HanDBase is what I use for keeping a log of the beers I’ve had, as well as other things in my life I want to keep track of. To reiterate, HanDBase is a true relational database for mobile devices. There’s definitely a learning curve to the app, but once you get a grip on its workings, the results can be very rewarding.
I’ve been beta testing HanDBase 4.9 for iOS 7 (and iOS 6), since iOS 7 Beta 6. The work that Dave Haupert, the developer, has done on the app is tremendous. Although HanDBase always had a learning curve, the biggest complaints I’d heard seem to be more about its aesthetics. I now consider this a moot point; HanDBase will fit in perfectly among the best iOS 7 apps. Much as iOS 7 will make your device feel like a new device, HanDBase for iOS 7 feels like a completely new app, while functionality being largely the same as long-time users depend on. Even the app icon has been updated to fit perfectly with the new stock iOS 7 icons. I could never warm up to the previous icon, being kept in a folder on my home screen, but HanDBase now sits on its own in a coveted spot of my home screen.
There are now Light and Dark themes. They both fit perfectly in the iOS 7 aesthetic. The Dark theme is what I use. I find that all of my forms, the graphical representations for the records, look better; before iOS 7, HanDBase had a largely black theme, at least in how I ran it. In fact, I think the Dark theme fits an app like this. It’s a database, after all. Everything down to the buttons are now iOS 7 text buttons. And managing its image library (huge in my case) has now been updated to be more Photos app-like, changed from the unwieldy coverflow style. Functionality is relatively simple right now, but it’s being worked in. This update to photo management makes a huge difference for me. Also huge is the search functionality. All the search options are now combined into a “super search”, where you can search all fields at once, or any one particular field, selectable from a gear icon in the search field. Last, but definitely not least, of some much appreciated new functionality is long text scrolling to a second line in the record indexes. This makes for much improved readability on a screen such as an iPhone’s.
I now consider HanDBase to be a model citizen in iOS 7, and if aesthetics were the main thing previously holding you back, it’s totally worth revisiting. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Plus, 4.9 is a free update. Although I definitely would have paid for this update, I think this was a really nice way to go. 5.0 should be a big update and I hope a paid one.