Important information for Bento customers
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.
Bento for iPad, iPhone and Mac will continue to be available on the FileMaker Store, and the App Store and Mac App Store, through September 30, 2013.
We will provide technical support for Bento products through July 30, 2014.
We thank you for your support of Bento. We know that many Bento customers will be disappointed.
Bento is an app that I use quite a lot. It’s simple, interface made creating quick databases for keeping track of things easy. In fact, my first blood sugar tracker was built in Bento while I was in the hospital last year for insulin therapy.
I’m disappointed in this move, but not surprised… Updates have been few and far between for the past year.
The Bento Mac app was first released in 2008 to generally positive reviews, followed by an iPhone version the following year and an iPad version in 2010. Bento aimed to make database programming more approachable to ordinary users, with built-in templates for handling common tasks like tracking expenses, creating cookbooks, and managing to-do lists.
Sadly, with the rise of note-taking apps such as Evernote, Simplenote and others making it easy to set up notes between different devices, the number of users shopping for relational database-style app like Bento never really grew.
My biggest problem with Bento was that you had to sync between your mobile device and your desktop install, and then back to another mobile device over local Wi-Fi instead of always being in sync, but it was workable..
The core concept behind tagging on a computer is that your documents, photos and other files no longer need to have a specific location in the filesystem in order to create relationships (from the user’s perspective, anyway). Apple has long desired to move away from the idea of deeply-nested folders and an obvious filesystem (an idea that, in reality, probably began at NeXT). Spotlight, Saved Searches and other file-locating tools have been in OS X for a long time. In my opinion they’re still undervalued by most Mac users, but Apple is planning to change that.
I’ve been using Mavericks on one of my machines since it came out in beta, and tagging has been getting heavily used. It’s come in handy so far..
In the iOS world, there is only one place to buy apps: the App Store. Because there is only one place to buy apps, everyone goes there to find them. Because everyone goes there to find them and the contents are exactly the same for every app (a description, some keywords and a few pictures), it is nearly impossible to differentiate your product.
“Bob is no longer going to be on Apple’s executive team, but will remain at Apple working on special projects reporting to [CEO] Tim [Cook],” company spokesman Steve Dowling told AllThingsD. He declined any further explanation, refusing to comment on the reasons behind Mansfield’s surprising move, whether he remains Apple’s SVP of Technologies or whether the company plans to appoint a new executive to that role.
Wonder what’s really going on here?
Interesting article by Ben Thompson on the state of Google and how this week’s new products fit with its corporate focus.
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has admitted that the company built too many Surface tablets, and it’s not selling as many Windows devices as it wants. During an internal town hall event earlier this week, Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner both addressed the recent $900 million hit for Surface RT and the sales pace of Windows across various devices. According to several sources, Ballmer openly discussed Microsoft’s focus on securing Instagram for Windows Phone, and its plans for the next-generation Surface. Neowin first reported parts of the meeting.
“We built a few more devices than we could sell,” admitted Ballmer when referring to the slow Surface RT sales. Microsoft recently cut the price of its Surface RT tablets by 30 percent worldwide, and Ballmer and Turner reiterated in the internal meeting that the huge writedown was a price adjustment that was necessary to sell Surface RT devices. While Ballmer didn’t provide a sneak peek at the next Surface, we’re told he confirmed new devices are currently being tested with incremental improvements. We understand Microsoft has been testing Surface devices with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
So Microsoft took a $900 million writedown because the Surface can’t sell, despite their massive TV product placements they’ve managed to pull of, and in response the next version of the Surface will have “incremental improvements”?
The Treehouse team have just released their long awaited iPad app.
Google’s new Chromecast HDMI stick is a lot of things: it’s a simple new way to bring internet video to your living room after the company stumbled with Google TV, it’s a new platform for content creators like Netflix, and it’s an interesting extension of Chrome as a platform beyond the browser itself. That’s a lot of responsibility for a $35 dongle.
But the Chromecast’s biggest challenge is serving as the start of a legitimate alternative to Apple’s AirPlay, which has set the standard for quick and easy streaming from a mobile device to TVs and other devices for years. While rival technologies like DLNA and Miracast have tried and failed to compete with Apple’s system, it appears Chromecast has a real chance, even if it’s not all the way there yet.
So how do they stack up? Let’s take a look based on what we know so far.
Gregory Schmidt, reporting for the NYT:
ComiXology, which has become one of the biggest distributors of digital comic books, hit a milestone in June when it reached 180 million unique comic book downloads since it started business in 2009, said David Steinberger, the company’s chief executive, and a co-founder. Of those downloads, 80 million were in the last six months.
Great app, one I happen to open every Wednesday on new comic book day..