those games also don't require much in the way of updates or support either, and so it is very profitable for game developers to offer a free version. For an app like HanDBase, there is only a relatively small niche of users that will use it whether free or not. Admittedly more users will use it for free, but unfortunately not enough to support making any sort of living on it. I don't know this for a fact, but from anecdotal knowledge I have from following other apps that went this direction.

All this said, we don't have a free version yet. I have actually done the work to create an ad supported version on iOS and have never released it. I continue to consider it and may release it at some point in the future if I find a way that seems worth the risk of having to support a magnitude more of users with less revenue coming in!

Re: A steep learning curve!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:32 am
by Eliezer
Looking up HandBase Database Manager in the google play store and mehn! there is no free version??
am relatively new to this but will go through the forum a little further to learn more, beginning of a
great journey i hope

Re: A steep learning curve!

PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:55 pm
by ddhsoftwareadmin
Thanks, yes, we are a little too small a company to support the amount of customers that a free version would bring in. It could be argued that the company could grow as a result if there were more paid users after trying the free version, and that's something I may explore in the future, though it is a huge risk.

Hopefully you'll find it worth the small investment!