FileMaker Updates Bento

FileMaker has introduced Bento 2, offering multiple improvements to its popular personal databasing software.

Bento 2 links with Apple Mail; works with Excel, Numbers, and AppleWorks; and adds many spreadsheet style functions. The software also links RSS feeds to contacts, events, projects, and other information stored in Bento.

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 also import Bento 2 data into the spreadsheet apps.

New software features include spreadsheet style data entry; 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 the capacity to link to Google Maps and online chat. There's also ten new themes and the facility to share templates with other users.

"We found that the majority of Bento users were keeping track of their lists in spreadsheets, so we've added many new features to Bento that will make spreadsheet users very comfortable, while also accomplishing much more using Bento," said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker.

Bento 2 costs £29 (US$58), or £59 for a family pack of five licenses. It 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.

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