Review: Bento for iPad a great companion for the Mac version
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Review: Bento for iPad a great companion for the Mac version


FileMaker Inc's. Bento for iPad is a great companion app to its Mac version of the software, as well as a solid stand-alone solution. And at US$4.99, it's a great buy.

The app is based on Bento for iPhone with enhancements to make the most of the iPad screen. Bento for the iPhone and iPod touch was pretty good, but the software reaches a whole new level of usability on the bigger screen of the latest Apple device.

Bento for iPad enables users to manage contacts, track projects, plan events and more, and can be used by itself or synchronized with Bento 3 for Mac. It integrates with Apple's Safari, Mail, Address Book and Google Maps. But not, alas, the Mac OS X Calendar.

If, like you, you're already a Bento user (I use it mainly for home inventory), syncing the Mac and iPad versions is easy. The "Sync & Setup" button at the top of the iPad screen lets you connect to your desktop Mac, keeping any changes in your records synced. The iWork apps on the iPad should work so well.

You can sync with the the built-in templates. What of the hundreds of Bento templates available for the Mac? f you have Bento 3 for Mac, you can download a BTX templates and sync them to the iPad and iPhone. Cool.

It works in both portrait and landscape views and automatically switches between views as the user rotates the iPad. Rotate the iPad to landscape mode, and you can see all of your libraries on the left while working on data on the right. Rotate it to portrait mode, and your record expands to fill the screen in one of three customizable backgrounds. You can choose from a leather portfolio, a clipboard, or a sleek sheet of glass on a black background. I prefer the leather, which offers a classy pro look.

You touch the screen to edit information in choice, date and rating fields and checkboxes. A new "quick tap" lets you watch videos, view photos and send e-mails. Plus, tapping lets you expand or contract text fields. You can access web links in Bento without leaving the app, which adds an illusion of multitasking. URLs and e-mail can be viewed using the integrated browser and e-mail feature for sending e-mails from addresses in your database.

Bento for iPad features notebook, clipboard, and glass themes that you can apply to any Bento library (a library is a group of info you're tracking). It also includes 25 pre-designed, good looking and customizable templates, including event planning, time billing, recipes, classes, dieting and more. All templates are fully modifiable, so you can create own libraries to suit a particular type of task. What's more, Bento for iPad supports 15 field types including text, numbers, choice, checkbox, media, time, date, durations, currency, rating, address, phone number, email, URL and IM Account.

Bento for iPad is available (in English only) from the U.S. Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/). It will be available in other countries when iPad is available there.

-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$100.75
Apple Inc.
+0.64
GOOG
$577.36
Google Inc.
+1.00
MSFT
$46.36
Microsoft Corpora
-0.08
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

apeFilter (Music)
apeFilter 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Shred It! Review
Shred It! Review By Jennifer Allen on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: GORGEOUS BUT BASICUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It might look lovely, but Shred It! is a pretty shallow endless runner/snowboarding game.   | Read more »
It Came From Canada: Angry Birds: Transf...
Anyone afraid that throwing Transformers into the Angry Birds mix would result in a Michael Bay-level of childhood pillaging can rest easy. While Rovio’s famous fowls may be a 21st century staple, Angry Birds: Transformers wears its affection for the 80s on its sleeve. But is mere retro reverence enough to justify this crossover? We find out in... | Read more »
Galaxy Trucker Review
Galaxy Trucker Review By Rob Thomas on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: IN FOR THE LONG HAULiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad We got a great big convoy, rockin’ through the night… the endless night of outer space, that is. And the ships are made out of pipes. Don’t question it. It’s Galaxy Trucker and it’s now on iPad! | Read more »
Moon and Sun – children’s book Review
Moon and Sun – children’s book Review By Amy Solomon on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: Moon and Sun is a fable-like children’s book with lush illustrations.   Developer: Marcio Monteiro Price: $3.99 Version: 1.0 App Reviewed on: iPad 3 | Read more »
Kairosoft Finally Brings The Pyraplex to...
Kairosoft Finally Brings The Pyraplex to iOS Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 30th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Yeti’s Parole Officer Review
Yeti’s Parole Officer Review By Jennifer Allen on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Yeti’s Parole Officer proves that looks aren’t everything in this entertaining, if plain, piece of interactive fiction.   | Read more »
Record Keeper and World Wide Words – Two...
Record Keeper and World Wide Words – Two New Final Fantasy Games Arrive on iOS in Japan Posted by Ellis Spice on September 30th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
iPollute Review
iPollute Review By Nadia Oxford on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: iPOLLUTE, uPOLLUTEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad iPollute is a delightful-looking pollution simulator, though it’s a bit light on “game” content.   | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: September 22-26, 2...
Your Source For The Latest App Reviews   | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.