Appgen Business Software, which specializes in cross-platform software, is demoing a Mac OS X version of Moneydance, their personal finance manager, at this week’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
The app is designed to help you keep track of your finances. The checkbook-register interface makes managing your money easy, while advanced features give you the ability to visually track your spending, said Jim Kelly, president and CEO of Appgen. Custom 3D graphs and a reconciler tool make an easy task of balancing your account, he added.
It’s the first personal finance manager written in Java that takes advantage of X’s Aqua user interface. And with the OS X version, Moneydance is now available for Mac OS, Linux, FreeBSD, OS/2, Solaris, and Windows 95/98/NT/2000 operating systems.
“Mac OS X presents a great opportunity for Appgen to move all of our mission critical business products to the Mac market,” said Kelly. “It’s the first of several products we plan on bringing out for Apple’s next generation operating system.”
Sean Reilly, Appgen’s chief technology officer in charge of Java product development, said he was able to completely bring Moneydance to Mac OS X in less than one day. It went so quickly because Appgen uses Sun’s JFC/Swing classes that Apple has mapped directly to the Aqua interface on X, he added.
Moneydance is a double-entry accounting system that uses multiple accounts to give a better understanding of any financial situation, Kelly said. It uses QIF (Quicken Interchange Format) for file import and export and provides customizable reports and graphs that can be created and printed in 3D and 2D formats for a truly accurate rendition of your financial picture, he added.
It’s been translated into Italian, German, French, Brazilian/Portuguese, and Spanish. It supports multi-currencies; you can even define your own. Now Moneydance can now store historical exchange rates. Version 3.0 will provide additional features such as online banking, investment management and budgeting tools, as well as: a loan payment calculator that also calculates loan points vs. rate; a detailed transaction search function; printable calendar of reminders and upcoming transactions; XML export and import abilities; and more account types, graphs and reports.
Those attending this week’s expo can pick up a free copy of the new Moneydance for Mac OS X CD at the Appgen Moneydance booth (# 3553) while supplies last.