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In my search for the ideal money management application, I keep coming back to iBank. I reviewed Jumsoft Money here on Mac.AppStorm a few months back, and mentioned a few other options I’ve tried. I wouldn’t say it’s perfect – there are important features that I can’t use, and others that I don’t make use of – but on the whole it’s been stable and easy to work with, and I’ve not yet found an alternative that beats it.

We reviewed the last version here a while back, but now IGG Software has released a major update, so it’s time to revisit iBank and let you know how it works and what you get for your money.

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For a long time, I have been a very happy user of Microsoft Money. Since making the switch to a Mac, I’ve played the field, but still haven’t found a money management application that really meets my needs (or is fun enough to keep me coming back). There’s no going back – Microsoft announced last year that they would no longer be marketing Money, and they’re planning to stop support for it in January 2011.

The Mac programs I have tried include MoneyDance (very nice, and capable, but doesn’t really look like a Mac app), Cha-Ching (pretty, but simplistic and superficial), and iCompta (the quiet little guy at the back of the class, powerful and easy to use). The application I’ve used longest is iBank; having won several awards, it’s an excellent application. But I’m still not entirely satisfied.

I’ve known of Jumsoft’s Money for several years, and now and then given it a brief try, but never in much depth. Recently, I decided I really ought have a proper look at it – read on to see my conclusions.

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I guess I should start this review off with an admission… when it comes to personal finances, I’m very lazy. So lazy that I never budget and therefore always end up a couple of days before payday with no money. I guess the reason behind this is that setting up a spreadsheet to forecast my financial situation does not appeal to me in the slightest.

However, when Cashculator dropped on my desk this month, I thought I should at least give budgeting a go, if only just to review the software. It turns out that Apparent Software have made a pretty decent little app.

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Today, I’ll be taking a look at TimeNet, a long-standing player in the field of time tracking and project management. The application allows you to take control of your clients and projects, easily send invoices, and stay on top of who owes you what.

It offers a fairly simple window-based interface, to show you only the information you need at any given time. This makes it pleasant to navigate, and slightly different from more complex competitors.

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After reviewing Cha-Ching a few weeks ago, I thought it was only fair to take a look at another popular financial application for the Mac: iBank. Although it doesn’t sport a cute piggy bank icon, iBank has an impressive feature set and an award-winning user interface design.

This review will provide an overview of the features offered by iBank, highlight how to import transactions, showcase a the graph functionality, and also explain how the application connects to MobileMe for backing up and accessing transactions on-the-go.

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When the words “financial management” come into mind, I’m sure you aren’t thinking about a fun way to spend your Saturday night. That must be because you haven’t given Cha-Ching from Midnight Apps a shot. Cha-Ching, available on both the Mac and iPhone/iPod Touch platforms. allows you to log your daily transactions, make and keep track of different bank accounts and helps you plan and stick to a budget.

Currently, the Mac version of the software is in its last stages of beta testing before its big 2.0 release. This means that you might run into some slight issues regarding features that have yet to be enabled but are sure to be included in the update. With that in mind, let’s jump right in!

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