Table 1. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) Database Software Comparison
Database Software /
Cost (USD)*
Vendor Website Minimum
Palm OS
Requirements
Build
Platform
Data
Management
Max No.
Databases/
fields
 per database
Relational
Properties #
Multi-User
Synchronization Properties**
Network Synchronization Properties Security
Features
Memory Card (VFS) Support Printing Capability from PDA
 (additional software required)
Key
Distinguishing
Features
Pendragon Forms 3.2
$149.00 single user
$45.00 /additional user
www.pendragon-software.com Palm OS 3.0
250 KB RAM

PC Native integration with MSAccess
 
MSExcel import/export features

ODBC compliant data sources
64 / 250 Y Y Y
additional
software needed
PW protection

Data encryption
for network 
synchronization
Y - data backup only Y PC data stored in MSAccess
database without intermediary software

Automatic creation of
access tables
Satellite Forms 5.1
$995.00
www.pumatech.com Palm OS 3.0
360 KB RAM
PC or
PDA
MS Access, FileMaker Pro,
Visual Dbase, or FoxPro
Via conduit software

ODBC compliant data sources
N/A Y Y Y
additional
software needed
PW protection

Data encryption
N Y High cost
HanDBase Versions:

Plus 3.0 / $29.99
Professional / $39.99
Enterprise / $99.99
www.ddhsoftware.com Palm OS 3.0
470 KB RAM
Additional
70 KB RAM
for optional Forms
PC or
PDA
Proprietary PC desktop software

MS Excel, MS Access or other ODBC compliant data sources (additional software)
   200 / 100 Y Y
Professional  version
or greater
Y
additional
software needed
PW protection

Data encryption
Y - backup and data use from memory card Y Low cost

IR peer-to-peer data synchronization

Ability to work with data on  memory card
SmartList to Go
(formerly ThinkDB)
$49.95
www.dataviz.com Palm OS 3.5
550 KB RAM

PC  or
PDA
Proprietary format

MS Access, MS Excel and FileMaker Pro 5 import/export features
200 / NA
Y N Y
additional
software needed
PW protection Y N High PDA memory requirement

No multi-user data sharing
dbNow Deluxe 2.0
$19.95
www.pocketexpress.com Palm OS 3.0 or higher
225 KB RAM
PC Proprietary format

Supports CSV & TAB format import and export
(MS Excel, MS Access)
Unlimited N Y N PW protection N/A N No relational
properties
Jfile 5.5
$24.95
www.land-j.com Palm OS 3.0
280 KB RAM
PDA Proprietary
PC export to MS Access or Windows NotePad
using additional software
 200 / 50 N Y
additional software needed
Y
additional
software needed
PW protection

Data encryption
Y-data backup Y No relational
properties
File Maker
Mobile 2.1
$49.00
www.filemaker.com Palm OS 3.1
2000 KB RAM
PC
Filemaker Pro 50 / 50 Y N/A No PW  protection N N/A Requires
Filemaker Pro
PC software

High  PDA RAM requirement
* Reflect prices as of June 2003 (features and prices are subject to change over time), # ability to link multiple data tables
** Refers the ability whereby multiple users can synchronize and share data from a common database
MS = Microsoft, N/A = Information not available online, ODBC = Open Database Connectivity,
OS = Operating System, PC = Personal Computer, IR = infrared, PW = Password, RAM = random access memory, Y = yes, N = no