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Review: iBank 4 and CheckBook Pro compared

updated 02:00 am EDT, Wed August 31, 2011

Pluses and minuses for both

Financial programs are a deeply personal decision that can be greatly affected by a user's needs. Some people have trouble balancing a simple checkbook, while others manage complicated home-business finances or extensive portfolios. We look at two different levels of home-finance programs: the inexpensive and basic CheckBookPro, and the more full-featured Quicken substitute iBank 4. We look at each one and where the strengths and weakness of each lie and how they might work for users in other situations in our review.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Haus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Budgets in iBank4

    I've been searching for financial software that meet my needs for some time and have yet to find one that satisfies them. For me budgeting is an important feature and iBank, like all other finance software I have trialed, misses the mark. I don't find the "envelope" method particularly appealing (and iBanks envelope icons are so rink-dink) and the standard budgeting does not allow budgeting by month, i.e., allow to enter different budget amounts for each category by month. This is not only the case with iBank but also with almost every other financial software package for the Mac. I find it hard to believe because many budget items vary by month, e.g., auto expenses, vacation, medical, etc.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iBank 4 lacking

    Unfortunately, the few releases of iBank have concentrating on changing the UI rather than adding useful features. For example, it lets you make budgets but provides no useful tools to let you plan. For example, you can't even see how much, on average per month, you've spent on groceries over the past year. And the budget monitor only lets you see the current month. You can't see if you went over your budget last month.

    I do like iBanks record keeping abilities - it's easy to download quicken files from online banking web sites, but I just wish it'd let me do more with the data once I downloaded it.

  1. swissmann

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I use moneywell from a company called nothirst. I used quicken for years, then iBank for a while and tried a few others and settled on MoneyWell and am very happy with it. Talk of version 2.0 coming soon with more features seems to be a good upgrade too.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iBank vs. MoneyWell

    I was debating between iBank and MoneyWell. I chose iBank because it has cloud syncing with my iPhone when I am on the road a lot. iBank also integrates with iCal. I like the MoneyWell interface and it's cheaper but it lacks those two features that I am looking for.

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