I was a serious Bento user. After the announcement that Bento was being discontinued, I panicked, then started looking for a replacement. But try as I might nothing came close to the ease of use or the features of bento. I tried HanDBase, iDatabase, and Filemaker Pro. HanDBase, was pretty good but difficult to set up and use, and the user manual was worthless. iDatabase was not fully functional from a reporting or searching standpoint, and difficult to use, not intuitive at all. And Filemaker Pro, while very capable of doing anything and everything, was very expensive and way to difficult to learn, ( Imean a serious learning curve).
Enter Tap Forms… in the beginning I had my issues with it as well, there were some things it wouldn’t do, and it was very different than Bento in ease of use, but the one thing that sold me on Tap Forms is the developer. He’s always available, I mean this guy doesn’t sleep, he’s always been available whenever I have a question, and he has continued to develop the product to the point that it is outstanding. Several times I’ve requested a feature and he comes back with I’m working on that or that is scheduled for a future update. Tap forms works for me, and it sync’s with my iPhone and iPad in the cloud, all you have to do is hit sync and your other devices are immediately updated, (well almost immediately, really fast). There are a few things that were easier to do with Bento, but with the current development of Tap Forms, I’m confident that in a very short time, Tap Forms will be far superior to Bento, and the support is unmatched. It really is the only choice if you’re looking for a portable database that you can work with on your mobile device away from the office and return and sync every thing up to your desktop.
Update 10/2/2015: This morning was another example of outstanding customer support. I upgrade to OS X 10.11 El Capitan over night and when I came in this morning Tap Forms wouldn’t work, I sent an email to the developer and in less than 5 minutes, I had my answer, and it was working just like that, put a check in a box. Thank you Tap Forms, you just keep getting better, and your customer service remains awesome. Sure beats trying to get a hold of somebody from Filemaker.