Bento is a great mac app because it's a database for people who don't know what databases are and it integrates with the user's contacts, photos, emails etc. However it only manually syncs with the iPhone. I was wondering if there is anything like it but on the web.

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iFreeTools Creator is the app I am building, to meet such a requirement. It is built over Google App Engine and can be accessed using a web-browser. Requires nothing more than a Google or a Google Apps user account to get going.

More details of the app are provided in this answer here : https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/11971/cms-with-microsoft-access-features/11987#11987


Do you mean a web service? Considering contacts, photos, emails, the first thing coming to my mind is...Google...yes, the simple but obvious answer, Google Contacts, Picasa Web, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Task, Gtalk, etc, all under one account, who else would even think about reinvent the wheel?

Of course, iCloud could do that too.

  • Bento is a dynamic database. Google's contacts, gmail... are all static databases. There is no (easy) way to define a relationship between an email and a contact like you can with bento. – Steve Moser Dec 2 '11 at 19:56
  • Steve, actually I've never used bento, but I do have draft idea of what it is, I think what you want is how bento organize contacts and it's related resources, yes, it looks more visualized and easy to operate, but I also believe Gmail do has easy way to illustrate relationship between email and contact by search function, just not fit your requirement. – POPOEVER Dec 3 '11 at 17:58
  • And sorry I don't understand about the idea of dynamic database and static database, could you enlighten me on this? Thanks. – POPOEVER Dec 3 '11 at 18:06
  • I don't think static and dynamic are the technical terms for it but I guess I mean static in the sense that you can't edit the table structure in Gmail (DDL) only the data (DML) but you can create and edit your own tables or libraries as Bento calls them. Thanks for the suggestion though. – Steve Moser Dec 5 '11 at 13:51
  • Thanks @SteveMoser, now I understand. Actually Google Contacts has such customizable fields for additional information input, but only offer couple of field types, and obviously Bento is much comprehensive and flexible. I'm staying with Google product line because it meets my base requirement of lightweight, compatibility and cross-platform consistency, which simplifying my working procedure. Thank you for your information about Bento, it will help me taking a further look into this product. – POPOEVER Dec 6 '11 at 3:49

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