That all ended in 2007 when Quicken dried up and mostly disappeared for Mac users, and Intuit didn’t seem to understand that the Mac wasn’t ready to die.
Quicken’s Dark Ages gave Mac app developers an opportunity to create robust Quicken wannabes; some with simple checkbook functions, like CheckBook Pro. Others, like iBank, contain more features than Intuit’s cash cow. If there’s one thing I learned from being treated like dirt by Quicken it’s to keep my money management simple. Like a checkbook.
We keep Mincey family money in iBank, but I use CheckBook Pro to manage my day-to-day accounts.
Why? Simplicity. CheckBook Pro is basically a digital version of your checkbook. It’s a single-window interface with everything you need a click away. Take a look at this. Familiar?
Simple as a checkbook. You can have multiple accounts, setup a budget and scheduled entries, make transfers between accounts, and get a graphic summary of where your money went with a click.
The less expensive vanilla CheckBook version doesn’t have smart folders, global account summaries, or scheduled entries reminder (or, the ability change multiple entries).
Again, I point to my personal checkbook as the example that makes sense for me. Select the Type and Category, To or From, Description, and enter an amount. Just like a checkbook, except balances are updated automatically. You won’t need to carry a calculator.
Don’t even bother with CheckBook if you are worried about stocks or mutual funds or anything more complex than a checkbook.