Database design, installation and maintenance are not "rocket science". Database tools and tool kits come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors. Here are a few from this vast array of choices, some of which I have used.
Treepad PIM / Database & Word Processor. I use Treepad for an email archive, MIS procedures, and Bookkeeping documentation. Treepad can be used for an unlimited number of applications.
MS Office Templates include a number of Microsoft Access templates. FREE, download from this link.
Caché 5.0.1, Personal Version is available FREE. Caché derives much of its power from its unique architecture. At the core, the Caché Database Engine provides a complete set of services. These include data storage, concurrency management, transactions, and process management needed to build complex database management systems. You can think of the Caché engine as a powerful database toolkit. Using this toolkit, Caché implements a complete object and relational database management system.
Entry Level Databases
HiBase 2000 v1.36. Even at $19.95,
HiBase 2000 is a multipurpose database management program, powerful and flexible, simple and
with an intuitive interface. This program lets you easy create databases and fast search
information from databases. The very simple interface is oriented to user of ANY skill level.
You may create databases on the fly (address books, phone lists, meeting notes, project planning,
home inventories, etc...). You can make unlimited number of databases with the custom structure.
Supports import from DBASE files, text files, export to DBASE, HTML (as form, as table,
multiple pages), DIF, Text files. You can send group personalized email messages (text/html).
Useful for anyone who needs to store, organize, and FAST search from databases.
Contains some templates, such as "Address-Phone book", "Favorite Internet links", "MP3 list",
"Video films". HiBase 2000 is a good choice for your database needs (home & office).
I have not used this one. A producut review mentions not being able to sort by column or browse by column.
dB Organizer Deluxe. For $65.00 US, dB Organizer Deluxe allows individuals, small businesses, and corporations to quickly organize and manage virtually any kind of information. This database management tool is intuitive and easy to use for the beginner, at the same moment feature-rich and powerful enough to satisfy the most advanced users. dB Organizer Deluxe brings together the powerful and flexible database inventory features that make it not only fun to use, but also increases productivity and reduces time spent organizing data.
IBM AS/400 Database, the "More Power" solution, IBM's iSeries Midrange Computer.
FileMaker Pro 8 is a Free Trial Version. In minutes, you can track and manage people, projects and information more efficiently than ever -- even if you've never used a database before. The registered version is available for $299.00 US.
Business Databases. From here you can download many free trial databases.
Updated: October 10, 2010