Tap Forms Organizer 5 Database App Reviews

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Best Database App for Mac

Tapforms is an awesome database app for Mac, iPad & iPhone. It is probably better than Microsoft Access. It is best if you have some experience with databases. If not, the instructions manual is well written and available on the Tapforms website. The technical support offered is far superior to most developers. I highly recommend Tapforms.


Ok, so the software is fantastic, but you already know that from the other reviews. What I want to talk about is the support! The helpfullness, speed, and patience displayed by the developer is literally the best I have ever experienced. My questions have always been answered quickly and throroughly, as have follow up questions. Even when my questions were about the underlying encryption and sync systems (and in at least one occasion more based on technical curiosity than anything else), I received detailed, thoughful replies. This developer will be there for you if you have problems!

Nice database, bargain for the modest cost…Quick support.

Tap forms-5.22.. I have been using TF-5 for a short time, after using TF-3, I like a number of others, have been looking for a replacement to the FileMaker Pro database. Of the databases that I have evaluated TF-5 is about the best option available, if your needs don’t exceed it’s capabilities. For the modest cost, TF-5 is a bargain. It’s easy to use interface makes it quick to configure custom records, and fields, and it’s similar to FileMaker Pro. I encountered a number of small bugs, some relating to the current High Sierra upgrade. I contacted support by email several times about things that I found, and also asked a number of questions over a week or so. Support response from this vendor is some of the best I have seen. Support was very prompted, and helpful. I only wish FileMaker’s support was this good. A nice program, with fanatic support, and a bargain for the modest cost. The more I use this database, the more I like it. It’s easy to use, versatile and has a lot of built in features that make it a bargain. On top of that, I have gotten some of the best support to questions I have asked via email than any other software vendor. I have gotten replies even on the weekend, so how’s that for support ?

Amazing customer service and support

Like many TapForms users, I used to use Bento. Due to system complications and old software/hardware, I was unable to figure out how to import all of my Bento files into TapForms. I contacted TapForms, and within 24 hours received a personal response with a suggestion as to how to fix the problem. They even offered to do the transfer for me. That turned out to be unnecessary because the suggestion they had given me worked. I was truly impressed by the fast, personal attention to my request and the expertise they had in solving the problem. Good job!

Perfect organizational tool!!

My entire company uses the same Tap Forms file to manage customer data, website information, login details, server details, etc… virtually the backbone of our business and we love Tap forms more than anything! I’ll be happy to change this to a 5 star review if you can make some adjustments to the server syncing… icloud is not idea because my team would all need to use the same service.. I don’t know how good the business is but maybe providing your own cloud service to your users would be cost effective?? Right now I have to use backup files to take on the road with me. Another than that… you’re great.

getting better and better

for someone who used Bento, and since its end sstarted with TapForms, must say this App is getting better and better. it now works flawlessly with the sync and my other iOS devices, is fast and reliable. Well done team, and please keep up the good work!

I will be very, very unhappy if this program ever goes away

Tap Forms is my go-to data organizer. My daily steps/activity/weight readings (going back to Sept 2008 — I brought over data from Bento when they disestablished); my medical results/readings/appointment notes; lists of various documents such as insurance, with details in case the house burns or whatever; wines we like and dislike (with photos of the labels, because we remember labels better than names); soup mixes we like and dislike, with notes on variations we’ve tried; my wife’s crochet projects, with details I don’t understand and pretty photos; and a database of online writers I’ve tipped via PayPal. Oh, and an encrypted record of all our usernames and passwords. All of this gets backed up and synched across our iOS devices, so no matter where we go, we have these records. In the previous main version, synching was okay, but needed a kick occasionally; with the current version, it took me a little while to have a warm fuzzy it was working, it was so fast and reliable and unobtrusive. I am very dependent on this program (even more so than I was on Bento), and I don’t even use half of its great features.

great app with awesome support

I wish I would have started using this app years ago. It's very powerful and dynamic which could cause usability issues however the support is awesome. I first used this app to inventory equipment at many different locations and had a steep learning curve. The support staff got back to me several times when I needed them. Very pleased!

