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4.0 out of 5 stars Basic database for Mac.
Bento is a basic database for unsophisticated Mac users. It is very easy to use and inexpensive compared (for example) Filemaker.

If you need to create a list of your contacts, your photos or whatever Bento is ideal and also user friendly. No, it is not a fully fledged bells and whistles database but for many people it will be all they need.

If...
Published on 18 Aug 2008 by Mr. Peter Holland

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1.0 out of 5 stars Might be useful one day
As it stands this product has a lot that is right with it - it is very easy to use, and it is well aimed at the consumer. There is no way I'd even think about getting Filemaker Pro - it's total overkill, but there are things for which this kind of software would be very useful.

However - there is something that totally cripples this piece of software...
Published on 18 Aug 2008 by Sebastian English


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1.0 out of 5 stars Might be useful one day, 18 Aug 2008
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Sebastian English (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bento 1.0 (Mac) (CD-ROM)
As it stands this product has a lot that is right with it - it is very easy to use, and it is well aimed at the consumer. There is no way I'd even think about getting Filemaker Pro - it's total overkill, but there are things for which this kind of software would be very useful.

However - there is something that totally cripples this piece of software.

Databases are useless if you can only get information in, and not back out. And such is the case with Bento. The print and export functions are practically non-existant. This is my personal gripe - I would have loved to have used this to create checklists for packing to move out, but as it is I would have to physically have my Macbook constantly, which is totally impractical when what you want is a sheet of paper and a pen.

Admittedly you have .csv export, but you so little control over what information ends up in the exported file - which again, means you have to spend a fair bit of time after exporting tweaking it until you've got what you want, when it could have been so much easier.

Other users have other gripes which are pretty big too. If you check the support forum, you can see many other complaints that are pretty big (such as lack of integration with other programs).

My conclusion of this is that this program feels like a beta. It has enough there for you to get the jist of what it might become, but lacking some of the attention to detail and important features that make it a completed piece of software.

My advice - watch this space. A little bit of tweaking could go a long way at the moment, so v.1.1 has potential to be really good (when they finally announce it); however, as it is, 1.0 isn't worth it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic database for Mac., 18 Aug 2008
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Mr. Peter Holland "peterhollandz" (Colchester, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bento 1.0 (Mac) (CD-ROM)
Bento is a basic database for unsophisticated Mac users. It is very easy to use and inexpensive compared (for example) Filemaker.

If you need to create a list of your contacts, your photos or whatever Bento is ideal and also user friendly. No, it is not a fully fledged bells and whistles database but for many people it will be all they need.

If uncertain download the trial version and see whether it is for you before buying. You will only dislike Bento if there is a functionality which you need and which it does not have. Otherwise you'll like it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not compatible, 16 Jun 2011
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David (Dublin 9, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bento 1.0 (Mac) (CD-ROM)
This product does not work with Snow Leopard.
You can however, for marginally cheaper than a normal purchase of the latest version of Bento, upgrade the product.
If you go down this route, you will have to go through the whole process to register this version first and then purchase the new version which you will then have to complete the whole registration process again.
A bit much effort for saving a couple of pounds.
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