All the Access you want on a Mac


A recent project required accessing MDB files from Access. I found this useful utility in the Mac App Store.

Bare Bones Microsoft Access Table Viewer app

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MDB Viewer available on the Mac Store is really just a bare bones table viewer for Microsoft Access MDB files. It sells for $6 and for the right situation it is well worth the cost.

Export to SQL or CSV

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Aside from Viewing and Sorting (click on the column headers to sort) tables, MDB Viewer allows Export to SQL or CSV files.

Wish List

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Two things I would love to see added to MDB Viewer.

  • A record count on the table view. This gives a better idea of the size of the data set.
  • A schema document to see how the data tables relate to each other. This would have obvious benefits when rebuilting the Access file in FileMaker.

Adding a schema viewer would substantially increase the value of this app, but even what it does is worthwhile and at $6 it is a bargain.

For full fledged database conversion from Access to FileMaker, FM Migrator seems to be the only game in town, but sells for much more. I have yet to test this product, which is built in RunRev’s LiveCode.

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