Over 100,000 copies of Bento, the new Personal Database by FileMaker, Downloaded In Less Than 30 Days

Macworld Australia Staff
5 July, 2010
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Press Release

Company announces Mac OS X Leopard Users Quick to Embrace Preview Release of Stylish New Database; Shipping version will be priced at only $79 AUD (Inc GST)

Sydney, Australia ñ 12 Dec,

2007 -FileMaker, Inc. today announced that there have been more than 100,000 downloads of the preview release of Bento (www.filemaker.com.au/bentopreview_pr), the stylish new personal database application designed exclusively for Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard and made available for public preview 13 Nov, 2007.

“It’s remarkable that more than 100,000 users have downloaded Bento even though the new Mac OS X Leopard has only been on the market for two months,î said FileMaker president Dominique Goupil.”

Stellar press reviews

Download volumes for Bento have grown rapidly and steadily amidst glowing first-look media reviews, such as the following:

“The newly unveiled Bento is a lightweight personal database application that, at its core, is about making databases accessible and easy for the casual use…”
MacWorld, 13 Nov, 2007

“What iTunes does for your digital music, Bento can do for contacts, spreadsheets and digital photos.”
stWired News, 13 Nov, 2007

“Organising your stuff is a big part of organising your life, and Bento looks like a powerful, inexpensive tool for doing just that.”
Information Week, 16 Nov, 2007

“I, for one, never thought Iíd see a database able to achieve that level of simplicity. Yet another reason to consider a Mac?”
Networkworld.com, 20 Nov, 2007

“FileMakerís new database has a friendly iWork look and feel. Itís a database for the rest of us.”
MacLife, 14 Nov, 2007

“Bento is designed for pretty much everyone, whether for personal or professional use.” MacNN.com, 13 Nov, 2007

“(Bento is) a great way for people who have data they want to track to get started,”
and “an exciting and affordable twist on databases”

Forward ThinkingÖMichael Miller, PCMag.com, 30 Nov, 2007

Why Bento is catching on

With Bento, FileMaker is providing an easy way for Leopard users to organise their information – iCal calendar events, Address Book contacts, digital media and files – in one place. Bento can manage contacts, coordinate events, track projects, prioritise tasks, and more faster and easier than ever before. With direct links to the Mac OS X Address Book and iCal, ready-to-use templates, and elegant themes, Bento is a quick and stylish way to get organised.

Pricing & availability

FileMaker plans to ship Bento in January 2008 and it will be priced at $79 AUD (Inc GST). A free public preview is available now at www.filemaker.com.au/bentopreview_pr. The Bento public preview is time-limited beta software meant for evaluation purposes only. Please read the software license accompanying the preview software for full
terms and conditions.

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.

Customer contact:

1800 028 316


Media Contact:

Polly Johnson – Kinetics Pty Ltd

+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.

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.

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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