How do I run a database on an iPad 2?

Anonymous December 27, 2013

I received an iPad 2 that I need to work a database on for simple business purposes. It needs to be simple. The only one I found is Filemaker at over $300. I found two open source database programs, LibreOffice and Open Office, but how do I make either of them work on an iPad?
Any help is appreciated.

  1. Kevin K
    December 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Check out Documents to Go. I have been using this for years. It is a great app.

    • Dana
      January 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Kevin. I downloaded it to my iPad, but it requests (demands, as I can't get around it) a client login. It says that it emailed me a password, but I have not found this.
      I used Docs to Go on my old Blackberry, but it didn't have a lot of function without the BIS operating., so I hadn't thought of it. Plus, I figured it was only for BB.
      If I can work through the log in issue, it should work for me.

    • Dana
      January 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Ultimately, until something better comes up, I am using Cellica, without the desktop portion. I made a template and am about 1/3 rd through the data input. However, on the list of records page, when I attempt to scroll over to the last information, it suddenly closes. This is a problem. How else can I view the info at a glance?
      Also, for daily observations I am using Evernote. It is not convenient to read through. I think Evernote Journal may work better.
      I just may go back to the good 'ol handwritten notebook...
      Of course, that would negate the purpose if the iPad altogether.

  2. Dana
    December 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to answer!
    I had a minute to look at the Bento replacements. Evernote might work, but I need to work mostly offline. I think that is premium, and that won't work.
    The Libre Office and Open Office were to be installed on the home computer to back up the iPad. I really don't want another program on my computer, though.
    All I need is a way to manage each animals treatment, and perhaps list them for easier daily reference.
    Also, we make extensive daily observations.
    I will have a look at the first three links, shortly, but I wanted my thanks known for the answers given.

  3. Susendeep D
    December 29, 2013 at 5:28 am
  4. kihara
    December 28, 2013 at 5:32 am

    It isn't possible to run LibreOffice and OpenOffice on iOS due to the legal challenges of the Apple App Store. Try these database clients:

    • Dana
      December 29, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Wow. Some of these seem really powerful. The first one didn't open, and I couldn't find it when I searched. The second two look very promising.
      Thank you

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