Money Pro

Is this the fi­nance app to keep track of your money on the move?

Mac Format - - RATED -

£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.

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