FileMaker Ships Bento, the Stylish Personal Database for Leopard

Macworld Australia Staff
5 July, 2010
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Press Release

Organises Address Book, iCal and more in one place

Sydney, Australia ñ 9 Jan 2008

FileMaker, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Bento, a stylish, personal database created to help Mac users organise their lives (for more info and to buy Bento, go to www.filemaker.com.au/bento_ship_pr). Designed specifically for Mac OS X Leopard, Bento is an exceptionally easy way to organise contacts, calendars, projects, events, and more – all in one place.

  • Manage virtually unlimited contact details
  • Coordinate events, parties, and fundraisers
  • Track projects, assignments and deadlines
  • Connect related information together to see more details
  • Prioritise things that need to get done
  • Catalogue inventory, donations and items for sale
  • Record hours worked and payments due
  • Assign ratings to service providers and sellers
  • Create libraries for music, movies and media
  • Store files and photos related to projects and events

Bento 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 (store.filemaker.com.au), at Apple retail and web stores, and other places where software is sold.

Singing Bentoís praises

Since the public preview of Bento began, 13 Nov, more than 140,000 copies have been downloaded. And users and the media have been praising Bentoís breakthroughs:

ìI, for one, never thought Iíd see a database able to achieve that level of simplicity. Yet another reason to consider a Mac?î
NetworkWorld.com

ìFileMakerís new database has a friendly iWork look and feel. Itís a database for the rest of us.î
MacLife

ìWith Bento, I can organise everything, including projects, deadlines and tasks. My fellow designers are amazed at Bentoís intuitiveness, ease-of-use, and ability to be changed on the fly. They are all clamoring for it,î
says designer Gordon Wong.

ìAs an optometrist, I also do a lot of presentations and projects. With Bento, I can organise presentations and track projects, to-dos, timelines and deadlines,î reports Dr. John Warren. ìIíve been searching for a tool that works smoothly with Mail, iCal and Address Book ñ and Bento delivers.î

System Requirements

Bento requires Mac OS X v.10.5 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. Millions of customers, from individuals to large organisations, rely on FileMaker, Inc. software to manage, analyse and share information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Inc. (AAPL).

Customer contact:

1800 028 316

www.filemaker.com.au

Media Contact:

Polly Johnson ñ Kinetics Pty Ltd

+61 2 9212 3848

polly@kinetics.com.au

©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.

Help others, and help yourself: Win one of 5 copies of Bento!

Macworld.com.au readers are a selfless bunch, and when a reader turns to
our online forums for help, they can count on our team of experts as well as
other readers to leap to their aid. Quite often, the readers’ advice is as
good as anything we could have given. We at Macworld.com.au, in conjunction with
FileMaker, wish to reward these good Samaritans.

Each Friday in February, Macworld.com.au‘s Sean MacNamara will select the reader post
from the previous week that has been most helpful to another reader.
FileMaker will give a copy of Bento, the brilliant new database-management
tool for the rest of us, to the author of that post.

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To be eligible to win, simply solve a fellow forum member’s problem and a copy of Bento, valued
at $79, just might wing its way over to you. Winners will be announced on this page each week.

Don’t say no good deed goes unrewarded.





Resource Centre

  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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