so far not so good

I just bought this today. There are supposed to be 33 built in forms. I can find ZERO. I have tried to play the training videos. They never load. I have tried to import my contacts, I cannot. I am supposed to be able to link forms, I cannot figure out how. I have used MS Access very successfully. I was able to teach the Apple Store trainers how to use Bento and connect forms in ways they truly did not know were possible. For years I have searched for a Bento replacement without having to buy FileMaker for several $100’s. This should be easier and there should be usable directions. If I cannot make this work in a reasonable amount of time and effort, I will be requesting a refund for both the iPhone app and the Mac app. Update: after about an hour of searching I found the 33 built in forms. However, I cannot move them to the folders I want them in. I do not want to mix personal and business. Still cannot figure out how to import contacts, or link databases. So frustrated. I have downloaded the FileMaker Pro free trial. I wish I had not downloaded this paid version from the Apple App store, as there is a free trial version on the Tap Forms website. Try it before you buy it. It is not as easy and flexible as implied so far. If I were completely new to databases that would be one thing, but I have enough experience to understand how they “should” work in general.

Quickly Indispensible:

Updated review: TF5 can organize every aspect of your life! I use it for my houseplant care (tracking watering, feeding), personal issues (tracking medical billing issues) and my small business (sales / expenses / project details). The dev is super-responsive and the active forum community is helpful too! Previous review: A great database app that does 90% of what I need it to do. For consumers and small businesses it is great. People who need *complex* relationships between data may be disappointed by the limitations HOWEVER it is overshadowed by great dev support, ease of use, and fantastic interface!

Best database for “the rest of us"

This is a great database app for the rest of us: Use the predefined forms to keep track of the wines you like, create an inventory of the stuff in your home (for home insurance purposes), keep a daily journal, store personal data (health records, driver license, passoprt info etc.), and more . . . or create your own custom forms. The things that make this such a great database: Simple to use and (relatively) simple to customize (I’m not a DB guy, but I figured rather quickly how to build forms from scratch); great support (online manual, video tutorials); multiple sync/storage options (iCloud, “nearby” and IBM Cloudant; no Dropbox — not the dev’s fault; Dropbox changed its database/storage API which makes Dropbox unusable for apps with complex sync requirements); and very flexible (keep your data in one database, or split it into multiple databases) — AND a very responsive developer, eager to help out when you’re stuck and ready to squish bugs that you may find (as long as they are in his power to fix). Highly recommended.

Staying Organized

If you like to easily organize all your data in one tool this is the App to use. I transitioned my data from Bento to Tap Forms and have never looked back. This latest update makes it seamless to syn your information across multiple devices with or without using the Cloud. Now I have all my information at my fingertips no matter where I am.

Awesome DataBase

This is one of the most awesome apps available. There are so many uses for it and I keep records on stuff I don’t need records on just so I can use it. Thanks for a great job. Keep up good work because it seems to just get better with each update.

The best personal database that I have used in thirty years

I have used or tried *many* database applications in the last thirty years. Some were relational; some not. Some had programming tools; some not. I now have 34 simple databases (lists) in Tap Forms. The app meets my needs better than any other database program ever has. Features that I like particularly in recent releases: multiple documents, improved user interface, iOS version on both iPad and iPod Touch, excellent sync options and performance. The customer service is fantastic. The first implementation of iCloud sync seemed to be imperfect, and then there was no iCloud sync option for a while. I starting using the new implementation recently. It seems to work quite well. The Cloudant option is excellent. The nearby sync option is also good if one doesn’t trust security in the cloud. There is room for improvement in the user interface, but it’s pretty good as is. I feel lucky that Tap Forms is available because I could not find anything else after Bento was discontinued that even came to close to satisfying me.

Bye Bye Bento

I’m not the most sophisticated user and the app isn’t the most intuitive. However, that being said, email support is wonderful! It was an easy task to migrate my Bento “Libraries” to Tap Form “Forms.” Of course some layouts had to be recreated. The documentation is improving. There are a number of online tutorials for working with Tap Forms. I am synching my data base via IBM Cloudant among my iMac, iPhone, and two iPads. Synching though iCloud has been restored in the newest iteration of the app.I am very pleased with Tap Forms 5. May it have a much longer lifespan than Bento!

Best database

Tap Forms 5 is an outstanding database that flows perfectly among devices. In addition to this, the support of the developer is the benchmark in terms of service. I can’t recommend Tap Forms 5, enough.

Perfect App for 95% of people. Lists, collections, databases etc. Simple user interface.

