FileMaker Puts Bento on iPad

With the official launch of the iPad in the UK, Apple-owned FileMaker has announced Bento for iPad is now available from the iTunes App Store.

Bento for iPad is based on Bento for iPhone and has been enhanced to make the most of the bigger iPad screen. Bento for iPad is a personal database app, which allows users to manage contacts, track projects, plan events and more, including synching with the desktop version of Bento.

According to FileMaker, the details stored in Bento are now larger and easier to read. In landscape, a split screen view shows both a complete records list and a single record's details simultaneously. Rotate the iPad to portrait to focus on one record at a time. Users can enter numbers with ease, thanks to the large, custom on-screen iPad keypad. A simple tap and drag allows even the most novice user to move, edit and arrange information to suit individual taste and need insists FileMaker. Users can also watch videos, view photos and send email directly through the new app which allows web access without leaving Bento interface.

Additionally, Bento for iPad includes background themes with coordinated fonts designed specifically for iPad to make your data look better than ever on the larger screen. Bento for the iPad provides a variety of backgrounds so users may customise their database, with a choice of templates, ranging from event planning, time billing, recipes, classes, dieting and family organisation.

FileMaker notes, all the templates are free to download from the Bento Template Exchange, and are fully modifiable, and users can create their own libraries to suit any type of task. Bento also for iPad supports 15 field types including text, numbers, choice, checkbox, media, time, date, durations, currency, rating, address, phone number, email, URL and IM Account. Available from the Apple iTunes App Store, Bento for iPad costs £2.99 and requires the iPhone 3.2 Software Update or later.

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