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Bento is a personal data organizer for Leopard that provides a place to store any information Mac users might want to collect, track, or connect. In Bento 2 Essential Training, database expert Cris Ippolite introduces the concept of databases to Bento users and demonstrates techniques for getting data into the application. He describes the features of Bento that allow Mac users to create libraries and Smart Collections for all sorts of information, and he shows how to use calculation and media fields. Exercise files accompany the course.
(Music playing.) Hi, I'm Cris Ippolite and welcome to Bento 2 Essential Training. Bento is a personal database for Leopard that provides an organizational hub for anything that you might want to collect, track or connect. And if you are new to database creation, don't worry. Bento is perfect for users with no previous experience. I'll start by introducing the basics, going over the interface and different ways that you can input and view data. Then I'll go into the key database concepts as they relate to Bento, including collections, records, forms and fields.
Bento can also be linked to other Mac applications like Address Book, Mail, iChat and iCal. When we are past the basics, I'll demonstrate how to design Custom Templates, how to import data from other applications, share your data and even give you some tips for backing up and restoring your information. So if you're a Mac user and you're on the Leopard operating system and you have anything that you'd like to organize, Bento can help. Let's get started.
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