The application suite (for Mac & iOS) complement well and make the functions of this application completely mobile. The user interface is natural and straightforward, speed of app is outstanding, and support by the developer is the best I have ever received. Syncing works very well in Nearby Mode. I have not tried the IBM Cloudant Cloud sync functionality. Hopefully iCloud and/or Dropbox sync will return in future releases. I recently migrated all my Filemaker databases to this app with the largest being 10k records and Tap Forms handles it easily. Kudos to the developer.

Need better means to report out from the application

This application does not provide any

Excellent Customer Support

The system is excellent. I have used this for many years but the one thing that stands out is the outrageously excellent customer support. Over the years I have needed support and while many app reviews (for other products) say the programmers don’t response this is not the case here. The creator of this app is available by email and he actually responds (in some cases the same day). If you like what you read give the program a try!

My Go To

I love this program. I have it on my iPad, iPhone and MacPro. I keep everything in it for my professsional work and my personal life. It is WELL SUPPORTED! and well worth the cost. I’ve tried lots of database programs and most aged out and others were just plain too expensive or too complicated. I highly recommend this program - I have used it since almost the time it first began. A brief note: at times the synch gives me problems but often it is a problme of my creation. They ahve tried to make it simple, but sometimes I’m simpler tha than lol. Patience often is rewarded and the synch has never been a major problem. Most times it is seamless.

Very nice app

As far as databases go on Mac this is the best like comparing a mansion to a trailer. I mean nothing on Mac is even any thing near as good except FileMaker but then again it is three hundred bucks it should be better. I really like the sync, it is automatic and you don’t have to do anything after you set it up. My only real complaint is I can’t update to 5.0.7 probably becuase of the app store. I am up to date but the store just thinks when I try yo update. Also at some point in the version I have Tab no longer advances to the next field it advances to the search box. The update will eventually work and the Tab thing is just cosmetic. I would definately recommend this to a friend.

Change to sync

Versions 5 sync is a big departure from previous versions . I have been using tapforms to replace bento for a couple of years. For my usage, there is not much difference in functionality between the old and the new, except for the way syncing is done. My previous rating of the older version was 5. I could have managed a 4 star for the removal of standard sync cloud products. The replacement with nearby sync is a nice to have function. HOWEVER, the user interface to accomplish this, is convoluted, and not easy to do without referring back to the help document. Further having to remember to sync, to muliple devices is tedious and easy to forget when you are in a hurry. At least with cloud, you can always refresh any device, provding your changes were pushed, when you made them. I also find it hard to understand why tapforms would think IBM cloud is more suitable/popular than any of the other consumer friendly services? It makes no sense to have selected a product like this as the "only" cloud service.

Awesome! Wonderful update over previous version!

I am a long time Bento user and have been fairly happy with version 3 of Tap Forms but version 5 seems to fix the problems I had with version 5. So pleased to get a solid Bento replacement! There are some features that are only available on Mac and some that are only available on phone with may be have to do with limitations behind the OSes. Hopefully at some point all features will be available to do on both the computer and the phone.

Great Application & Great Support

Application helps me manage my business quite well. It has the flexibility and functionality to allow me to create a CRM that fits my business. The Cloudant sync support is far superior to the iCloud/Dropbox sync. This allows my business partner and I to work on the same “database” simultaneously. The developer is VERY helpful, when I initially had an issue with one of ther earlier releases he went so far as to take my database and repair the data. Honestly, he went above and beyond to help me recover the functionality of my database. Great support, great app!

A solid data base program

I have been using Tap Forms since Bento bit the dust. I was looking for a basic data base program, and found it in Tap Forms. I have six data bases presetnly, ranging from 20 to 1550 forms. The new version 5 took some getting used to, especially in the syncing area. It was frankly easier in eariler versions, where I used Dropbox. Now you either have to use a “Nearby” or “Cloud” sync. I use the nearby, which means you put your devices close to one another, open the data base you want to sync, and it syncs them. The “Cloud” requires signing up for the “IBM Cloudant” program, which I did, but could not get it to work. And there is a cost if you transfer over the basic allowed amount of data. I don’t know the ins and outs of why Dropbox or iCloud can’t be used, but its the reason I dropped my rating from five stars to four. Otherwise, this is a useful program with EXCELLENT customer service (I have contacted them several times over the years, and always got an almost immediate response, even on weekends.) I can’t speak for database power users, but if you’re looking for a daily workhorse data base for Mac, this is it. I have it on my iMac, 12 inch MacBook, iPad, and iPhone, and Apple Watch, so it definately goes across the Apple spectrum!

iPads, iPhones, and MacBook Pros needed this database!

