Why is Bento not integraded into Mac OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MacFabulous, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. MacFabulous macrumors member


    Aug 15, 2007
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Why is Bento (filemaker pro "sibling") not a truly part of the mac experience, as in, out of the box? It should be a layer of convinience in Mac OS X, when shipped. It would make life on your mac so much easier! I love iLife and iWork, but why an "orginizer" like Bento isn´t an integraded part of the OS is a mystery to me? That would be a big selling point, as it would make your Mac even more intuitative and easy to use in daily life. The Mac is known for having convinient and usefull software right by your hand, out of the box. Why is the most usefull tool missing? It has to be a part of Mac OS in the future, if you ask me. In some form or another. Am I right? Do you see this happen?

    Apple has made some of the features in Bento available for the Mac environment, but not fully and to a really usefull point yet... :(

    Any words on this...? :)
  2. JonMcDonald macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2009
    I think it's because OS X is already intuitive and easy to organize all your files. It would also be lost profit for Apple (or, more likely higher prices for us). I don't need Bento--so while it'd be nice if it was free--it most likely wouldn't be included without driving up the price which is a big NO for me.
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    Bento doesn't fit in all that well with iLife imo. but what confuses me about it is why it is not a part of iWork, where it would fit seemlessly and be a boon.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Unlike iLife or iWork, Bento isn't owned by Apple. Apple doesn't bundle third-party applications in Mac OS X.
  5. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    They do. Flash comes preinstalled as does Java, and I'm sure Tiger used to ship with a 3rd party unarchiever (though could be wrong about that, I just remember using Tiger out of the box and being able to unzip and unrar things).
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Those are quite different than an end-user application. To offer a web-browser without Flash would be foolish. Those are enabling technologies, quite different from a specific need application like Microsoft Office or Bento or Audacity.
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    Filemaker is owned by Apple.
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It is still operated as an independent subsidiary, still under the brand name of Filemaker. The point is, if Apple started bundling end-user applications with Mac OS X, there would be significant anti-trust issues. Can you imagine the lawsuits from all the software companies, saying, "If you bundle their apps, you have to bundle mine, too." It's not going to happen!
  9. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    No there wouldn't. It is similar to Apple using 3rd party iPhone apps to sell the iPhone in TV ads.

    Reason Apple doesn't do that is because they give you stuff you need, not crap you don't. One of the Get A Mac ads was making the point that PC's come with so much crap installed that you don't want.
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    its a wholly owned subsidy of apple. this is well known across developers. and i understand what you are saying. my contention is that they shouldn't have given the app to Filemaker to release and instead should have put in in the iWork bundle. i agree with you about having it pre-installed at this point.
  11. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Hang on, Microsoft is getting in trouble for bundling even its OWN apps, and Apple isn't. Why would there be any anti-trust issues here?

    Stupid EU... :p
  12. larkost macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2007
    FileMaker is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple. They are kept at arms length, but are still "part" of Apple.
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Mentioning popular apps in advertising is quite different from actually bundling it with a Mac or iPhone.
    I agree there should be a database app. Not even Microsoft Office includes Access for Mac. It would be great if more of the popular db apps were available for Mac.
    Exactly. In other words, treated like any other 3rd party developer.
  14. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I was referring to your point about there being a lawsuit because of the whole "you advertise theirs so advertise ours" idea (I know you said bundled, I was just highlighting my point).
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  16. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
  17. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    Uh. It's only $50. Those who want it should just go out and buy it.
  18. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Well, Apple has "robbed" Filemaker, Inc. (formerly Claris) before. They did this by moving ClarisWorks 5 under Apple corporate and renaming it AppleWorks 5. Since iWork is the successor to AppleWorks, it stands a chance that Bento could face a similar fate.

    In fact, I think it would be good for Bento to be absorbed into the iWork fold.

    Really? Well I guess Safari, Mail, iCal, Front Row and iTunes (among others) aren't end-user applications? They're all included on a default Mac OS X install. Additionally, iPhoto, iDVD, iMovie, iWeb and Garageband are included on every new Mac sold. This has nothing to do with anti-trust concerns (after all Apple's operating system market share is still below 10 percent), and everything to do with business strategy.

    Filemaker has always had a very loyal community behind it, and I would imagine it sells well. The only reason it remains its own subsidiary is because Apple corporate doesn't know what else to do with it. A database program doesn't really fit into anything else they do. Not to mention, it's one of only a handful of applications that are developed on both Windows and Mac. But, then again, they have no reason to kill it.

    There have been lots of calls to move Filemaker back in-house. But where would it fit?


  19. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    It is perfectly simple. You can quite easily remove the Apple applications. The issue was that Microsoft made Internet Explorer impossible to uninstall. Plus they were abusing a dominant market position.

    Don't forget it was the US not the EU that brought the first anti-trust case against Microsoft.
  20. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    FileMaker Pro is the most popular database management system on the Mac and the second most popular DBMS for Windows. Cross-platform 4th Dimension originated on the Mac and is one of the most powerful DBM systems available.
  21. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    They're obviously referring to Microsoft *shudder* Access *shudder*.

  22. rainydays macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2006
    Apple has bundled third party apps with Macs before. As far as I remember my MacBook came with OmniOutliner, Comic Life and Big Bang Board Games.

    It came bundled with the computer though, not the OS (just like iLife).
  23. Nitrocide macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    True point, i got those apps with my first intel i think. Do they still bundle those (demo) apps or similar with recent machines? If filemaker is a part of apple-ish, im surprised they dont bundle demo software ;)!
  24. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    coverflow was a third party app back in the day and now its integrated
  25. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I think Bento would make a nice addition to iLife. Apple could include some slick templates to catalog your DVDs/movies, software, home inventory etc.

    I wonder if it's selling well. I think it's a great little app.

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