create a desktop app to edit, view, sync data
not to compare, but the Wallet suite seems like a really nice combo for users to have. Ideally, both are full functioning apps that allow for full synchronization between the iphone and desktop app. The desktop app would allow for much faster data entry. Wallet charges $20 and I would gladly pay that for full desktop capability.
Although I have started on Tap Forms for Mac, development of it has stalled due to the need to get Tap Forms for iPad out the door. When I finish with the iPad version, I’ll continue to work on the Mac version. But until then, I have no estimated time to completion. Sorry.
I'm working on it almost every day! Sorry it's taking so long. It's a big project for me.
Brian Paul commented
Your iPhone and iPad apps are superior to anything, but I have to keep using Bento until you get the desktop app finished. Arg!
Cant wait. It will make life so much easier.
I've been making good progress on Tap Forms Mac lately. It's coming along nicely. No ETA yet, but it will definitely be out before summer based on the progress I'm making.
Terry Keeling commented
I've created two food dictionaries, in one there is a text and a notes field; in the other there are eight text fields, one for each language. It would be very helpful to be able to edit these on my iMac computer (running Lion) and then sync with my iPhone 4S. I look forward to a desktop release asap.
Can't Wait! Love tap forms. Also you should look into some kind of a java/html export or even a wordpress plugin! that's something I'd pay monthly/yearly subscriptions for.
I also expect to have a desktop application for windows, help to build and manage large amounts of data.
Andres Sosa commented
I purchased the app for the iPad and I am really happy with it, it is an awesome app, but I have some suggestions for you to make this app a complete solution to your clients:
1) the desktop version to sync with is definitely necesary, for both windows and mac, personally i use windows on my desktop.
2) a field of Headers in forms would be helpfull for organize the information in forms.
3) an option to export forms to pdf, adding the enterprise information at header or footer of the page.
4) In security settings it must be an option to forbid the elimination or editing the records, is to easy to delete records by accident.
5) Now that iOS 5 is here, you can use iCloud to keep sync the forms to ipad ipod, iphone or Desktop client.
I am a doctor and I used HandBase before but it was an inestable app and some times i lost information, i now use TapForms to have my database of patients and their clinic history, so, loosing information could mean legal problems to me.
Redwood Kardon commented
I vote early and often for a Windows desktop version.
Would like to thank you for a very worthwhile app. We have been using a customised Tap Form on both iPad and iPhone for nearly 12 months now and are satisfied with the results.
Would like to make some suggestions for improvement please:
- the naming convention for the picture ID sometimes is duplicated and not unique for some reason.
- Would it be possible to create headings/sub-headings field so the form could be split up into sections please.
Thanks once again.
I am migrating 1 by 1 forms from Handbase to Tap Forms. The desktop feature i miss the most in Tap Forms, because in Handbase I can transfer to my excel directly or sync with my ODBC or Export import data from excel or ODBC.
Secondly I can create the forms on the Desktop version, I can add, edit Delete forms and data.
Sync Data from iPhone, iPad to desktop and vice versa
Security is another feature where you don't have to rely on the cloud or third party
The Handbase is not a good desktop app but does the work. It is not user friendly and 2 many steps to perform to sync
The Docs to go sync feature is too good to sync data to the PC or Mac File system. which uses the ip address concept with a port #
So a Desktop App a must
A feature of syncing data to the desktop would be a good start
No desktop app for the PC? Sorry I purchased tapforms...
why not create a WIFI-Connection to the iphone?
I don't want to spread my sensitive data in the cloud or on a server.
And i don't need to sync this data everywhere.
Of course i see the advantages of a server based desktop app: teamworking might be more easy but it is also more complicate to programm... Now more than ever since security and privacy is becoming more important again.
Some apps offer you to edit the database through an local WIFI-Connection in your browser (with http or https)... a local WIFI-Connection can be much more easy realized than a sharing solution over the cloud. I'm just a hobby-programmer who is heavily using tapform, but if you need any help with that let me know.
Glad to hear you are building a native application rather than just an iOS port. Any application that is expected to hold this much data needs to be everywhere and sync between all devices. Tapforms looks great and I hope you charge enough for the Mac version to keep the development going. Don't go too cheap. Your competition is Bento at $50 on the Mac. Tapforms on iOS already looks more feature complete than Bento.
I've actually been busy working on the Mac version of Tap Forms for the past while. It's coming along quite nicely I think. It's a way different issue creating a native Windows client. I know others have done it, but typically they use a tool which gives you a "least common denominator" user experience. I chose to write a full native Mac client. If I were to make a Windows version, it would need to be outsourced. I had someone who wanted to work on a Windows version with me, but it didn't work out. Perhaps we'll give it another go after the Mac version is out. Stay tuned...
Mobile Mike commented
Amen to the Windows version. I love Tap Forms but after almost 2 YEARS waiting for a Windows version I have started looking for a different program. Mean while I am still using Tap Forms. For how long that depend.
A windows version is the only item I really care about that is in development. The app is terrific, but without syncing to desktop makes it not a very complete solution.
Jo Wolf commented
A desktop application would put Tap Forms far ahead of the competition. Keep up the good work!
Jo Wolf commented
Tap Forms is probably the most flexible solution out there when it comes to database management on the iPhone. It is still lacking a good Mac companion. This would put Tap Forms in front of the competition.
Go ahead. Keep up the good work!