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I’ve been researching various database apps to help me organize my music program (music teacher). The main contenders are Filemaker, 4D and Panorama. I’ve used Filemaker for years but have felt limited. 4D is over my head at this point. Intuitively, Panorama seems like a good balance between usability and power, but I’ve never had a chance to actually use it. Mr. Patrick in sales suggested I apply for the early access program, which would require a $100 commitment up front. Though I think it is a little unfair to ask someone to plop down $100 without getting a “test drive,” I’m actually still (mostly) excited to do just that based on what I’ve been able to learn about Panorama X in this forum and other online sources.
My concern however, is that I’m getting a database program to get real work done in a busy work life. While I’m certainly willing to work through bugs and communicate about those issues, I just don’t have time in my work day to suffer numerous crashes and freezes. As they say in show business, “The show must go on!”
So, can someone speak to the currently reliability/robustness of Panorama X. For creating new databases (I realize there are some issues with importing Pan6 files.), is Panorama X development at a point where the program may be relied on to get “real work” done. (A subjective statement, I know.) If I think I can trust Panorama X to be fairly stable, say for example no more than a crash or two per day resulting in a quick restart and relatively little loss of data, then I’m all for “plopping” down $100 and seeing where it takes us.