moneyGuru
moneyGuru 2.7.2
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moneyGuru is a personal finance management application. With it, you can evaluate your financial situation so you can make informed (and thus better) decisions. Most finance applications have the same goal, but moneyGuru's difference is in the way it achieves it. Rather than having reports which you have to configure (or find out which pre-configured report is the right one), your important financial data (net worth, profit) is constantly up-to-date and "in your face". This allows you to constantly make informed decision rather than doing so periodically.

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What's New
Version 2.7.2:
  • Fixed amount parsing issue.
  • Don’t repeatedly fetch currency rates we can never get.
  • Fixed view plugins which were broken.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later



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dushanm reviewed on 21 Apr 2013
This software attracted me because it seemed to have all the features I was interested in for simple personal finance, including graphs from which one could plan ahead. Unfortunately, after several attempts and one final long concerted attempt to make sense of how it works, I gave up. I've had no problem with gnucash, another double-accounting program, but this one simply won't work in any reasonable way. I can enter some data, but it doesn't show up where it should; it adds quantities that should be subtracted; it doesn't show graphs when it should; etc. I don't know whether it's a broken download, or simply doesn't like my system (Mac OS X.8.3 on an iMac - but it behaves the same way under Snow Leopard on a Mac Pro), or whether the program is so obtuse that it's very hard to figure out. In any case, I can't afford to waste any more time on it. A real shame.
[Version 2.6.3]

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Gryphonent replied on 27 May 2013
The app behaves just fine. Been using it for years. It's excellent. But, you need to know and understand a bit about accounting. If that's not your thing, then you'll be lost with moneyGuru.
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Mikeaugustleo reviewed on 26 Oct 2011
I'm happy with the software. I run a very small business and it's been a good way of keeping track of expenses and income. When I started using it the developer was very helpful in assisting me to set things up.
[Version 2.4.0]


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M.Luther commented on 10 Sep 2011
Freeware apps do not open telling you how many hours behind the developer is in being paid at his rate of $35/hour. I have no problem with the developer expecting money for his hard work, but then make it a shareware app! Don't pawn it off as freeware and then nag me to death when I go to use it.
[Version 2.3.11]

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Hardcoded Software (developer) replied on 10 Sep 2011
moneyGuru is fairware, not freeware. My website is clear about this. Unfortunately, MacUpdate only has Free, Shareware and Demo. Free is the closest, I explain why at http://open.hardcoded.net/faq/#q6

Sorry about the confusion.
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M.Luther replied on 13 Sep 2011
I've read your website and understand what you mean by fairware, but like you say, MU doesn't have that category so you must pick one of the others. Freeware is software freely given away by the developer. No bugging for payment when you go to use it. Shareware apps expect payment for use and typically nag and/or have a use cut off time. Your software expects payment for use and nags so is closer to shareware than it is freeware, plain and simple.
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Hardcoded Software (developer) replied on 13 Sep 2011
... except when all development hours are compensated. If you look at dupeGuru, another of my apps, all its development hours are compensated. No nag for anybody. Why should it be classified as shareware then?
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Hardcoded Software (developer) replied on 13 Sep 2011
Oh, another thing: You wrote "Your software expects payment for use". No it doesn't, and that's at the core of fairware. I don't sell a right to use the software, I sell development time.
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M.Luther replied on 13 Sep 2011
I am looking at MU's broad categories of freeware vs. shareware. Does moneyGuru currently request payment from end users? Do you ask for more compensation after you put further development into a previously fully compensated app? How can you call that freeware?

As for your distinction for selling development time vs. the right to use the software, to the end user it does not matter... it is all payment for the use of the software. Another developer could create a category "Starvationware" where they expect payment so all the money raised from the software goes to feed starving children around the world. Should Starvationware be classified as Freeware or Shareware on MU? The developer may not even get a dime of that money. Whatever classification a developer makes, to the end user payment is being requested for the use of the software, and that falls under the broad umbrella of shareware.
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Hardcoded Software (developer) replied on 13 Sep 2011
I don't see how your starvationware example is relevant, unless the hypothetical developer said "I ask for contributions for starving children until they're not starving anymore, after which the app is free for all". That would be a bit weird because there will always be starving children, but the analogy would be a bit better.

Look, I don't want to repeat myself. I think you're wrong, you think I'm wrong. If MU editors think I'm wrong too, then they can change the classification themselves or put my fairware notice at the top of the description (whenever I try to do that, they put it at the bottom, it's not my fault).
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iPhone4S replied on 04 Feb 2012
Looks like MU agrees this is shareware.
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Hardcoded Software (developer) replied on 04 Feb 2012
The change back to "Shareware" wasn't made by MU, but by me, partially motivated, I admit, by this discussion. There's more details about the rationale behind this at: http://www.hardcoded.net/devlogs/20110923.htm
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Amcarter3 replied on 10 Feb 2012
This would have been a FAR more productive and helpful dialague if the focus had been on the features and capabilities of MoneyGuru. I've tried virtually every money management program available in my quest to replace Quicken 2007. I finally bought iBank a year ago. I am "OK" with it, but disappointed with so many design deficiencies and the SLOW response from the developer to improve it. I'd like to hear more about this program.
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Dlangh replied on 02 Mar 2012
The developer is DEAD wrong. This is SHAREWARE, the very definition of shareware is that it's free to distribute and use but it's often time-limited/crippled or contains advertisiing. You can go here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shareware to read for yourself.

