Bento Alternatives

    Bento is described as 'Meet Bento, the breakthrough new version of the wildly popular personal database from FilmMaker'. 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 Google Drive - Sheets, which is free. Other great apps like Bento are Airtable (Freemium), LibreOffice - Base (Free, Open Source), Microsoft Office Access (Paid) and Symphytum (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 6, 2021

    1. 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:
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      Google Drive - Sheets vs Bento opinions
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      Google Sheets is a reasonable spreadsheet alternative (like the ubiquitary Microsoft Excel). Do not have pratical (relational) database function.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Very different logic (and function)
      Negative comment 24 days ago

      Spreadsheets aren't sortable like databases are.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      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.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    2. 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.
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    3. 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...
    4. 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.
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      Microsoft Office Access vs Bento opinions
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      xx12 Access has much more focus on database functionality, much less on user accessibility
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

    5. 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.


      The GitHub repository is archived, no longer maintained.

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      Most users think Symphytum is a great alternative to Bento.

    6. 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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      Claris FileMaker vs Bento opinions
      Most users think Claris FileMaker is a great alternative to Bento.
      FileMaker Pro is just the best. However, for the home user, it's far too expensive. :-(
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    7. Tap Forms is a very powerful organizational tool designed to help you keep track of all your life's most important information.
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      Tap Forms vs Bento opinions
      Most users think Tap Forms is a great alternative to Bento.
      brendanduddridge 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.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      no PW, uneasy to use, difficult to sync mac and iphone, no other templates etc.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

    8. Smartsheet is a web-based project management, task management and work collaboration software. Simple Smartsheet harnesses the power of a platform within the simplicity of a spreadsheet. No training required – get up and running in minutes.
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    9. Records is the most innovative personal database app ever designed. Efficiently collect and organize any kind of information, from your movies to your customer invoices in this easy-to-use database creation and management tool.
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    10. Steward is a personal database for organizing everything. It's easy to use.
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