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Home Accountz (PC/Mac/Linux)

by Accountz.com Ltd
Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Linux
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:     Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Linux
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • Release Date: 24 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,376 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Box Contains

  • CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Download Link (Netbooks)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
188 of 190 people found the following review helpful
I read the reviews for the previous version of this software which were quite mixed. So I decided to have a look on their website and found I could download a free 30-Day evaluation copy which I have done. Unfortunately, after downloading the 80MB+ file and installing, it searched for an update and downloaded another 66MB! So, it's good that they're updating the software, but a shame that they don't put the most up to date version on the download link.

I exported my MSMoney data (about 10MB) and imported it into Home Accountz without any difficulty. There were a number of comments in reviews of the previous version about how long winded this process is, but I think that's people with unrealistic ideas on data migration. Just follow the instructions, tidy up any errors and Bob's your Uncle!

The way in which the data is displayed was also a criticism from other reviewers. It is different from MSMoney but it would just take a little while to get used to it. Home Accountz seems to do everything that MSMoney does, just in a different way.

Although I like MSMoney, it's no longer available and it's no longer supported, so I need to migrate to something else. Home Accountz seems to only have been out for a few weeks, replacing the older Personal Accountz, and I was very impressed with the functionality so far and the on-line forums where I searched for a few features that I couldn't find. It's really good to find a UK Company filling this gap in the market.

Missing features (or at least I couldn't find them) include: Password protection for the file; importing of data downloaded from the bank (transactions and statement reconciliation); and archiving of old/redundant data.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UncomplicatedvHome Accountz 14 Jun. 2010
Ever since Quicken decided to quit the UK I've been searching for a "simple", no, uncomplicated method of keeping my home monies in order. Home Accountz does this with ease and, at the outset, my 71 year old mind could fathom some aspects. A simple phone call put it right. They're nice people.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused (but not dot com) 22 Jun. 2010
By Mick
I happened across the reviews here when looking for something else on Amazon and decided to read them purely out of interest. I've used this software's predecessor Personal Accountz for many years and because of the companies track record, jumped in and started with a very early copy of Home Accountz. I'm amazed to read the negative reviews - it's almost as if they're talking about a different package!

Checking out their user forum, the reviewer here who had trouble importing from Personal Accountz is not alone - but I didn't. I followed their instructions and it worked perfectly. Not sure what's special about my setup to make it work as expected and I'm certainly no genius! An ugly GUI is personal opinion but it looks absolutely fine to me! And as for ease of use, I'm not sure how to make it easier. When I buy groceries i enter a transaction as being FROM current account TO groceries. To me that's logical and easy. There's even a place to enter a payee so if you want to differentiate between money spent on groceries at Sainsbury or Tesco, you can do that too. The workings follow standard accounting procedures but unless you're used to accounting, you wouldn't know that. The layout of data makes it easy to follow - at least, I think it does hence my confusion that some criticise its ease of use.

Most importantly, the support from Accountz is probably the best I've come across. OK, the program on launch had a few minor glitches - what program doesn't - but for me they were just that, minor glitches. Accountz have released several updates in response to users not only finding these glitches but making suggestions that "such and such would be a nice feature" so the software is evolving almost daily. If you have a problem you'll likely get a quick resolution from the user forum or from contacting Accountz.

Would I suggest you buy this? Certainly. Is it perfect? Not till next Friday ;-)
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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
By Caroline P. VINE VOICE
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I think this program is a bit of a mixed bag and the thing that will split people is: were you hoping to transfer from a previous package? My experiences are those of a Quicken user; Iam unable to comment on the process from Money.

First the basics. The program installs very easily. I like software which allows you full control over where you store things whilst offering simple defaults for novice users. Full marks were earned there. You should note that you can only install the software once. This is not as awful as it sounds, although you do have to visit the Accountz forum to find out which files you need to back up - these can be reinstalled if you change your PC. In addition, they state that you can contact them if you have changed machine and they will confirm your new installation.

I admit my first ten minutes with this software were completely baffling! I then started to work through the 'walkthrough' in the simple getting started guide. Things soon began to fall into place. (And also, to be fair, I've had 15 years practice of just doing things the "Quicken way"). I had a little hiccup when the date defaulted to 2020 (!) which I didn't notice for a bit. However I felt quite impressed with the sheer flexibility of the software. Really, you can arrange things just how you want them and change them pretty much any way you want to in the future. In this respect, I think it is a fair bit more flexible than Quicken. I was soon understanding how to enter stuff and how things worked together. For new users, then - or people willing to abandon a previous Quicken history - I think this is a pretty solid piece of software. It does vary a little between being intuitive in places and then pretty confusing at other times, but I never found it too difficult to sort out the confusions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I simply do not like it.
Published 4 months ago by T Wallace
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 7 months ago by Pat R.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
having used Money I found this a very poor substitute
Published 8 months ago by Mr John Cunningham
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
i'm sorry to say i like quicken better, had trouble finding out how it workes and that i have to make accounts to all, dont like that
Published 16 months ago by Ásthildur Greta Alfreðsdóttir
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is an excellent product and does everything it says it does. Ideal for keeping all your accounts up to date.
Published 21 months ago by Shirley Spellar
1.0 out of 5 stars A bad buy
Difficult to use and set up. Just give MS Money every time. Nothing good to say about it and poor support when you need help.
Published 23 months ago by Greenjacket
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
Home accounting is enough to fill anyone with dread. It's good to have a bit of help if, like me, you are disorganised, bad at maths and lazy! Read more
Published on 6 Nov. 2012 by rp
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it needs to for home use
As a past user of Quicken I wanted something similar and that was easy to use. The whole point of these types of software is to make your home accounting easier. Read more
Published on 15 Aug. 2012 by B. Smyth
3.0 out of 5 stars A good package for anyone....
...starting up a small business, charity or the like. Everything about it is designed with the novice in mind. Read more
Published on 15 Mar. 2012 by M. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, bug-filled software - avoid at all costs.
As a former bookkeeper for a medium sized company, I would like to think my understanding of accountancy software is fairly comprehensive. Read more
Published on 15 Feb. 2012 by NicSim
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