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Bento for iPadOrganize contacts, track projects, plan events, and manage things – all in one easy to use iPad personal database! Bento for iPad is one of the top iPad apps and the most popular personal database for iPad. Use it standalone or synchronize with Bento 4 for Mac, sold separately. Bento for iPad is available in English as well as, localized versions that run in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese.

TOP USES:

Use Bento for iPad to organize contacts, track projects, plan events and manage things – the fast, fun and easy way! Bento for iPad helps you do all this and more:

  • Organize contacts and customers
  • Track projects and task lists
  • Plan events and meetings
  • Manage things and much more

TOP FEATURES:

  • Bento for iPad is based on Bento for iPhone but has been enhanced to make the most of the larger iPad screen.
  • Comes with 25 ready-to-use database templates that can be easily customized for whatever you need to organize.
  • Details stored in Bento are large and easy to read on iPad.
  • In landscape, you get a split screen view showing both your complete records list and a single record’s details simultaneously.
  • Rotate iPad to portrait to focus on one record at a time.
  • Swipe up or down to see more details for each record.
  • Touch the screen to edit information in media fields, choice fields, date fields, ratings fields, and checkboxes.
  • Tap to record voice memos, watch videos, view photos, and send emails.
  • Browse web links in Safari without leaving Bento.
  • Enter numbers with ease using the large, custom on-screen keypad.
  • Includes background themes with coordinated fonts to make your data look great on the larger screen.
  • Supports full-screen viewing of Adobe® PDFs stored in media fields.
  • Use as a standalone app or synchronize with Bento 4 for Mac, sold separately

Bento for iPad available in the App Store

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tabletpcreview.com:

FileMaker Bento for iPad Review

bestreview Intro: FileMaker's Bento for iPad is designed to help you organize all the parts of your life into one cohesive whole, in much the same way that a bento box can do for your lunch. As with a traditional bento box, there's a place for everything, from contacts and expenses to projects and inventories...

Final words: Bento has a great deal of potential, but it doesn't seem to be quite there yet -- especially if you want to use it as a standalone product, and don't have the companion desktop software for the Mac. It's a shame, since I really want to love this application -- the appeal of being able to manage everything, from personal data and tasks to projects and expenses with one app is very strong. I'm hopeful that future versions of Bento will add some compelling new features to the mix.
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pcmag.com:

Bento (for iPad)

Intro: Keeping your business and personal life in order can prove a true challenge, but FileMaker's Bento for iPad aims to solve the problem. FileMaker's recently updated $4.99 handy organizational iPad app (also available as a free update for those who purchased the original version) makes it simple for anyone—even novices—to create attractive databases in just minutes, thanks to 25 pre-designed templates, a flexible editing system, and a clean, intuitive interface...

Final words: Should You Purchase Bento for iPad? If you're looking to keep contacts, inventory listings, or any number of other potential database entries organized in an attractive, easy-to-use application, Bento for iPad is well worth the $4.99 price of admission. It has some quirks—it doesn't sync iCal Events, for example—but if you desire to better organize your professional or personal life, this jack-of-all-trades database app is the way to go.
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148apps.com:

Bento for iPad Review

Intro: “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” That’s not Bento’s slogan, but it might as well be, as it represents everything that FileMaker’s Bento is trying to accomplish. But how does the iPad version of the Mac’s everyman database stack up to its higher powered cousin? Pretty well, actually...

Final words: Even if you do not own the iPhone or Mac OSX editions, you can make great use of Bento for the iPad. $4.99 is a terrific price point for this multi-purpose piece of software, and those who are looking (as I am) to abandon their netbook in favor of the iPad will find Bento as essential as Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps.
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appadvice.com:

Review: Bento for iPad

Intro: In our crazy, hectic world, it seems that everyone is looking for that all in one application that can help them manage their day to day lives. A simple search in iTunes will turn up dozens of such offerings from Calendars to Contacts to applications to create To Do Lists or manage Projects and Events. Many titles claim to be that do it all Swiss pocket knife application in an ever growing field of choices. Bento for iPad is one of those taking a shot of actually delivering...

Final words: It is important to remember that this review is based on using Bento solely as an iPad offering and I can’t honestly speak for the viability of it across all three Apple platforms. That being said, after using the iPad version of Bento for a few days, I am simply left scratching my head. For $4.99 I am not sure what it is really trying to be. After seeing the icon and reading the app description, I was thinking more along the lines of an iPad daily planner where I could put all of my contacts, calendars, to do lists, notes, projects and events in one place and easily track them. However, FileMaker appears to believe that simply creating databases of your DVD collection, favorite recipes, books, or contacts without a way to track it on a calendar will help you stay organized. Sadly, somehow I’ve managed to miss their boat. In the end, there is nothing really bad about Bento for iPad, but there isn’t really anything overly good. If putting every aspect of your life into a prettied up database is your cup of tea, then Bento will be good tea. However, if you already use other programs like iCal, MobileMe, Outlook or any number of other apps that actually help you organize all the details of your busy life, then you’ll find nothing new here.
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macworld.com:

Bento for iPad Review - iOS database apps offer several new features, but leave you wanting more

Intro: Bento 1.1.3 for iOS, the pocket-sized database app for your pocket-sized iOS device, or the book-sized database app for your iPad, offers a number of new features that make it a worthwhile addition to your iOS utility belt, but it still doesn’t offer up enough of what it should to make it your one-and-only personal database application. Like earlier versions of the iOS app, you’ll still need Bento for Mac to make this app great...

Final words: Overall I really like both Bento apps, but I'm disappointed that they don't quite go far enough. Bento could and should be the best standalone database for your iOS device, unfortunately you still need a Mac to make it truly great.
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mymac.com:

Bento for iPad – Review

Intro: There are times when I find my life becomes just too busy. Between planning my high school science classes, grading papers, writing reviews for MyMac.com, maintaining a home and running about for our children, I really need to keep track of my constantly changing schedule without being tied to my iMac. The folks at FileMaker have come up with an elegant solution for iPad owners with Bento for iPad...

Final words: I plan to use Bento for iPad to bring my sometimes chaotic life to a more Zen-like level. Owners of iPads know that using one is a new and exciting experience. Bento for iPad is what I hope is just the beginning for well thought-out apps that help keep your life manageable while making use of the capabilities of the iPad. Kudos to FileMaker for helping to set the standard!
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arstechnica.com:

Hands-on with Bento for iPad

Intro: Bento is the consumer version of popular database software FileMaker Pro. The new iPad version of the software joins the Mac version, currently at version 3, as well as the iPhone version in the growing stable of Bento implementations. At .99, the iPad application is 10 percent of the price of its desktop sibling, but the desktop software isn't necessary in order to make use of it...

Final words: If you are a user of general database apps, Bento for iPad fits the bill as a somewhat scaled-down version of the desktop app. The layout mode isn’t as robust and videos don’t play, but for basic info, the application works and is well worth the $4.99 price tag.
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