MoneyWell for Mac

MoneyWell for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 9 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.2.3
File Size:
8.78MB
Date Added:
August 11, 2013
Price:
Free to try; $49.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.7/10.8
Total Downloads:
4,564
Downloads Last Week:
1
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

With a number of useful features for keeping track of your cash flow, accounts, income, and expenses, MoneyWell for Mac takes the traditional envelope budgeting method to a whole new level. The program comes with a fully-functional, free trial version limited to 200 transactions.

After downloading, MoneyWell for Mac starts up with an initial menu that features good graphics and well-labeled buttons. Users can immediately use the program on their accounts or play with it using a sample document. This is helpful so users avoid making mistakes on their actual account files. The program, itself, lists the current account balance at the top of the main window, along with the current account status. A listing of the overall balances of every account imported sits on a left sidebar, and is easy to locate. Income and expense information is also present in this area, below the accounts. The main window lists all of the debits and credits by transactions, which are each well-labeled and color-coded for easy identification. A row of buttons along the bottom also allows users to quickly reconcile accounts, as well as access their spending plan, reports, and other advanced functions. Additionally, the program offers access to video tutorials and an online help section.

MoneyWell for Mac includes most of the features one would look for in personal finance software and would be a useful addition for users familiar with accounting principles.

Editor's note: This is a review of the trial version of MoneyWell for Mac 2.2.2.

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  • 4 stars

    "The best I have found for the Mac (and PC!!)"

    April 03, 2010   |   By bobmcgraw

    Version: MoneyWell 1.5.3

    Pros

    Very fast and easy to use. Simple, single screen views. Easy to tell how you are doing against plan. Automatic downloads from my credit union, credit card company. GREAT support directly from the developer.

    Cons

    While not a big deal for me, some may want extensive investment capabilities, which MoneyWell does not have. I used to do that but found I was spending a lot of time managing the data when I can get it all online anyway so I don't miss this.

    Summary

    Think about the envelope system. You spend until the envelope is empty. If you don't spend all the money in the envelope in a month, you can either carry it over to the next month or spend it on something else (move it to another envelope). This system works the same basic way and it works great. I used Quicken on a PC from 1991 until 2009. I got so sick of Quicken's non-existent technical support and the Mac version is reportedly awful. I looked at all the major Mac alternatives and settled on Moneywell. I actually enjoy using this program. That says a lot since tracking money is not my favorite past time. It takes a little time to set it up but my Quicken data imported quite well. Take the time to check out MoneyWell. Watch the short tutorials on the web site to get a feel for it and read the knowledge base and some of the discussions. You'll get a good feel for it that way. Plus, you'll get a sense of just how good the support is from the developer.

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  • 5 stars

    "The Easiest Personal Finance Program Ever"

    January 20, 2010   |   By pbrooks1

    Version: MoneyWell 1.4.13

    Pros

    Very easy to use but still has enough features to satisfy almost any conceivable Home User requirement. Great if you like a visual as well as text status of your finances. Excellent support. I once asked a stupid question. Got a prompt, kind, reply.

    Cons

    Not designed for business use but it would probably be possible to run a very simple business using it.

    Summary

    Just so easy to use, yet quite powerful too.

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  • 4 stars

    "Has Focus and Vision"

    December 17, 2008   |   By A Wedlake

    Version: MoneyWell 1.4.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I'm a part of that pool of ex-Quicken users who have been orphaned, looking for a real alternative to Quicken for many years. I broke the Quicken habit with Moneydance (which IS also a great product). But whereas Moneydance has sort of gone stale with feature improvements, the MoneyWell team has been hard at work. I've reviewed MoneyWell before (1.3 I believe). It's strength has been in it's vision, scope, and a very clean execution to that vision (just watch their online videos and you'll pick this up). However, in the past, their main liability that has kept me from converting to MoneyWell has been software speed and responsiveness. 1.4.1 IS a significant improvement in this area, and is responsible for me finally migrating from Moneydance to MoneyWell. I've really been a fan of the all-in-one screen format (becoming more popular now that we're getting larger monitors). This reduces pop-up windows for reconciling, or adding transactions, or even viewing spending graphs. MoneyWell still has a few areas that are less intuitive. Whereas Moneydance doesn't actually add a transaction to the register until you've hit enter (and gives you an audible sound to confirm so), MoneyWell assumes that one you click on the new transaction icon, a new transaction is already created in the register. I'm not so sure this is the smartest way to do so, but I suspect everyone will have a different opinion on this. For me it doesn't confirm data accuracy during entry. If you get pulled from your transaction before it's complete, or you click on another transaction in your register before your done, it's already in your register. I personally would like to see the new transaction button generate a new entry. It should only appear in your register at the time you've completed and confirmed entry (maybe an audible confirmation?) Other than that, the interface is responsive, easy to read, follow, track buckets, and utilizes the screen space very well. Importing data that I had exported from Moneydance was easy, and with no errors. All accounts and buckets pulled in perfect. The whole import took about 1 minute, and I have over ten years of data. Excellent job team!

