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Buddi for Mac

Editors' Review


Buddi is a finance managing program that's poised with potential. Open-source and free, it offers a cross-platform, extensible experience wrapped up in a simple tabbed interface. As they say in the money biz, it looks great on paper.

The app can create new accounts from four credit types--cash, chequing, investment, and savings--and five debit types--credit card, liability, line of credit, loan, and prepaid account. Users can create their own account types, too, and take brief notes on an account. Strangely, the notes don't seem to surface anywhere. Under the My Budget tab, you can add transactions under different default categories such as Salary, Auto, and Misc. Expenses, or again you can create your own. To enter a new transaction, double-click on the account or budget category under which it has occurred. From there, pre-existing accounts and transaction titles have automatically been added to the drop-down menus to accelerate the new transaction creation process. Buddi generates reports and pie charts on command by income, average income, expenses, and net worth.

This is a good start in terms of features, but the execution leaves much room for improvement. There's no context menu support, no drag-and-drop support, and the forced need to jump between tabs to see how expenses and income relates to specific accounts feels antiquated compared to newer financial management programs and Web sites. While we appreciate that Buddi supports plug-ins, including ones that provide CSV and QIF import and export, there's no native account importation or synchronization. Buddi's interface doesn't facilitate an intuitive-enough workflow to cut down on the immense effort that the lack of syncing will mandate from users.

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2 stars

"better programs out there by far!"

January 28, 2011  |  By vcluck

 |  Version: Buddi


I really didn't get past the initial set up because I didn't like the interface.


Not a "buddi" at all - not even nice to look at really


I use Moneydance instead and really like it so far.

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1 stars

"It's okay..."

August 02, 2010  |  By ejbenzing07

 |  Version: Buddi


I liked that it seemed very intuitive to enter in your data.


I didn't like the three-tab set up because I wasn't able to see how all aspects of my budget/finances relate. It was overly simplistic, meaning that I couldn't get my categories/sub-categories set up as I wanted them.


I think that this product is okay for the novice budgeter or only needs to track a few categories. However, I feel like I need a little bit more computing power to track all the things that I'd like to track as well as manage all of my finances.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
  • Added openjdk support for Debian package
  • Updated German translation (thanks to Matthias)
Publisher Wyatt Olson
Publisher web site
Release Date January 28, 2010
Date Added January 28, 2010
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Personal Finance Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.16MB
File Name Buddi-
Total Downloads 9,391
Downloads Last Week 3
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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