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When it comes to choosing a personal finance app for your Mac, you’ve got quite a range to choose from. We even did a roundup of 15 of the best candidates a couple of months back and picking one can be quite difficult owing to all the different range of features in each one.

Well, we can’t look at all 15 individually (otherwise we’d be here until the end of the year!) but instead we’re going to look at three of the most popular in a bit more detail, Moneywiz, iBank and Money, comparing the features and, most importantly, which out of these three is the best personal finance app for you.

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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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Thank you to everyone who entered our iBank giveaway last week.

iBank combines a robust feature set, simple interface and streamlined import process to create a very attractive financial application. At $59 it doesn’t come cheap, but is competitively priced for the functionality offered.

We have randomly chosen one winner, and I’m pleased to announce that it is:

  • Ryan Leach

Congratulations Ryan – you should be receiving a license code shortly! Sorry to all of you who didn’t win this time, but rest assured we have some awesome software giveaways coming over the next month. Stay tuned via RSS to make sure you don’t miss out!

Following our review of iBank, I’m pleased to announce our latest competition to win a free license! The application is worth $59.99, and offers a great way to stay on top of your finances.

We have one license up for grabs, and all you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. The competition will run for one week, and we’ll randomly select the the winner on Wednesday 29th July.

Good luck, and be sure to follow us on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed to find out if you’re a winner.

Happy banking!

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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