I can’t tell you how many various databases on portable Macs I have struggled with over the past twenty years, including the Newton. Finally a database that is both pretty, smooth, and fast. For me the main thing is that it is working easily in syncing between my Macbooks and my iPads (& iPhones). It took a little fiddling to get the two to shake hands, but once I figured out the precise method it was a breeze, even though my database is over 200MB. Bottom line: if you have tried five to ten different similar programs and not been happy, this is the one you need to give full attention to. Just make sure you activate the automatic internal backup, in case you crash your computer with another program while having Tap Forms open. I like that I can shape and format the fields to my own liking and that I don’t need to be a code expert. Arnold Munthe

Excellent Upgrade

Been using TF 4 on several Macs, an iPhone and an iPad. Migration to TF 5 went just fine. Migrated my DB on my iMac and then locally synced the DB with the other devices. Kept both 4 & 5 arround until I was sure all was well. There are quite a few enhancements in 5 over 4. There is some learning curve to get up to speed, as is natural with any upgrade of this magnitude. Overall I am quite pleased. Pros: 1) Can now split databases into seperate files 2) Each DB can be set to be shared/synced/encrptyed separately 3) Can now selected which DB to share with others 4) Both local sync and cloud sync options Cons: 1) (Minor) Did lose iCloud sync. However, iCloud sync could be flaky for some folks and one can now sync locally or through a 3rd party, cloudant. I am using local syncing and it works VERY well. Given the other improvements, loss of iCloud not an issue for me.

Finally Got it to Sync!

I am thinking about asking for my money back. I have used this app and loved it since Bento was discontinued. But this version will not sync with my iPhone or iPad. I can not find any way of getting help with this. EDIT: I FINALLY got it to sync with the iPhone and iPad. Once I figured it out, it works really well. However, getting there is not at all intuitive, at least not for me. This is an excellent app which has been invaluable to me. I use it in all sorts of ways, from keeping a record of sewing patterns and notions, to tracking my health stats for my doc, to journaling. I finally found a vimeo link on the Tap Forms web site that explained how to sync. Even then, it took me a couple of tries to figure it out, mainly because of the unfamiliar interface. If you’re having problems, go to the website and look for that video. I’m raising my rating to four stars. Tap Forms itself is great, but the explanations on how to use this new syncing process need to be front and center and spelled out very specifically with the assumption that the user is a total naif. (like me.)

Excellent Upgrade - Worth the extra $$

I just downloaded and installed the new version of Tapforms 5.0.3. I was able to quickly import my old database from Tapforms 3.5.14 and also get it installed on my iPhone and iPad. Everything worked exactly as expected. Be sure to go to the forums at Tapform.com to get answers to your questions and also instructions on making the conversion from the old version. At first I wasn’t excited about having to use the free Cloudant.com service instead of iCloud, but now that I have it set up, I love how it works. Changes sync almost instantly across the cloud as soon as you make an entry. No need to tell it to sync; it just happens. I’ve been using Tapforms ever since Bento was discontinued and I’ve always been amazed at how responsive the developer is and how he keeps working to make a better product. Thank you, Brendan.

A Fine Application!

My first experience with Tap Forms is with the new version, 5. I had a little trouble moving from the “trial version” to the purchased version so I e-mailed the developer. Rec’d a response within 5 minutes which cleared up the issue entirely. This app, I believe, offers a robustness and feature set that could demand a higher price than the developer is asking. It has an intuitive flow and progresses in a logical manner for the end user. There is ample documentation available if one seeks it and spends time with it.

Read the reviews - no more iCloud sync

I had purchased the prior version of Tap Forms as a replacement for Bento. It worked well enough for my needs. Seeing this available today at 50% off I felt I should jump on it but color me surprised that the iCloud functionality is gone. The only option is something by IBM. It says it’s free yet REQUIRES a credit card IN CASE you maybe go over the montly limit. I don’t expect I’d even be close so I’m less than thrilled being forced to provide a credit card. I’m requesting a credit for this and my iOS updated version and checking out Ninox as recommended by another reviewer.


