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Et Tu, Bento?

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Bento is gone, so what can you do with all that Bento data you’ve collected? Turns out, not too much. Check out my comparison of some Bento alternatives and recommended options for where to move your Bento data.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 26th, 2013 at 7:41 am

Bento 4 for iPad Review

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Yesterday Filemaker, Inc. released Bento 4 for iPad, today I offer you a review of what I think is an excellent personal database app for your iPad. While I’m still disappointed that there is no way to print your data or forms directly from within the app, I am very impressed with Bento 4′s new design tools.

Check out my review at Macworld.com using the link below.

Bento 4 for iPad Review

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 20th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Bento 3 Review Now Online @ Macworld

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Bento 3

Bento 3

My Bento 3 Review is now online @ Macworld.com.

Bento 3 is a great little personal database application that makes it easy for anyone to create relational databases without even having to know what a relational database is. (A relational database links two different but related databases together. ie. a database of soccer players can be linked with a database of coaches.)

Version 3 of Bento adds iPhoto integration, database sharing for up to 5 users, 10 new templates, and several more small enhancements.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

September 29th, 2009 at 10:14 am

Bento 2 How-To Article Now Live At Macworld.com

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My Bento How-to, Getting Started With Bento, which appeared in the November issue of Macworld magazine, is now online at Macworld.com. The piece has been updated to reflect the changes made to Bento when Filemaker Inc. released Bento 2 about a month ago.

In this article, customer and merchandise data stored in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet was moved into a Bento database. To limit redundant data entry, you created two separate Bento libraries, one for the customers and another for the merchandise that these customers purchased, and then manually linked the two databases together. I’ve since found a trick that makes it possible to import and re-link related data into Bento without having to do it manually like you did in the Macworld how-to. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 8th, 2008 at 8:24 pm