Synopses & Reviews
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 www.thebentobook.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction . . . 1
1 Bento: The Database for the Rest of Us . . . 7
2 Using the Bento Window . . . 21
3 Working with Bento Forms . . . 43
4 Building a Bento Library from Your Own Data . . . 53
5 Working with Phone, URL, IM, and Address Fields and Lists in Contacts . . . 65
6 Working with Bento Fields and Calculations . . . 75
7 Expanding the Inventory Library with Related Records and Collections . . . 93
8 Using Built-In Bento Libraries for Address Book . . . 113
9 Using Built-In Bento Libraries for iCal Tasks and iCal Events . . . 127
10 Working with Bento’s Projects Library to Use Related Records from iCal Tasks, iCal Events, and Address Book . . . 139
11 Designing a Projects Library with Related Notes . . . 151
12 Building a Garden/Nature Log . . . 165
13 Organizing a Group Project with Bento . . . 177
14 Creating a Storyboard with Bento . . . 189
15 Importing and Exporting Bento Data and Libraries . . . 199
16 Managing an Email List from Constant Contact or Vertical Response with Bento . . . 207
17 Bento Quickies . . . 225
Index . . . 233