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Bento 4 for iPad adds custom apps, new Retina themes

updated 10:13 am EDT, Tue June 19, 2012

Bento 4.1 for Mac, Bento 1.2.1 for iPhone allow sync

Apple-owned FileMaker has released Bento 4 for iPad, a new version of its personal database software. Among the core changes is the ability to create personal apps customized for different tasks; elements can be dragged and dropped into place. Bento 4 also has access to a new selection of free iPad templates on the Bento Template Exchange, and 40 new themes, all of which are compatible with the third-generation iPad's Retina display. Accordingly, the rest of the app has also been scaled to Retina graphics for the first time.

New Form, Table, Split, and Full Screen views have been implemented, and data can be sorted according to multiple fields. FileMaker has also added a records slider, highlighted searches, and the the ability to email library data in CSV format. More critically the app now supports several new data types, including encrypted fields, simple lists, GPS locations, and calculations.

Coinciding with the iPad update are Bento 4.1 for the Mac and Bento 1.2.1 for the iPhone; while these are mainly meant to ensure compatibility with the new iPad app -- including sync via the Mac software -- they also add localizations in simplified Chinese. The iPad app is $5, and requires iOS 5.0 or better.

by MacNN Staff



  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just to clarify...

    This Bento for iPad 4 is a new app; not an upgrade to the current version. There is a minor update this morning for Bento for iPad (1.1.6), but I'm sure that is to allow compatibility w/ the new desktop update. It will not contain any of the new features listed above that are in v.4.

    So to get Bento for iPad 4, regardless of whether you have it now or not, requires a $5 purchase.

  1. facebook_George

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    Joined: Jul 2012


    New Bento for iPad

    So this is a new Bento for iPad, therefore owners of the old Bento for iPad have to shell out another USD5 and toss the old Bento. There is no upgrade version. Very smart Apple Corp.!

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