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.