This is my final post on this site and I will not even open it up for comments. It has been fun as long as it lasted, and I am thankful for all the good people who were seeking help and who appreciated my efforts. A final thanks also goes to Simon Wolf, who started this whole endeavor.

Bento has shortcomings which could have been fixed. But the developer team had set limits because of the big rival in their own family, which shall remain nameless. Without that limitation, Bento would have become the greatest Mac database ever. This way it didn’t.
That said, Bento has many unique features I can’t live without. Luckily, it works alright with OSX Mavericks. Still, I am creating many PDFs of my Libraries should Bento ever totally fail. This is also my very last tip for Bento users: with PDFs edited in Preview, you can combine many Bento forms to a wonderful full screen booklet of your databases, after fiddling a little bit with the layout in Bento and the print dialog.

So far, none of the so-called Bento alternatives have come close to replacing Bento, and I am predicting that they never will. For example, a Bento importer will never work for complex Libraries because of the built-in limitations of the other programs. You would have to build a Bento clone-app to make that work, which is impossible.

Still, some of the other database programs, which have recently surfaced, are worth a look if you are willing to abandon Bento altogether and start your projects from scratch. I am not. But I am using some of the other program’s iPad versions for simple projects; just for some variety. Most programs let you try them out before you buy, like Bento did. Just make sure you really give them a workout.

This site will possibly be archived; you can still contact me for questions about Bento (no syncing questions) by leaving me a message on my Facebook Musicians Page (after you Like it, of course…) at:
The Entertaining Salzburger. That’s the real me. Ta-Ta.

Hey, at his very moment I’m running BentoUsers all by my own lonely self. I know, I know, it seems I have this huge supporting staff behind the scenes. But that’s just a rumor. All I have is some people I can ask questions if I’m totally desperate. But I’m the only one publishing things and coming up with the ideas. That has to change! After all, the site’s main motto is:
Written By Bento Users For Bento Users. I clearly detect the plural form here and it wouldn’t sound very good to change it to the singular form…

I’m calling out to any other user, starting with my friends Dan and Barb, you know yourselves, how wonderful you are! I do appreciate the templates users have contributed. Keep them coming! But now I’m also looking for (regular?!) contributors. It could be a weekly column, the occasional tip or trick, special usage ideas, workarounds… pretty much anything. Even just someone who scours through the posts and leaves some comments on a regular basis. Point out the errors of my ways, make suggestions!

I hope I gave you some starting thoughts how to help out. Come out of the woodworks, get famous and help change the (Bento) world!

Thanks for listening…

Yours Truly, Lonesome Florian.

The last few weeks and months have been very hectic for me and if I am honest I simply don’t have the time to maintain BentoUsers properly. Preferring not to close the site I was fortunate enough that several very kind people responded to my request to find someone to hand the site on to and one of those people was Florian Keller. Florian is very active in the official Bento forums under the moniker ‘saintflo’ and I am sure that he will do a fantastic job.

I have greatly enjoyed running the site for the last year and I have met some fantastic people as a result of it. It’s been a wonderful experience and I’m only sorry that my other projects have taken over my life leading to BentoUsers being slightly neglected.

Simon

PLEASE NOTE: The details about the theme which was related to this post has now been moved to this page.

Earlier today Patrick La Roque sent me the details of a theme he had created for Bento 2. This galvanised me into action and I decided to give up on finding a useful automated way to handle template (and now theme) submissions and it seems easier to simply manage them manually. Therefore the Downloads page has been updated with details about how you can submit your templates and themes and the information I need from you.

Hopefully the library of available downloads will now grow and become a useful resource and I will endeavour to find a more beautiful way to present them.

I decided to keep this post simply because of Patrick’s comment which remains below.

After a long period of no updates I just wanted to assure you that BentoUsers has not been abandoned and the lack of activity recently has simply been due to an excessive amount of work. In addition to teaching myself Cocoa so that we can start producing applications for OS X at work I also attended WWDC in San Francisco in the first half of June which was a fantastic week where I not only learnt a lot about Mac software development but I also managed to meet some of the FileMaker Inc. team behind Bento.

Normal service will be resumed shortly with lots of new tips and articles planned.

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