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™ Mobile Plus is a flexible, easy-to-use
database application that lets you organize,
manage, and keep track of any kind of
information that you need to have available at
all times, such as lists, inventories, and
rosters, as well as sets of random information
of all kinds.
Create as many datafiles as you like. Each
datafile can have its own structure, and as
many records as you need. A record will have a
Notes area, along with any fields you
specified when you created the datafile. The
Notes area can contain styled text and
Use record filtering and/or text searches to
locate your data in a datafile.
Add a password and Touch ID as an extra layer
of protection for your datafiles.
Synchronize to iData
Pro on the Mac. You can perform most of
your heavy data entry on the Mac, then
synchronize over your WiFi network. Or,
synchronize via Dropbox. You can also use
iTunes file sharing to move datafiles between
your mobile device and the Mac over USB.
iData Mobile Plus replaces the old iData
Mobile. Users of the original iData Mobile
should read about converting their .idm
datafiles to work with iData Mobile Plus here.
iData Mobile Plus includes a detailed online
iData Mobile Plus User Guide. Click the
link to see it.
This version is FREE!