Here is my reply to Ron's comment on my review:
First of all, your "duh!" comment is a typical response of developers to consumer problems. You are not designing this for your personal pleasure. The assumption is that you are designing a product to be marketed to users. What is intuitive to you is irrelevant - most developers are semi-autistic males who do not relate to people at all and have a "theory of mind" problem. Theory of mind is the socially important concept that other human beings have ways of thinking which have validity. Autistics do not and cannot believe this. It is their way only that has validity.
Next, just how many hours or days or weeks is someone supposed to devote to the learning curve on your software? I have news for you, if it takes more than a few hours to figure out a budget software program, you have failed. If there is a checkbook icon somewhere in your program, I was unable to run across it after seven hours struggling with your program. Of course it is obvious to you- you hid it where it seems obvious to you. Did you think about where it would be intuitive to the consumer?
:Your reply to my comment "it only is helpful if you always get paid the same amount of money at the same times of each month. If you have any sort of variable income, this will be useless". was
"Not true" Well, sure, if you want to go in and fiddle with the interval amounts every time a check comes in (no matter how small), you could do it but that is creating work, not streamlining it. And if your software creates more work and wastes more time, it defeats its own purpose.
"There is NO check icon."
Again, not true
Well, after seven hours, I have no plans on looking for what should have been right on the screen all of the time. You can take satisfaction that you are playing hide and seek with one of the most important items in a budget program but I found it frustrating. Again, if you are desiging programs for yourself, be my guest and hide it wherever you wish.
"but there are no icons for auto, food, electricity, rent (a house?) etc."
This comment is irrelevant. I never mentioned an icon for phone bills. But a 12 year old kid could figure out that you could have several icons to put on group envelopes - cable tv, phone, auto, etc. And this option makes a hell of a lot more sense and serves a purpose while pastel coloring the envelopes does nothing and serves no purpose. I would never have commented on your comments but you have the typical, "to hell with these idiotic computer users who can't figure out my program" attitude. Maybe, just maybe, the problem is not with the intelligence of the users. Maybe, just maybe, the problem is with the less than transparent program setup.