FileMaker discontinues Bento

FileMaker, Inc. is increasing its focus on FileMaker Product Line software. Thanks to the ease of creating iPad and iPhone solutions, our customers’ use of FileMaker on iOS is growing rapidly. Our increased focus will create an even better experience for these customers.

As part of our sharpened focus, we will stop further development of the Bento consumer products.

Bad news for Bento customers. Bento’s been around since 2007.



  • Mother Hydra

    Apart from some random “IT guy” on reddit who has a whole office on this platform, I expect the word bento will recede from our collective consciousness to once again pertain to a food storage container and not some bit of ill-conceived software.

  • http://www.theuniversalsteve.com SSteve

    Dang. Bento was working well for me. Is there an alternative low-cost database program that will sync between Mac and iPad?

  • omitwords

    And so I quietly put Bento into the trash after having purchased it on day 1 and never, ever using it. Thinking to myself, “Let’s just pretend this never happened.”

  • Mikey

    Another piece of software that was wildly popular for a small number of people. Though it might have had more success in the Mac App Store at $4.99.

    • gjgustav

      It’s software, not a cup of coffee. If they charged $4.99 they would have had to find more than ten times the customers to buy it. I don’t know if that was possible.

      It’s sad that it didn’t sell well enough to continue, but it was a decent app and worth the price they charged for it.

  • TechManMike

    Never really sold well anyway, no wonder they’re discontinuing it. I used to work at the Apple Store and never sold one copy of it to any customer.

  • Terry

    Creating open ended dbase products for consumers is a difficult task. You can automate much of the work, ten plate the hell lout of it, but at the end of the day it’s difficult to assess how many use cases benefit from it and what kinds of applications can be created from it. Bento was a swiss army knife program with many different ways to use it. But I think general users still find generic dbase products not useful at all.