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FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box)

Reg. Price: $49.99
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Product Highlights
  • Organize and Share Personal Data
  • Works with Address Book & iCal
  • Can Save Geographic Location
  • Label and Form Printing
  • Can Integrate with iPhone or iPad
  • Free Bento Template Exchange
  • Mac OS X Compatible

Bento 4 Database Software from FileMaker is a personal database software solution, designed specifically for use with Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion. The software integrates with Address Book, Mail, and iCal, helping you to create databases to organize your busy life. It also works with iPhoto, allowing you to add robust information to images and link them to your contacts, projects, and events.

This version of Bento packs a variety of new features not found in Bento 3. In terms of entering data, Bento 4 can provide save the geographical location where new data was entered or old data was modified.* This feature is particularly great if you use Bento for field research, taking surveys, real estate sales, or anything else that involves entering info while traveling. Bento 4 allows you to print whatever kinds of labels that you create, such as inventory tags, name tags, mailing labels, and more. Plus, this version of Bento gives you more flexibility to tweak your printed labels or forms more carefully for the exact look that you want. For managing your calendar of events, you can search by date and you can create a time-sensitive list so you don't forget anything important.

In terms of templates, you can lock any forms that you create. You can also export any Bento template that you're using or have created as well as any data within it. You can also share the template and any data with other Bento users. If you are ever in need of template ideas, you can get on the Bento Template Exchange and download templates that other users have created -for free! Various other features have been improved as well -notably with Table View, Form View, and Simple Lists. Integration with Bento 4 is extended for iPhone and iPod touch owners; a companion application is available for download in the app store, allowing you to access and update your databases while on the go.

In addition to the new or improved features, Bento 4 still bears the carefully designed interface, matching the simplicity and elegance of the Japanese lunch box with which it shares its name. You'll be able to use it to share contact lists, project plans, event details, and other information with up to 5 Bento users on your local network, allowing you to keep colleagues, friends, and classmates up to date.

Note! * Obtaining locations automatically requires a wired or wireless connection to the Internet and Mac OS X 10.6 or later. You will need to buy and download the most recent iPhone or iPad apps for Bento to sync location data with Bento 4 for Mac.

New in Bento 4

Label Printing
You can now print mailing labels, inventory tags, name badges, and more - right from Bento 4 for Mac!

· Supports more than 250 Avery and Dymo labels, including Standard and A4 formats.
· Create your own custom labels formats for your unique needs.
· Specify which fields from Bento are included on the label.
· Include a picture that is stored with each record so it changes for each label based on what's stored in Bento.
· Add a static image that stays the same for all labels, such as your company logo.
· Add static text that stays the same for all labels, such as your event name.
· Specify font style, font size, color, and alignment.
· Save custom labels with each library to reprint previously designed labels instantly.
· Share your custom labels by exporting your library template. When others import your template, they will get the labels that are saved with it.
· Specify what label on which to start for printing on partially used label sheets.
· See a preview of your labels on-screen before sending to your printer.
Form Printing Options
Get more control over your output with new printing options that make invoices, sales orders, and other forms look much more attractive.

· Set page margins when printing forms.
· Print forms without field borders.
· Print forms without field labels.
· Use new printer-friendly themes that look great on-screen and on paper.
Export Templates with Data
Now you can export your actual data along with your Bento templates to share pre-populated databases with other Bento users.

· Export any individual library or group of libraries as a template, and choose to include the data contained in the library as well.
· Send the file to another Bento user via email or other electronic method.
· The recipient simply double-clicks on the file to import the template and the data including forms, fields, label designs, text, files, pictures, videos, and more. 1
Grab and Store Location Data
Track the location where information was entered or modified with the new location field type. This feature is incredibly useful for field researchers, survey takers, real estate agents, and mobile salespeople.

· Choose to have location data filled in manually or auto-populated.
· Includes your latitude and longitude.
· Map locations in Safari with a single click.
· Great for capturing location data with Bento for iPhone or Bento for iPad and syncing back to Bento for Mac. 2
Easy Date Searching
Use the date searching options to create Smart Collections for time-sensitive information automatically. Now you can track and prioritize your projects, schedule and to-do list more efficiently than ever!

Search options include choices for:

· Is Today
· Is Not Today
· Before Today
· After Today

Display new Smart Collections under your iCal Tasks library for items that are:

· Due Today
· Upcoming
· Overdue
Post Templates Directly to the Bento Template Exchange
The Bento Template Exchange is the world's largest collection of Bento Templates. There are more than 700 free templates that you can browse, download and use. And now you can share your favorite templates with the world - faster and easier than ever before.

· Upload your favorite templates to the Bento Template Exchange directly from within Bento with a few simple clicks.
· And because uploading templates is so much easier with Bento 4, be sure to visit the Bento Template Exchange to see all the new templates posted by Bento users from around the world.
Locking Forms
Now you can lock forms once your design is complete to prevent unwanted changes.

