FileMaker has upgraded its human-friendly Mac database software Bento. New in version 4 is the capability to print mailing labels, inventory tags, name badges, and other labels from within the software. Other printing options make an appearance, too — you now get finer-grained printing controls, and new printer-friendly themes. Also new is the capability to export templates with data (so that you can share pre-populated databases with others), Location Data support (so that you can note the exact location where data is entered), and easy date searching. Full release notes are available at FileMaker’s Web site, and quick 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 releases squash a few bugs. ($49 new, $29 upgrade)
Avoid Simple Typos
If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.
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