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  • 5 stars

    "Perfect."

    October 10, 2008   |   By C+C

    Version: MoneyWell 1.3.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is exactly the software I was looking for. It has all the accounting features I need for home and freelance work, plus has the best budgeting features of any software I've tried -- and I downloaded EVERY mac finance program I could find (about 3 dozen) after I got married and tried all of them.

    I used Quicken as a teenager and then iBank (not the newest version, hate it) when I got an Apple. I "tricked" the old iBank into budgeting for me, but it was a hassle, and I knew it would be more of a hassle with two incomes, two freelance businesses, and two people to budget for.

    Most of the budgeting programs I found just used a more sophisticated form of "tricking" -- you create a budget, and then you click accounts and run a report to see what you've budgeted in those categories versus what you've spent. OK, but not the easiest way to see if we have money left to eat out, not very flexible, and I'd still have to trick the program to put money aside each month for a bill due every six, or to only save money for Christmas presents a few months of the year, or to do something special with extra income.

    I love that MoneyWell makes it easy for my husband to see exactly where the budget is (really helps with the date planning!) without my having to interpret or run reports, and that we can still be anile about tracking and reconciling everything.

    The budgeting works on the envelope (in this case, bucket) system, but it's the most flexible I've seen. You can transfer money from one bucket to another or revise your spending plan at any point in time. I never would have gotten so much out of our budget without this program: being able to see all the totals instantly, compare to past spending, and tweak things without fear of messing anything up, I kept adjusting categories as I went, and I'm now amazed at how far our money's going. It's also great for either of us to be able to glance and see if we have money in a particular bucket to spend, or if there's another bucket we could transfer the money from.

    Even better, it's so well integrated with the accounting side of the software that you barely have to do anything. Categories become buckets, so aside from creating a spending plan and then dispersing your income (or having the program do it for you -- you can prioritize buckets), there's nothing extra to do. The category for the transaction is a bucket, and that's that. But the buckets are separate in that you can mess around with them as much as you want and you won't throw off your account totals. All the charts I've ever found useful are already right there.

    The spending plan does all the work for you -- totaling your income and expenses, giving you the average of what you've spent in a category in the past, and dividing a per-month total for irregular expenses. But it also gives you control -- you can tell it whether an expense hits a particular time of month, or you can adjust amounts for specific months for each category.

    The accounting program works as it should. You don't have to click to add transactions, you can apple+n and then tab through, and the form has autocomplete. The lack of a pop-up calendar on the date box bugged me at first, but it's nice that you can type in the date however you want and the program interprets it. You can pre-enter or schedule transactions, and they show as pending (and in a different color) until you OK them. The graphics and colors are helpful without being obnoxious or annoying. For instance, go into reconcile function, and entries are then color-coded: dimmed if they're out of the date range, and, within the date range, blue if they're reconciled and red if they're not. The one-click feature is perfect for months everything matches up.

    I thought it had some quirks when I was trying it out, but most turned out to be features I didn't quite understand yet. Once I figured everything out, those quirks became non-existent or helpful. The *only* thing that I would like is subcategories/nested buckets, just because I'm anile. A quick workaround, though, is to use categories you're used to (car:gas, car:tolls, car:maintenance, etc.) and then select all related categories (they'll show up next to each other alphabetically) when you want the full picture.

    (Examples of "quirks": I thought I had to click on an account and a bucket to add a transaction -- what a pain. Now I keep the "all transactions" bucket selected unless I'm looking at something specific, and then, like every other program, select the account I want to enter transactions in, and bingo, autofill bucket entry. Other problems I had when getting the program to balance: I had expenses and income for the wedding that didn't match the budget and was trying to use my "trick" methods to get everything to line up. The fix was figuring out how to use the initial rollover date option to not have or not have past expenses affect the budget and then to not allocate part of the initial balance since it was already partly spent.) The only actual quirk I've found is within the spending plan: go to a category without a plan, type in an amount, and then drop down the frequency, and the amount disappears; you have to enter the frequency first.

    Try it -- the trial is full-featured -- and you'll see it's the best system possible for budgeting. Oh yeah, the undo/redo on the program is incredible. No accidental boo-boos, and you can feel free to play around.

    To address others' comments:

    I do have a new Mac, but I was still impressed with how fast the software runs -- it quits and starts before the icon has time to bounce, honestly in about the same time as it takes to hide and reappear. Features within the program work instantly.

    For a running total, click on any date in the account register, and the actual and reconciled totals for that date appear on the bottom gray bar of the program. I thought I'd miss not having the running total in the register, but I haven't. It cuts the clutter, and I hardly ever need it anymore with all of MoneyWell's features for budgeting and reconciling.

