Posts tagged with 'money'


Moneyspire, a month later: the UX

(This post follows on from a couple of earlier ones, one , two , as I seek to replace Microsoft Money for my personal financial accounts.) In my main job, I work for DevExpress , a company that designs and writes user interface components for other programmers to use in creating the visual aspect to their applications. Controls like menus, ribbons, grids, charts, dashboards, reporting, what have you. We spend a lot of time in the design phase, working out how a particular control should work, not...

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Fixing the import from MS Money to Moneyspire

Waaaay back when, in early 2017, I published a small series ( one , two ) on replacements for Microsoft Money . One app which almost made the grade was Moneyspire . However, even that had some issues, of which one was insurmountable at the time: transfers between accounts were imported twice, making the end result of setting up your accounts in Moneyspire a complete and utter mess. I abandoned the move and continued using Money. Nevertheless, Moneyspire improved in the interim and I paid for the...

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Replacing Microsoft Money – Moneyspire

Next on my saga of finding the best replacement for Microsoft Money – well, OK, the best for me – is Moneyspire . Actually, I half-heartedly tried this out some 8 months ago, but I wasn’t feeling the urge at the time and I stopped. At that time they produced a free version for a single account (if I recall correctly) but that’s now been dropped: you can get a two-week trial version with limited accounts and transactions, or pony up some cash for the Basic or the Plus version. I Paypaled $75 for the...

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Replacing Microsoft Money – Moneydance

Well over a year ago, I upgraded my main machine at the time to Windows 10, and the one app that caused install and running issues was Microsoft Money . Since then it’s been pretty stable for me (and I’ve even got it running on a new, totally different machine), but I’m always well aware that one day, I’m going to run into some insurmountable problem with it, and then I’m hosed. So, better to think about a replacement for it while it still works, and what better time for that than over the New Year...

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Windows 10 upgrade: the Microsoft Money mess

OK, I get it: I’m behind the times. I still use Microsoft Money, the “sunset” edition . Yes, it’s been six years since it was retired, but I prefer it way, WAY more than Quicken . And, to be honest, thus far – I’ve now been using it for 20 years, believe it or not (first entry: July 3, 1995) – it’s been just fine. However, yesterday, I was suddenly brought up short with a jolt, or to be more accurate with an error message about Internet Explorer 6. It wants IE6??? So what was special about yesterday...

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First impressions of Quicken

Back in June this year, Microsoft announced that they were cutting Microsoft Money. Now, I've been using this app for well over 14 years now (my transactions go back to July 1995), and so I was a little peeved, to put it mildly. I know that the application itself will continue to work — although at some point I would be unable to install it on any new PCs or hard drives I may get: there's good old activation for you — but the online features would also be cut off at some future...

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