A Mac app that manages money needs to be easy to use, yet have a quick way to see where the money went and how much is left over. For me, the second best part of using a Mac to manage my money is bill tracking. Sources for income are far less in number than sources for where the income goes.
For some of us the real value in tracking where the money went is in bill management and payments. That’s Chronicle’s strong point.
Setup your monthly bills in Chronicle and it notifies you in Calendar and Notification Center when each bill is due so there’s little to no excuse for missing a payment inadvertently.
Chronicle is mostly set it and forget it, other than Chronicle doesn’t forget when payment is due and notifies you accordingly. One glance at the Overview screen also lets you know when bills are due, which ones are due, and how much, plus it details income to date, and current account balance.
While it’s always a good idea to keep your finger on your money, Chronicle’s Bill Details screen displays details about each bill, and does it over a period of time so you can see if bills are going up or down.
Notice something interesting about Chronicle’s Toolbar? There’s not much to it, which makes Chronicle easier to use than Quicken, iBank, MoneyWell, and, frankly, CheckBook (one of my favorites).
Chronicle uses both Calendar and Notification Center for reminders and the notifications remain until you pay the bill. It’s nagware that’s good for you.
Alright, who carries their Mac around all day, every day? A few of us, maybe, but not the vast majority. So, there’s an iPhone version of Chronicle, too. There’s nothing like having your iPhone warn you that a bill payment is due when you’re out with friends.
Chronicle is yet another good way to manage your money with little effort, and other than the anemic Fisher Price toy icons, it’s a great app.