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.
This smple but very useful template helps you to store information on Windows errors, Mac error messages and to keep track of any helpful information.
Download: Knowledge Base – Template
Submitted by Steve Lizardi.
Attention, Bento users: from today on, look for your name in the title of a new post!
Gareth, BentoUsers‘ brand new guest-contributor will make templates for you, even simple ones like this one: Gardening.
Submit your requests as a comment in the article Template Ideas, Please! where Gareth will choose his victim. This time it’s Graham’s request that tickled his fancy.
I will still give tips as well, but Gareth will do the actual work – thanks a bunch, my friend! I like the idea especially because it offers something that the new Filemaker, Inc. Template Exchange does not offer.
Gareth is a MSCE and a CCNA (computer specialists know what this means) and has been working on a Mac for three years. He loves Bento even more, after he found out that its limits can be overcome “… if you are clever and look beyond the problem. Ideas just keep popping into my head!” Gareth, I would like to add that you also have the tenacity to keep trying until you find the right workaround or solution!
This nice and simple template tracks your gas mileage, the currently wildly fluctuating gas prices, and the gas stations you visit.
Download: Gas Mileage Template
Submitted by Taylor Smith.
This template helps you manage your online (mostly) and offline accounts. It can be used like a bookmark, keeps track of user names, passwords, and more. If Bento 3 introduces an Encryption Field, because the developers do try to listen to user requests, this template could even be more useful in the future.
Download: Online Account Manager – Template
Submitted by Skelley.