Years later Intuit came back with an anemic version of Quicken but it was too late. By then many clever Mac app developers had filled the gap with more capable, less expensive Mac money management apps. Here’s one you’ll like.
Wherever You Go, It Is
What is surprising about most money management apps is how platform centric they are. There are many such apps for Windows, others for Mac, still others for iPhone and iPad, or Linux PCs and Android devices.
PocketMoney for Desktop runs OS X, Windows, and Linux, and comes with all the basic features you’d expect in a mid-range money management app. That means it costs less than Quicken or the popular iBank, but has features you’ll use.
Even better, there’s a version of PocketMoney for iPhone and iPad so not only will you know where your money went, you’ll be able to take the details with you.
PocketMoney starts with accounts. Create as many as you need. Post individual transactions or repeat transactions. Setup a monthly budget that includes rollover (I like that feature).
You can print out category, payee, or class reports, and PocketMoney handles multiple currencies. If you have a different Mac money management app you can import Quicken Essentials CSV files, or import and export QIF, TDF, CSV, or OFX files.
PocketMoney’s user interface is elegant and straightforward but a little different than most Mac money management apps.
The accounts are listed in the lefthand Sidebar, which is somewhat standard, so transactions can be viewed with a click. The Toolbar across the top is uncluttered, making it a one-click process to add accounts, check reports, or use the calculator.
The Withdrawal, Deposit, Transfer items in a transaction supply the details for each.
Probably the best and most notable feature in PocketMoney isn’t the feature list, which is basic and more checkbook-like than Quicken. It’s the fact that there’s a PocketMoney version for iPhone and iPad.
The iOS version is much less expensive than the Mac version of PocketMoney but to sync and get charts and photo receipts you’ll have to walk through a bunch of in-app purchase options which raise the price tag.
Still, you’ll spend less than on many other money management apps or checkbook apps and have a decent, mature, usable app that tracks your money and goes with you.