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  • 4 stars

    "Shows Promise"

    February 22, 2008   |   By A Wedlake

    Version: MoneyWell 1.2.9

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I really like many aspects of this program, which I purchased about a month ago. I think it's laid out really well, and there is a lot of thinking that has gone into how functions work. I currently use Moneydance, and although the interface is kind of clunky, it's signifantly faster to use.

    MoneyWell's lack of speed will get on your nerves VERY quickly. It hesitates on almost any function, such as changing accounts or smart buckets. Scrolling through a long list in one account is the only thing that runs "fairly" smoothly. One would think that a program coded to run natively in Leopard would run faster than a program written in Java (Moneydance), but that's not the case at all.

    Another small addition that would be usefull is the abilty to see a running total in the register. Currently the only place to see the total is at the account icon. Great if you want to know where you ended at, but if you want to know where you were at in Mid December when an "issue" occured with your bank, no such luck (yet).

    I really hope these small issues will be addressed soon. I have it installed, and after a few updates I try an export from Moneydance into MoneyWell to take it out for a spin again.

    I can't recommend this program yet, but it's showing a tremendous amount of promise.

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  • 5 stars

    "Extremely cool application"

    January 21, 2008   |   By dareios

    Version: MoneyWell 1.2.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I'm testing this soft since beginning of Dec 2007 parallel with Cha-Ching, Money2 and iBank. I have to admit that this is one of the best approach to managing personal finance. Normally you are interested how your cash flow looks like at the end of the day and how to harmonize monthly/yearly spending plan to avoid unexpected and nasty surprises And what? Both of this main KPIs you have got on the spot. Beside of that, we receive very intuitive navigation through the 1-pages layout, perfect reconciliation, clear graphics (exactly what I want income vs. expenses). It's allow very easy to monitor you daily profit&loss balance on time.

    What could be develop in the future? Well, it would be highly appreciated if No Thirst would be release Pro version with e.g. stock exchange management.

    I'd swear blind it was one of the best software I tested in last time. Highly recommended to buy.
    Greetings form Poland.

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  • 3 stars

    "Very Happy"

    September 25, 2007   |   By apenfold

    Version: MoneyWell 1.0.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I Have used this program for the last 2 weeks and i am very happy with it. Once the trial runs out i was definitely buy it. You have to give this a chance as it's only in the 1.0 version period. I'm using this to keep a check on my finances, so that they don't spiral out of control as per usual, and its going very well so far! WELL DONE!

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  • 5 stars

    "Well done"

    September 06, 2007   |   By terrynorton_dotmac

    Version: MoneyWell 1.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Disclaimer: I was a beta tester for MoneyWell. I am also a registered user of Debt Quencher, No Thirst's other app.

    The main feature that drew me to MoneyWell is the 1-window interface and visual indicators. All of the everyday procedures are right there in one window. There are no separate windows needed to enter or view data, for me, removing a bit of the possible confusion factor I've had with other accounting apps trying to make sure I select the correct window. Yes, there are a couple of drawer windows for a couple of items for planning and moneyflow, but those aren't used for everyday data entry or viewing.

    The visual budget graph right there, all the time, I feel is the most brilliant feature, with the bucket indicators a close second.

    For a 1.0 release, this is a super beginning. Looking forward to more features being added. Which brings up a good point, if you've ever used software that you wish had feature X, using a 1.0 release usually means the feature(s) you'd like may not be there, yet. It's a lot easier to add features when software is new than to long established apps set in stone. Using MoneyWell and submitting feature requests and suggestions may possibly get you exactly what you're looking for.

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  • 5 stars

    "Well done"

    September 06, 2007   |   By terrynorton_dotmac

    Version: MoneyWell 1.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Disclaimer: I was a beta tester for MoneyWell. I am also a registered user of Debt Quencher, No Thirst's other app.

    The main feature that drew me to MoneyWell is the 1-window interface and visual indicators. All of the everyday procedures are right there in one window. There are no separate windows needed to enter or view data, for me, removing a bit of the possible confusion factor I've had with other accounting apps trying to make sure I select the correct window. Yes, there are a couple of drawer windows for a couple of items for planning and moneyflow, but those aren't used for everyday data entry or viewing.

    The visual budget graph right there, all the time, I feel is the most brilliant feature, with the bucket indicators a close second.

    For a 1.0 release, this is a super beginning. Looking forward to more features being added. Which brings up a good point, if you've ever used software that you wish had feature X, using a 1.0 release usually means the feature(s) you'd like may not be there, yet. It's a lot easier to add features when software is new than to long established apps set in stone. Using MoneyWell and submitting feature requests and suggestions may possibly get you exactly what you're looking for.

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