Bento
Bento 4.1.2
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Note: FileMaker is ending development of Bento. It will continue to be available on the FileMaker Store, the App Store, and Mac App Store through 30 September 2013, and FileMaker will provide technical support for Bento products through 30 July 2014.

Bento is a personal database from FileMaker that's as easy to use as a Mac. Bento organizes all your important information in one place, so you can manage your contacts, coordinate events, track projects, prioritize tasks, and more faster and easier than ever before.

Features:
    What's New
    Version 4.1.2:
    • Provides bug fixes and updates related to OS X 10.7 Mountain Lion and Retina displays.
    • Migrates data stored in the Bento iPhoto library to a new Bento Photos library and disconnects from iPhoto. You will still be able to add images from iPhoto to Bento media fields
    • If you purchased Bento 4 from the Mac App Store, please download an update from the Mac App Store when available
    Requirements
    Intel, Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later





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    Bento User Discussion (Write a Review)
    ver. 4.x:
    (23)
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    Overall:
    (59)

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    +57

    Robertcoogan reviewed on 28 Nov 2013
    Overall a very nice and bare-bones db app. I really wish Filemaker would at least continue to support Bento beyond 2014, I bought it just three months ago and feel like I have been ripped off. Would have been nice to know they were stopping development and support, I would have taken my business elsewhere.

    Awesome, Filemaker. Looks like I'm headed back to MySQL.
    [Version 4.1.2]


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    +11
    Old-Grouch commented on 29 Oct 2013
    Maybe now someone will step in to fill the gap and create a decent app this time.
    [Version 4.1.2]


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    +126
    Rubaiyat commented on 06 Oct 2013
    Just goes to show FileMaker (and Apple) DO listen to their customers!

    They finally cancelled it. :)
    [Version 4.1.2]


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    Koloraro commented on 03 Sep 2013
    Anyone has find an alternative to Bento ?
    I almost tried all of the "closed databases" like pedias, librarian, delicious and such but any of them meet my expectations or requirements, so what's nect? I can't afford Filemaker and didn't want to after the failure of Bento.
    Symphythum and iDatabase seems the most similar app here, but also seems to lack on continuous development, like Bento.
    Risk again and loose money and time?
    thanks.
    [Version 4.1.2]


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    +2

    +443
    Anon-Bud commented on 02 Sep 2013
    I'm an avid Bento 3.v user who refused to pay for an upgrade to Bento 4.v when it came out. And now this? Filemaker closing down Bento? Does this really come as a surprise to anyone? Filemaker has shown long, long ago that it doesn't give a whit about its customer base. I was an avid Filemaker customer back in the day, but I refused to continue to pay outrageous prices for minor upgrades disguised as major improvements. Shelling out a hundred bucks every year for some kind of cosmetic change? Forget it!

    It's the same with Adobe, but I shan't rant about that here.

    Filemaker is hoping that loyal Bento fans will migrate to their flagship app [and thus continue to pay their outrageous prices]. This is one fan who will not do so and I urge others to do the same. When Bento finally is unable to keep up with Mac and iOS version upgrades, then and only then will I seek to find an alternate—non-Filemaker—solution.

    Double shame on you Filemaker!
    [Version 4.1.2]


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    +2

    +3

    Bluelemon9 reviewed on 15 Aug 2013
    Damn,Damn,Damn!!
    Maybe it wasn't perfect but it worked for a few things! I have one library that I have updated everyday for the last 3 years. Lots of info!
    It will be difficult, I think, to not only find a new app ,but to then merge my old and new info in that app.

    Frustration!!
    [Version 4.1.2]


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    valerieamandabradleygmailcom7090 reviewed on 05 Aug 2013
    sad to see bento go, hoping to find a better alternative, avid collector here :]
    [Version 4.1.2]


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    +1

    +115
    Appledogx commented on 31 Jul 2013
    Filemaker always made sure Bento was nice looking, but too crippled to do REAL work. If it wasn't a success, Filemaker only has itself to blame. I hope someone comes up with a reasonable cost alternative. Obviously, Filemaker Pro is not it. They forgot that FileMaker started out as a relational database that anybody could easily use, then they just kept increasing the price to push it out of that category. I'm not surprised by this cancellation, but I am a bit angry with this greedy company for doing it.
    [Version 4.1.2]

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    +2

    +92
    Pik80 replied on 02 Aug 2013
    I used it for real work. For another update or two I think they could have nailed the product.
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    +2

    +96
    Mhoutman commented on 30 Jul 2013
    End of Bento:

    http://info.filemaker.com/Bento_Statement.html
    [Version 4.1.2]

    1 Reply

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    +1

    +24
    Szeoli replied on 02 Aug 2013
    This is bad news. Bento is a fine little database application, that I rely on a great deal. I will never buy another product from Filemaker, that's for sure.
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    +24

