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FileMaker makes Bento for iPad official

updated 09:20 am EDT, Fri April 2, 2010

Takes advantage of space, adds new themes

Although having technically released the app on Thursday, Apple-owned FileMaker has only now formally announced the availability of Bento for iPad. Like the iPhone and Mac apps, the iPad software is used to view and edit personal databases. Included are 15 field types, and 25 templates, for tasks such as recipes and time-based billing.

The main change in the iPad version is a revised layout, designed to exploit extra screen space. New quick tap commands let users view photos and videos, or send e-mails; web links are opened without exiting to Safari. Also present are new clipboard, glass and notebook themes. The app costs $5, and is iPad-exclusive.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Raman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I don't get it.

    What is this application for? For the Mom that uses iLife/iWork to write her own databases/apps because the Apple-included apps don't do what she wants? I haven't seen 1 compelling example of a Bento database/app that isn't made up of a fictional requirement that the built-in or iApps couldn't handle better.

  1. Chris Hutcheson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Me neither

    I'd prefer to see an iPad version of Filemaker.....I could see a lot of uses for that.

  1. djbeta

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FileMaker vs. Bento

    I would also love to have a real or at least slightly scaled down version of FileMaker (i.e. no database development abilities would be an okay compromise) on my iPhone and iPad

  1. stephenknight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    FileMaker can be used on iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

    You can also deploy FileMaker Pro on your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch using FMTouch. FMTouch allows you to run FileMaker as a fully relational database system using scripts and calculations. You can also sync to FileMaker and to Runtime solutions via wifi or your internet connection.

    FMTouch is cross platform, meaning you can use both Mac and PC.

    Here are some screenshots of FMTouch running FileMaker databases on the iPhone. - Fully relational FileMaker database - editing a FileMaker record

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    Stephen Knight

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