A Memory Upgrade for Your Brain


August 4, 2019

Dear Customers,

Today is my 77th birthday, and I've decided to give myself the gift of retirement. I need to start taking it easy -- getting back into painting and calligraphy, working on a Chinese translation project that has been on hold for way too long, practicing the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle, and spending more time with my wife and cat.

I've self-published a variety of iData apps (iData 2, iData 3, iData Pro 4, iData Kwik, iData Lite, iData Mobile, and iData Mobile Plus) since 2003. I also wrote its predecessors, InfoGenie and iData Pro 1, while working for Casady & Greene, Inc. from 1988 to 2002. I was 45 years old when I became a professional programmer, having had a twenty-year military career and college before that.

The only thing that has kept me from doing this years ago is that I have many customers who have told me how much they depend on those apps, and I have been very reluctant to leave them unsupported. Over the past couple of years, I've actively searched for a person or a group who could and would take them over, but I have had no luck. Several iData customers have tried to find someone, but have also failed.

I've been working at this alone since Robin Casady retired three years ago, and it's not as much fun as it used to be. (And sales haven't been enough to pay for necessary hardware upgrades for quite a few years.)

My plan is phase out iData Pro and iData Mobile Plus over the next year, stopping development completely the day I turn 78.

Prior to that, I will attempt to fix bugs and to keep up with changes to Mac OS and iOS, so there may be a few updates during that period.  I will continue to provide tech support during that time.

Starting today, I will no longer sell iData Pro to new customers, and I will no longer add new features to either app. iData 3 customers can continue to upgrade over the coming year, but not after that.

I will keep the various User Guides online during the coming year. Before shutting down the idatapartners.com website, I will update the downloadable versions of the User Guides.

If anyone knows one or more fairly experienced Objective C programmers who might be interested in taking on iData Pro and iData Mobile Plus, feel free to put them in touch with me.

iData™ is a flexible, easy to use, freeform text database with optional, user-defined fields)for the Macintosh, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Do you find yourself writing notes on a napkin in a restaurant, or on the back of an envelope? Using iData instead will allow you to find those notes easily in the future. Or, perhaps you have important information that would be useful to have at your fingertips wherever you go. Whether it is a collection of instructions for processes used in your profession, or an inventory of your DVD collection, iData Mobile Plus is a great way to have them on your iPhone and iPad.

• Like its Mac predecessors -- QuickDEX, and InfoGenie -- iData is an excellent way to have miscellaneous information at your fingertips.

• Extensive record filtering and text searching options make it easy to locate your data quickly, even in very large datafiles.

• You structure the database the way you want it. It can be as simple or as complex as you want.

• A variety of import functions allow you to bring in your existing information from a variety of sources.

A few examples of the kinds of data that iData can handle are: a collection of great quotations, patient records, a collection of song lyrics, Web page bookmarks with notes to help identify them, descriptions and information on various plant or animal species, collection inventories, important text messages, email archives, the Messier Objects or NGC list for amateur astronomers, detailed descriptions of drugs, tap drill sizes, club rosters, shopping lists, to do lists, country code abbreviations, state or province abbreviations, knitting needle sizes you already have, and there are many more possibilities.

NOTE: iData Kwik™ is no longer available.

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iData Pro™

Requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later

iData Mobile Plus™

Requires iOS 9.5 or later

The Mac version of iData supports styled text, images, and movie files in the freeform text area.

In addition to individual records and entire datafiles, printing features include batch or individual envelopes and labels.

Phone numbers can be dialed through FaceTime, and —where practical— with a modem or through speakers.

iData Pro also includes synchronization of datafiles between two Macs or between a Mac and an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

iData Mobile Plus is an iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch app that can be used by itself, or in conjunction with iData Pro on a Mac.

This is a rewrite of our iData Mobile app. It includes a number of improvements, the most notable being that it supports styled text and embedded images.

Images may be added from your Photo Library or from the Camera.

Users of iData Pro 1.0 for OS 9, InfoGenie, and QuickDEX, you can import your data into iData Pro.
Instructions are in the Read Me file that comes with iData Pro.