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Dazfromoz reviewed on 09 Jul 2010
I've been using Prospects since the end of 2008. I tried all the others at the time, and still regularly look at other releases (including Moneywell, iBank, Quicken Essentials, YNAB, Squirrel, you name it) and still feel this comes up trumps.

It was designed by someone who was unsatisfied with what else was out there at the time; not a big software company out to make a lot of money. Because of this, there has been very little marketing of Prospects, so most people seem to find it only after doing a bit of searching.

Data entry is simple, budgeting, transfers, reconciling, scheduled transactions with reminders are all adequate. But the thing that makes it stand out - GUI and charts - is in a class of its own. The GUI is very customisable, and the main screen can show up to 3 charts at once, which gives a good grasp of your financial situation. The "My Prospects" summary screen is also rich with data.

During 2009 updates were few and far between, and some thought the product had been abandoned. This did not really concern me as it was already doing most of what I needed, with one exception - ability to mine data for reporting. But 1.2.8 brings the addition of a custom "search" report. This gets over the 12 month limitation of some of the charts. It brings fully customisable reporting, and includes the option of a chart in the report, a nice touch.

I don't want to sound like the Prospects/Motimotion marketing department, but since they seem to lack one, I'm happy to blow their trumpet. Check out the free trial, the full version is reasonably priced too. It's a pleasure to support indie software developers, especially when they really get something right.
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