FileMaker Discontinuing Bento for Mac and iOS as of September 30

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    FileMaker Inc, a subsidiary of Apple, has announced in a statement that it will stop offering Bento, the consumer-friendly version of its popular Mac and iOS database software, in order to focus on its flagship FileMaker product line.
    The announcement, which was spotted by The Verge, comes more than 2 years after FileMaker released Bento 4 for the Mac, with an iPad version appearing in June 2012. Since then, the product has only seen updates for minor improvements and bug fixes, with no new major features released. FileMaker will stop offering Bento in both the Mac and iPhone/iPad App Stores as of September 30 of this year and both products will continue to be supported up until the end of July 2014, according to a post on FileMaker's technical support page.

    The decision about why FileMaker chose to concentrate on its professional line is unclear, but the company has provided instructions on how to migrate existing Bento data over to FileMaker Pro. Users of Bento are also entitled to a $120 discount when buying the full version of FileMaker Pro for a limited time only.

    Although FileMaker Pro is certainly more feature-rich than Bento, there are several features missing, such as integration with the Contacts, Calendar and iPhoto applications within OS X, as well as synchronization over Wi-Fi across different devices.

    Article Link: FileMaker Discontinuing Bento for Mac and iOS as of September 30
  2. macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    It would have been nice to it released as part of the iWork suite.
  3. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    I never understood the purpose of Bento in the first place.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
    Sad to see it go. I have version 4 and its quite handy for organizing data for projects and things. The price point of Filemaker Pro for what I do just doesn't make sense.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    Because Filemaker costs about $300, and some people would like a database application for their personal data that doesn't cost that much.
  6. macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    I use it to pull clients out of my contact list. Simply put a 4 digit client number in the 'note' portion of the contact and bento automatically pulls it out and puts it in order. I don't utilize bento as much as I should, but it can actually do some decent things. And like someone else already said, I wasn't about to pay for filemaker pro.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    Bento's integration with OSX Contacts alone was worth the price of admission. IMO.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    Bento is a classic case of not making a product THE BEST it could be to prevent it from being "like" another product they sold.

    It was pretty obviously a top down design to make something "access-like" for iWork. Except it didn't have any integration with Pages or Numbers and in later versions they started pulling out what little integration it did have.

    For being an "Apple" product (as filemaker is OWNED BY Apple) it was completely cut off from regular updates and such that iWork got, and they charged WAY TOO MUCH for minor version updates.
  9. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    I'm saying, there's many free, better supported alternatives to Bento.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    What do you recommend?
  11. macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2006
    Yes please point out what they are. Bento is one of the big things I do on my iPhone. Very easily updated database on both Mac and iPhone. If it is going away, I'd love to hear about alternatives.


  12. macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2013
    I keep a simple log of the work I do each day. It contains details of the client and various data about the work done.

    I currently use an app called ListPro by Ilium Software. There is an iPhone app that I can use when I am with the client for data entry and then I can sync it to the desktop version of ListPro when back home. It's all very cheap and simple and I can use the desktop version to export data to CSV for accounts and other things.

    Unfortunately, the desktop version is Windows only and I have been looking for a Mac alternative (which has both an OSX and iPhone app) to use instead. The only option I have found was Bento (FM Pro is way too expensive).

    If anyone knows of anything else, I would be keen to hear of it.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2013
    Disappointed about Bento

    This is terrible news! I use Bento for so many thing including my vehicle maintenance log and the database for my thousands of CDs and LPs. Like others, Filemaker is too expensive for my needs. I'm also interested in hearing of other, inexpensive alternatives. And especially if I can easily export my data. I use the Mac and iOS versions and love the sync-ability.

    But, even though Bento is being discontinued and eventually unsupported, there's still no reason why the app can't continue to be used for years to come. Right?
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Chicago, USA
    I'm still using a Claris-branded version of FileMaker Pro. :)
  15. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Maybe FileMaker will become cheaper, or part of iWork (on line)...?
  16. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    My thought too. Hopefully this is a prelude to a lower priced FileMaker. Make it less expensive and available on the Mac App Store perhaps?
  17. macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2009
    Dallas, TX

    This looks like a possible replacement for Bento:
  18. macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    I enthusiastically bought Bento when it came out, because it looked beautiful and I thought it would make tracking my clients easier. It never did anything but make my life more difficult. I stopped using it years ago.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2010

    I've used it only sporadically, but for those who might look to migrate to an alternative, if in fact a suitable one exists, I would keep an eye out for cross-grade pricing from Bento's former competitors. I obviously don't know if this is in the offing.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2008
    Tapforms is a great alternative. There are versions for iPhone, iPad and the MAC.
  21. macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2012
    Oh, for the "MAC"? Is that the same as a Mac?
  22. macrumors 68030


    Just now that I was contemplating getting it.....

    In hindsight I'm glad, cause one more year of support wouldn't have cut it for me.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2013
    Prelude to Filemaker Lite?

    I wouldn't be surprised to see a Filemaker Lite released at FMP Dev Con immediately before the demise of Bento. It would be reasonable to sell a non-networked but otherwise full version of Filemaker desktop, that you could sync with FMGo on your iPhone/iPad, and it wouldn't cannibalize existing business Filemaker sales that require networking with Filemaker Server. There has been demand for a 'Lite' version of Filemaker ever since the end of AppleWorks.
  24. macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
    Some of my clients used FileMaker Pro on their Mac's. One had roughly a dozen system's. Cost her a fortunate to update all her systems. To qualify, each upgrade license had to be verified, and she had four upgrades during ownership. I had to install the first she had then each update for each system (wasn't a server system, she was very tech savvy but refused to change her setup).

    I'm sure things have changed with digital downloads, but some companies still require valid license keys to qualify.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    It's frustrating that Apple is discontinuing this. Although I didn't use it, it sounds like Bento had several useful features that FileMaker doesn't have. Google and Apple seem to be good at discontinuing products and features...

    Apparently whoever wrote this press release wasn't focusing well enough to avoid being repetitive!

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