It is impossible to figure out how to migrate from TF 4 to 5, to use iCloud, to sync with other devices. Some of those steps are easy, e.g 4->5 on the Mac, Not so on the iPhone where, after you do the migration in 4, there is no help finiding the migration file in 5. They mention iCloud sync screen in the documentation: can’t find it. They mention a Send Function: do they mean on the Mac or iPhone? This is a complete balls-up. I wish I could get my money back. Edit1 : I just got the migration on the iPhone started. It crashed! One form got imported, the others failed. Edit 2: It’s not just me. Check out the Forums. Lots of folks are having the same issues. Edit 3: It’s back! The Tap Forms we know and love. Thanks for fixing all the bugs. Raising my rating to 5 stars.

Great, But Only One Cloud Sync Option

Love the updated UI, but aside from local network sync, this version offers only IBM’s Cloudant as an internet sync option. As a user who relies heavily on Dropbox and just renewed my Dropbox subscription, I won’t be signing up with another cloud service. I’m sure the developer has his technical reasons for doing this, but limiting cloud sync options is a step backwards in my opinion.

No Cloud Sync Without Credit Card

While you can activate a cloud sync account without a card, read the fine print. You MUST add a card within 30 days to keep the account open. So even if you are never charged for the data use, it still creates yet another possible point where your cc and personal data can be stolen from. If you are the kind of person who tries to minimize this type of exposure then this app is NOT for you.

It’s a great release, stop complaining about no iCloud/Dropbox

After owning hundreds of apps over the years and dealing with (mostly) poor support from the developers I have to commend Brenden for putting up with all this negativity after busitng his butt to put our a new release. For those of you who wish for iCloud support, you have no idea what a big pain it is and how poor of a service it really is. Dropbox was great but has changed the way it can be accessed and shut programs like TF out. The developer did a good job of picking CloudAnt and I hope he gets a few more choices online at some point but… In the meantime this is a solid product from a well established developer who really cares about you guys. Cut him some slack and really put some effort into this release to see how it works for you. As a long time TF user I can tell you its very good and will continue to get better. It’s also the best solution out there in this category (I know, I’ve tried them all). Let’s help Brenden by sending him valid bug reports on things to fix rather than complaining about things that you don’t like about this release.

Alpha Software BEWARE !!!

This is a new version which has not been tested very well. When ever you go to make layout changes the program crashes. The crashes have gotten worse after the last upgrade to the point that the software is totally unusable as it crashes after every change in the layout. Text sizing is all wrong and not functioning as it should or as you would expect. This software was release before it was ready. I’m going to request a refund and find another product.

3 Stars for Bad Move on the Sync

Love this app, but I feel like it jumped backwards into early 2000’s with it’s sync approach. It’s like syncing a old Palm Pilot. I have to first SEND the file to all devices, make sure it’s open on all of them, and then make sure they are connected to the same WIFI and then, if all the moons align it will sync. No luck as of yet. I don’t want to have to sign up for IBM sync cloud? Who uses that? Dropbox support please, Google Drive support, something other than the way it works now! Other than that it’s a great app! Fix the sync! Thanks!


An improvement over previous version—for the most part. I like the ability to sync over local network without having to go through iCloud or Dropbox. Got quick email help for sync set-up but the app would benefit from explicit, step-by-step set-up documentation. The initial set up for devices is not intuitive and I had to plunk around quite a bit to figure out the set-ups. Also, the interface could use some tweaking, such as a toolbar item for syncing. Overall, quite a robust database app for not much $$.

A good update

I’ve been using this app for 6 years. This update was welcome and added syncing with multiple users. This feature is working great for me. With any big update a few bugs should be expected. The developer is very responsive and is fixing the bugs as quickly as possible. Based on past performance, I’m confident this will be a solid app soon. This is not a simple one trick pony, it is a complex app that gets used very differently by many different people. The current bugs will get sorted out. I have not found any other app that lets me import data into a database or key records on my laptop and then sync it to all my iOS devices so nicely. I have 11 databases some of which have thousands of records. Some I imported, some I have entered one record at a time over years and years. All of them are available to me across all of my devices to search, sort, and find. This lets me answer questions wherever I am with whatever device is handy. This app is a bit complicated. Not because it is poorly designed, but because it is capable of so much. You might have to check the nice documentation fromo time to time to figure out how to do what you want. Or go post in the active forum. Once you get it figured out and set up IT WILL WORK! This was the first paid upgrade. I’ve been using this app for 6 years. This app has been on the first screen of my devices and running constantly on my desktop for 6 YEARS! I’ve used it every day. I was happy to pay the developer for this update so he can keep upgrading it for years to come.