Fairware?? what is that your made up word for something to try and bait-switch people.
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M.Luther replied on 02 Mar 2012
@Amcarter3: If you are looking for the features and capabilities of MoneyGuru, perhaps you can read the developer's description and read the reviews other users have left to see what they have to say about it. My original post was a comment and not a review. It seems that once the developer got past his knee-jerk reaction, what I had to say produced a change, so it wasn't a total waste of time.
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Hardcoded Software (developer) replied on 02 Mar 2012
@Diangh May I suggest that you read the link you gave yourself? The first sentence says "The term shareware [...] is proprietary software [...]". moneyGuru is open source, not proprietary.
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rolytyler reviewed on 28 Dec 2010
probably the best personal banking i tried on mac osx.
however, i'm sad that it is not able to remove duplicates when importing qif files from my bank...
[Version 2.3.4]


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F D Yocum reviewed on 23 Jul 2010
AS a long-term user of Liquid Ledger (after I left Quicken and Windows world), it was a relief to find this application.

I was not interested in coverflow in an accounts program, don't warm to tiny pink piggy banks or need layers of budgeting widgets. I wanted an elegant clean design. MoneyGuru has a small foot print and a deceptively simple interface which makes working with the numbers easy. Make sure to watch the videos, otherwise it is easy to miss some of the features, like Mass Edit.

The developer is incredibly responsive. When I ran into an initial problem importing my Liquid Ledger files, over a period of a week he worked with me to find a solution - before I purchased the application. MoneyGuru is, for me, still a little rough around the edges, in that it has little in the way of reporting and exporting features, but I feel confident these features will arrive, and, because the developer is interested in feedback from users, whatever comes will be up to the same high standard.
[Version 2.0.0]


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Fishscale commented on 19 Jun 2010
Another note is the dev has made the app "fairly" open source so you can build off of it's existing functions if you have a need it does not meet. I doubt many can find too much to complain about - this is great software.
[Version 1.8.2]


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Tomeck reviewed on 21 Apr 2010
I absolutely agree with GRYPHONENT and highly recommend this fabulous piece of software.

The developer constantly improves his application with useful and well thought features. His support is outstanding (take a look at his support forum http://getsatisfaction.com/hardcodedsoftware) and you can also track the development of the software, if you are interested (take a look at his development site http://hg.hardcoded.net/moneyguru).

He is already working on version 2 but that isn't a reason to hesitated of buying this software because "all licenses for Hardcoded Software applications come with lifetime free updates" (quote from the website of Hardcoded Software).
[Version 1.8.1]


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Gryphonent reviewed on 26 Mar 2010
A quick update to my earlier review. I've been using MoneyGuru now for the last two years and I'm absolutely happy with it. It's fabulous in every respect. Multi-currency is not a problem and entries are quick and simple. Development is ongoing and support par excellence. I recommend MoneyGuru strongly!
[Version 1.8.0]


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Whatsthis commented on 27 Jan 2010
This app does well what no other does to my satisfaction--it allows me to edit transactions inline AND shows the past and future balance. The support is excellent. It is flexible enough to fit a small economy and casual accounting and budgeting/saving, but is savvy enough to manage double entry accounting. Definitely give this one more than a cursory look (it does not look like an iTunes based app, don't be put off).
[Version 1.7.5]


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mrp53 commented on 05 Oct 2008
I have been using moneyGuru for a few weeks and I must say that this program leaves the others behind. While moneyGuru might very well lack some of the flash and a few of the features that the competitors have (backup to MobileMe or scheduled transactions for example) it offers a solid means of tracking accounts and spending that is straightforward and reliable. The program is very easy to use and the developer is among the most responsive that I've encountered. Ask him any question or make any suggestion and you will receive a prompt and enthusiastic reply. He is more than willing to work with you until the problem is resolved. I experienced this above and beyond style of customer support when an earlier version of moneyGuru could not import a QIF exported from a competitor program. Within less than one day the developer found the issue offered the solution and I was off and running. MoneyGuru is a work in progress and the website is right up front about this. It is being developed and improved at a respectable pace and features such as scheduled transactions will be in release 1.2 (beta version available on support site). I can recommend moneyGuru without hesitation to anyone interested in a personal financial application for the Mac OS platform. The product is solid and is backed by a developer that knows the value of satisfied customers.
[Version 1.1.3]


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Vandulus rated on 26 Oct 2011

[Version 2.4.0]


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moneyGuru is a personal finance management application. With it, you can evaluate your financial situation so you can make informed (and thus better) decisions. Most finance applications have the same goal, but moneyGuru's difference is in the way it achieves it. Rather than having reports which you have to configure (or find out which pre-configured report is the right one), your important financial data (net worth, profit) is constantly up-to-date and "in your face". This allows you to constantly make informed decision rather than doing so periodically.

Get it done right. moneyGuru is loosely based on the double-entry accounting system, where every account -- including income and expenses -- is a first class account, not just a category. It allows for a lot of flexibility in finance management strategies (such as cash management).

Get it done fast. moneyGuru has a very efficient navigation and editing system which allows you to painlessly go around your accounts and transactions and modify them. Keyboard shortcuts are neatly designed and efficient. Values are auto-completed when it makes sense. Date editing uses a special widget that lets you edit dates with the least possible number of keystrokes, regardless of your date format.

Get it in there. moneyGuru can import QIF, OFX, QFX and CSV files and can export to QIF.

Get international. moneyGuru has very strong support for currencies. Unlike most other applications, currency information in moneyGuru is defined at the amount level rather than the account level. This gives you a lot of flexibility for transactions with multiple currencies.

See it coming. moneyGuru is future aware. Select a date range that ends in the future, and see, through the sheets and charts, how scheduled transactions and budgeting will affect your finance.

And for the rest... you can always extend moneyGuru's functionality through plugins!


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