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Bento Alternatives

Bento is described as 'Meet Bento, the breakthrough new version of the wildly popular personal database from Claris FileMaker' and is an app. There are more than 25 alternatives to Bento for a variety of platforms, including Mac, iPhone, Online / Web-based, iPad and Windows. The best alternative is Airtable, which is free. Other great apps like Bento are Google Sheets, NocoDB, LibreOffice - Base and Microsoft Office Access.

Bento alternatives are mainly Database Managers but may also be Spreadsheet Apps or Personal Information Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Bento.
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  1. Airtable is the easy but powerful organizational tool that works exactly the way you want. It's as fast and flexible as a spreadsheet, but offers a refreshingly clean, modern way to organize and collaborate on everything.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableAirtable is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Airtable simultaneously.
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    Google Sheets

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Google Sheets, part of Google Drive , is an online spreadsheet app that lets you create and format spreadsheets and simultaneously work with other people. Here's what you can do with Google Sheets:

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Google Sheets simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGoogle Sheets can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Import CSV DataGoogle Sheets can import data from a CSV (Comma seperated values) file.
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    Very different logic (and function)

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    Google Sheets is a reasonable spreadsheet alternative (like the ubiquitary Microsoft Excel). Do not have pratical (relational) database function.

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    Spreadsheets aren't sortable like databases are.

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    Google sheets are not able to display the database in another format than tables. If you have pictures they will be shown as an url link.

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    NocoDB is a feature-rich, open source #NoCode platform that turns any database into a smart spreadsheet similar to Airtable.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableNocoDB is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    LibreOffice - Base

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com

    Base is a full-featured desktop database front end, designed to meet the needs of a broad array of users, for all kinds of usages, such as keeping track of collections of objects,maintaining customer information databases,maintaining student grade and curriculum...

    ⚫︎ PortableLibreOffice - Base can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Microsoft Access, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a database management system for Windows that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Microsoft Office Access simultaneously.
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    Access has much more focus on database functionality, much less on user accessibility

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  6. Symphytum is a personal database software for everyone who desires to manage and organize data in an easy and intuitive way, without having to study complex database languages and software user interfaces.

    ⚫︎ Import CSV DataSymphytum can import data from a CSV (Comma seperated values) file.
    ⚫︎ PortableSymphytum can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Discontinued

    The GitHub repository is archived, no longer maintained.

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    Claris FileMaker

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    FileMaker is a cross-platform relational database application. It integrates a database engine with a graphical user interface and security features, allowing users to modify the database by dragging new elements into layouts, screens, or forms.

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    FileMaker Pro is just the best. However, for the home user, it's far too expensive. :-(

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  8. Tap Forms is a very powerful organizational tool designed to help you keep track of all your life's most important information.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingTap Forms supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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Using the custom layout designer on Mac, you can generate printable labels for any of the data stored in your form fields. With over a thousand Avery® label sizes available, you can quickly and easily create and print any quantity of labels, no mail merges or data sorting required. Print address labels for clients, or print price stickers for new merchandise to efficiently track your product inventory.
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    no PW, uneasy to use, difficult to sync mac and iphone, no other templates etc.

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    Tap Forms imports Bento templates in one step. It re-creates all your Bento layouts and imports all your records, including photos and file attachments.

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  9. Smartsheet is a web-based project management, task management and work collaboration software.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Smartsheet simultaneously.
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    Steward Database

    • Mac

    Steward is a personal database for organizing everything. It's easy to use.

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