Database program. Provue Panorama offer

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Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:53 pm Post

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post, but I recently got Panorama with a nice discount. The offer ends in a few days:

http://www.provue.com/offers/twenty81123/

Since there are a couple of mentions of Panorama in this forum, I went ahead and posted :)

It will take a while to learn how to use it, but so far I've created a database to backup my email and another one to store my contacts. I am unfamiliar with its advanced features and programming, but there are some tutorials and extensive manuals available.

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Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:20 pm Post

The introductory price of $99 is only available to new users.
For anyone seeking an upgrade, the cost is a whopping $299.
It's a good DB program, but I stopped using it because of the upgrade policy.
Or lack thereof. Provue offers no student or educator discounts, either.
I found that DevonThink Pro was far better at archiving e-mail.
And for my purposes, I do better with EndNote and Excel.

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Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:18 pm Post

Thanks for the comment. Let me start by saying that I'm not affiliated with Provue.
The $99 price seems to be available even for previous users. I just found this by going through VersionTracker, trying to find information regarding their upgrades:

http://www.provue.com/offers/vt8722/

From Provue's website, upgrading from the previous version is $90:
Panorama 2.x to 5.5 Upgrade (Mac) $249.95
Panorama 3.x to 5.5 Upgrade (Mac) $199.95
Panorama 4.0 to 5.5 Upgrade (Mac) $184.95
Panorama 5.0 to 5.5 Upgrade (Mac) $89.95

I do have Devon Think Pro Office, and my email database is 107 MB vs. 71 MB in Panorama. Both are smaller than FileMaker Pro which is 185 MB. My only other Panorama database is 44 KB for my contacts.
I won't replace DTPO or Excel with Panorama, but it seems like a nice addition. I think that a beta for DTP 2 will be available soon.

Regarding EndNote, IMO they do have an awful upgrade policy, even with academic pricing. I switched to Bookends a while ago and I'm happier :)

As a side note, a company that offers nice academic discounts is Araxis, for both Merge and Ketura. There are similar programs to Merge that are cheaper, but from what I've read Merge is pretty much the best of its class. :)

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Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:40 pm Post

Eddie,

I guess upgrades differ considerably for different customers.
I have not upgraded Panorama since version 4.0.
The version of 5.5 I downloaded says I get no discounts, and the charge is 199.95.
However, I just upgraded to EndNote X2 for a mere $3.
My university has a campus-wide license. The fee was for the disc.

I agree that Panorama is an excellent DB program.
I am testing the current beta of DPT 2, and it's great.
New interface, very fast, tagging, lots of good features.

I will go check out Araxis, thanks for the tip.

Droo

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Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:36 pm Post

Droo,
$3 sounds like a great upgrade fee! I think that the last version I had was version 7. No more EndNote for me, but that's a great upgrade fee indeed.

If you go to https://provue.com/Shop/Software/index.html
Select "Panorama," "Upgrade" and click search. It will show the upgrade options. IMO they're a bit expensive, particularly if you're using an older version such as 4.0.
As a new user I decided to give them a try. It was cheaper than upgrading FileMaker. :)
4D used to have a free academic version of their software, but I think they charge $99 now for it.

I hope you find Araxis' software useful. Their regular prices are expensive, but the software itself seems to be quite good.
Another interesting program that comes to mind is Consideo Modeler. They offer academic pricing, as well as a limited version free of charge.
There seem some Java issues for PPC users, but their support has been great and hopefully we'll be able to pinpoint the source of the problem.

http://www.consideo-modeler.de/english/

They don't have an online store (yet), and documentation/tutorials are sparse. But I find the concept fascinating. I used to do similar stuff in Excel, but this approach is more user friendly and comprehensive.
I hope you find this useful :)

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Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:46 pm Post

I'm building a database in Filemaker Pro 9, and what was written above made me consider looking over to the other fields of ProVue Panorama. I downloaded, and was shocked. No unicode support? Is that possible today on a mac? Or do I have some setting wrong?

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Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:30 pm Post

It is possibly using some Carbon based toolkit, or maybe if they choose to roll their own text fields instead of using Cocoa's. I cannot see any reason for why someone would go through all of the trouble of doing that in a DB app though. Developers of word processors and syntax aware text editing programs bother with that kind of stuff.
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Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:45 pm Post

Maybe that why it uses less space…
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Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:03 pm Post

Interesting point.
From their Web site, a post from January 27, 2007:

"Panorama doesn't handle Unicode text.

Jim Rea
President, ProVUE Development"

Apparently some older versions did have limited Unicode support. I'm not sure about the current status, though.

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Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:56 am Post

I am confused to see DevonThink Pro and an application like Panorama mentioned here in one context. As I have understood the website, Panorama is rather a real relational database (like MS Access, for example), which would be interesting for me because I really miss a good RDB on my Mac. DevonThink Pro on the other hand is rather for building up knowledge bases, a text-storage-and-retrievel system - you wouldn't do your accounting with it, would you?

Or have I misunderstood something wrong here :wink: ?

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Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:21 am Post

Hi

I think you are right. I've never used Panorama but I am a great user of DEVONthink Pro and I wouldn't do my accounts in DEVONthink Pro :) Actually I do my accounts in Numbers.

DEVONthink Pro is for storing files of many types and provides a superb system for finding them and creating relationships between them.

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Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:27 am Post

I just tried out Panorama and must say that I'm suprised that programs like this are still made. It looks like a program from the windows 3.1 time. Why didn't the company make it look like it's made in 2008 instead? I would never buy something like this. At the moment, I'm using filemaker and even that program has a very old fashion look, I believe it's better.

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Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:05 pm Post

Does anybody know how many days this ofer is still valid? Like AndreasE I am on the lookout for a relational database ever since I migrated to the Mac but would like to try the demo for a while before comitting.

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Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:09 pm Post

Prion wrote:Does anybody know how many days this ofer is still valid?


As I understood, one has to download the special demo before 20th of december.

But then? I don't know. I think I'll give it a try the weekend.

@patrick:
I know DTP, I own it myself. (Although I rarely use it because somehow, it stresses my computer to the limit. Everything slows down once DTP is up.)

The point is that DTP doesn't belong into the category Relational Database Systems; it's another type of tool. An RDB is something you use for large numbers of records of the same kind (customer adresses, article data, orders, logs, part lists etc.), you manage it by SQL-statements and the like. MS-Access is a prominent example in the windows world.

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Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:47 pm Post

AndreasE,
I think that there's some overlap between the programs. For example, I would NOT use Panorama to store my research documents. DTPO would be my choice. FoxTrot Professional Search also overlaps a bit with DTPO for this purpose, although FoxTrot is inaccurate and support is non-existent.
But for storing email, for example, Panorama, FileMaker, and DTPO are useful.

Since Numbers was mentioned, from what I've seen Panorama can also do some great stuff in terms of dealing with numerical data. My number one choice for that purpose is Excel (or SPSS), but one of the Panorama examples I recall dealt with financial data and some summaries with sub-totals and a grand total.

AndreasvanHaren,
I don't really mind how a program looks as long as it delivers in terms of performance. A nice, intelligent interface is definitely a plus, but for my needs looks are not the most important thing.
The Mac is filled with great looking applications, beautiful GUIs with questionable functionality. And many people love those programs. Some software that I've used for years could be considered ugly, but for the most part none of the pretty apps have been a replacement.

I do appreciate a great interface. I'm a big fan of minimalist interfaces such as WorkStrip, ApplicationWizard, PTH Pasteboard, You Control, LaunchBar, etc. All of these are backed by superb functionality.