Is this the most recent release version of Bento?
Is Bento open or closed when you attempted this?
Yes, I have Bento 4.0.3, and it is closed when I try to launch Filemaker.
Have you tried this with the same FileMaker file each time or have you tried this with a brand new file and gotten the same results?
I'm not sure what you mean. I deleted Filemaker and re-installed it this afternoon but the same thing happens.
FileMaker can create different database files just like MS Word can create different document files. If you were opening the same file each time and then selecting Import Records to try and import the data, there was a small chance that the file you were using had a problem. That doesn't appear to be the case from what you have described.
I've based my question thus far to rule out common issues that I've seen here in this section of the forum. Not being a Bento user, (don't have a Mac), there's not much more I can suggest, but maybe TSBear or someone else can offer more.
I'm having the same problem. You can get round it by exporting your bento records as text and selecting comma separated value (csv) as the format option. It's not a complete solution but at least your data is available to make up filemaker forms. I'd still like to know why Filemaker crashes when trying to import Bento records.
I've just recently bought FileMaker Pro for my Mac, having been impressed with Bento, but recognizing its limitations. My first action was to import from one of my Bento 4 databases but I got a message telling me that there was no facility to import from Bento 4, and FileMaker Pro froze. I had to Force Quit.
So my first task in FileMaker became finding a work around that allowed me to import - I went via .xlsx and lost all the images in the process. Now I have to re-jig the FileMaker forms so I can include the lost images.
Not the introduction I was expecting. Can anyone tell me when an import routine is expected to be available, as I have other dbs to import?
Our Development department is currently investigating an issue where attempting to import from a Bento Data Source when multiple copies of Bento are installed will cause FileMaker Pro to hang/crash. To check for other versions of Bento, try searching for Bento in spotlight. Then, remove all but the latest version installed. Even if the different version is installed somewhere other than the Applications folder, it can still cause this issue.
Neil - thanks for your advice. I will try to import my Bento records this way tonight. Here's hoping it works!
@TSBear - thank you for your comment. I deleted BentoOld.app and was able to import the text part of the database directly.
Anyone solve this or continue to have the same problem?
I just got FMP 11 because I wanted to bring in a specific Bento database and am getting the dreaded crash.
Background. Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion, FMPro 11.0v4. Bento 4.0.6. There is no other older Bento program on my hard drive.
FileMaker Quick Start guide comes up.
Click on Convert an Existing File...
At bottom of open dialogue box, I click on Show: "Excel Workbooks (.xlsx) and
Select "Bento Data Source..."
CRASH FileMaker Pro, nothing else, that was it. I can't select any database or anything as FMPro crashed before any database selection came up.
If Bento was running beforehand, FMPro would ask me to close it.
If I open FMPro instead and create a database from scratch and then go to "File" -> "Import Records" -> "Bento Data Source..." CRASH
Again, no choices or anything, just a crash.
I do not feel like importing 1500 images 1 at a time so CSV import is not an option.
Thank you for your post, and I apologize for the late reply.
If you don't have any older copies of Bento on your hard drive (as FileMaker Pro attempts to launch Bento), then possibly the preference files are damaged. Try removing all Bento preferences files. You will find them located at:
[User Account] -> Library -> Preferences -> com.filemaker.bento*.*
Since you are using Mac OS X 10.7.2 (Lion), Apple has hidden the user's Library folder. Therefore, hold down the option key as you pull down the Go menu and select "Library". Then open the Preferences folder and remove any Bento preferences files.
Launch Bento to create a new Preferences file, and then quit. Then, launch FileMaker Pro and import the Bento Data Source.