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Coming from MS Access, to FMP or Bento 3?

Question asked by LloydStamps on Dec 6, 2009
Latest reply on Dec 8, 2009 by LloydStamps


Coming from MS Access, to FMP or Bento 3?


I'm a brand-new Macintosh user; my Macbook Pro arrived last week. So the operating system is the latest (OS X? Snow Leopard) I've been using Windows for ages, and I use Microsoft Access quite a bit for my stamp collecting business: My customers list, and inventory list are in it. I don't use Access' relational features, but I use mail-merge extensively to create the HTML for web pages, eBay listings, and post-sale customer letters. That is, I have templates, into which Access-Word plug specific information. (My website is and my name on eBay is "LloydStamps" if you want to take a look.)


I can't decide whether I should get Filemaker Pro or Bento. The only references I've seen on this site to mail-merge have been about creating e-mail messages.


Which do you suggest? Which will do what I want? Thanks in advance.