Ninox

Ninox

Create custom business apps for your team!

4.8/5 (113 reviews)

Ninox Overview

Ninox is a cloud-based platform for building custom database applications, with solutions for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and web browsers. The platform allows users to create custom apps using built-in templates, custom actions, scripting, and drag-and-drop formulas to connect multiple databases. Custom forms, fields, and triggers can be created, and calculations can be built using the visual formula editor.

Ninox can be used to create a range of different application types, covering event management, invoicing, accounting, inventory management, customer relationship management (CRM), task management and to-do lists, real estate administration, meeting management, and more. Teammates can be invited to collaborate, and users can control the permissions granted to each collaborator. Real-time sync between devices allows users to access and work on their apps from multiple devices. Bento files, CSV files, and contacts can be imported, and data can be exported in Excel and CSV formats. Multiple chart types are built-in to allow users to visualize data.

Pricing

Starting from
US$8,30/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, French, German and 4 others, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish

Ninox Reviews

Overall rating
4.8/5
98% positive reviews
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Mike C.

Stand-alone, Multi-User, iCloud, Cloud, Private / On prem .. offline sync... It has it ALL

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/08/07
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I am very satisfied with Ninox. I have built workflow style applications to manage SOWS / Contracts, Customer Relations, "Getting Things Done (GTD)" style Task Management (I believe the phrase is TradeMarked by David Allan), IT Product Standards Mangement with REST/API interface to Technopedia, Bakery Orders, and yes.. my "first" application was a Bingo Game with random number generator to simulate the "Bingo Ball" drops.

Pros

The platform is very easy to use. While never say never, I do not see using spreadsheets to maintain various pockets of information any longer. While I am a thirty (30) plus year IT professional, within minutes I was up and running.. and within hours to days, I built a rather complex application to manage my Statements of Work (SOWs) with links to company resources, rate card, et all. A quick "create view", and I had a kanban view of SOWs expiring in 30, 60, 90 days. The platform is very flexible and the REST/API is a huge plus for me.

Ninox Technical support is over the top. Free webinars, email support with response usually within 24 hours.. and a user forum with helpful and active participants (DISCLAIMER.. I am a participant)..

Having used other desktop relational database applications on both Windows and Mac OS.. Ninox was the platform I have been searching for!

Cons

Pretty much in order of discomfort..
1. As you can see from other reviews, the user documentation is lacking. At some points it is missing... and at other points it is just plain wrong. To mitigate this, the user forum is a great resource and several Ninox partners have published use case driven guides.

2. As a 30+ year IT professional, I had to adapt to the file based Ninox approach. While you do create "relations" between table objects, you have to rethink a bit of what you learned. Once you get the hang of it.. You are off to the races.

3. Even the local Mac App acts like "the web". Rows are committed on create.. then updated for each field update. This just takes some getting used to. On most of my applications, I add "buttons" to save/close the record so I can add data consistency logic (in global functions as must as possible). That logic is also repeated in "data verification" views so the user can scan for anomalies.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
James S.

Full featured and friendly

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/09/16
Review Source: Capterra

I was searching to replace my mobile -- but very much showing it's age -- HanDBase. I was also long time proponent of the Helix database on the Mac which was becoming less friendly and not easily mobile. I needed to put a structure in place for my new business. My requirements were: Mac friendly, multi-platform, and mobile. I found Ninox on v1 and worked through the learning curve. Today, Ninox v2.4 gives me a central point to coordinate the activities, common data of all my cloud based processes including: QuickBooks Online, G-Suites for Business, MailChimp, RingCentral, and Asana. I can hardly wait till v2.5 to see what else I can do to make my business easier.

Pros

Flexibility is a huge part of the Ninox platform. Ninox has the power of a multi-relation, multi-platform, mobile, scriptable database. And it can also be an easy no-scripting data gathering tool. As a small business owner, my needs develop on a daily basis. Ninox is my secret weapon to managing them in-house. When I need an ad-hoc tool to evaluate , template, and organize lists or piles of data... Ninox. When I want to take that ad-hoc tool and turn it into a multi-user process...Ninox.

Cons

Steep structural learning curve. My experience with database systems began with D-Base4 on DOS. All of my previous databases were predicated on the idea that the record is not created until it is "entered". A Ninox record is entered when it is created. Adding data to it is an update. Here me know and believe me later... there is massive power in this approach. I was also concerned that my users would have problems understanding this, none of them have ever noticed. In this age of instant entry and not-saving, they think it is normal.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Bill A.

I am quite satisfied with Ninox, with its ready-to-go interface, sync ability, and its web access.

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/05/03
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I simply like that the databases are essentially ready to use. As a longtime user of FileMaker Pro, I did tire of the too-simplistic interface of a new database (I avoided modifying templates--often more work) that required building up of numerous forms to get going (I still have a lot of raw looking FMP databases meaning ugly as I was not willing to put the time into making it look good. With Ninox, the standard database looks good, and the other forms also are all ready and easy to build, which I appreciate. The focus is on the data, as the bulk of interface work is complete.

Also, FMP has a cost for the web interface and syncing across devices, and Ninox makes it all so easy--this is greatly appreciated.

