Bento: The Snack-Size Database
With iCal and Address Book the link is two way, so you can extend the details by adding extra fields and items like video clips but you don’t have to update phone numbers in two places. If you group records into ‘collections’ by hand or using rules, you’ll still see these as groups when you go back to Address Book so you can separate personal and business contacts. The layout reflows as you add or delete fields and you can choose from 20 pre-designed themes as well as creating your own form layouts, so you get a professional result.
There are 23 more ‘library’ templates for organizing information like expenses, iTunes downloads or an eBay business and you can link two collections without needing to know anything about relational databases. Bento doesn’t have the power of a full database tool like FileMaker itself but it’s an appealing tool for organizing the kind of personal information you often keep in an unwieldy spreadsheet into a sleek Leopard-look interface.