· Click the lock in the bottom right hand of corner of the form toolbar to prevent unwanted changes.
· Click it again to unlock the form.

Improved in Bento 4

Improved Spreadsheet-Like Simple Lists
Simple Lists are a great way to add free-form text lists to any record. Now Simple Lists have more spreadsheet-like features, including calculations and a summary row - so it's like having a "mini-spreadsheet" on your form.

· Assign field types to data stored in Simple Lists, including time, date, duration, currency, text, number, rating, and more.
· Add calculations to add, subtract, multiply, and divide columns.
· Turn on the Summary Row to automatically display sums, counts, average, minimum and maximum values.
· This new feature is perfect for calculating how much was spent on an event, how many people are attending, and getting quick stats for any type of data stored in simple lists.
Even Faster and Easier than Ever
Numerous enhancements to Table view, Form view, and performance help you get things done faster and minimize tedious tasks.

· Double-click a row number in Table view to go directly to the Form view for that record.
· Improved form flow makes it easier to place new fields to the right of other fields.
· Start working with new libraries immediately now that Bento adds the first record automatically - eliminating the extra step of adding the first record yourself.
· Drag a picture or file onto a blank area of a form to create a Media field or File list automatically - eliminating the extra step of creating the new field first.
· When a new field is created, it's automatically added to your form - eliminating the extra step of having to drag it onto the form.
· Performance has been improved when launching Bento, importing data, and deleting libraries. Results will vary depending on file size, number of fields, and field contents.
Updates to Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad
Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad have been updated to support Bento 4 for Mac.

· Free updates are available for download from the App Store or by tapping the Update button on your iPhone or iPad.
Languages English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish
Minimum System Requirements Supports Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
A Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 867MHz or faster processor
512MB of RAM; 1GB recommended
A CD drive is required for installation of boxed product software
FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box)
  • CD
  • Installation Booklet
  • Customer Support Information
  • License Key for Installation
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    FileMakerBento 4 Database Software (Retail Box)
     
    3.9

    (based on 37 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    79%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (24)
    • Easy to navigate (20)
    • Great value (18)
    • Fast (12)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

    • Difficult to navigate (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home use (23)
    • Business (10)
    • Multimedia (8)
    • Educational purposes (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (22), Budget shopper (10)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (26), Business (7)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (33)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A good software

    It has all that I needed to make databases for my stuff, css, videos, studio gear, music performance gear, and stuff for the stage. It help to organize the things to take...Read complete review

    It has all that I needed to make databases for my stuff, css, videos, studio gear, music performance gear, and stuff for the stage. It help to organize the things to take to stage with my band Madame Ro. I could download a lot of templates in the site ready to use. It helped me a lot.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    CD was not working

    When installing, I found that the CD was not working. Instead of changing it at store, I tried downloading a full trial version and tried my License Key. It's working so...Read complete review

    When installing, I found that the CD was not working. Instead of changing it at store, I tried downloading a full trial version and tried my License Key. It's working so far.

    I wasn't intended to buy this software, but B&H offered me two software options (Bento or Parallels) for free when I bought a Mac computer... so I chose Bento 4.

    I didn't knew about Bento, and so far, I think I can still live without it... It basically gives nice looking templates to organize your life, but I prefer my usual spreadsheet.

    I think it would be nice to organize the daily life of small business, like inventory and new projects, specially to impress others.

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    5.0

    great devices

    By mso

    from Rio de Janeiro, RJ

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Great Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business
      • Home Use

      Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

      faster laptop that I've already had!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      3.0

      Simple integration software

      By Ben the beagle

      from Sunnyvale, CA

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Navigate
      • Fast
      • Great Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Educational Purposes
        • Home Use

        Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

        This is a fairly straightforward software integrating a few day to day tasks like address book, calendar, iPhoto, simple database form, etc. It is probably useful for beginner but not powerful enough for complex user. Definitely a great deal as it is with a Macbook Pro order but best to save the money use MySQL instead.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Lots of uses...

        By well1008

        from Union City, CA

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Navigate

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Use
          • Multimedia

          Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

          very good software.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Simple to use, but powerful results

          By Desert West

          from Phoenix AZ

          About Me Value Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Navigate
          • Great Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business

            Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

            Inexpensive database program with some of the look and feel of FileMaker Pro. Easy to learn and set up. Ideal for setting up a basic customer database with standard forms.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Easy Database App

            By Cesar

            from Cabo Rojo, PR

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                  Easy Database App

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  Keeping your life in order

                  By Mugsy1

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Great Value

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Navigate

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Use
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                  Just started using Bento 4 and so far no complaints

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  I use it all the time

                  By mac

                  from Morrisville

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Use

                    Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                    Bento is an excellent, flexible organizational app that can get your life in order

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    3.0

                    Pretty Simple Database

                    By julesAI

                    from Kentucky

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Navigate
                    • Great Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Use

                      Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                      Easy to use, not very sophisticated.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AWESOME

                      By TGALL

                      from NJ

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                      AWESOME

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this product again and again

                      By Eric Chung

                      from City of Industry

                      About Me Value Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                            This software is great to manage your person project and event!!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            1.0

                            This is a toy.

