How many non-Quicken ways can Mac users count their money? Here’s another and it thinks different.
Many simple Mac money apps give you a spreadsheet interface to enter transactions into accounts. Other apps give you a typical data pop up or window to fill in the blanks. Here’s yet another Mac money app that is so familiar you won’t know how to use it.
It’s Like iCal For Money
Through the years my wife and I have tried a dozen or so Mac apps to replace Quicken. In all that time we’ve never encountered anything quite like Horizon for the Mac.
Basically, it’s a calendar-like interface which looks remarkably like iCal.
Instead of a long, complex spreadsheet-like entry system, Horizon displays financial information by month and day.
In iCal you double-click on a date to make an event entry. Ditto for Horizon. Double-click on a date and enter the value of a transaction in the pop up.
Horizon repeats specific entries for daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly entries. Each cell, which corresponds to a day on the calendar, has basic functions for entries.
Simply click on a date to enter an amount, whether income or expense. The right hand column will summarize categories and amounts between two specific dates.
Just like with iCal, categories in Horizon can be customized and color-coded. Even group categories for better organization. The toolbar features quick access to basic functions.
There’s a comment area that pops up over the cells so you can enter notes for each transaction.
Other functions include sum, count, average, and the highest and lowest numbers from a range of dates. Getting set up and organized requires a mindset shift.
It’s not difficult. It’s different. And that’s disconcerting if you’ve used almost any other Mac money management app.
Easy Has A Price Tag
There’s a price for simplicity, too. Horizon is priced well above a number of Mac apps with no price tag but more features. And, it’s priced just below a number of highly touted Mac financial apps that feature all the bells and whistles you’d want or need.
Check the Top 10 Best Mac Money Apps To Replace Quicken. If you’ve got to have a simple interface, check out 3 Ways To Use A Calendar App To Budget Money. And the same money gets you an app that Makes Managing Money Fun.