|HanDBase is the
award-winning handheld computing database application now available for RIM BlackBerry mobile devices. Experienced
handheld users endorse HanDBase for its powerful relational features, easy-to-use interface, and large
population of free pre-designed mobile databases hosted on our website. |
With HanDBase, users can create their own solution using the desktop companion software, manage their important information, and share their data with friends and colleagues, even on other handheld/mobile platforms.
Everyday veteran handheld owners are using HanDBase for tracking & logging important information, collecting data in place of hardcopy forms, as a reference resource, and downloading company data files to empower Out of Office decision making for associates and managers!
Q: Which BlackBerry's does HanDBase run on? Answer
A: We've tested and/or heard success using HanDBase on the following models/lines:
BlackBerry 8700 series
If you are using a BlackBerry device other than those listed, don't be afraid to try the trial version and let us know if it does or doesn't work. If the latter, we'll see whether we can fix any incompatibilities with the program and your device.
Q: I purchased HanDBase for a different platform but am now using a BlackBerry, can I switch my registration? Answer
A: Definitely! We offer a special item called a crossgrade. A crossgrade is a special discounted price to one-time switch your registration completely from one plaform to another. This fee is much discounted over buying another copy and covers the administrative, support, and some of the development related fees we have in providing these programs on the latest platforms for you. You can purchase a crossgrade by logging into the registered users' page (top right above) and seeing the offers along the side.
Please note that a crossgrade is a one time switch- after you switch you are no longer permitted to use HanDBase on the original platform, nor do you have access to updates on that older platform any longer. If you desire to run HanDBase on your existing platform and your BlackBerry both, you can purchase a new license for use on your BlackBerry. And yes, it does cost the same amount of money to switch back later, so it's a one time switch!
Q: Is HanDBase for BlackBerry as fully functional as the versions on other platforms? Answer
A: While HanDBase for BlackBerry is highly useful and functional, it is not quite as full-featured as it is on the more mature platforms like Palm OS or Windows Mobile Pocket PC (Windows Mobile Classic or Professional). There are several features missing from the BlackBerry client at the current time that are present on the others, including:
Creating new Databases right on the device and modifying other databases structures
Since BlackBerry uses a completely different programming language, we had to rewrite most all of our application for this platform, and decided it would be best to cover the basics and then revisit based on the customer demand for the additional features. If there is a feature that you'd like to see in an upcoming release of HanDBase for BlackBerry, please let us know by emailing support.
Q: Is HanDBase for BlackBerry cross compatible with HanDBase on other platforms?Answer
A: Internally, HanDBase for BlackBerry stores data in the format that is native to the BlackBerry device. However, the conduit included in every version/flavor of HanDBase for BlackBerry automatically synchronizes and backs up to the desktop in the native HanDBase format. So from the user's point of view, the program format is cross compatible, and any syncs to the desktop can be pointing to shared databases with Palm, Pocket PC, etc users.
Q: Can I synchronize Access data with HanDBase for BlackBerry?Answer
A: Yes, using the HanDBase Professional for BlackBerry or HanDBase Enterprise for BlackBerry, you can synchronize with Microsoft Access tables. You can also sync with other users to these tables, for a centralized data store. The HanDBase Enterprise version also syncs to other ODBC sources, such as MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, and more.
Q: Does HanDBase run as fast on BlackBerry smartphones as it does on other platforms?Answer
A: The BlackBerry platform runs in a Java environment. While Java programs typically run far slower than native compiled applications, the BlackBerry is unique in that many of the system calls are interpreted directly by the device and run much faster than other expressions. This makes the device seem very stable and responsive when using it, but does deliver a slightly less zippy feel in some cases. Since HanDBase supports many advanced field types like Calculated and Relationship which make very few system calls, we've found certain configurations of databases to run noticeably slower on these devices. But we worked hard to optimize everything to run as quickly as possible and continue to work on further optimization of the program to make it even faster.
Q: Can I create databases right on the BlackBerry with HanDBase?Answer
A: At this time you cannot, though all packages include a free copy of the HanDBase Desktop for Windows where you can design and tweak the databases and then transfer these databases to your BlackBerry. Future versions may include database creation capabilities depending on customer needs.