Posted 29 September 2009 - 06:07 AM
A $20 rebate. Mister Mister Battersby, you can scratch a paragraph from your review.
Santayana, George. The Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense. Scribner's, 1905, page 284
Posted 29 September 2009 - 06:26 AM
As databases go, FileMaker is among the easiest to use of the powerful middleware class of applications. It can be shared over the web, and it can connect to corporate enterprise class databases. It's mature, elegant, and rich in both appearance and capability, and in the right hands, it can be configured to run a small business from one end to the other.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 06:50 AM
Posted 29 September 2009 - 07:56 AM
Has Filemaker itself become weird, or is Bento the product of a secret cabal within the company that nixes any feature that'd make it as handy as Filemaker. It does seem that Bento is targeting the 'boutique' database market: photographers with a strange interest in contemplating each and every photograph a particular customer purchases. Most of use, photographers or not, don't have time for that silliness.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 08:06 AM
And yet, for what it is, you can't really justify putting quotes around the word inexpensive. Any software that you don't need is too expensive, but if Bento's feature set actually has value to you $130 is peanuts for a SOHO DBMS. And then, of course, no one's actually forcing you to upgrade either. If what you have meets your needs, save the $30.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 08:15 AM
Posted 29 September 2009 - 08:16 AM
Except, of course, that operationally Apple and FileMaker are distinct entities. The wholly-owned-subsidiary relationship doesn't mean that the parent automatically has free access to all the child's property and resources. That fact is why Claris came into being in the first place.
Also, to be honest, a decent DBMS is a much larger project than any other component of iWork. A good DBMS is a larger project than all of iWork. iWork is a bargain for $50, even while some of its components clearly have room to improve. (I'm looking at you and your formula recalc, Numbers.) Bento is a bargain for $50. iWork plus Bento for less than $100, which is the only reason I can think of that someone would say Bento should be "part of" iWork, would be frankly ridiculous. Any investor paying attention would be complaining like you wouldn't believe, and it's the investors to whom Apple is ultimately answerable.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 08:25 AM
The start and end of this message are, to me, the most interesting. Bento is a fairly crippled, limiting database in the eyes of someone who's been using databases for 30 years. I would suggest, as a recovering Oracle DBA and a heavy user of MySQL and FileMaker, that Bento isn't *for* people who can say they've been using DBMS's for decades. It's for mom and for that guy who owns the head shop next town over so they can meet their relatively straightforward organizational needs without the expense/hassle of learning a "real" DBMS, hurting themselves by abusing a spreadsheet or calling you in as an unpaid consultant.
And for that last one, if nothing else, you should be happy Bento exists. No one forces you to use it, but at the same time it's a bit presumptuous to suggest that it can't be the right tool for anyone. It's a $50 DBMS that doesn't require its users to know anything about databases.