Looking for a good business customer database program for the Mac

in Mac Software edited January 2014
I have a online retail business and am working on always expanding my customer database. I never really had an organized system on the PC but now that I'm switching to Mac I've decided it's time to get a good system.

With the PC I did do some simple stuff on Outlook and as well on Quickbooks 2006. With the Mac I plan to upgrade to Quickbooks 2007 for Mac. This does a few things for me and for my PIM I'm looking at either Entourage or using the Mail, iCal, Address Book programs. I have a feeling this will help me some but I'm looking into what other more advanced programs there are.

What I am looking for is something I can simply do a customer database in. Basically what I mean is keep track of customers, what type of products they order or are interested in, keeping track of customer mailing lists for newsletters, create customer mailing labels, etc. I know I could probably get something like Filemaker Pro but I want a simple out of the box solution, not something I have to do a lot of work to create.

Any suggestions for a good solution, hopefully for the Mac side but if not I can run it on the PC Side under Parallels. Thanks in advance for any help.


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    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,839member
    For the past several years I've built my own in Filemaker Pro, but I would pay real money if a small development house would bring a version of ACT over to the Mac
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    MarvinMarvin Posts: 15,276moderator
    You get a free database program with NeoOffice:


    It is like Microsoft Office but in one app. Download it here:

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    icfireballicfireball Posts: 2,594member
    I would look into some program that runs on a server. This will probably be the most powerful and most flexible.
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    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,839member
    Despite its recent makeover, Daylite is an incredibly complex program and I doubt that's what Mark is looking for.

    You can sit in front of ACT and immediately 'get' how to use the program. Daylite, not so much.

    It's insane that several of the Filemaker-based PIM/CRM solutions never made in across to the OS X versions. I continue to build a better one each year, but I lack the knowledge to implement things like Address Book integration and Groups.
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