New Bento 3 Personal Database by FileMaker Brings Innovative New Ways to View, Use and Share Photos, Contacts, Calendars, Files and More

Macworld Australia Staff
5 July, 2010
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Popular Mac database integrates with iPhoto, provides multi-user sharing, new security options and a limited AU$25/NZ$30 rebate for existing Bento users

SYDNEY, Australia – September 30, 2009 – FileMaker, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Bento 3, a breakthrough new version of the popular personal database for the Mac. For the first time ever, Bento 3 integrates with iPhoto from Apple allowing you to store more info about your photos and link them to contacts, projects, events and other information stored in Bento.

“Think of Bento 3 as a powerful, easy way to bring together all of your key Mac information and photos,” said Steve McManus, General Manager, Asia Pacific, FileMaker, Inc. “With Bento 3, we’re providing new ways for you to view and interact with your information so you can organize contacts, projects, events and even more details of your life.”

Share and share alike securely with up to five users

Bento 3 also delivers new ways to share your information with other Bento users. Just like sharing iTunes and iPhotos over a local area network (LAN) using Apple’s Bonjour technology, you can now share your Bento libraries with up to five users over a wired or wireless local network. You can also encrypt any field and assign passwords to secure your information in Bento 3.

View information in ways never before possible using a database

The new Grid view in Bento 3 delivers an innovative method of displaying thumbnails of photos, text and numeric-based information, while improved File Lists show image thumbnails, instead of just text.

Get started instantly

With Bento 3, you can choose from 35 pre-designed, ready-to use templates thanks to the addition of 10 more templates for popular uses, including wine collecting, job hunting, home searching, vacation planning and more. In addition, the recently launched Bento Template Exchange shows off hundreds of downloadable templates designed by Bento users, so there is never a shortage of new ideas for ways to use Bento 3.

Praise from Bento 3 early evaluators

“I love being able to access grid view in my Bento 3 database… all I can say is AWESOME!”

Lisa Fitkin

Video Producer

Premier Images

Olympia, Wash. and Oakland, Calif.

“With Bento 3, FileMaker has brought the best of the Mac environment and incredible simplicity to the database world…it is an intuitive yet powerful program to use even without having to delve into the program manual. In short, I love it!”

Mark Mainville

Administrator

New Covenant Church

Malone, N.Y.

“I plan to use the iPhoto integration. Adding tags and notes to particular photos will be cool, and the grid view will also be very helpful. Bento 3 seems more polished – and the ability to keep libraries synched to my iPhone will allow me to keep everything handy.”

Maique Madeira

Newspaper photojournalist

Lisbon, Portugal

Special limited time offers available

Bento 3 has a suggested list price of AU$79 (Inc GST), but, for a limited time only, FileMaker is offering a AU$25/NZ$30 rebate to existing users of Bento 1 and Bento 2. Qualified customers who purchase Bento 3 through the FileMaker Web Store will get an instant rebate. Qualified customers who purchase Bento 3 at an Apple store or other retailer can request a rebate online at www.filemaker.com/rebate. Customers who have purchased Bento 2 between August 30, 2009 and October 14, 2009 are eligible to receive Bento 3 for free. A 30-day trial version is also available at www.bentotrial.com.au.

Bento 3 support for Bento for iPhone and iPod touch

Bento 1.0.3 for iPhone and iPod touch resolves compatibility issues related to Bento 3 for Mac and will be available soon. Current users of Bento for iPhone and iPod touch will see a notification on their device when the free update is available for download.

Pricing and System Requirements

Bento 3 is affordably priced at AU$79 Inc GST or AU$129 Inc GST for a family pack of five licenses, and is available on the FileMaker Web Store. Bento 3 will also be offered at the Apple Web Store and Apple retail stores. It requires Mac OS X v.10.5.7 Leopard and will also run on the recently released OS X v.10.6 Snow 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 52 awards, more than its next eight competitors combined, from 2003-2009 in the U.S., and a total of 134 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

www.filemaker.com.au

Media Contact:

Polly Johnson

+61 2 9212 3848

polly@kinetics.com.au

Copyright © 2009 FileMaker, Inc. All rights reserved. FileMaker and Bento are registered trademarks of FileMaker, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.





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    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.

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    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’.

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