Everybody and his brother seems to be making a Quicken-wannabe app these days. Usually, the money app has features similar to Quicken, but a little different. Often, the price tag of the Quicken-wannabe is less than what Quicken charges. Sometimes simple is better.
We’ve been checking out the new Quicken Essentials, and it’s decent enough. Even better is that Intuit, the maker of Quicken, brought back Quicken for Mac 2007. It’s a five year old Mac money app that does more than what Intuit’s done to Quicken since 2007. Go figure.
If you plan to keep your money transactions simple, take a look at the far less expensive option, Iron Money.
Think of this app as a glorified checkbook app. It handles categories, accounts, and your transactions (including splits).
Navigation is simple. All your accounts and categories are listed in a left sidebar. Double click a transaction to view the details.
Iron money isn’t all checkbook. Charts will give you a quick, intuitive view to your income vs. spending over a specific period of time.
There’s enough flexibility built-in to have multiple currencies, even different currencies on different accounts.
Here’s what I like the most. Iron Money connects to the IronMoney.com website so you can sync your transactions between Mac and iPhone or iPad.
After all, how often do you carry your Mac to the grocery store? That’s what the iPhone is for.
This is a pleasantly done, attractive, mostly easy to use Mac app that does only the basics, but does them comfortably.