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Posted on: 12/30/11 12:50 PM
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The best way for me to organize my growing stash & projects is with Bento, software that's available for your computer, iphone, or ipad. You can create custom libraries with their multitude of free templates. I have separate ones for my stash, patterns, projects, notions & serger stitches. I will also be expanding this to include my sizable yarn collection.

The nice thing is that you can link items from different libraries to one another. So, for a project I can link the pattern, fabric & whatever notions I'm using. Then, I can tap on any one of those & it will take me to those individual listings.

You can also customize how you sort your items & view them. I've got fabric sorted by fiber, patterns alphabetically & notions by type with pictures showing for each of them.

The one thing that took a little while to get used to was customizing the individual libraries. When you customize an entry (adding or removing a field such as fabric width) it changes it across all the listings you have in that one library (i.e. you change a field in your fabric stash library & it makes the change across all the other items in that library, but not in any of your other libraries such as patterns).

The great thing about this software is that it wasn't made to be sewing software. It comes pre-loaded with templates for all sorts of things like contacts, to-do lists, financial records, class records, inventory for your cd's & dvd's, and soooo much more. Since it's so heavily customizable you can use it for just about anything. The only thing I really dislike is that you have to pay for the iphone, ipad & computer apps separately. However, once you do all of the apps on your different devices will sync up together. So, you can do all of the adding on your computer & instantly have it update the app on your phone so that when you go to the fabric store you entire stash is there. However, I have only used the ipad version of the software, so I can't comment on how seamless the syncing is.

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threadandthumb said... (1/17/12 5:17 PM) Reply
I use a PC so no Bento for me - However, I found MS OneNote will help me file as I surf online and/or file my supplies. Thanks for the idea!
JodieT said... (12/31/11 3:59 PM) Reply
Thank you for your review and tips. I have Bento, but have not used it to its fullest potential. It takes a while to get all the info into it.
JoyceP said... (12/31/11 9:20 AM) Reply
Sounds interesting & I took a look at their website. Seems it's only for Apple products: Mac, iPhone, iPad.... I'm a PC/Linux gal, so guess I'll just stick with free software like LibreOffice.It's available for Mac, Win & Linux platforms. Just another alternative :-)
Nancywin said... (12/31/11 0:30 AM) Reply
Thanks for the review! I am considering getting this for my Macbook. Knowing that it syncs with the iPhone is a bonus!
jenleeC said... (12/31/11 0:16 AM) Reply
I've seen a few PR members recommending Bento so I may have to give it a serious look! I currently just use an excel spreadsheet but a dedicated data base program should be much better.
Riv said... (12/30/11 6:41 PM) Reply
Great to hear the helpful hints that you discovered....but the whole review is so exciting, I must get one. Thanks
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