There was a time when Mac users needed a standalone database app to, well, you know, store data.
There are multiple problems with standalone database apps of yesteryear. You’d have to create the database fields, create the database entry screens, add the data, then create reports to spit out the data you collected.
It’s the 21st century already. Who wants to put that much effort into a database?
That’s why FileMaker built Bento for the Mac a few years ago. It’s a less expensive Mac app with built-in templates that do everything you need to store data except the data.
Bento looks familiar in an iTunes and iPhoto sort of way. There are database Libraries in the left sidebar. Click on one and that brings that database to the front right side of the screen.
Templates are fully developed database apps without the data. Bento gives Mac users a few to start and others are available online.
The templates are easy to setup and use, simple to enter data, and come with pre-developed printing capability, built in.
Templates are available for school classes, contacts, a personal diet log, customer contact, equipment inventory, event planning, events, expenses, health records, home inventory, job search, memberships, party planner, projects, recipes, time billing, to-do lists, and much more.
It’s like having a single app that has a few dozen apps built in and ready to use. All you do is customize a bit and add data.
Bento also has an iPhone version and the data you develop can be synchronized between the two.
What’s the problem? General purpose database are a dinosaur but priced like gold. Standalone, single-purpose apps are all the rage. Bento for Mac retails at $50. Bento for iPhone is $5. What’s wrong with this picture?