Tuesday, 06 April 2010 13:10

Bento expands to cover iPad


Apple subsidiary FileMaker has welcomed the iPad's arrival with a version of Bento for the new tablet plus a corresponding update for the Mac version of the personal database software.

The iPad version of the Bento personal database app (previously available for the iPhone and iPod touch) has been designed to take full advantage of the iPad's larger screen.

For example, a split-screen landscape view shows a list as well as the details of the selected records, and the app uses fonts designed specifically for the iPad and supports iPad gestures.

Alongside Bento for iPad, FileMaker released an update to Bento for Mac.

Bento 3.0.4 for Mac delivers compatibility with the iPad version, and allows synchronisation with one iPad plus either one iPhone or one iPod touch.

That's slightly more generous than just one device, but still seems stingy. A user might work in an environment where mobile phones are forbidden but iPods are permissible, but carry an iPhone out of hours and use an iPad at home.

That's not the only situation where you might want to sync one copy of Bento for Mac with more mobile devices than permitted by FileMaker, so please read on.

And it isn't difficult to imagine a scenario where a couple might jointly use Bento for Mac to help plan an event such as a major party, and both want to sync the relevant data with their iPhones.

Despite iPad support being the only listed change, FileMaker officials stated "Everyone using a previous version of Bento 3 for Mac should download and install Bento 3.0.4 for Mac."

Bento for iPad costs $US4.99/$A5.99. The Bento 3.0.4 for Mac update is free; the full program costs $US49/$A79.


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