                            By Carl

                            from Wichita, KS

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                                  I chose this application only because I may sometime want to have some database files on my iPad that can be synced with a mac. So far, it's not too impressive. FileMaker Pro is the way to go as far as I am concerned.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  4.0

                                  so far so good?

                                  By vic east bay

                                  from bay area

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Fast
                                  • Great Value

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Business
                                    • Home Use

                                    Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                                    I have tried some simple things with this software but have not had it long enough to know if it is much different from other softwares or if it will be user friendly. But the idea seems fine and it has a pleasant look about it.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Bento 4

                                    By Jim the Volksmarcher

                                    from Ramstein, Germany

                                    About Me Value Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Easy To Navigate
                                    • Fast
                                    • Great Value
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Use

                                      Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                                      Use the product for a home database

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Useful database

                                      By shineon777

                                      from Charlottesville, VA

                                      About Me Quality Oriented

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Navigate
                                      • Great Value

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Business
                                        • Home Use

                                        Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                                        I didn't even know I needed this. But I'm glad I found out about it. Bento has been useful in organizing all my contacts and helping me get organized for the new year. I want to start a craft business and having a database product that works on my new iMac will be very useful. I'm familiar with FileMaker Pro, but had never used Bento until now. It's based on the same structure, so it's been easy to learn. Thanks to B&H for offering this "perk" when I got my new iMac.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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                                        3.0

                                        Not a must have software

                                        By Ron Sinha

                                        from Dallas, TX

                                        About Me Value Oriented

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Business
                                          • Home Use

                                          Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                                          Primarily went for this software as it was offered for free with mac purchase.

                                          The software will help you organizing a good database. So it basically comes down to how organized are you to get out most of this software.

                                          There are many other ways to organize but this helps via a database.

                                          You can do without this software and not miss much.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • Mac

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                                          4.0

                                          Great desktop

                                          By NA

                                          from Ct

                                          About Me Quality Oriented

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Easy To Navigate

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Educational Purposes
                                            • Home Use

                                            Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                                            Great!

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal
                                            • Computer Platform:
                                            • Mac

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                                            1.0

                                            I don't get it

                                            By @peterbucknell

                                            from NY

                                            About Me Quality Oriented

                                            Verified Buyer

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                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                                                  It seems to be more work to use this program than it is to do things the normal way.
                                                  I played with the program for a few hours and then gave it up as a waste of time.

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Business
                                                  • Computer Platform:
                                                  • Mac

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Great for cataloging and organization

                                                  By Scott

                                                  from Indianapolis, IN

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                                                        As a "database" application, Bento is pretty simplistic. There's not much you can do with it that you couldn't do in a simple spreadsheet. But it's easy to use and it has a pleasant interface, and is a good option (especially when combined with the iOS apps) for cataloging and organizing your home library, music collection, or serial numbers. It's a nice add-on to your Mac purchase.

                                                        • Computer Platform:
                                                        • Mac

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                                                        3.0

                                                        Change Text size?

                                                        By Gene

                                                        from Madison NE

                                                        About Me Value Oriented

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Install
                                                        • Easy To Navigate
                                                        • Fast
                                                        • Great Value

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Text Size Change

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Home Use

                                                        Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                                                        Very usable product and relatively easy to use. However I have been unable to change the text size in a database

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Personal
                                                        • Computer Platform:
                                                        • Mac

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                                                        2.0

                                                        CD was not working

                                                        By Fabricio Renno

                                                        from Minas Gerais - Brazil

                                                        About Me Quality Oriented

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Nice Visual

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Difficult To Navigate

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Business

                                                        Comments about FileMaker Bento 4 Database Software (Retail Box):

                                                        When installing, I found that the CD was not working. Instead of changing it at store, I tried downloading a full trial version and tried my License Key. It's working so far.

                                                        I wasn't intended to buy this software, but B&H offered me two software options (Bento or Parallels) for free when I bought a Mac computer... so I chose Bento 4.

                                                        I didn't knew about Bento, and so far, I think I can still live without it... It basically gives nice looking templates to organize your life, but I prefer my usual spreadsheet.

                                                        I think it would be nice to organize the daily life of small business, like inventory and new projects, specially to impress others.

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Personal
                                                        • Computer Platform:
                                                        • Mac

                                                        Share this review

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