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Online Training Leader lynda.com Releases Bento 2 Essential Training Course

Course Includes 66 Videos on Key Bento 2 Concepts

Ventura, CA—June 24th, 2009 lynda.com, the award-winning provider of online training and education for consumers, businesses and schools, today announced the availability of Bento 2 Essential Training, a video course covering the basics of FileMaker’s new personal database application for Mac OS X.

Members of the lynda.com Online Training Library® receive on-demand access to the course’s 66 Bento 2 video tutorials, and non-members can access 10 percent of the tutorials for free by visiting the course page.

Bento is a personal database designed for people with no database experience. The application provides Mac OS X users an organizational hub for everything they might want to collect, track, or connect—such as contacts, tasks, photos, projects, and files.

In Bento 2 Essential Training, database expert and Authorized FileMaker Professional Trainer Cris Ippolite introduces the concept of databases to Bento 2 users and demonstrates techniques for getting data into the application. He describes the features of Bento 2 that allow Mac users to create libraries and Smart Collections for all sorts of information, and he shows how to use calculation and media fields.

Bento 2 Essential Training also covers two notable new features in Bento 2: The Bento for iPhone and iPod Touch App, released in May, and the new Bento Template Exchange that launched just last week. Bento users are able to create custom forms, fields, and layouts and save them as templates that can be shared with other Bento users. Exercise files accompany the course.

"Bento 2 by FileMaker allows you to organize everything from your calenders, address books, email, to spreadsheets, and this new version syncs with Bento for iPhone," says Lynda Weinman, founder of lynda.com. "We are very pleased that FileMaker Certified Developer, Cris Ippolite, has returned to extend his expert teaching on this topic."

To view the free movies for Bento 2 Essential Training, visit the Bento 2 Essential Training course page.

Subscriptions to the lynda.com Online Training Library® start at $25 a month, and provides 24-hour access to over 38,000 video tutorials covering Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, web design, digital imaging, 3D, digital video, animation, and many other topics, featuring products from FileMaker, Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, and many others. The company adds several new training courses to its library each week. Multiuser subscriptions are also available for companies and educational institutions seeking to provide learning to groups.

For more information, please visit www.lynda.com or call 1-888-335-9632.

About lynda.com

Founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, lynda.com is the nation’s foremost authority on online training and education, and an award-winning provider of educational materials, including Hands-On Training® instructional books, the Online Training Library®, and CD- and DVD-based video training spanning more than 600 courses for designers, instructors, students, and hobbyists.

From professional software tools including Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Logic, Illustrator and Office, to consumer-friendly education about digital photography, Web design, digital video, and many others, lynda.com’s all-star team of trainers and teachers provides comprehensive and unbiased video-based training to a global membership of tens of thousands of subscribers. Learn more at www.lynda.com.

About Cris Ippolite

Cris Ippolite is the president and founder of iSolutions, Inc., a Santa Monica-based custom software and Web design firm. Cris is a FileMaker Certified Developer as well as an Authorized FileMaker Professional Trainer and one of 25 partner-level FileMaker Solution Alliance members in the world. He is also a regular speaker at several technology conferences, including the FileMaker Developer Conference and Macworld. Visit him on the Web at www.isolutions-inc.com.

Media Contact:
Melody Misiaszek, Marketing Manager
melody@lynda.com
805-477-3900, ext. 122

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker is the leader in easy-to-use database software. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world's largest companies, rely on FileMaker software to manage, analyze and share vital information. The company’s products are the FileMaker Pro line – versatile database software for teams and organizations, for Windows, Mac and the Web – and Bento, the personal database for Mac, iPhone and iPod touch. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple.

Customer contact:
800-325-2747
http://www.filemaker.com

Media contact:
Kevin Mallon
408-987-7227
kevin_mallon@filemaker.com

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