updated 06:00 pm EDT, Tue June 19, 2012
Adds features to prep for Mountain Lion, more
IGG Software has updated its flagship product, the personal finance app iBank, to version 4.5 in preparation for the arrival next month of OS X Mountain Lion. The new version will incorporate two important security features from the next OS X release, sandboxing (isolating the program's processes from other system processes) and the Gatekeeper feature, which lets developers sign their apps.
Apart from the enhanced security, iBank 4.5's major new feature is the addition of a sync engine enhancement so that it can sync with the currently-in-beta iBank for iPad. The company already makes an iOS companion app for on-the-go transaction entry and analysis called iBank Mobile, but iBank for iPad will be able to function as a standalone app or in harmony with the Mac version, and offers much more comprehensive financial management.
The 4.5 update is free for all current iBank 4 users. Customers who bought iBank directly from the company can upgrade immediately via the iBank website; the update will be published on the Mac App Store shortly. Also available from the company website are 30-day free trial downloads of iBank, upgrade pricing from earlier versions (for $30) and a library of iBank 4 video tutorials. New purchases of iBank cost $60.
The iBank update requires users to be on OS X 10.6 or higher. The iBank for iPad app will be submitted for approval by the end of the month, according to the company's blog.