DB Designer: Databases, Get Your Databases!


Price: $4.99
DB Designer: Written iPad App Review

DB Designer for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, we are always going on and on—and on—about the iPad’s potential to change the way you live and work. After all, what other kind of device can bring you so many creative utilities and work enhancers? Our case in point for this week is the excellent database management and creation utility DB Designer by developer Steve Saemmang. The app makes it incredibly simple, as well as visually intuitive, to create and manage your various databases. Want a bit of a closer look? Then skip on down below the break to view our full review!

Concept and Functionality

The basic idea behind DB Designer looks something like this: The app allows you to stretch out all of your tables in one go, right there in front of you on the iPad. In other words, using the app you can load or create projects on your iPad for an instant and visually simple take on your data structures. The app includes support for all the popular database platforms, including MS SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite. It supports the autocompletion of data types, the creation, editing and removal of tables and fields, and even optional schemas. You can color code your tables for quick management, manage your relations for flow purposes, and adjust mandatory versus default fields.

We could go on, but we’ll spare you any more grisly details. In essence, anything you’ve ever wanted to edit as far as databases are concerned can be accomplished through DB Designer on your iPad. When you’re done, don’t worry, either: You can easily export your work through SQL script or PDF formats. You’ll even get DropBox support with DB Designer, as if it weren’t already enough of a package as is.

Graphics and Design

DB Designer for iPad

DB Designer for iPad

In fact, the only place where DB Designer truly suffers is in its design. Granted, we don’t expect a work of art from an app that helps you manage your MySQL databases. Still, DB Designer is a very visually basic—no pun intended—application that won’t be winning your heart’s aesthetics. It functions well, and we had no problems with its interface due to its design. That being said, it’s extremely cut and dry, and rather sparse. We feel there’s yet a better way to arrange the toolbars and tools so as to be more conducive to increased work pace.

Overall Value

DB Designer is also a tad expensive clocking in at $4.99 in the App Store. Still, as the only app of its kind in the App Store, you can hardly go wrong with the price. If you’ve been looking for exactly what DB Designer offers, now is the best time to jump on the bandwagon. Get it now, database designers!

DB DesignerDB Designer requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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