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Taking control of your finances means understanding the the flow of cash through your account. Looking at your regular income against your recurring expenses lets you know how much cash you have to spend or how much you need to cut back. CashForecaster gives exactly this insight by allowing you to simply describe the flow of cash through your account and make a chart of your position.
Multiple sets of expenses can be managed easily and effectively so you can look at your finances, your business's or even the running costs of your car independently.
This is a great tool for getting an overview of your financial situation, evaluating the viability of a business venture, or tracking your regular expenses.
What's New in Version 2.2.0
- Added a cursor across the balance graph to highlight the selected day. This tracks with the selected balance in the balances drawer. You can step back and forth across the graph by selecting a balance in the balances drawer and using up- and down-arrow.
- Change how revenue/expenses are entered, there is now a button on the entry sheet to swap between a revenue and an expense item. You can still use a minus sign or "(nn)" to enter an expense as before.
- Running balance is now shown in the Balances drawer.
- Swapped cmd-N and cmd-shift-N so that the more common even of creating a new revenue/expense item uses cmd-N.
- There's a new option to selected expired expenses (where expired means they ended before today). If desired they can be deleted using cmd-delete.
- The balances drawer wasn't selecting the correct date when the graph was clicked while "hide empty" was checked. This works correctly now.
What I was looking for
As a freelancer without a regular paycheck, I needed a quick way to get a visual forecast of my cash flow. This was exactly what I was looking for. It's a small program, and probably doesn't do anything you couldn't program an excel worksheet to handle, but it saved me the time of figuring out messy graph formulas, so I consider it $1.99 well spent.
A couple small criticisms - would like to be able to look at the graph in a little bit more detail, so I can even look at where I'm at week-by-week. Would also like to be able to make numbers negative by inserting a dash in the Revenue/Expense table for entries that I forget to click the Rev/Exp button on. Speaking of the Rev/Exp button, it might be more intuitive for input as a radio button.
Does what it should
After years of keeping the windows version of quicken running on paralels desktop solely for the purpose of forecasting out my various bank balances, I have finally found the tool that does exactly what I need - goodby quicken for windows...
Ok for the price
Not very complete. It lacks the flexibility of adding bi-weekly payroll for example.