I have nearly completed an FMP to Ninox switch for my databases; the clincher for me was yet another FMP update requiring great cost, and my old version was no longer cleanly workable with the new OSX update (constant crashing and loss of data entry or import), and Ninox seemed as has been a more efficient use of my dollars for a database.

Cons

I wish there were constant or global fields allowed. As a college teacher, I import test results, and the first page is usually the answers, which I have to enter each result for the 25 questions and then "Update Multiple Records", and then "Assign Constant Value", but that is just a workaround fix, as the results are simply added to each record. If I have a student taking a late test (a regular occurrence), I have to then re-enter the answers and assign constant value again because it's not a global or constant field. If I am missing something, let me know.

Building calculations can be cumbersome with the many clicks across tabs to access the part you need; once I figure it out the pattern though I do switch to the text interface, and I'm glad that that's there.

Wishful thinking: I would love there to be a map interface (I use this for data from archaeological sites and location-specific data from interviews with indigenous elders and community members). Currently, I log UTM coordinates (Northing, Easting, Elevation) or Lat/Long, but I have to export those to see the distributions. A throw to a Google Maps screen or other interfaces would be quite neat and time-saving and useful for data analysis. I imagine others would like to see something similar for mapping locations using customer address fields or showing all customers throughout the country or something.

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Bastian V.

Best Database Software and very easy to learn

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/08/15
Review Source: Capterra

Ninox made it possible for me to integrate my 4 programs into one program.

Pros

With Ninox, anyone can build their database in a very short time. I quickly understood how Ninox works. Even the Ninox scripting language is very easy to learn. I think this is the biggest plus that anyone can learn Ninox. Another advantage is that it works on all platforms and I don't have to adjust the input masks for the Ipad. The community is very helpful and also the support of Ninox helps everyone quickly with his problems. I have never before experienced such excellent support with any other software.

Cons

The documentation could still be improved especially for beginners. There should be more example videos what can be realized with Ninox because often the new users are surprised what can be realized with Ninox.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Bastian L.

Ninox is an absolute boost for everyone with a small business and even more than a simple database.

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/01/11
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

It is an absolutely easy to use software for every kind of business, company, club or private use. With the powerful possibility given by the easy formula building blocks you can do almost everything with ninox. It rightly has customers like medical companies, industrial facilities, football clubs, photographers and a lot more. For my own business (wedding photographer) ninox do everything what I need. It saves all my customers, reminds me of important appointments, creates forms for all my correspondence, for my contracts, for the return of tax for the finance office, let me do my financial statement, gives me information about my year-end closing, scan barcodes, print labels, calculate the amount of customer orders, saves scans like model releases and bills and much more. Almost everything beneath the photography and image processing work is done with ninox.

With a really small amount of knowledge of "if then else" and general formula functionality you can find your own way to do whatever you like to. And if you get stuck, the ninox support is really fast, friendly and helpful. That makes ninox the perfect software for my whole small business.

Cons

I really needed a long time to find something about ninox that is worth to criticize. The start screen is not a beauty at all, but that's the smallest amount you work with. The most work to do is done in the single charts. So, what can I say what do I not like...phew...the printing layout is a little bit elaborately to copy to other printing forms. But ninox works already on this case.

Rating breakdown

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Ninox Pricing

Starting from
US$8,30/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Ninox Cloud is available for $8.33/user/month or $99.99/user/year.

Discounted plans are available for nonprofit and education organizations.

Ninox Features

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Tracking
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop Interface

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Application Integration
  • Auditing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Third Party Integration
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for Ninox

Key features of Ninox

  • Application templates
  • Custom fields
  • Custom forms
  • Data import/export
  • Data modeling
  • Data visualization
  • Drag-and-drop interface
  • Mobile development
  • No-code
  • Team collaboration
  • User access controls

Benefits

  • Users can invite their teammates to collaborate, and control each collaborator's access permissions.

  • Real-time sync allows users to collaborate and make changes to apps from any device.

  • Multiple template types are built-in, covering inventory management, event management, invoicing, accounting, meeting management, CRM, and more.

  • Users can access and edit databases without an internet connection.

  • Data can be visualized in a range of chart types and analyzed to provide insights into productivity.

  • Ninox FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Ninox.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Ninox offer?

    Ninox offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$8,30/month

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Ninox Cloud is available for $8.33/user/month or $99.99/user/year.

    Discounted plans are available for nonprofit and education organizations.

    Q. What are the main features of Ninox?

    Ninox offers the following features:

    • Application templates
    • Custom fields
    • Custom forms
    • Data import/export
    • Data modeling
    • Data visualization
    • Drag-and-drop interface
    • Mobile development
    • No-code
    • Team collaboration
    • User access controls

    Q. Who are the typical users of Ninox?

    Ninox has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Ninox support?

    Ninox supports the following languages:

    Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Ninox offer?

    Ninox has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does Ninox support mobile devices?

    Ninox supports the following devices:

    iPhone

    Q. What other apps does Ninox integrate with?

    Ninox integrates with the following applications:

    Cognito Forms, FastField, Zapier

    Q. What level of support does Ninox offer?

    Ninox offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials