Bento for Mac

Bento for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 40 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.3
  • Total Downloads:
    25,000
  • Date Added:
    May 31, 2011
  • File Size:
    192.05MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    42
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

Editors' Review

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Bento is a database app from the makers of Filemaker offering plenty of great features, but its deliberate lack of focus may make it difficult for people to grasp its usefulness. Bento is loaded with templates to create databases of people, places, or things using nice-looking graphics. The interface takes some time to get used to, but with a little poking around (and once the major features become clear), the true power of Bento starts to materialize.

Bento can be used to catalog just about anything in any number of ways. Comic book collectors could use the program to catalog their collection, for example, complete with pictures, short summaries, and more, all in an aesthetically-pleasing interface. You might also use it to search for a new home, adding all the information, addresses, prices, and pictures of locations making it easy to compare houses against each other. Really any sort of collector or person trying to catalog similar items could find a use for this program. Bento comes with a large number of templates that cover many hobbies and business-related activities, and there are more user-made templates you can browse through at the Web site. Everything from showing more info about the players of your football team to cataloging your DVD collection are great examples of uses for Bento. But perhaps its amazing amount flexibility is its primary weakness because people can't immediately see what use they would have for the program.

Bento works seamlessly with Excel and Numbers making it possible to import information to fill out your templates. You also can import contacts and your personal calendar to display the information in unique ways. Plus, you can share Bento databases, allowing others to add information to your template, making it great for collaboration on a project.

Overall, we think Bento is a solid database program made easy by a largely WYSYWIG interface. The trouble with Bento is that it is not immediately clear why it is useful, making this great program a sleeper hit that remains under most people's radar.

 
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  • 1 stars

    "very buggy and lacks many features associated with DBs"

    August 12, 2013   |   By DReid

    Version: Bento 4.1.2

    Pros

    Very few pros. Appleworks DB was much better.

    Cons

    Filemaker are dumping Benito in September so no chance of any future improvments or updates.

    Summary

    Waste of money

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 4.0.3
    Bug fixes and compatibility updates.
    General
    Publisher FileMaker
    Publisher web site http://www.filemaker.com/
    Release Date May 31, 2011
    Date Added May 31, 2011
    Version 4.0.3
    Category
    Category Business Software
    Subcategory Database Management Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 192.05MB
    File Name Bento_4.1.2.29717.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 25,000
    Downloads Last Week 42
    Pricing
    License Model Update
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $49

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