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iPhone App Review: Tap Forms Database

iPhone App Review: Tap Forms Database

November 27th, 2009 by

Tap Forms:

Tap Forms is a multi-form storage app. This app allows you to store all of your information in one place allowing for easy access to every document you can think of all at once. The forms, in this app, range from homework assignments to business contacts and even to bank account information. This is the Wal-Mart of form applications.

Tap Forms Pros:

Before I reviewed this app I literally wrote down all of the forms and documents that I could think of in my home file cabinet. I also wrote down information that I would hope to find in my car and wallet. Tap Forms had a form for all of my “paper” forms. This app truly covers all the bases. Tap Forms even has the ability to create a new form that you can choose the type of form and add fields for account information. This app is done very well and I added several forms without issue. Tap Forms is a useful information tool for your device.

Tap Forms Cons:

This app is very highly priced on iTunes. I’m not sure that, with all of its uses, it is worth the price paid. Although the app boasts a high level of security with passcodes and encryption capabilities, I have a hard time wrapping my mind around having ALL of my secure information in one place. This is my honest opinion. I may just be paranoid, in which case, feel free to use at your own risk.

I loved this app’s concept and even its functionality but I have to say that I would not use it because of my security concerns. It truly is designed well and is fully thought out, but if you loose your device and have to cancel credit cards, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Pros-

– All the forms that you can think of and some you can’t in one place
– Bug free functionality
– Potentially very useful for iPhone dependent users

Cons-

– All forms in one place poses security concerns.
– High Price
I give Tap Forms a 6/10 because this is a great app that scares me to use.

Zach

  • http://rekzkarz.com rekz

    I got this as a $2 special. I think it will be $8 again soon, if not already.

    Sorry, TapForms is a *database*, people — you can build the database & populate it with data.

    Not sure why people are thinking this is a security location to keep sensitive information. I mean, it does that as well, and rather well, but that's not all it does.

    Love this app!
    rekzkarz.com

    • http://www.tapforms.com Brendan Duddridge

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Rekz!

      Yes, Tap Forms is a database app for sure. There are many things it can do that 1Password cannot do. It has two levels of security also. One 4 digit passcode to unlock the application. Another 32 character password to decrypt a form's records. 1Password is an awesome program and I use it heavily on my Mac for all my website passwords.

      But Tap Forms is definitely more than that. In fact, I've just added a relationship field type that enables you to link one form to another. I keep adding new stuff all the time based on customer feedback. I of course pick and choose the features to implement though. I don't want feature bloat. But it's evolving into a pretty powerful mobile database.

      It's also completely customizable to fit your needs. You're not stuck using the built-in categories. Don't like the existing ones? Rename them, delete them, add to them, etc. The same goes for the built-in forms. Add, remove, reorganize, change them, etc. It can even be used as a mobile disk device just like Air Sharing since it has a built-in FTP and WebDAV server. There's a web interface as well for uploading and downloading files to it. You can attach files, photos, audio recordings, map locations to records, and a bunch of other things.

      Take a look at my website and you'll see all the features that it has.

      Thanks!

      Brendan Duddridge
      Tap Forms Developer
      http://www.tapforms.com

    • http://www.tapforms.com Brendan Duddridge

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Rekz!

      Yes, Tap Forms is a database app for sure. There are many things it can do that 1Password cannot do. It has two levels of security also. One 4 digit passcode to unlock the application. Another 32 character password to decrypt a form's records. 1Password is an awesome program and I use it heavily on my Mac for all my website passwords.

      But Tap Forms is definitely more than that. In fact, I've just added a relationship field type that enables you to link one form to another. I keep adding new stuff all the time based on customer feedback. I of course pick and choose the features to implement though. I don't want feature bloat. But it's evolving into a pretty powerful mobile database.

      It's also completely customizable to fit your needs. You're not stuck using the built-in categories. Don't like the existing ones? Rename them, delete them, add to them, etc. The same goes for the built-in forms. Add, remove, reorganize, change them, etc. It can even be used as a mobile disk device just like Air Sharing since it has a built-in FTP and WebDAV server. There's a web interface as well for uploading and downloading files to it. You can attach files, photos, audio recordings, map locations to records, and a bunch of other things.

      Take a look at my website and you'll see all the features that it has.

      Thanks!

      Brendan Duddridge
      Tap Forms Developer
      http://www.tapforms.com

  • http://www.filecabinetkey.net file_cabinet

    That's the great article! I just pass 'n read it, two thumbs up! 😉

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jjmancini jjmancini

    What can this product offer me that 1password does not already offer?
    http://freshapps.wpengine.com/1password/

    • Zach

      I have not used 1passord but I have taken a look at the site to see what a main difference is and it seems that 1password offers a more secure product that can also save "wallet" items such as license info or account numbers.

  • http://www.tapforms.com Brendan Duddridge

    P.S. Thanks so much for the review and this discussion forum around it. It's great to get the feedback as I'm always trying to improve Tap Forms to the best of my ability.

    Brendan
    Tap Forms author.
    http://www.tapforms.com

  • http://www.tapforms.com Brendan Duddridge

    Tap Forms is highly customizable. You can categorize your forms however you like. I just include Personal, Business, and Miscellaneous as a starting point for users. But you can remove those, add to them, or rename them to whatever suits your needs. So Tap Forms is not limited to specific categories.

    Also, Tap Forms has both a 4 digit passcode and a 32 character encryption key that you can configure to keep your most sensitive information secret. The great thing about Tap Forms is you can use it for whatever you want. If you're not comfortable storing highly sensitive information in it, you can certainly use it for other things. I have customers storing their movie, music, and book libraries in it. Others use it to log their daily activities whatever profession they're in, from lawyers to doctors to stay-at-home moms.

    Besides, if you think about it, Tap Forms is way more secure than all the personal information you keep stored in your regular wallet. If you were to lose your wallet and someone finds it, there's no password protection for that. So in that respect, it's way safer to store all that information in Tap Forms than it is to have it lying around in your wallet.

    Brendan
    Tap Forms author.
    http://www.tapforms.com

  • guest

    I use the free RoboForm application for this type of thing. I trust that company to keep my data securely since they've been in this business for many years (and I really like their Windows app). It will let me keep any sort of private data on my iPhone and the web, safely encrypted (requires 2 passwords to unlock your data on the iPod Touch/iPhone). It's not limited to specific categories, as this application is.

    (no, I'm not shilling for the company. Just a satisfied customer)

    • Zach

      That's awesome that you found RoboForm to handle your info. Is there a guarantee of safety that RoboForm promises? The reason that I ask is because I like the TapForms and RoboForms idea but I just need a little more convincing. Possibly developers for TapForms can learn a thing or two from these conversations and improve the warm and fuzzy feelings for its customers. Thanks for your comments.
      Zach

    • http://www.tapforms.com Brendan Duddridge

      Hmm.. my comments seem to have disappeared from here.

      I was saying before that you can categorize your forms no problem in Tap Forms. You can create new categories, rename the default categories, or delete them.

      Thanks,

      Brendan Duddridge
      Tap Forms Author
      http://www.tapforms.com

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