Is this the finance app to keep track of your money on the move?
£22.99 Developer iBear, ibearmoney.com Requires OS X 10.10 or higher
These days, any personal finance tool worth its salt comes with both desktop and mobile versions, and Money Pro is no exception. Sadly, its Mac entry into an increasingly crowded market falls short of the competition.
Things start off promisingly enough. All the core functionality you expect is here: multiple account support, budgeting tools, scheduling (with reminders), the ability to record transactions in different currencies, bank statement import and account reconciliation. There’s also PIN and password protection for sensitive data, and some innovations on show: multiple profiles for separating business and personal data, and a back-up tool for extra peace of mind.
The user interface is slick and minimalist too, identical on both Mac and iOS platforms, with a choice of colour schemes. Sadly, this is where things start to come unstuck. In trying to keep the experience consistent across iOS and OS X, the interface doesn’t scale up particularly well on the Mac’s larger screen. Further, iCloud sync seems flaky at times, while importing from other apps as CSV is badly implemented. The transaction entry dialog is fiddlier than it needs to be, and there’s no dedicated category for savings and investment accounts.
Money Pro works better on iOS – if you think you’ll spend most time updating your finances there, it might be worth closer inspection, but for a better cross-platform experience then both MoneyWiz and HomeBudget are superior alternatives. Nick Peers
Money Pro has the basics covered, and has some good innovations, but falls short of other crossplatform finance solutions.
All the core features are here
Multiple profile support
User interface less suited to Mac
Some counter-intuitive dialogs
Money Pro’s user interface is slick, minimalist and, crucially, easy to use.