Kase: Simple. Flexible. Relational.
Kase is your personal data manager. It is simple, flexible, and it is relational. From a list of collectibles, to an expert system, or a knowledge base, you can build them with Kase.
Kase's Side Menu.
Using Kase should be easy and intuitive. Designing a database with Kase should just be the same once you understand the relational-linking principle.
Kase should allow you to design any database to track anything important to you. The UI should just be a window into your data, and it should look the way you want it to.
Not just a flat file, Kase should support relational linking, so you don't need to repeat or duplicate data. Interlinked data is an order of magnitude more useful.
Additionally, Kase should be:
Your data is yours. Kase should respect privacy, and you should never need to worry who can peek into your data.
Your data should always be ready for you. High-speed wireless network should not be a prerequisite for accessing your own data.
First, some basic concepts in Kase:
- Your Kase contains Boxes.
- Each Box stores Decks that can be related to each other.
- A Deck collects similarly structured Cards.
- And a Card is where you put data Entries.
Terminology can be changed from "Deck of Cards" to "Collection of Items", or "Table of Records".
See Settings: Terminology.
A typical Deck of Cards window showing a list of Movie cards.
Before you explore further, knowing these common controls will be helpful:
- If unsure, tap-and-hold on a button to see its context menu.
e.g. The Picker button's context menu.
- Pull down on the content to refresh.
e.g. Pulling down on the Deck of Cards content shows the refresh control.
Kase is insipired by...
- AppleWorks Database (for Apple II)
- ease of use, simplicity
- Superbase (for Amiga)
- GUI-based VCR-like browse controls
- ThinkDB (later as SmartList) (for PalmOS)
- mobile-sized, quick selections, and flexibility
but not so much by...
Bento(for Mac and iOS)
- no real relationships
- not user friendly, expensive
Microsoft Access(for Windows)
- too many to list...
The year was 2014. It had been 7 years since the iPhone's debut. iOS 8 had just be announced. Yet we didn't have a decent personal database app. I got tired of waiting and started creating Kase. (At the time, it was called Dave.)