    Szeoli reviewed on 06 Jan 2013
    I noticed on the AppStore a lot of negative reviews for Bento, due mostly to the abandonment of support for Apple's apps like Contacts and iPhoto. While I can certainly understand that anger from people who relied upon Bento as a interface with those apps, I want to stress that Bento is so much more than that. It is a very handy, easy to use database. I keep all kinds of structured data in it, and am able to easily sync that data among my MacBook, iPad Mini and iPod Touch. I've found it very stable and reliable. It may be the single most useful app I have for cross-device data sharing.
    [Version 4.1.2]


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    +1

    +3
    Eval had trouble on 16 Nov 2010
    This update breaks FileMaker Pro's "Import from Bento Data Source" version checking. If you need this, you should wait for a newer version of FileMaker Pro
    [Version 3.0.5]


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    +20
    STRob had trouble on 19 Nov 2007
    Documentation states that it requires OS 10.5. Unbelievably inconsiderate!!! Filemaker (Apple) should make it backward compatible to at least Panther. Pass.
    [Version 1.0v2r1]

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    MacUpdate-Lon replied on 19 Nov 2007
    It is not a matter of being inconsiderate. Bento is using technologies in 10.5 that do not exist in 10.4, much less 10.3.
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    +680
    sjk replied on 19 Nov 2007
    There are valid reasons why developers may choose not to support *new* software on older OS releases or older hardware. Bento was released after (and for) Leopard so there's really no obligation for FileMaker to support it on Tiger and earlier.

    Count me as someone who's not going to whine about not being able to run Leopard/Intel-only software on my PPC systems. It's not like the software I'm currently satisfied using has suddenly stopped working!
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    +62
    rspeed replied on 19 Nov 2007
    I believe the main reason this is Leopard-only is because of how it interacts with the Address Book and iCal databases. In earlier versions of OS X there was no central database for them, so making changes would be very difficult and risky.
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    +132
    neutralzone replied on 19 Nov 2007
    Although the original post was probably not from a Mac fanboy, this is a good lesson for the fanboys. Every day there are hardcore Mac fans berating software companies who don't upgrade their apps for the latest OSs right away, write in Cocoa, or support special Core technologies or other proprietary Apple features. The fanboys call those companies stupid, shortsighted, or doomed.

    Now here is a developer who is taking full and complete advantage of the latest Apple tech, and they're still getting shot down! Well, the fanboys need to be careful what they wish for sometimes. Making a developer use the latest Apple tools and toys sometimes that means it's impractical to make the product backwards-compatible or cross-platform. If you want an app to be more practical in the world, sometimes you have to give up some of Apple's proprietary features.
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    +11
    HMac replied on 09 Jan 2008
    darn! still got machines w/ both Tiger and Panther -- it'll be a while before I get a new Leopard.

    Is this anything like any of the Devon-Think apps?

    +11

    Nigel2112 rated on 10 Jul 2013

    [Version 4.1.2]



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    Beto-Boton rated on 23 Sep 2012

    [Version 4.1.1]



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    Kgx rated on 03 May 2012

    [Version 4.0.7]



    -5

    Macfleckno rated on 05 Mar 2012

    [Version 4.0.6]



    richardmannich rated on 30 Jan 2012

    [Version 4.0.6]



    Mezzogori rated on 05 Dec 2011

    [Version 4.0.6]



    Mtkato rated on 29 Nov 2011

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    DaymonJ rated on 20 Sep 2011

    [Version 4.0.6]



    Finge rated on 10 Aug 2011

    [Version 4.0.5]



    czhu rated on 22 Mar 2011

    [Version 4.0.2]


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    Date:01 Oct 2012
    Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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    Note: FileMaker is ending development of Bento. It will continue to be available on the FileMaker Store, the App Store, and Mac App Store through 30 September 2013, and FileMaker will provide technical support for Bento products through 30 July 2014.

    Bento is a personal database from FileMaker that's as easy to use as a Mac. Bento organizes all your important information in one place, so you can manage your contacts, coordinate events, track projects, prioritize tasks, and more faster and easier than ever before.

    Features:
    • Bring It All Together: From contacts and calendars, to projects and events, you can organize just about every type of information you have all from one place.
    • See Things Your Way: Just drag and drop or point and click to change the look of any form, and see information in a way that makes sense to you. Now seeing, searching, and sorting your information is simpler and faster than ever before
    • Designed For Leopard: Bento has direct links to the Mac OS X Address Book and iCal, and takes advantage of many new features of Leopard, including core animation, advanced find, Time Machine, backups, and multimedia features.


    If you're already using FileMaker Pro, be sure to check out Bento for your personal organization and productivity needs. It's also a great way to organize all your after-work activities, community projects, school events and more.


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