Don’t hate me because I’m geeky. Yes, I’m a Mac user. I also have a Windows PC and a Linux PC. Being multi-platform by nature I tend to be drawn to apps that can run on all three boxes. Mac. Windows. Linux.
Admittedly, there are not that many but there are enough good ones to help users in a mixed platform office environment. In the age of partisan politics, MyMoney is an app that dares to think different and cross party lines.
Money Management Alternatives vs. Quicken
Windows users are quick to point out that Intuit’s popular Quicken is multi-platform, running on both Windows and Macs. Quicken might be the most popular money manager for Mac users but it’s also the most hated.
Take a look at Mac360’s in-depth review of the new Quicken Essentials.
Mac users also know that we have many, many choices for attractive, competent, affordable money management apps. Of the Top 10 Best Mac Money Apps To Replace Quicken the one that loves Mac, Windows PCs, and Linux PCs is MyMoney (ranked at #6).
My Money Thinks Different
My wife and I work for the state government in Georgia. She’s an accountant by trade, and slave over a hot keyboard in the bit mines of IT. With children, a mortgage, a few cars, and an eating habit, we’re like everyone else—too much month left over at the end of our money.
Of all the Mac money apps, the one we find that matches our temperament and background best is My Money. It thinks different.
Instead of just an app that tracks your expenses and income, My Money also works with your bank’s online statements (if you haven’t tried money management software that matches up online, you’re missing the whole point of computing in the 21st century).
Transactions from your checking and savings accounts can be downloaded and entered into My Money’s register automatically. It’s both a double-entry and single-entry accounting system, perfect for small business or personal use.
It’s All In The Database
One thing I found long ago is that databases can be useful. iTunes is a database. iPhoto is a database. My Money is a database of your money, your transactions, and when everything happened.
But a database is only as valuable as the reports it generates. My Money comes with 30 built-in reports that generate historical views of your money, gives an update of your current financial condition, and, importantly can help you predict what will take place in the future based upon what if analysis.
My Money’s experience in handling online transaction data from your bank comes in handy for small businesses who need invoice services My Money integrates with FreshBooks online to generate invoices for work you perform.
Mac money management apps vary from one end of the spectrum (simple check book manager) to complex accounting (QuickBooks, AccountEdge) systems and many in between. My Money needs to be tried and comes with a 60-day trial period; more than enough time to get a feel for the features.
Scratching the surface is worthwhile. My Money runs on Macs, yes, but comes from the Windows PC world.
The My Money web site has screen snapshots of pages in Windows, not Macs. The site also touts that My Money is built squeaky clean and comes with no ads, no popups, no spyware, and no malware of any kind. That had me laughing.
Mac users, of course, care not about such issues, but small business operators, particularly those with Windows PCs need the extra encouragement. Personally, we found My Money to be a little on the geeky side (mostly the way we like it) with plenty of options and especially so with the dozens of reports. This is not your father’s version of Quicken.
In fact, if you all you need is an app to balance your checkbook and don’t want the complexity of Intuit’s oft neglected Quicken, then check out the Top 10 Best Mac Money Apps To Replace Quicken. My Money is on the list for a reason.