Finance

BudgetBook

BudgetBook: Helping You Keep Track of Your Money

BudgetBook

BudgetBook is an iPad-only app made by the same developers as my favorite iPhone finance application, MoneyBook (you could have guessed from the name right?). The app is very well designed and has a lovely user interface which is a joy to use. The goal of BudgetBook is to let you keep track of your transactions in relation to a monthly budget you set, for total spending as well as category-specific budgets. In my view, this is the best way to keep track of your transactions and the only real reason you need a separate app compared to your internet bank. What makes the app as good as it is, is that it is simply and easy to use. Adding a new transaction doesn’t take you long, nor does setting up your budget (if you know what budget you wish to give yourself that is). You are able to set up several different accounts, each with their own transactions, however an overall budget for all the accounts.

What I would like to see!

The budgets feature, although really good, has one major flaw in my eyes. When adding income as part of the category budget (salary) it will say “100%” when you haven’t added a salary transaction. While this is the desired effect on expenses, income should be the other way around. With zero transactions for income, you have reached 0% of the budget. This may seem small, but for an application called “BudgetBook” it should be a non-issue. Since the same developer also makes MoneyBook with a My.MoneyBook cloud service, I would like to see some integration between these two applications. Being able to enter transactions on one device is fine, but both with syncing would be the killer feature.

Conclusion

As with MoneyBook, what I like about BudgetBook is that it is indeed so simple. Aside from the fact that it has got a gorgeous user interface, the app is very fast to use. It does not take you long at all to get your transactions into the app which is a big deal if you are going to use this on a daily basis. As our internet banks get more sophisticated, I like that the app just helps me find out how I am doing in relation to my budget. For these reasons, I would definitely recommend you getting BudgetBook if you want a solid finance app for the iPad that helps you keep track of where your money is going. Download BudgetBook for iPad here for $2.99 iTunes

MarketDash

MarketDash for iPad

One of the Apps that's missing from the iPad that Apple never ported over from the iPhone is the Stocks App. On the iPhone it's built-in, but on the iPad it's not. While you could argue that many people on the iPhone don't use the Stocks App, it just seems odd not to build it for the iPad. Since I am a Stocks App user I went in search of the "Best" Stocks App for the iPad. I've used a few Apps and they all seem to suffer from the same problem. Too complex! The native iPhone Stocks App is EASY, SIMPLE and CLEAN. I wanted that same experience on my iPad. My search ultimately led me to the Yahoo! MarketDash App. It has a big beautiful display. It's Easy to use. You can either use the App in a stand alone-fashion where you manually enter the stock symbols you want to track or you can log into your existing Yahoo account. 

The only thing that I would like to see added to this App is a Push Notification feature for when a stock hits a certain price. Otherwise, there's nothing else to say! If you want a stock App to keep up on your favorite stocks that's simple to use and best of all FREE, this is it!

You can get MarketDash for Free here from the iTunes

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MoneyBook 2.0 Adds Custom Categories and Online Access

A while ago I reviewed MoneyBook, an application to manage your finances on the go. This week, they released an update that fixes some of my gripes that I had with the app, mainly that you couldn't add custom categories. Well, now in 2.0 you can! You can also deactivate the pre-added categories to get a list the way you want it to appear.

They have also added myMoneyBook, an online backup and access service for your data. You upload it to the service (which by the way is free) from the app by tapping a little arrow button. When you get back to your computer, you can watch statistics and your transactions from the browser.

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MoneyBook: Manage Finances On The Go

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.

The Interface

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.

Adding Transactions

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.

Get it here on the App Store: MoneyBook

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