Filemaker Releases Bento 4 for iPad Personal Database

Today Filemaker announced the release of a new version of Bento for the iPad, updating Bento 1.15 for the iPad to Bento 4, bringing it up to date with the Mac version of the software.

If you’re unfamiliar with Bento, it is a database application for both OS X and iOS, that uses templates and integration with other apps to help people organize contacts, track projects, and plan events. Essentially, it’s an all in one organizational app.

Previously, Bento was dependent on syncing with the Mac version of the software to function, but while the new version syncs with Bento for Mac to load libraries and collections, new library design tools mean that projects can be started and finished on the iPad alone, turning Bento for iPad into a standalone app.

With the new version of Bento, the Template Exchange is accessible right on the iPad, so downloading and editing a pre-configured template is now possible. The Exchange boasts more than 600 templates, so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. In addition to the Exchange, there are 40 Retina-ready themes for adding backgrounds, fonts, and shading.

Bento’s new design tools allow users to create fields and reformat views – tasks that previously had to be executed on the computer. There are also all new views, including Table, Split, and Full Screen, plus new field types for adding information like passwords, GPS locations, and account numbers.

Bento 4 for the iPad is an entirely new application, so users of the current version of Bento will need to repurchase the app in order to get the new features. Luckily, the app is half off through July, so you can download it from the App Store for $4.99.

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