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FileMaker Ships Bento, the Stylish Personal Database for Leopard
Jan 08, 2008 (08:01 AM EST)


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- FileMaker, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Bento, a stylish, personal database created to help Mac users organize their lives (for more info and to buy Bento, go to http://www.filemaker.com/bento_ship_pr ). Designed specifically for Mac OS X Leopard, Bento is an exceptionally easy way to organize contacts, calendars, projects, events, and more -- all in one place.

With the intuitive iTunes-style interface in Bento, users can accomplish any of the following in minutes:

-- Manage virtually unlimited contact details -- Coordinate events, parties, and fundraisers -- Track projects, assignments and deadlines -- Connect related information together to see more details -- Prioritize things that need to get done -- Catalog inventory, donations and items for sale -- Record hours worked and payments due -- Assign ratings to service providers and sellers -- Create libraries for music, movies and media -- Store files and photos related to projects and events

Bento is affordably priced at $49 U.S., or $99 for a family pack of five licenses, and is available on the FileMaker Web store (store.filemaker.com), at Apple retail and web stores, and other places where software is sold.

Singing Bento's praises

Since the public preview of Bento began Nov. 13, more than 140,000 copies have been downloaded. And users and the media have been praising Bento's breakthroughs:

"I, for one, never thought I'd see a database able to achieve that level of simplicity. Yet another reason to consider a Mac?" NetworkWorld.com "FileMaker's new database has a friendly iWork look and feel. It's a database for the rest of us." MacLife "With Bento, I can organize everything, including projects, deadlines and tasks. My fellow designers are amazed at Bento's intuitiveness, ease-of- use, and ability to be changed on the fly. They are all clamoring for it," says designer Gordon Wong. "As an optometrist, I also do a lot of presentations and projects. With Bento, I can organize presentations and track projects, to-dos, timelines and deadlines," reports Dr. John Warren. "I've been searching for a tool that works smoothly with Mail, iCal and Address Book -- and Bento delivers."

System Requirements

Bento requires Mac OS X v.10.5 Leopard on a Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5 or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor. A minimum of 512MB of RAM and 1GB of hard drive space is recommended. A CD drive is required for installation of boxed software.

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker, Inc. develops award-winning database software. Its products include the legendary FileMaker Pro product line for Windows, Mac and the Web, and the new Bento personal database for Mac. Millions of customers, from individuals to large organizations, rely on FileMaker, Inc. software to manage, analyze and share information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Inc. (AAPL).

(C)2008 FileMaker, Inc. All rights reserved. Bento and FileMaker are trademarks of FileMaker, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: media, Kevin Mallon of FileMaker, Inc., +1-408-987-7227, kevin_mallon@filemaker.com; or customer, FileMaker Customer Assistance,1-800-325-2747

Web site: http://www.filemaker.com/