With later versions of Mac OS X, Apple no longer included an application to work with ODBC files. ODBC Manager for Mac replaces this application and operates well, albeit with limited utility for all but advanced users.
The program is available as freeware with no restrictions or purchase necessary. Its small size facilitated quick download and installation, without the acceptance of any lengthy user agreement. ODBC Manager for Mac did not contain any instructions, which would have been a welcome addition since the interface would not be intuitive for the average user. An available updated version indicates that some technical support is available. After starting, the program contains the features expected of a replacement for Apple's own native program from prior OS versions. These include options for user and system DSN, tracing, drivers, and pooling. In each screen, experienced users will easily locate buttons for adding, removing, and configuring these options. Users may also use a dictation feature built into the program. While there are no additional features, the program performs its stated functions, which is what a user should expect from a freeware program.
Those users looking for a replacement for Apple's native program will find ODBC Manager for Mac functional, but less advanced users should look for other, simpler options.
ODBC Manager is a replacement for Apple's ODBC administrator utility, which is no longer included with Mac OS X (starting with Snow Leopard).
ODBC Manager also addresses some of the problems and annoyances of Apple's administrator, including the use of underscores in names and keywords.
ODBC Manager is freely distributable. Application and driver vendors are encouraged to include ODBC Manager in their distributions.