Horribly buggy

Don’t waste your money! The sync with Cloudant is buggy - can’t use the Safari recommended password for top security because it won’t work due to its length, the application crashes repeatedly, creates empty forms, deletes default categories. There may be more problems but the thing crashes so often I can’t be sure.

First Thoughts On Tap Forms 5

I loved version 3.5—I’ve used it for months to organize my songs, poetry and short stories. I used iCloud to synch, and all worked well. I was excited when I saw the version 5 upgrade, but became concerned when I saw that synching was no longer possible via iCloud (or DropBox). I had no desire to open an IBM account and synch on their cloud. So, I struggled with whether or not I should upgrade. I know it’s only natural that any Developer is more attentive to the current version of any software, so I decided to take a chance and buy TF 5. If you just read and follow the instructions, the migration from 3.5 is very easy—and it’s easy to then share with my other devices to get the data on them. Next step, synching. Since I didn’t want to go the IBM account route, I opted for Nearby Synch. I need my data to synch across 3 devices, an iMac, a MacBook Pro, and an iPhone 5 (I bought the iPhone app update tonight, too). I again read and followed the instructions, and all worked perfectly. I checked it by adding test records, and they appeared on the other devices almost immediately. I then deleted, and they disappeared almost immediately. As I work on only one device at a time, Nearby Synch will work perfectly for me. When I’m on the road with my MacBook Pro and iPhone, they will synch so my data is always backed up on another device in case of a hard drive failure or loss of a phone. Plus, I can always make a backup copy on a thumb drive. When home, I will simply turn on my iMac and use Nearby Synch. I didn’t want the IBM cloud, and I don’t need it. Nearby Synch has convinced me that I didn’t really need iCloud, either. I haven’t gotten into any of the new features yet. I just wanted to post my experiences with upgrading, migrating, sharing, and synching. Some people seemed to be having some problems, but it worked well for me. So far, so good. I rated Tap Forms 3.5 as 5 stars and gave the same 5 stars rating for this version based on ease of getting started. I anticipate I will like its features just like I did the previous version. If not, I’ll revise my review in the future.

This update has great potential

I’ve been a staunch Tap Forms user for years now, and am really excited about the features added in the new update. OK, so there are a few glitches right now; what do you expect from a major rewrite like this one? Tap Forms is still the best, most reasonably priced solution out there. The developer has tried to address a ton of feature requests in this update; it was a lot of work, and as you know, things turn up in real-world situations that didn’t appear in testing. I’m sure all the glitches will be addressed really quickly, given this developer’s track record. Once these relatively minor hiccups are ironed out, Tap Forms will be tons better than anything else out there. In the meantime, be patient! Give the guy a break!

cloudant is better than iCloud or Dropbox

This app is improved in a lot of ways and I’m excited for the update. I see a lot of people in the comments leaving poor reviews so I’d like to address their comments. The only way to sync through the cloud is using a new service called IBM cloudant - I have never heard about it before yesterday when I downloaded Tap Forms 5. It’s AWESOME. I see a lot of people complaining about cloudant in the reviews but I believe they are over reacting and possibly uninformed. It works great - It runs smoother than syncing with drop box or icloud ever did. First of all - cloudant is a service that was developed specifically to sync databases in the cloud. While dropbox and icloud are both more generic cloud syncing services - the only purpose of cloudant is to cloud sync databases - which is EXACTLY what tap forms is - a database app. These two apps work hand in hand together - where as icloud and dropbox did not. Yes there is a charge if you use too much data - but the first 50 gb per month are free. I don’t see how ANYONE using tap forms could possibly go over this amount. I use tap forms to run my business and highly doubt I will ever exceed this free limit myself. ALSO - for the people that prefer icloud or dropbox - the great news is that TAP FORMS 4 is still available for download alongside TAP FORMS 5. They could have easily pulled it from the store only to replace it with 5 only. I think it’s really awesome of the tap forms guys to leave both options available. I’m excited about the new changes and will continue to use tap forms daily.

Pure garbage!

