updated 10:20 am EDT, Wed March 16, 2011
Geotagging added to field options
FileMaker has announced Bento 4, an update of the company's personal-level database software. Several significant upgrades have been made, most notably the ability to export data alongside templates, meaning that pre-populated databases can finally be loaded by other Bento users. When creating a database, people can now assign geotagging to data through a location field type.
Printing has been expanded to introduce labels for purposes such as mailing, badges and inventory. An assortment of new printing options is designed to improve the appearance of forms such as invoices and sales orders. FileMaker has also made overall performance improvements, and tweaks to the Table and Form views, such as the addition of a Lock option to prevent further changes.
Bento 4 is typically $50, and for the first time in the software's history debuting on the Mac App Store. It can also be bought through the FileMaker website, where a $20 upgrade rebate is available for people who already own a previous version of Bento. Users of the Bento iPhone or iPad apps are warned to update them to v1.1.1, which adds support for Bento 4 as well as voice memos, multitasking, printing PDFs and disabling Address Book and iCal Tasks sync. Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish localizations have been incorporated.