First Look: Bento

First Look: Bento

Bento requires Mac OS 10.5 Leopard.


FileMaker today announced Bento, a personal database designed for the general consumer - those of us who shudder at the though of creating and using a database.


For those of you who associate databases with large corporations, Bento will change your mind. Bento handles your personal information and can even into the Apple Address Book and iCal for the data.


But Bento isn’t just an elaborate day planner. You can use it to track projects, inventory for a small business, keep a record of hours worked for clients, sort your DVD library, and more. If you have a lot of data you need to organize, Bento is a user-friendly solution.


Bento is due to be release in January 2008 for $49. The requirements are a Mac with at least a PowerPC G4 or an Intel processor, and you must have Leopard. FileMaker is offering a beta version of Bento that you can try.


Let’s take an introductory look at Bento. We’ll have a full, in-depth review in a future issue of Mac|Life and on in January 2008.


Next: A closer look at Bento




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Can Bento do mail merge with Pages or MS Word?


Arnold Jensen

I have several DBs I developed in AppleWorks. Will Bento inport them without too much hassel?



Personal organizer vs bento, I'd really like to see the differences. from what I see, PO Looks more intuitive. But, that's ONLY from what I see here, and that's showing Bento doing a nice job of tying the address book and ical together. I'm going to buy one, or maybe both.



Is this just for individuals or will you be able to share info with others in your office?



Please compare Bento to iList Data by Lakewood Studios. Does Bento do SQL?


James Rutter

If you've got to ask if Bento does SQL, surely you have missed the point of the products. The majority of its target market won't know or care about SQL.



If i have to make a database of my MP4 Videos database, can it arrange tham too.

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