FileMaker Launches Bento 4 for iPad

Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by Maura, Jun 19, 2012.

By Maura on Jun 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM
  1. Maura

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    FileMaker has today released Bento 4 for iPad to the App Store, the newest version of its popular personal database app that lets you create your own personal productivity apps on your iPad. With Bento 4, you now have an easy way to make your own apps to organize your contacts, track projects, plan events and manage lists, using Bento 4 to both create and run the apps. It can also be synchronized with Bento 4.1 for Mac. Here are some of the updated app’s key features, courtesy of FileMaker:

    Click here to download Bento 4 for the special introductory price of $4.99 until July 31: Bento 4 for iPad - Personal Database for iPad on the iTunes App Store

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Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by Maura, Jun 19, 2012.

    1. twerppoet
      I've been playing with it. The app is much improved. Many of the features that were on the OS X version are now on the iPad. The new table view and spreadsheet like functions, though limited, are very useful. It's practically a new app, which is why I'm not grumbling about paying the introductory price to upgrade. Hey, they worked hard on this. It's money well earned.

      That said;

      The inclusion of the ability to export cvs files by email goes a far way towards making it more of a stand alone app.You can also import cvs files by emailing them to yourself and using Open In... in the Mail app.


      The CVS export's most useful feature will be the ability to export selected data to other apps; for use in tables, spreadsheets, etc. A big boost towards making Bento more productive. And, of course, it will be nice to be able to import from other sources. I'm mainly thinking of spreadsheets that have been pretending to be databases.

      Unfortunately this method can neither import nor export media; no video, audio, or pictures will make the jump; and of course your themes and forms are lost.

      That leaves you with two kinds of backups. One, the iPad's backup. It's all or nothing approach means you'll have to restore the entire iPad from a backup if you lose your Bento data.

      The other is if you have a Mac and can run the OS X version of Bento 4.1 (also on sale). You can wirelessly sync up to two iOS devices. As a companion app Bento 4 really shines.

      I'd like to seem more improvements to backing up your data. A database is all about the data. If Bento is going to be the best standalone solution on the iPad it needs a more robust way to protect that data.
    2. AQ_OC
      I picked up the Bento 4 for IPad yesterday, as I can foresee a million uses for such an app. I was a bit concerned about some of the review of the app not syncing well with the OS X version, though. I'm hoping since I'm starting fresh that I won't suffer any issues with compatibility with older versions.

      So how much is the Bento for Mac 4.1 version?
    3. Sonia ferdous
      Sonia ferdous
      Looks beautiful. They have made the interface pretty indeed.. But I think I should wait for more reviews to come in. Then I will try.
    4. twerppoet
      On sale till the 31st for $29.00.

      I had a brief problem with the iPhone version syncing (after I messed up) and had to delete and reinstall he app. No problem with the iPad, well, except I unthinkingly deleted one of my databases on the iPad and watched if faithfully delete the database from the commuter the next sync. You could say it's proof that it does work.

      Lesson learned. If you want the database off the iPad, turn it off in the OSX settings.
    5. AQ_OC
      Kinda pricey at $30. $5 goes down a lot easier.
    6. skimonkey
      Thanks, Guys for all the great posts here. I am curious about Bento and thinking that some of the functions that it does might be useful for me as well. Will keep watching this thread for others comments. :)
    7. twerppoet
      Amazing how quickly the App Store changed our perspective on prices. $30 was, and still is, a decent price for good application on a computer. Understand that Bento on OS X is a much more powerful program. Think of it as MS Office vs QuickOffice.
    8. twerppoet
      Correction. That would be until July 31. Sorry.
    9. AQ_OC
      You are correct about the price is just that I'm not a real OS X user...even though I have a MBA. I'm use to spending money on apps for iOS and Android, and even on Win7 (I get the bread&butter apps from work), but OS X (heck, I got office from work for it too!)? iBooks Author is while $30 is a good price....I'm not convinced I will do much on this MBA other than work with iBooks. But...I can still see some possibilities.....they are brewing in the back of my mind...Luckily, I still have some time to think on it.

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