updated 09:45 am EST, Tue January 8, 2008
FileMaker ships Bento
FileMaker on Tuesday announced the immediate availability of Bento, its easy-to-use personal database application. Designed exclusively for Mac OS X Leopard, Bento leverages a single-window interface and FileMaker database technology to help users organize contacts, calendars, projects, events, and more. Users can easily create databases to manage information with dynamic 'smart' collections as well as expand around Apple's own Address Book and iCal storage engines. Bento is priced at $50, or $100 for a family pack of five licenses. The personal database requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Bento allows users to manage virtually unlimited contact details; coordinate events, parties, and fund raisers; track projects, assignments, and deadlines; connect related information together for more details; prioritize tasks; and catalog inventory, donations, and items for sale.
The application also supports recording hours worked and payments due; assigning ratings to service providers and sellers; creating libraries for music, movies, and media; and storing files as well as photos related to projects and events.