It's fair to say that there is a lot of junk being distributed and sold in the various app stores run by gadget makers. But there are also loads of great applications that we all rely on. However, it's disappointing when a developer abandons a really useful application. FileMaker has announced that it's simple database app Bento will no longer be developed or supported.
I've been using Bento since it's initial release almost six years ago. My main use today is for completing and sending timesheets to clients and tracking how much time I spend working on specific projects. So, when FileMaker announced that Bento for iPad, iPhone and Mac will no longer be available after September 30, 2013 (technical support will continue until July 30, 2014) I was pretty disappointed.
This is a problem that I suspect we will all face more and more over the coming years. We invest time and effort learning how to use a new application or service but after a while the developer is either bought out by a competitor, goes bankrupt or just loses interest and the application is abandoned. At least in this case there's an official announcement.
What's the solution? Do we only buy apps and services from large, established players? That hasn’t worked in the case of Bento given that FileMaker is a large company that's owned by Apple.