Bento 2 by FileMaker Now Available

Macworld Australia Staff
5 July, 2010
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Press Release

Popular personal Mac database links with Apple Mail; works with Excel, Numbers, and AppleWorks; and adds many spreadsheet style functions

Sydney, Australia – 15 October 2008 – FileMaker, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of Bento 2 (, the new version of its wildly popular personal database that is as easy to use as the Mac. For the first time, Bento 2 now links Apple Mail messages and RSS feeds to contacts, events, projects, and other information stored in Bento.

With Bento 2, users can export spreadsheet data from Excel and Numbers directly into Bento 2 to view and use that data in beautiful Bento 2 forms, and secondarily import Bento 2 data into the spreadsheet apps. With Bento 2, users get convenient iTunes-style searching, quick sorting, instant summary stats, and much more. AppleWorks data may now also be imported and exported to and from Bento 2 via new support for tab-delimited files.

The new Bento 2 offers exciting new functionality including spreadsheet style Òno set-upÓ data entry with intuitive Òfill-downsÓ; the ability to edit records and modify forms without ever changing modes; view and edit table and detail records in split-view on one screen; and even instantly link to Google Maps and online chat.

ÒWe found that the majority of Bento users were keeping track of their lists in spreadsheets, so weÕve added many new features to Bento that will make spreadsheet users very comfortable, while also accomplishing much more using Bento,Ó said Steve McManus, Regional Manager – Asia Pacific.

Ten new ready-to-use beautiful themes, ranging from ÒBookworm’sÓ deep leathery browns to the cool tranquil blues and hues of ÒSwimming PoolÓ can instantly Òwash-overÓ a record, changing its background and fonts – almost magically – without any need for database design know-how.

Bento 2 users can now tap into a new world of productivity by sharing templates with other Bento 2 users. Users can now export and email their original templates with other Bento users across the aisle or across the world.

Early evaluators praise Bento 2

ÒThe ability in Bento 2 to connect to Apple Mail is a major plus for Bento 2 because it allows me to better tie Address Book, iCal, and Apple Mail all together,Ó comments Mike Dennis, Senior Pastor.

ÒWith the Table View in Bento 2, I can include only the fields currently being manipulated,Ó reports Trish McIntire, Business Owner.
ÒBut sometimes, I need to check or add information that I have not included in the current Table View, and this is where the new Split View comes in handy. Split View lets me efficiently add information, without having to toggle between Table and Form views.Ó

ÒThe ability to print multiple records on one page makes Bento much more useful for the creation of reports; I’m sure the trees will appreciate it,Ó notes Michel Bintener, Teacher.
ÒOverall, Bento 2 looks like a worthwhile upgrade.Ó

Pricing and System Requirements
Bento 2 is affordably priced at $79 AUD (Inc GST) or $129 AUD (Inc GST) for a family pack of five licenses, and is available on the FileMaker Web store ( Bento 2 will also be offered exclusively at the Apple Web store ( and Apple retail stores until 27 October and through other online and retail stores after this date.

Bento 2 requires Mac OS X v.10.5.4 Leopard on a Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5 or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor. A minimum of 512MB of RAM and 1GB of hard drive space is recommended. A CD drive is required for installation of boxed software.

About FileMaker, Inc.
FileMaker, Inc. develops award-winning database software. Its products include the legendary FileMaker Pro product line for Windows, Mac and the Web, and the new Bento personal database for Mac. FileMaker Pro won 49 awards, more than its next eight competitors combined, from 2003-2008 in the U.S., and a total of 130 awards worldwide during this time. Millions of customers, from individuals to large organizations, rely on FileMaker, Inc. software to manage, analyze and share information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Inc.

Customer contact:

1800 028 316

Media Contact:

Polly Johnson

+61 2 9212 3848

©2008 FileMaker, Inc. All rights reserved. FileMaker and Bento are trademarks of FileMaker, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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  1. Introducing layout themes and styles in FileMaker Pro 13

    FileMaker Pro, help, inspector, macworld australiaIf you are reading this, you are most likely aware of the benefits offered by FileMaker Pro 13, from streamlining your business’ data to organising projects, but how do you make your FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go database solutions look the part?

    This is where layout themes and styles come in.

    Would you like the layout to show your business logo when your employees are entering data into the database? Would you like to create conformity across all pages, maybe with a colour theme that matches your business?

    In order to increase usability for your database, a well-designed layout will make the solution both appealing to look at, but also more efficient – as those entering or viewing data will be able to easily navigate the fields in front of them.

    What is a style?

    In FileMaker Pro, a style is the way a layout object, layout part and the database’s background appear. This encompasses the colour or transparency of objects and backgrounds, the style of line used within the layout, the borders of objects and parts, the shape of objects, the shadows outside or inside an object’s border, and the display state of an object.

    For example, when your draw a square on your layout, the initial appearance of the square will be determined by the theme currently being used by the layout. The colour of the square, the lines that define it and any shadow that appears are all differing styles that add up to make a theme.

    The initial theme is called the default and ensures that all objects added to the layout carry a similar look. So, if you add a second square to the layout, it will have the same colour and borders. Though this does not have to be the case if you would like to differentiate them.

    And a theme?

    A theme is the collection of a number of styles used in a layout. Themes are the full picture of how your layout or report appears, and encompass all of the individual styles applied to objects, parts and the background. The theme does not affect the way a layout functions, but when you apply a theme to a layout it will alter the way it looks and feels.

    Making alterations

    Adjusting a style in a theme is very simple. If you click on the object, layout part or background you would like to alter, open the Inspector and head to the Appearances tab, you will see the Style label field at the top. This indicates the current style.  If no changes have been made, it will likely read as ‘Default’.

    Alter the style of the object, layout part or background by editing the property settings on the Appearance tab of the Inspector. Once you have made your layout look the way you would like, select the red arrow that will have appeared as you were making your changes and click ‘Save As New Style’.

    Type in a new name for your style and press OK. Continue to create as many additional styles as you would like in your layout. If you would like to apply a style to multiple objects or modify a style slightly between two objects, your previous styles will be available in the Styles list on the Style tab of the Inspector.

    Once you have made all of the changes you would like, you have the option of creating a new theme or saving the changes to the current theme.

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