Bento 4 Adds Label Printing, Updates iPhone, iPad Versions

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FileMaker announced the immediate availability of Bento 4 for the Mac on Wednesday. The new version of the personal and small business database application added support for printing labels, and also improved template and data export features. The company also released updates for the iOS versions of Bento.

Bento 4 includes over 250 Avery and Dymo label templates, the ability to customize label content including images, improved form printing support, the ability to lock layouts to avoid accidentally moving fields, the ability to drag-and-drop content into databases and automatically create container fields, and support for including geo-location data in database records.

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Version 4 offers the ability to export data and templates together and then share that content with other Bento users. It also added the ability to share layout templates with the online Bento Template Exchange from within the application.

Bento now includes a spreadsheet-like table feature that includes built-in calculations for common functions like totals, currency and time stamps, and offers summary row and column options.

Along with Bento 4 for the Mac, FileMaker also released Bento 1.1 for the iPhone and iPad. The iOS updates include Retina Display and multitasking support, iCal task syncing support for users that also have the Mac version of Bento, location field auto-completion, and the ability to record voice memos into database fields.

Bento 4 for the Mac is priced at US$49, and current Bento owners are eligible for a $20 rebate. The application is available through Apple’s Mac App Store.

Bento for the iPhone and iPod touch is priced at $4.99, and Bento for the iPad costs $4.99, too. both are available for download at Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.



It’s amazing how much filmmaker gets away with chargimg for this product. Charging $20 for a few label templates and an integrated WebKitViewer pane to share templates without leaving the app seems really steep. Not to mention that most of the actual database software work is done by Apple engineers, and Bento just hooks into the CoreData framework and takes credit for speed improvements and the likes.

That being said, Bento is a nice program, but the ability to lock my forms in place, which belonged in 1.0, is not worth the $20 upgrade fee to me.

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