updated 09:30 am EDT, Tue September 29, 2009
Personal database app gains major update
Apple-owned FileMaker has released Bento 3, a major new edition of its personal database utility. The software now includes iPhoto integration, which allows users to associate extra information with images. Photos can be linked with any material in a database, such as events, contacts or projects.
Bento has additionally been upgraded with features such as database sharing, which allows up to five users to view a person's libraries over a LAN connection. For security's sake a host is able to encrypt fields individually, protecting important information while exposing everything safe for consumption. Passwords lock out unauthorized viewers.
Other changes include a new Grid view, which displays both images and data in thumbnail form; similarly, File Lists now interweave thumbnails alongside text. Ten more templates have been added, covering topics like job and home searches, vacation planning, and wine collecting.
Bento 3 costs $49, and requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later. Bento 1 and 2 owners are eligible for a $20 rebate. FileMaker is also promising to release an updated iPhone app in the near future, Bento 1.0.3, which should fix compatibility problems.