FileMaker ships Bento personal database for Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard

Personal database that organizes your busy lifeFileMaker, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Bento, a personal database created to help Mac users organize their lives. Designed specifically for Mac OS X Leopard, Bento is an easy way to organize contacts, calendars, projects, events, and more — all in one place.

With the intuitive iTunes-style interface in Bento, users can accomplish any of the following in minutes:
• Manage virtually unlimited contact details
• Coordinate events, parties, and fundraisers
• Track projects, assignments and deadlines
• Connect related information together to see more details
• Prioritize things that need to get done
• Catalog inventory, donations and items for sale
• Record hours worked and payments due
• Assign ratings to service providers and sellers
• Create libraries for music, movies and media
• Store files and photos related to projects and events

Bento costs US$49, or $99 for a family pack of five licenses, and is available on the FileMaker Web store, at Apple retail and web stores, and other places where software is sold.

Since the public preview of Bento began Nov. 13, more than 140,000 copies have been downloaded.

Bento requires Mac OS X v.10.5 Leopard on a Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5 or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor. A minimum of 512MB of RAM and 1GB of hard drive space is recommended. A CD drive is required for installation of boxed software.

FileMaker, Inc. develops award-winning database software. Its products include the legendary FileMaker Pro product line for Windows, Mac and the Web, and the new Bento personal database for Mac. Millions of customers, from individuals to large organizations, rely on FileMaker, Inc. software to manage, analyze and share information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Inc.


  1. This single-user limited db is very pretty, but from the forums does not meet many of the most basic db needs.

    I would suggest Apple add Bento to iWork as the data module (e.g. to support mail-merging from Pages) and bring FileMaker back closer into the fold with all the multi-user, auto-related multi-file, internet-enabled, cross-platform functionality for pro-users. Yet, even home users need some pro-functions such as sharing.

  2. I showed the Bento preview to a PC/Windows programmer relative who was writing a program to track his gun collection. He appeared to be very favorably impressed and also a bit dejected. Think of all of the time that he spent with M$ coding that he could have spent photographing his weapons and inserting the pictures, serial numbers, ammunition type, etc. into Bento. You could even track shot pattern data/photographs, service history, etc. by creating, dragging and dropping new fields.

    I intend to purchase this product. You can imagine so many potential uses for it in addition to the built-in connectivity to iCal and Address Book.

  3. Bento is <u>not</u> Filemaker Lite. I’ve used the Beta and can assure you it is “too light” for that title. OTOH, it is easy to use, attractive, and able to deal with most of what a purely Home User needs to do. Address Book, Calender, Collections … the little things that make life that much less difficult. It will be quite useful for my wife when it comes to keeping track of submission deadlines for plays and the like. Maybe now she can get around to organizing her Address Book!
    $100 is a bit steep for a Family Pack … $70 would be better. If I can’t figure a third place to load it … just my wife’s, I guess.

  4. Bento is beautiful and very easy to use. However, I discovered that it cannot produce mailing labels unless the records are in your Address Book app. I believe when they add that option I will be able to use it in my business as my needs are pretty basic. With a few improvements like that I believe it will be a great product.

  5. I wish it had more fields that could export to Address Book.

    I had a strange occurrence when I had iTunes playing and iCal and Address Book and Safari going with Bento. Things were slowing down, so I tried closing a couple of apps, and the dock showed them to still be open after they were forced quit. I finally clicked on the icon to restart it, and the little ball under them would finally disappear, but the program didn’t restart till I clicked again. Just once, but strange.

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