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Bento 2 Essential Training

with Cris Ippolite

Video: Welcome

The perfect first look at this personal information data organizer and how it can make any life easier.
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  1. 3m 44s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 45s
  2. 10m 58s
    1. Introduction to databases
      2m 25s
    2. What is Bento?
    3. The Bento Home dialog
      1m 5s
    4. Exploring the Bento window
      3m 50s
    5. Understanding Form view, Table view, and Split view
      2m 45s
  3. 11m 25s
    1. Using libraries in Bento
      2m 26s
    2. Viewing records in a library
      1m 49s
    3. Planning libraries
      1m 55s
    4. Creating libraries by importing
      3m 41s
    5. Creating libraries from Bento templates
      1m 34s
  4. 5m 47s
    1. Working with linked data from Address Book and iCal
      2m 27s
    2. Updating Address Book and iCal data from Bento
      3m 20s
  5. 5m 5s
    1. Searching in Bento
      2m 31s
    2. Advanced Find
      2m 34s
  6. 14m 23s
    1. Understanding collections
      2m 11s
    2. Creating collections
      3m 44s
    3. Modifying collections
      2m 52s
    4. Creating and modifying Smart Collections
      5m 36s
  7. 12m 13s
    1. Creating, editing, and sorting records in Table view
      4m 16s
    2. Managing fields in Table view
      3m 39s
    3. Filling multiple fields at once using the Fill Down feature
      1m 14s
    4. Summarizing column data
      3m 4s
  8. 18m 5s
    1. Creating and editing records in Form view
      2m 25s
    2. Creating forms and adding fields to a form
      3m 42s
    3. Moving and resizing fields on a form
      2m 47s
    4. Integrating Live Maps
      1m 32s
    5. Linking to iChat with forms
      1m 29s
    6. Customizing form layouts
      6m 10s
  9. 12m 41s
    1. Understanding fields
      1m 35s
    2. Reviewing field types
      2m 49s
    3. Creating fields and using the Fields pane
      6m 16s
    4. Working with fields in Table view and Form view
      2m 1s
  10. 8m 21s
    1. Understanding List fields
      2m 3s
    2. File List fields
      6m 18s
  11. 7m 43s
    1. Using Message List fields
      3m 27s
    2. Linking Apple Mail messages and RSS articles to forms
      4m 16s
  12. 10m 32s
    1. Understanding Related Records lists
      1m 39s
    2. Creating Related Records lists
      2m 52s
    3. Managing Related Records lists
      6m 1s
  13. 9m 15s
    1. Understanding Media fields
      1m 39s
    2. Adding Media fields
      4m 21s
    3. Adding photos to a Media field using the iSight camera
    4. Positioning and resizing images
    5. Saving media files
      1m 22s
  14. 22m 19s
    1. Understanding Calculation fields
      5m 49s
    2. Merging fields using calculations
      3m 20s
    3. Calculating age
      4m 35s
    4. Calculating duration
      3m 18s
    5. Displaying summary information in the parent library
      5m 17s
  15. 19m 24s
    1. Importing data to Bento
      6m 49s
    2. Exporting data from Bento
      2m 57s
    3. Importing and exporting templates
      4m 16s
    4. Using the Bento Template Exchange
      5m 22s
  16. 7m 23s
    1. Printing from libraries and collections
      5m 39s
    2. Printing mailing labels
      1m 44s
  17. 12m 5s
    1. Creating Bento backup files
      3m 53s
    2. Restoring data
      2m 4s
    3. Using the Backup Reminder
      1m 5s
    4. Using Time Machine with Bento
      1m 54s
    5. Syncing with MobileMe and Entourage
      3m 9s
  18. 10m 24s
    1. Creating a library in the Bento app
      3m 26s
    2. Using the linked Address Book library in the Bento app
      3m 38s
    3. Syncing the Bento app with Bento on the Mac
      3m 20s
  19. 28s
    1. Goodbye

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Bento 2 Essential Training
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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.

Topics include:
  • Learning the Bento 2 interface Understanding collections, records, forms, and fields Exploring different methods for inputting and viewing data Sharing data with others Linking Bento to Mac applications like Address Book, Mail, iChat, and iCal Backing up and restoring information Designing custom templates Importing data from other applications


(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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