In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 29, 2012 / 9 Tamuz, 5772

Flat-file database Bento won't leave users flat-footed

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Simplicity and software are words not often found together: a glance at the toolbars for, say, Microsoft's Word or Excel programs will confirm that. Even working with something as relatively simple as a Portable Document File, or PDF, document, can become a little intimidating as Adobe Acrobat pops into view.

Finding a simple piece of software, therefore, can be a treat, and users of Apple Inc.'s iPad and/or Macintosh computers can have such a treat in Bento 4, a flat-file database released June 19. Bento is a product of FileMaker, the Apple unit whose eponymous database is a favorite with many personal and corporate users.

The pricing is a treat, too: through July 31, the iPad version costs $4.99; the desktop software is only $29.99. (On August 1, those prices go to $9.99 and $49.99, respectively.)

For under $5 bucks, it's hard to go wrong. When it comes to Bento and the iPad, it's very easy to go incredibly right.

Here's why: the iPad is great for grabbing and holding a bunch of data, and Bento 4 is great at organizing it. The program comes with 25 built-in templates for things such as a home inventory (or one for your business), to-do items, time billing, event planning, expenses, vehicle maintenance, customers or donations. You can design your own templates rather easily, and everything works, nicely, with the iPad's interface. Template design there is a drag-and-drop process.

There are great ways of viewing your data, in form, table, and split-screen views, as well as multi-field sorting (all top-selling employees with a last name beginning with "G," let's say) and highlighted search results. GPS locations can also be added to records, another handy feature when on the go.

Even at $9.99, this is a bargain, but at half that price, it's a steal. Depending on just how obsessive-compulsive you are, this program can offer hours of fun and entertainment as you compartmentalize just about every aspect of life.

On the desktop, Bento 4 continues this, allowing you to create your own database or use templates. In both cases, FileMaker offers an online "template exchange" which allows users to download database templates others have created. Whether it's your pencil collection (I kid you know) or your collection of roll-playing game cards, or something in between, there's probably a template for that.

In operation, Bento 4 is fast, easy to use, and there's no steep learning curve. There's online help in the iPad app, and finding answers is no more than two clicks away. You can attach all sorts of media files to a Bento record, including voice memos (recorded in the app), photos and PDF documents. In short, you could have a rather complete customer file in a Bento database, and access everything rather quickly and easily. Which, when one considers it, is kind of what the iPad was meant to do in the first place. Bento simply offers an elegant way to get that done.

Bento is the kind of program you might not think you need, but once you discover it, it's difficult to imagine getting along without it. My only regret - one acknowledged by other reviewers, too - is that there's no way (yet) to synchronize Bento data with applications on a PC, and FileMaker has no plans to publish Bento for Windows or other platforms. (I would imagine that the Bento application and data would be backed up on a PC when synchronized via iTunes for Windows, however.)

Still, the plusses of having a handy, user-friendly database, at a very affordable price, are enough to make me happy to recommend Bento 4 to just about everyone. If you have an iPad, you won't be disappointed.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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