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on October 31, 2008
Finally a book about the wonderful Bento database. My only complaint is that the text refers to illustrations that are too faint to read. I would certainly not mind paying a few dollars more for color illustrations or more clarity in the black and white print.
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on June 17, 2009
The font on this book is much too small to read and the book tries to cover both Bento 1.0 and 2,0 to cover users of both versions but makes it very diifficult to understand at times. Recommend major rewrite.
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on May 10, 2009
I purchased this book for the very positive reviews it has regarding its usefulness in learning to use Bento, especially because some reviews extolled the book's coverage regarding many-to-many (M-T-M) relationships in Bento (Chapter 11). While I wasn't disappointed with its explanation and samples, it does not directly address the many-to-many relationships capability of the program except in the form of an example that happens to employ the feature. While all relational databases are capable of creating complex M-T-M relationships, I have yet to find one that simplifies creating M-T-M relationships as Bento does. (It would be nice if M-T-M relationships could be created as easily with FileMaker.) The problem is that the book does not explain this process very well; it just provides an example that happens to create an M-T-M relationship. I think a future edition of this book could treat M-T-M more directly and could better explain this powerful capability of Bento.
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on June 2, 2010
This is a good intro book to Bento.
It's only good (and not great) because it's not significantly different from the documentation on the Apple site.
I can only reason that Bento is not a really complex application and there is only so much to say.
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on December 12, 2008
Bento is such a wonderful database program for the Apple Mac.

This book will assist you in utilizing it even better.

NOTE TO AUTHOR: The screenshots are a bit small to see sometimes. Please make them larger, in color, and more readable in the next edition.

Recommended to Bento users.
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on June 23, 2009
Although you do not need this book to operate Bento because the program is highly intuitive, it is great to have it in order to improve your performance and in discovering hidden features that can help you a lot.
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on July 30, 2010
Bento 3 for Mac is a personal relational database, but several users can log into there own account. The success of software like Bento, multi-user FileMaker or Oasis is the ease with which the developer can assimilate the product and make it work for him. The author did his best to be clear with partial success. The book starts off on a detailed general description of each of the following chapters. The window screen-dumps have letters that are too small. It takes too long to write how to customize the interface and link related displays (records). So you cannot do without hands-on experience and eventually (too late) you find out it was simple after all, but by that time you have absorbed many other features that perhaps were less relevant for you. The winning product is not the most powerful one, but the one that is easiest to study and implement. In case of doubt you are forced to try out your development in two or three products, which triples development time.
D. Vos
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on March 3, 2014
This software takes the place of Appleworks Data Base - but in my opinion will never replace it. After using Appleworks - there are so many options not available in Bento. - It work well making labels - but I still wish for the old way
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on November 28, 2014
very good book
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on October 12, 2009
Excellent database program, especially the way it integrates with the Macintosh operating system and core programs.
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