August 4, 2019
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
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
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
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
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 Pro is a flexible, easy to use,
database program that can handle any number
of datafiles. You design each datafile with
a freeform text area and any number of
optional fields (or none at all).
The Freeform Text Area In
addition to text, the FTA can include notes,
images (even PDFs), and small videos. Text in
the FTA can have font and style variations,
such as bold and italic (rich text). A
single record can contain text in a variety of
languages, such as English, Japanese, Chinese,
Fields can be added
to a datafile to provide more structure, and
more options for sorting and selecting records.
Links can be added
either to a field or to the FTA. Possibilities
are: links to web pages, links to email
addresses, links to other records in the
datafile, and links for opening specific files
on your hard drive or local network.
provides preference options that give you lots
of control over how it looks and behaves, at
both the application and datafile levels.
Find Your Data Every datafile
window has a Find Box that is always
available to make locating the desired
record easy and fast, even in a datafile
with thousands of records.
Synchronize Datafiles Between Devices
You can synchronize datafiles with
another Mac, or with an iPad or iPhone
running iData Mobile Plus to
take with you on the road. Datafiles for
iData Mobile Plus can be created and edited
in iData Pro on the Mac, then uploaded to,
and synchronized with, iData Mobile Plus on
the mobile device. This makes data entry
easier, using the larger Mac keyboard and
iData Pro's extensive import and data
Print Labels and Envelopes Templates
are provided for printing single or batch
labels and envelopes. You can make your own
templates with your return address, logo, or
other images. Templates can even be created
for printing business cards and custom forms.
There is a quick print function for printing a
single envelope or label from the current
Extensive User Guide iData Pro
includes a detailed online User
Guide that is available through its Help
menu. The Help Topics index contains
links to articles that are organized into
three sections: Introductory Help Topics,
General Help Topics, and Functional Help
Topics. The Functional Help Topics articles
are arranged by menu item, and they include
the details of the functioning of virtually
all of the iData-specific menu items.
to encrypt and password-protect your data.
Note for Dropbox
Users: It is important
that you do not store your
datafiles in your Dropbox folder. Doing so can
cause a variety of problems, including loss of
changes during synchronization. You must
create a separate folder for that purpose. The
recommended place to store your datafiles is
in a folder called something like iData
Pro Datafiles located in your Documents
folder. If you use the label and envelope
printing functions of iData Pro, you should
place your iData Pro Templates folder
alongside the iData Pro Datafiles
Beginning with version 4.0.30, iData
Pro requires OS 10.10 or higher.
This is due to a
change in the Dropbox framework.
If you are using OS 10.7 - 10.9, I
can provide you with a version that
does not include
the Dropbox framework. Click the
Contact Us link in the sidebar to
Download iData Pro and try it free for
up to 30 days.
Many other powerful and very useful
functions are available in iData Pro.
Click the link at the right to download
it and try them yourself.
The downloaded file will contain the
full version of iData Pro. It will
run without a license for 30 days of
actual use so that you have plenty
of time to work with it before deciding
iData 3 and iData Mobile datafiles
automatically work with iData Pro 4.
iData Pro can also convert iData
Mobile datafiles to work with iData
Datafiles from iData 2, iData Pro
1.0, InfoGenie, and QuickDEX can be
imported into iData Pro. See the
instructions that come with the
iData Pro download.
iData Pro is only available as a
download from the link at the
right. We do not provide CDs.
Requires OS 10.10 through 10.15
Below to Purchase