I am looking for a way to manage inventory in the field. I want to use an ipad/iphone for taking inventory, and use a mac to generate reports.

This can be a single app or a pair of apps.

I can do some of what I want now using Google Spreadsheet and GAS (Google application script) However Google docs do NOT run scripts offline. I have no internet access where I'm taking inventory. (The nearest wifi is a thousand feet away.)

I can do this with Filemaker Pro. But that seems like bringing 16" guns to bear on a mouse sized problem. FM is uncheap.

I might be able to do it on Excel for iPad, but I'm incensed by Microsloths licensing policy for iOS apps, so I've not looked at this directly.

In a spreadsheet style application the functions I need:

  • take action on edit.
  • indirect lookups.
  • filter as a command
  • arrayformula

In a database style application I need the ability to edit in table view, do filtering, lookups, dropdown lists filled by filter commands.


  • What kind of scripting that you do with your inventory database?
    – adib
    Nov 9, 2016 at 0:27
  • To be useful in the field, I need chained lookups. E.g. the elements of lookup box B is dependent on the choice made from box A. Then the lookups in C are dependent on what was eventually chosen in B. This is easy to do in google sheets. Nov 11, 2016 at 1:05
  • Have you tried Tap Forms? I suppose it can do this with linked tables?
    – adib
    Nov 12, 2016 at 5:21
  • The beginning of your second sentence is garbled. Also, please use italics instead of ALL-CAPS. The markdown for italics is: Surround with an asterisk on each side. Mar 9, 2018 at 5:42

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Tap Forms 5 should fit your needs.

  • Lookup fields are supported.
  • Filters are present.
  • You can create custom forms.
  • Fields can be custom formulas.

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