updated 10:42 am EDT, Wed July 31, 2013
Software likely defeated by other notetaking, calendar, contacts apps
Apple-owned FileMaker has announced plans to discontinue Bento, its personal database software for OS X and iOS. The final release, Bento 4, will remain at the FileMaker Store and the Mac and iOS App Stores until the end of September. People wanting to continue using FileMaker software can upgrade to FileMaker Pro for $120.
Bento was first launched in 2008, and cracked over 1 million sales by January 2013. The software may be increasingly redundant however, since Bento is aimed at storing personal information such as notes, contacts, recipes, and exercise routines. Many cheap or free apps now fulfill similar tasks, such as Evernote, or apps linked to cloud services like Google or iCloud.