Sales of Bento for iPhone and iPod touch top 100,000

Apple Online StoreFileMaker, Inc. today announced that it has sold more than 100,000 copies of Bento for iPhone and iPod touch, making it among the most popular productivity apps sold on the Apple App Store.

Designed as both a standalone database and companion app to Bento for the Mac desktop version, Bento for iPhone and iPod touch (US$4.99), is a beautifully designed app that helps anyone get more organized and get more done.

An Apple Staff Pick and favorite among many blog sites, Bento for iPhone syncs wirelessly with the Mac version of Bento, so you can access all of your latest databases on the go, right in the palm of your hand.

“Whether they want to take client information with them on the road, track trip expenses, create To Do lists, manage membership lists, get in shape or plan events, people are enthusiastically embracing Bento for iPhone and iPod touch to organize their busy lives,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker, Inc., in the press release. “We released Bento for iPhone just last May, and it is already among the most popular productivity apps on the Apple App Store.”

With 25 ready-to-use templates and the ability to create new, customized templates right on the iPhone, Bento for iPhone and iPod touch makes organizing contacts, projects, events and more fast and easy.

Bento for iPhone and iPod touch can handle the broadest range of tasks and projects. It’s easy to store text, numbers, dates, times, durations, pictures, sounds, video clips, pop-up choices, check boxes, prices, rates, addresses, phone numbers, ratings, web sites, e-mail addresses, instant messaging accounts and more. Bento for iPhone features iTunes-style searching and instant sorting to make finds fast and easy, and it integrates with other iPhone apps, allowing users to simply tap on a Bento field to call a contact, view a web site, send an e-mail or display a map.

Bento for iPhone and iPod touchworks as a standalone application or can be synchronized with Bento 2.0v5 for Mac or Bento 3 for Mac desktop software.

More info about Bento for iPhone and iPod touch via Apple’s iTunes App Store here.

More info about Bento 3 for Macintosh here.

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.

Source: FileMaker, Inc.


  1. The significance of this story is: When bento can make 350,000 in roughly half a year, imagine how much the game companies are railing in. Tens of millions for a big title like Sims or Assassin’s Creed seems quite conservative.

  2. Imagine how many copies they could sell of a FileMaker Pro iPhone app. Yes, I know about FMTouch and am a happy user of it, but I have to think that a true FileMaker version would be even better.

  3. PXT: I too use Bento. It’s a freaking mess and I cannot recommend it. Version 3 was a massive disappointment and fixed none (as in ZERO) of the programs woeful usability issues. It is by far the worst app I’ve used from a major company.
    Months of waiting/hoping and STILL no true Mail integration, proper spreadsheet support, calendar alarms, etc, etc, etc.
    Trouble is, there’s nothing that does what it does for the price and I don’t have time to learn some expensive complex ‘solution’. For now I have to make it work. Trust me, as soon as something else comes along, I’m dumping it.

    Morgan, I give Bento a 2, out of 5.

  4. I’ve had no problem with Bento for either the Mac or the iPhone; I use it to keep track of my crochet patterns so when I go to yarn shops or sales, I can check and see if I have a pattern that fits a particular yarn rather than buying a bunch of yarn I’ll never use or might not use for a long time.

  5. Tried using Bento and the iPod Bento app for my small business, including syncing client contacts, prioritizing prospects, etc. Something like it would really be useful. Unfortunately the syncing with the iPhone stopped working entirely at a certain point, after I had invested a fair amount of time setting it all up, and no amount of time wasted with support could get it working again. I noticed the latest version is supposed to fix syncing issues withh the iPhone. I may give it another try at some point, but I’m still too annoyed with it for the time being.

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