FileMaker has announced the availability of Bento 2, the new version of its "wildly popular" personal database software.

For the first time, Bento 2 now links Apple Mail messages and RSS feeds to contacts, events, projects, and other information stored in Bento.

With Bento 2, users can export spreadsheet data from Excel and Numbers directly and import Bento 2 data into the spreadsheet apps.

There's also iTunes-style searching, quick sorting, instant summary stats, while AppleWorks data may now also be imported and exported to and from Bento 2 via new support for tab-delimited files.

In addition, Bento 2 users can now share templates with other Bento 2 users.

Bento 2 is priced at £29, or £59 for a family pack of five licenses.