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Personal database roundup: Bento is dead, long live Bento

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Lowest price: $265.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • New themes technology
  • New starter solutions
  • More powerful container fields
  • Improved charting
  • Easy to build attractive databases

Cons

  • Learning curve for new selection tool
  • New file format isn't backwards compatible
  • Still can't create and save custom themes
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Price when rated: $20

Pros

  • Basic database creation
  • Large variety of templates
  • 14 different field types
  • Offers a password protection for your databases and password fields

Cons

  • Poor printing options
  • Templates are very basic
  • Limited form customization

At a Glance

You can create a database in Symphytum, but the app doesn't do enough to let you use the data you've entered in any useful way.

Price when rated: $7

Pros

  • Simple database tool
  • Drag-and-drop files from Finder into records
  • Dropbox synchronization

Cons

  • Onerous field creation
  • Poor documentation
  • Cannot import data into existing collections
  • Poor printing capabilities

At a Glance

Tap Forms doesn't have the customization tools that some power users may want, but it has a lot of pre-fabbed databases, iCloud support, and data encryption.

Price when rated: $25

Pros

  • iCloud data synchronization across multiple devices
  • Data encryption options; relational database capabilities

Cons

  • Limited form customization
  • Limited printing options
  • Data in masked fields is visible in some data views
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