Bento 4 for iPad Adds Database Design, More

Filemaker announced the immediate availability of Bento 4 for the iPad on Tuesday. The new version of the database app added the ability to create and customize databases without requiring a Mac, and supports calculations in fields along with encrypted fields and GPS coordinate fields.

Version 4 (yes, Filemaker skipped versions 2 and 3) includes 25 iOS templates for databases, 40 retina display-ready themes, and the company told The Mac Observer that all of its Bento themes have been redesigned. The iPad app also includes built-in access to Filemaker’s Bento Template Exchange where users can share and download database templates.

Bento 4 supports multi-field sorting, and includes form views, table views, and can split database views, too.

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Users can sync data with the Mac version of Bento over local Wi-Fi networks thanks to the Bento for Mac 4.1 update, which was also released today. Bento for iPhone 1.2 also supports database syncing with Bento for Mac 4.1, and includes support for working with Bento 4 for iPad templates in a long from view.

Bento doesn’t support syncing data via iCloud, but the app design team told TMO that they’re looking into adding that later.

Bento 4’s database design and layout features let users drag and drop fields, auto-moves fields so they don’t sit on top of each other, includes auto-alignment grids, and lets users change themes even after finishing a layout design.

Database fields can include pop-up statistics for columns in table views, and can calculate column summaries. Table columns can be rearranged or hidden as well.

Along with the release of Bento 4 for the iPad, Filemaker is also releasing a free Business Organizer template through Bento Template Exchange.

Bento 4 is priced at US$4.99 through July, and will jump up to its regular $9.99 price on August 1. It is available for download at Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.