updated 09:15 pm EST, Fri November 12, 2010
Six new templates help plan events of all sizes
Filemaker, the Apple subsidiary that publishes the popular database program of the same name, has unveiled a free set of templates called Event Planner, designed to work with their consumer-oriented "personal database," Bento v3. The six new templates are centered around event planning from personal retreats to multi-vendor fundraisers, and use six new customizable templates for handling every aspect from task lists and expense reports to vendor contact sheets and scheduling.
All six templates -- Events, Tasks, Expenses & Invoices, Locations & Venues, Contacts and Vendors -- are linked together to avoid any repetitive data entry. The Event Planner templates can sync to the mobile version of Bento on iPhones and iPads as well, allowing changes to be made while on the go.
The Event Planner templates are free but require Bento v3 for Mac ($49). There is a UK edition of the Event Planner templates available as well. The Bento Template Exchange hosts over 720 templates for a wide variety of situations.