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Bento 4 Single User

Platform : Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
3.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Choose from 35 built-in templates that are ready to use at work, home, school, and in your community or download more free templates that have been posted to the Bento Template Exchange.
  • Link to your existing Address Book and iCal information so there's no rekeying or duplicate data entry required.
  • Bring lists of information stored in Excel, Numbers, and other files into Bento using copy and paste or the easy import feature.
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Organize contacts, track projects, plan events and manage things - the fast, fun, and easy way!New! Bento 4 is the newest version of the most popular personal database for Mac. Bento makes it easy to do all this and more: Organize contacts and customerso Track projects and task listso Plan events and meetingso Manage things and much moreBento for Mac includes 35 built-in templates that are ready to use at work, home, school, and in your community. It also links directly to the Address Book and iCal information you already have on your Mac so you can see your names, numbers, appointments, meetings, to-do items, and more - all one screen. View your iPhoto albums from within Bento, and track virtually unlimited information about your multimedia files and photos. You can also bring your spreadsheet information into Bento with a few click to see your data in beautiful forms, get quick sorting, advanced searching - even add passwords, and print mailing labels. Share your information over a network or export your data to keep everyone informed and up to date. Plus, get instant access to details when you're away from your Mac with Bento for iPad or Bento for iPhone, both sold separately.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Item model number: H1858LL/A
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 16, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By R. Nadel on May 5, 2011
I am still disappointed in Bento. I've been hoping they would get it right for a couple years now. Bento is very easy to set up and go, but that is due to its stultifying simplicity. Filemaker, Bento's big brother, is comprehensive but complex. Why can't Bento make up the middle ground??

Bento is easy to use, has a few good features, but many serious, frustrating limitations. As far as I can tell, this version just adds some social networking (web sharing) capability and integration with iPads, and that's about it. It is otherwise very close to Bento 3 (and see my 2-star review of that).

Bento has some good features:
- it integrates well with the MAC environment (address book, calendar, iPhoto)
- it is *fairly* easy to import data from spreadsheets (only. and still very basic and limited)
- it is quick for setting up simple database forms that look nice (but simple)
- it lets you move data to your iPhone/iPad with their app (although this has room for improvement)
- it has some mathematical field capabilities, but very rudimentary
- they offer access to a lot of free templates to get you started and to give you ideas

Obviously, Bento focuses on ease of use and integration, as well as simple, attractive appearance. But Bento still lacks flexibility, analytical features, and interoperability with other data applications and formats.
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The people at FileMaker started with an excellent product in Bento: a database solution that allowed for powerful data and relationship tracking systems to be built by anyone. Imagine a solution that allowed database novices to create robust solutions for everything from wine lists, to photos, to highly integrated CRM (customer relationship management) solutions. Even experienced developers would often use Bento in a pinch because of the ability to create something that looked great and was functional in a fraction of the time that they would have spent trying to do it in Access, Filemaker Pro, or (heaven forbid) a system like MS SQL or MySQL. In fact, Bento allowed for the accomodation of Microsoft Exchange environments, through the integration of Contacts and iCal events / Tasks into Bento, which allowed Bento to occupy a unique niche, bridging the gap between two worlds.

Unfortunately, for some time, the people at FileMaker have been systematically destroying their own product through inattention and negligence. For example, any and all customer requests are met with a canned response of: "The suggestion has been submitted to engineering. We cannot comment on the status of the request." That would be OK if simple requests were being addressed. But even simple feature requests, such as the ability to create Rich Text fields, or even HTML, fields that allow for text formatting have been left languishing for years (3+ years in the case of the rich text field request). The lack of any reporting capabilities is another area of long-standing concern.

In addition, features which set Bento apart from the competition, such as integration with iCal, iPhoto, Contacts, and more are being methodically removed.
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Update on August 23, 2012 (when I gave it 1 star). I have come up with a solution to the problem with Bento/iCloud/Lion. When I am updating addresses (which sync with address book), I TURN OFF THE WIFI on my MacBook. This prevents Bento Address Book from trying to sync with iCloud (which is apparently where the problem is). When I am done updating addresses, I turn the wifi back on. Address Book then synchronizes with iCloud and iCloud synchronizes with my iPhone. It's actually quite painless and I like Bento again.

I started with Bento 2 and upgraded to Bento 4 whenever it came out (about a year ago?). I use it to manage our small non-profit with about 1200 names.
I would be perfectly happy with the Mac built in Mail and Address Book programs if there were 2 more features:
1) Could print out a customizable list of contacts that could be formatted decently.
2) Would allow customization of mailing labels. I need a place to put expiration dates. To put in expiration dates in Address Book, I entered them into the "company" field which is one of the two fields that Address Book allows you to toggle when making labels.
Since switching to Lion and moving from mobileme to iCloud, Bento has become excruciatingly (and unpredictably) slow. When going through the database to update files, what used to be a pleasant and quick experience has become so unpleasant that I put off the necessary work as long as possible to avoid the pain.
I filled out an online form with Filemaker which they never responded to. Interestingly, a few days later, I received a survey about my experience with their technical help. Needless to say, I gave them low marks.
There must be a way to manage a small non-profit easily-- I thought Bento would be the way. I guess I was dreaming.
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