Bento Essential Training

with Cris Ippolite
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Bento Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 2h 11m Beginner


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


- [Voiceover] Hi, My name's 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 you how to do things like connecting address book and iCal to Bento, building collections for managing your information in groups and customizing forums for information and much much more. So let's get started.

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