Database software developer
has introduced a new product called Bento that is targeted to helping Mac users organize their lives.
Unlike other FileMaker products that focus on the developer or people interested in databases, Bento is a product for everyone. Bento gives users one place to put their important information, from contacts and calendars to projects and events. Bento can organize activities related to work, home, school and community, according to FileMaker.
If you already use Apple’s Address Book and iCal there is no need to re-enter any information. Bento automatically displays existing names, phone numbers, email addresses and upcoming events.
Designed specifically for Mac OS X Leopard, Bento also takes advantage of several technologies to make the product easy to use including iTunes-like search, works with iPhone and .Mac, one-click customization and the ability to drag and drop items for import.
Bento will cost $49 when the final version of the personal database ships in January 2008; a family pack will be available for $99. A downloadable public preview of the application is available at
FileMaker’s Web site.
Updated at 1:50 p.m. ET to add pricing information.