After wrestling with Pronto forms, the idea of forms on mobile felt a little awkward and hard to implement. So when we got our hands on HanDBase from DDH, there was some skepticism. DataVault was certainly more user friendly, but not quite as versatile. Could HanDBase, a relative newbie on the BlackBerry scene, paired up with its desktop cousin help us create and fill out databases on BlackBerry with minimal fuss? Only one way to find out…
The handheld graphics are fairly straightforward, nothing to really write home about; you can change font size, row colours as well as the number of visible entries. As for the desktop client, it’s easy to get swamped with a lot of windows when you’re first getting started, but it’s otherwise clean and as simple as you can expect from a database creation program. Once you get into the flow of things and you know what popups to expect and how to set up forms, the desktop client works alright.