Side Lane
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side lane reviewed on 16 Sep 2009
The best archive utility for the Mac bar none. Free and powerful. Great app.
[Version 2.0.3]

side lane commented on 17 Aug 2009
I really want to like this app. It looks great, it has a good feature set, and the early adopter price is right, which is why I bought a licence some months back. But it seems that for every beta release that comes along more problems turn up with it (this one seems to have broken the CSV import again).

For years I used Navicat, and for all it's flaws (the main one being it doesn't store passwords in the keychain), it worked and it was the best option around. CocoaMySQL was around then and wasn't too bad, but didn't have the feature set of Navicat, and then of course the development of it stopped.

So when Querious came along I was truly excited. It looks Mac-like, it does most of what I need to be able to do, and it was moving forward. So I've stuck with it up until now.

The thing is, it's beta software - I accept that - so it's going to be a bit lacking, but let's not forget it is not free beta software. I can live with limitations if I know that stuff is coming, but it doesn't seem to be quick in coming.

I have submitted bug reports numerous times, and to be fair occasionally I have had a reply - but not always.

The straw that broke the back for me was the last release with broke the ability to be able to add or edit rows in the content view (to be fair though this bug was fixed quickly). Without being able to add or edit rows to query results (still), and not wanting to type out INSERT or UPDATE statements, this was the only real way to manipulate the data, and with that out of the window I needed an alternative.

That's when I looked back up Sequel Pro which had spawned from CocoaMySQL. Well, I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. Not only does it look great now, but it really flies.

Most of my database work is on hosted databases, so while my cable modem is pretty fast, I do always accept that it's not going to be super-responsive. Or at least that's what I came to expect with Querious.

Sequel Pro just wipes the floor with Querious in terms of performance. No contest.

Not only that, I can type a SQL query, and edit the result set directly. Luxury. And the CSV import works like a dream too.

So while I'm going to be keeping an eye on Querious, I'll be using Sequel Pro going forward. It's faster, it's got more features, and of course, it's free.
[Version 1.0b8.2]


side lane reviewed on 25 Mar 2009
Like many posters on here, I too have tried pretty much all the alternatives to Billings and in my mind it is simply head and shoulders above the rest. It's easy to use, stable, attractive and mac-like, and produces good reports and invoices. I've been using it daily quite happily for well over a year from v2.x.x up to 3.0.4 now.

I'm not sure what issues people have with the reports or the invoicing. It is fair to say that the custom invoice designer isn't exactly as easy as it could be but after a couple of hours I have a complete set of custom templates which I now use with no problems.

There are a couple of features that would be nice, such as being able to invoice multiple projects on a single invoice, but that's not really a deal breaker.
[Version 3.0.4]


side lane reviewed on 26 Feb 2009
This is head and shoulders above other security apps out there. The kind of app it makes you glad you've got a Mac. I had a couple of issues, dropped the guys an email and they got straight back to be and resolved them.

For such a new app, this really shows big promise, and a bargain too.
[Version 2.0.1]

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