31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Personal Accountz (PC/Mac/Linux) (CD-ROM)
It's amazing how varied are the experiences that have been reported for this product. I have used the pc version for about 3 years and it really is one of my favourite pieces of software. Really really fast data entry with real time updated balances.
It is indeed a bit different from other accounting packages - my previous experience of Quicken made me think that Accountz was a bit simple and basic when first I tried it but once you get the idea of everything being an account into which or from which money is paid, it all falls into place. For instance if you pay for petrol with a debit card the money will come from your current account in one column and into your motoring account in another column. Accounts can be set up very quickly (seconds) and just need to be identified either as a real account eg your current account or as a nominal payment eg motoring account or nominal income eg salary account. Thus your monthly pay cheque goes from the salary account and into your current account, for instance.
Data entry so very fast once you get the hang of single keystrokes - it's really a delight to use. But, like so many things you have to persevere up that learning curve - it doesn't take long, to appreciate this programme and I think it is a shame that some people bail out too early and then rubbish what is a great piece of software.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that because this looks like a spreadsheet then that's all it is. Someone a lot cleverer than I may be able to make a spreadsheet do some of the things that Accountz is capable of but believe me, this would be way beyond the average user's ability.
Would I go back to Quicken? No way!! I don't miss the fancy bells and whistles one bit. This programme does everything that I need and much better and reliably. I have never had one instance of corrupted or lost data. Reports are instantaneous and very flexible. Forcasts there for the asking. Graphs - well no - you need to take one minute to export to Excel if that's important.
One of the most helpful bits about the programme is the facility for forecasting your balance say, one month ahead. This alone has saved me the cost of the programme by avoiding bank charges.