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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: QUE; 1 edition (8 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789738120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789738127
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,344,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jesse Feiler is a well-known developer, web designer, trainer, and author. His books include Get Rich with Apps!Your Guide to Reaching More Customers and Making Money NOW (McGraw-Hill), Using FileMaker Bento(Sams/Pearson), Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours (Sams/Pearson), Database-Driven Web Sites (Harcourt), How to Do Everything with Web 2.0 Mashups (McGraw-Hill), iWork '09 for Dummies (Wiley), The Bento Book (Sams/Pearson), and FileMaker Pro in Depth (Sams/Pearson).

His clients have included the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Archipenko Foundation, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Yale University Press, and a number of non-profit and small businesses in the fields of publishing, production, and business management.

A native of Washington DC, he has lived in New York City and currently lives in Plattsburgh NY.

He can be reached at

Product Description

From the Back Cover

Find everything fast...from iCal, Address Book, Apple Mail, even MobileMe and iPhone


     •    Use Bento’s stunning templates and themes

     •    Master Smart Collections and other advanced features

     •    Keep a nature/garden log

     •    Manage projects

     •    Create storyboards

     •    And more...much more


Bento is the best way to organize your life.

Your contacts, events, tasks, projects, stuff, everything.

This book makes Bento even better. (And even easier.)

Learn how to use everything that’s built into Bento...and extend Bento
to do even more.

Quick. Elegant. Smart. And 100% Mac.

That’s Bento. And that’s the Bento Book.

Bento 2 adds new features.

Find out what’s new and how to use hot relations, export
and import Bento libraries, and use new view features.

About the Author

Jesse Feiler knows Macs and databases inside out. He’s author of Special Edition Using FileMaker 9 and many other books. His day job? Helping small businesses and nonprofits use databases to work smarter, faster, better, and more happily. For book updates, go to

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Solesio on 31 May 2009
Format: Paperback
The Bento Book: Beauty and Simplicity in Digital Organization (FileMaker)
I downloaded the electronic version of this book as I hoped it would explain developing related tables thoroughly. Unfortunately it is not particularly well explained and is not much more useful than the basic electronic manual.

I was really hoping for mre examples and better illustrations - many of which are almost impossible to see on the electronic version of the book.

All in all I didn't find this book worth the money. Disappointing.
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By Dr. Norman White on 12 Sept. 2012
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I have only recently started to use Bento and only recently discovered that the facilities I wanted were only available as add-ons from the web site.Since i am retired I only need limited options though i imagine the range of options would be useful to any busy working individual.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Only One Problem 1 Nov. 2008
By P. Jones - Published on
Format: Paperback
Finally a book about the wonderful Bento database. My only complaint is that the text refers to illustrations that are too faint to read. I would certainly not mind paying a few dollars more for color illustrations or more clarity in the black and white print.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Difficult to read. 17 Jun. 2009
By Fred M - Published on
Format: Paperback
The font on this book is much too small to read and the book tries to cover both Bento 1.0 and 2,0 to cover users of both versions but makes it very diifficult to understand at times. Recommend major rewrite.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Chapter 11 Worth the Price 24 Oct. 2008
By Susan Enid Gertz - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been trying to migrate from Projects in Entourage to Bento. While I miss some things in Projects, I love a lot of things in Bento. Hoping to power up my usage I bought this book. Chapter 11 on Designing a Projects Library with Related Notes was worth the price of purchase for me. Now, I can have a Notes library that is linked to every other library and enter multiple notes in one place by date. If the note is relevant to a particular project, I can show it in that project's window. GREAT for logging phone calls, ideas, etc. This is far superior to a separate text field for notes in each form.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
good user's guide for Bento 10 May 2009
By John Smith - Published on
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I purchased this book for the very positive reviews it has regarding its usefulness in learning to use Bento, especially because some reviews extolled the book's coverage regarding many-to-many (M-T-M) relationships in Bento (Chapter 11). While I wasn't disappointed with its explanation and samples, it does not directly address the many-to-many relationships capability of the program except in the form of an example that happens to employ the feature. While all relational databases are capable of creating complex M-T-M relationships, I have yet to find one that simplifies creating M-T-M relationships as Bento does. (It would be nice if M-T-M relationships could be created as easily with FileMaker.) The problem is that the book does not explain this process very well; it just provides an example that happens to create an M-T-M relationship. I think a future edition of this book could treat M-T-M more directly and could better explain this powerful capability of Bento.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
OK, but not much different from the Apple docs 3 Jun. 2010
By JoeT - Published on
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This is a good intro book to Bento.
It's only good (and not great) because it's not significantly different from the documentation on the Apple site.
I can only reason that Bento is not a really complex application and there is only so much to say.
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