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Bento Essential Training

with Cris Ippolite

Video: Welcome

Introduces key database concepts as they relate to Bento, including collections, records, forms, and fields.
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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 8m 10s
    1. The Bento Home dialog
    2. Exploring the Bento window
      3m 47s
    3. Understanding the navigation bar
      3m 24s
  3. 8m 18s
    1. Using Libraries in Bento
      2m 8s
    2. Planning records in a Library
      1m 22s
    3. Creating Libraries by importing
      2m 28s
    4. Creating Libraries using Bento templates
      2m 20s
  4. 4m 56s
    1. Displaying data from Address Book and iCal
      1m 32s
    2. Updating Address Book and iCal from Bento
      3m 24s
  5. 9m 18s
    1. Understanding Collections
      1m 8s
    2. Creating Collections
      3m 1s
    3. Modifying Collections
      2m 12s
    4. Using Smart Collections
      2m 57s
  6. 12m 6s
    1. Creating records in Table or Form view
      2m 28s
    2. Editing records in Table or Form view
      1m 51s
    3. Using the Current Date field
      1m 11s
    4. Sorting records
      1m 40s
    5. Managing fields in Table view
      2m 21s
    6. Summarizing column data
      2m 35s
  7. 11m 15s
    1. Creating and deleting forms
      2m 45s
    2. Moving and resizing fields and objects
      2m 43s
    3. Customizing form layouts
      5m 47s
  8. 11m 58s
    1. Understanding Related Records lists
      1m 14s
    2. Creating Related Records lists
      6m 28s
    3. Managing Related Records lists
      4m 16s
  9. 10m 56s
    1. Understanding fields
    2. Reviewing field types
      2m 1s
    3. Creating fields
      5m 16s
    4. Using Email and URL fields
      1m 6s
    5. Understanding list fields
      2m 1s
  10. 4m 58s
    1. Understanding file list fields
      3m 31s
    2. Opening files stored in file list fields
      1m 27s
  11. 7m 30s
    1. Understanding media fields
      1m 32s
    2. Adding images to a media field
      3m 6s
    3. Adding movie or sound files
      1m 41s
    4. Exporting images
      1m 11s
  12. 18m 28s
    1. Understanding calculation fields
      3m 3s
    2. Merging fields
      3m 8s
    3. Calculating ages
      4m 22s
    4. Calculating duration
      3m 21s
    5. Displaying summary information in the Parent Library
      4m 34s
  13. 8m 29s
    1. Importing information into Bento
      6m 3s
    2. Exporting information from Bento
      2m 26s
  14. 4m 20s
    1. Printing from forms, tables, and searches
      2m 48s
    2. Printing mailing labels
      1m 32s
  15. 8m 52s
    1. Creating Bento backup files
      3m 23s
    2. Using the backup reminder
      1m 24s
    3. Restoring data
      1m 39s
    4. Using Time Machine with Bento
      1m 38s
    5. Using Bento with .Mac
  16. 17s
    1. Goodbye

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Bento Essential Training
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Bento is a personal database for Mac OS X Leopard that provides an organizational hub for anything a person might want to collect, track, or connect. Bento is designed for those with no previous database experience, and having database expert Cris Ippolite as a guide makes it easier to get the most from this unique program. In Bento Essential Training, Cris introduces key database concepts as they relate to Bento, including collections, records, forms, and fields. He demonstrates how a little planning and setup results in a more useful collection of information. Cris also explains how to link Bento to other Mac applications, like Address Book and iCal; how to design custom templates; and how to follow best practices for backing up and restoring data. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating Libraries by using templates or importing Building and modifying Collections and Smart Collections Editing records in Table and Form views Customizing form layouts Managing Related Records lists Using file list fields Importing, exporting, and printing information Creating and restoring from backup files Using Time Machine and .Mac


Hi! My name is Cris Ippolite and I'm president and CEO of iSolutions and a proud author of many FileMaker database titles on Recently FileMaker released Bento, a database product for the rest of us. Bento helps you manage contacts, coordinate events, prioritize tasks and all the details of your busy life, all without having to know anything about databases. In this course I'll be showing how to do things like connecting Address Book and iCal to Bento, building collections for managing your information in groups and customizing forms for information and much, much more. So let's get started.

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