FileMaker Presents the Bento 3 Event Planner

Macworld Australia Staff
2 December, 2010
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Get 6 ready-to-use templates for fast, free and easy ways to plan events

SYDNEY, Australia – 25 November 2010 – FileMaker, Inc. today announced the Bento 3 Event Planner, a customised set of six new templates that make it easy and fun for Mac users to organise event details all in one place.

The Bento 3 Event Planner includes a free 30-day trial of the popular Bento 3 for Mac personal database, plus six professionally designed, ready-to-use templates including Events, Tasks, Expenses & Invoices, Locations & Venues, Contacts, and Vendors. The Bento 3 Event Planner is available today by free download from the Bento Template Exchange.

All six templates in the Bento 3 Event Planner are linked together, allowing information to flow from one template to the next, without the need for repetitive data entry. To organise events on the go, the new Bento 3 Event Planner lets customers synchronise information between their Mac and Apple iPad or iPhone devices running either Bento for iPhone or Bento for iPad, both sold separately.

Organise executive retreats, fundraisers and more

“Whether you are putting together a small executive retreat or staging a fundraiser involving multiple volunteers and vendors, the Bento 3 Event Planner can help you keep everyone organised and on task,” said Steve McManus, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, “With the Bento 3 Event Planner, you can manage events with style and ease, and with the convenience of using and synching information with iPad or iPhone.”

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker is the leader in easy-to-use database software. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world’s largest companies, rely on FileMaker software to manage, analyse and share essential information. The company’s products are the FileMaker Pro line – versatile database software for teams and organisations, for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and the web – and Bento, the personal database for Mac, iPhone and iPad. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple.

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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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