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macaron1 reviewed on 11 Aug 2008
Have been using Navicat for over two years. As far as I'm concerned, it's the best MySQL editor on the Mac.

If you do heavy editing, you'll appreciate its versatility compared to web-based solutions. Download and check out the 30-day trial. Or grab the free version off their website if you are going to use it non-commercially.

Some minor quibs:

SSH tunneling is buggy. It regularly crashes whenever I use SSH tunneling on the road.

Related to the above: You lose all your unsaved queries when it crashes. Very frustrating if you have several or more query tabs open!

The GUI for editing triggers and stored procedures is non-intuitive. I frequently find myself typing up the SQL in a text editor like TextMate and pasting it into Navicat.

When in table design, you can't duplicate rows. Also, there is something unintuitive about the whole process because I find myself having to resort to the mouse when adding stuff: Tabbing will not get you to all editable fields.

The Mac version, for some reason, trails one point behind the Windows/Linux version. Not sure what you lose, but probably implies they devote less resources to the Mac side of their business.

The query tool does process multiple SQL commands but will return results for only the last. Also, older results will disappear as soon as you edit the SQL or want to type in something new. So, whenever I need to compare results of two or more queries, I find myself opening multiple tabs and going back and forth between them. Would be nice if I could see the results on the same window somehow.
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