iBank 4: Gold Standard for Money Management for Mac PowerPC

iBank 4 Gold Standard for Money Management for Mac PowerPC (4.3.4 the last update for PPC OS X 10.5)


While doing some regular powerpc research, I came across some software that helps you to track your expenses and to control your finances.  The app is called iBank and is a pretty complete program with a very intuitive interface.  Once I tried the app, I decided to add it to my financial software reviews for the blog, but I wanted to make a single post, specific to iBank, because I was so impressed.

I know the idea of this blog is to always point out free software or open sources, but these days, we are not limited to only using them.  And in my opinion, any company that supports PowerPC should be supported by us PowerPC users.  Anyways, iBank 4 is a really easy-to-use app and it has a lot of great features that you would be impressed to use.  You’ll be amazed at how organized your bills will become, but you still need to work hard to keep the income coming in and ensure your spending doesn’t let your money escape!

After you install your new gold standard for money management, you will be asked to create a new iBank document.  Then all you need to do is to choose a save location, your operating currency and either a home or business category and you are ready to go!

I decided to create 3 accounts just to start.  I created a Checking account, a Savings account and a Cash account, after that it was really easy to download my online account data, manage my transactions, check my reports etc.  I was also able to schedule transactions, make my own budget and create group account

s.   In fact, it seemed as though there were no limits to the type of transactions I could complete with iBank 4.  After I was done, I was able to back everything up and synchronize everything with my devices.  One important tip:  don’t forget to download the free widget for your dashboard to a fast sneak peek on your budget and iBank transactions!

I firmly believe this to be a gold standard product, and the best “bang for your buck!”

Unfortunately this will be the last update for PowerPC I think iBank decide from now on update for intel only.




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Money Money Money Management For Mac PowerPC 

Well, money is something that we all need to pay close attention to, as it doesn’t grow on trees.  If you have a professional looking out for you, like a personal accountant, you should ensure you review all of your transactions.  If you prefer to walk alone, and believe that there is no need to involve a professional, you should attempt to take total control of your own finances.

Again, there are tons of apps for macs with intel, but the PowerPC has very few options, but we’re not totally limited either! I confess that I like to use iWork 09′ to organize my bills and do my budgeting because there are great templates that make it very easy to use ( after trying few apps I changed my mind).  But if you are looking for an app with maximum features, I recently found some great options.  The idea of this blog is to give you the cheapest or free “open source” options, but this time most of the apps that I found require you to open your wallet to start saving…or at least to start figuring out where your money is going!

* Cashculator – (ShareWare $29.95) – This app is not JUST another personal finance manager…this app helps you to focus more on your future financial situation, to ensure you go from rags to riches!  One of my favourite features allows you to not only keep track of all your bills, but you’re able to plan all your future expenses and inevitably, your financial future!  The best part:  It’s easy to use with a very user-friendly interface, and I have to confess the icon is really cool and very original – lol! PowerPC 10.5. – http://www.apparentsoft.com/cashculator (The Apparentsoft is offering you a bunch of apps for a great deal, you definitely won’t regret this purchase!!  Not all apps are compatible with PowerPC)

* CheckBook Pro – (ShareWare $24.95 on sale til Dec/31 for $19.95) – If you prefer something more Pro with more features and tools, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get one.  This app is full of features and it won’t make you pocket shrink either!  You are going to be impressed with how easy Checkbook Pro is to work with!  Works with PowerPC 10.4 or later (there is a chance it may work with 10.3.9 but unconfirmed). – http://www.splasm.com/checkbookpro/

* Moneydance – (ShareWare $49.99) – This app is a full featured financial manager.  It’s more expensive than the others, and it does have few extra features such as online banking, online bill payment and it’s very easy to use.  PowerPC 10.4 or later (all the Tigers running around must be really happy, GO TIGERS).  – http://www.moneydance.com/

* Stash – (Free) – It’s a simple and fast personal finance tool.  It’s easy to use and you can make multiple accounts, split transactions etc.  You check easy graphs and manage your payments and create schedules.  Believe it or not, you can do all this for free!!!  Works for PowerPC 10.5 – https://github.com/ppearson/Stash/wiki

* Motimotion Prospects – ($25.00) – Allows you to organize all your finances, with many different features including:  budget advisor, schedule transactions, reminders, balance reconciliation, filters and much more.  Also it does have up to three viewpoints that help the user to easily visualize the monthly information.  PowerPC 10.5 or later. http://www.motimotion.com/prospects/  (they have other apps at http://www.themacbundles.com/ ).

* iCompta – (ShareWare $25.00) – This app is really simple to use, it does everything that a personal finance accountant needs to do, without any secrets.  You will easily manage multiple currencies, also can be synched with your iPhone on a wireless network via Bonjour.  Another nice feature is that secure documents can be password encrypted, and it works with PowerPC (1.4 for 10.4), (3.3.6 and 4.0.10 for 10.5).  – http://www.lyricapps.com/iCompta/

* SEE Finance – (ShareWare $29.99) – This app works for PowerPC 10.5.  It’s very good finance manager, easy to use and features include: Scheduled transactions, budget, in-depth reporting, investment monitoring, multiple currencies etc. – http://scimonocesoftware.com/seefinance/

* iBank – ($59.99) – I know, I know! This app is the most expensive of the list, but it does the job really well, with many great features and it’s the most complete personal finance app for Mac OS X (PowerPC).  Also you can download an iBank Widget to your dashboard for a fast view.  It’s very intuitive and the minimum requirements: 10.5.7.  If you feel spending a bit more money this app is a great option.  http://www.iggsoftware.com/ibank/

All the apps for personal finance appear to be great for organizing your personal finances.  All of them have great lay-outs, many import and export files QIF/OFX/QFX and more.  It’s really hard to choose one, the best way to make sure you find which one is ideal for your needs is to download all your favorites and take advantage of the free Trial Versions, so you can do a “test drive” in all of them.  Then the only thing you have to do is actually start saving money!  If you really get into it saving money and making budgets I would advise you to get a copy of Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s book.  Gail is the host of a fabulous and informative tv show called Til Debt Do Us Part, which really gives you ideas on how to budget and save!  You can read information on her own web site: http://www.gailvazoxlade.com and download spreadsheet templates direct to your computers there!

Don’t waste your time…make sure you get your PowerPC copy before the support drops out!

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