A while ago, I reviewed Pennies, an application that I really liked because of its simple focus, just tracking your expenses. Normally, this is what I want, being able to see how much I spend on a month and see where the money goes.
Well, I knew of this alternate application, MoneyBook back then but did not take a closer look at it. However, after seeing its development during the last couple of months, while Pennies were at a standstill, I decided to take a look at it.
MoneyBook does not disappoint in its interface. The design fits very well on the iPhone and uses both standard iPhone OS design elements as well as own ones, with a good graphical quality.
As you can see, the icon is quite beautiful too and one that will sit proudly on your home screen.
The app is very much made to be a quick finance tracker and not the in-depth, full-featured, finance application. This shows in the way you add a new transaction. All you do is click the big, front and center “New Transaction” button.
You type in the amount you bought your item for, set the date (if other than the current date), add an optional note and select a category. Categories are available both for income and expenses however I would like to be able to add my own categories and to be able to customize the ones in there to be such that I use.
Viewing Transaction History
In your Transactions tab, you get a list of all transactions done in the active month, together with their descriptions, the date and the amount. These are grouped per day with a day sum.
You can at any time go back to a previous month and view the transaction list for that to.
If you turn the phone over to landscape orientation while in the current month transaction view, MoneyBook will display a nice chart over the amount spent, per category as well two general graphs detailing income and expenses.
Should you on the other hand be in the history view, main screen, you will get a line chart showing the different months and how the spending and income are changing.
After using MoneyBook for a few weeks, I have really taken a liking to it. In many areas it is what I wanted when I reviewed Pennies, with better statistics and a more complete management of transactions, still while being the vary simple expense-tracking app that it is.