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All substance and no style,
This review is from: Home Accountz 2012 (PC/Mac/Linux) (CD-ROM)
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I always used to use Microsoft Excel for home accounting, but dedicated accounting programs tend to be far more useful, and this one's no exception. Its much-vaunted "Eazy Button" interface is divided into three sections: Transactions, Bank/Credit Card and Set Up. Under each section are easily-understandable options, such as "Buy Something", "Add a Direct Debit" or "Add an Income Source". There's quite a lot of set-up involved, but that's par for the course with this type of program, and Home Accountz makes it easy for you by allowing you to input data via several different routes.
What lets the program down isn't its functionality, but its appearance. The icons look as if they've been culled from a generic job lot, the main Eazy interface features an unattractive reddy-/pinky-/salmony-coloured background with a small white font overlaid on to it, and there are very few options for customising how information is presented. Home Accountz 2012 could be used as a prime example of how programs used to look several years ago, or how NOT to design a program if you want it to look bang up to date and at home with the rest of the apps on your computer. I would have assumed the reason for this was because it was in an early phase of its development, but the current version is numbered almost in the teens, suggesting poor development rather than underdevelopment. Even Home Accountz 2012's relatively low price tag doesn't excuse such an awful "that'll do" attitude on the part of its makers.
While Home Accountz 2012 gets the job done, and is preferable to using a spreadsheet program for home accounting purposes, there are alternatives out there that can accomplish the same thing with far greater levels of user-friendliness and style.