Simply does not work. Period. Obviously others can use it. No idea why I cannot. I am running 10.11.6, the latest. I got a file from someone else using this version, and got a message that it cannot open an archive in TepForms archive format. Every menu in the menu bar was grayed out, other than those with sub-menus, and those sub-menus were grayed out. The help menu was not grayed out, so I sent the author an Email. I got an automatic response that he is too busy to respond. The “about” was not grayed out, but when I closed that window the program quit. Thinking there might be conflict with other open applications I quit them, to no avail. All in all, $24.99 plus tax for a program that does nothing but show its about menu. Total waste of money.I wish I could give it a rating of less than one star.

IBM Cloudant decision is awful

TapForms really dropped the ball by taking a “like it or lump it” approach with a cloud partner that clearly isn’t set up for smaller users. I’ve used TapForms for a long time, and have always liked it. I’m very disappointed that Tap Zapp did such a good job creating a database app for non-programmers, and then blew it by pairing it with a cloud service that was clearly not meant for small business and casual users. Unlike most cloud plans, where you can start with a free plan, then upgrade when you need more capacity, Cloudant only allows a free plan for the first 30 days. After that, it REQUIRES a credit card that can be billed as soon as you hit $50 of monthly usage. Charges are based on a combination of GB ($1/GB/month) and your number of “Heavy” and “Light” API requests. Simple! Transparent! In a pig’s eye. What does that mean for a typical user? Who knows? I’m going to try to use it without the cloud sync, and hope that Tap Zapp sees the light and rethinks this extremely user-UNfriendly decision.

Update is great Sync is a different story

Have been using Tap Forms for a few years now and came to love it after some issues at first with syncing. The ability to sync between all my devices was the selling point of purchasing this app.The new version looks nice and have a few more features and templates, however after several hours I cannot get sync to work. You can sync via WiFi or IBM Cloud only - no Dropbox, no iCloud, no Google drive no nothing. Your only choice is WiFi or IBM (which you have to sign up for an account), that’s it, so my Dropbox sync is NADA!. I was able to migrate my forms with some difficulty but had sucess in the end. I have followed the sync instructions step by step for both WiFi and the IBM cloud. It simply does not workfor me as I followed the instructions of the help file. Syncing was my main reason for this app, now I may just have to keep using the old app where my sync with Dropbox at least works.$34 wasted. If anyone had any success with setting up sync, please share. Have emailed Tap Forms with no response. I’m sure they are overwhelmed with issues on this first day.

tapforms- The Best Personal/Small Business Database for the Mac

I have been using Tapforms for a long time now. It is simply the best personal (and small business) database for the Mac. We’ve been running tapforms in our small business for a number of years and it is the single most used tool we rely on. Here is what I love about TapForms: - Very simple to use and get started with - Very scalable if needed - Works great on Mac and all iOS devices - The developer is always updating this - Great online community that helps a lot if needed (which is rare) - Power, simple, and exceptionally useful Don’t have anything negative to say about it. This can easily be used for home and work. A great application. This update is awesome! Well Done!

Supports cloud sync ONLY with IBM Cloudant!!!

I had high hopes for this new version. I used the older one, then deleted it because of many frustrating issues. After reading the developer announcement, then reading the description of this new version, I purchased this app. The description says I can sync with and without the cloud, but since Tap Forms supported iCloud in the past and did not specify supported cloud services in the app description, I assumed that iCloud sync is still an option. To my surprise, when I chose cloud sync in preferences, the only available option was “IBM Cloudant” which I never heard of before. This is VERY DISAPPOINTING!! I feel I was purposly mislead. The developer should have stated clearly in the app description that cloud sync available only through this one service,IBM Cloudant . Because I was disappointed with Tap Forms in the past, I switched to Ninox. Ninox provides reliable iCloud sync for all my Macs and iOS devices, but has minor annoyances and I was hoping the new version of Tap Forms would best. I will stick with the reliable Ninox, delete Tap Forms although I just paid for it, and will never give Tap Forms another chance.

Beware of sync! Cloud means IBM! Not iCloud or Dropbox!

I am not happy. I was looking forward to this update because of the promised automatic syncing. The video looks great and mentions two ways to sync 1] Nearby and 2] Using the cloud. So I was expecting to be able to continue using iCloud or Dropbox as in the earlier version. Nope. Doesn’t support either. By cloud sync, they mean setting up an account with IBM Cloudant, which may or may not charge you a fee based on your use! Where is this mentioned above in the description or in the video? I feel as if I have been totally lied to and ripped off and will ask for a refund from Apple. This is bogus, guys. Shame on you!

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