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Date: 2/15/12 0:46 AM

I'm thinking of starting a database to inventory my personal stuff - books, magazine articles, other data. I want to be able to record titles, authors, some personal categories, and notes to myself - then sort or do searches in various ways. I can never remember where things are. I do have the Threads Archive but want something different where I can make my own notes. Because I've never used a database program my mind automatically went to Excel as a solution, utilizing pivot tables and searches. But I bet there's a lot of functionality in a database program that would be better in the long run. Does anyone have experience with Bento or other programs? I'd love to hear about it.

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Date: 2/15/12 1:19 AM

We use Bento for recipes and menus. They are then linked to when we made them and served to which guests. Also add notes and ideas if we can. For recipes from books we refer to the book and the page.

We love cooking and entertaining and this way we never serve the same thing twice to people.

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Date: 2/15/12 6:54 AM

There has been quite a bit of discussion about Bento on the boards, mainly in relation to using it to catalogue patterns. If you go to the 'search board' function (top RHS once you are in the message board) and search on Bento in messages you will find lots. I was going to give you some links but there are so many it would be better if you search yourself and find the ones that are relevant.

Bento gets a good heads up from most users. Unfortunately I don't have a Mac so it is not an option for me. I am in the process of trialling a few different programs/apps for pattern cataloguing and plan to do a summary once I am finished.

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Date: 2/15/12 8:11 AM

I love Bento! I have it on my Mac and my Ipad- I really like the functionality. I find myself using the iPad version the most. You can snap a photo of a pattern on the fly and add it, which is great. I have it set up so I can link it to my pattern reviews, my blog or other sites. I also take photos of each page of my pattern magazines and add them in as well.
I am fairly simplistic in how I set it up- pattern number, company, tags, 2 photo boxes, links, sizes, fabrics is about it. I don't want it to be so info heavy that I put off adding patterns!
I forgot to add that the program syncs well between different computers- I believe it looks at when things were changed/added and changes accordingly- and will do it wifi if you have that capability.
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Date: 2/15/12 10:41 AM

Jenny - Thanks for the suggestion and I will do the search for previous posts.

Connie and Gilraen - Thank you for the comments and encouragement. This sounds like something that will be a solution for me. I can't wait to get started!

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Date: 2/16/12 0:54 AM

I use Bento for my patterns and my fabric. I also have it on my iPhone & iPad. Love the iPhone app as it allows me to have a photo of the pattern front and back when I'm shopping.

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