Under the Microscope: CashBook

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screen1A useful application that I utilise quite frequently is CashBook by Steve Fryatt.

Currently at version 1.23 (17/04/11), CashBook is a home accounts manager, which can be used to keep track of home or club accounts. It is free to download and is very well documented.

The application’s system is based around transactions, which correspond to those on bank, building society and credit card statements. These transactions transfer money between accounts, or to and from analysis headings.

My main use for CashBook is keeping track of my my main day-to-day accounts as well as my savings, detailing transfers between them, despoits and withdrawals etc. I actually stumbled across CashBook while looking for an application to keep track of my finances on my phone. The bulk of the apps that I tried were quite feature rich, but in general, were unnecessarily overcomplicated.

CashBook does a nice job of keeping everything simple, which is nice and as I don’t want to do anything overcomplicated, it works very nicely. Not that the application won’t be able to handle any complicated accounts mind you, there’s a plethora of different features and functions available and they are very well documented in the support documentation provided – which makes a really nice change for a free piece of software.

Account transactions, both in and out, can be documented and even reconciled against statements, so errors and suspicious payments will stick out like a sore thumb. A real-time statement view is available for all accounts and analysis headings.

As you update each your account details with transactions, your real-time system will update. Budgets can be set for transactions into and out of analysis headings, so that income and expenditure over time can be monitored and recorded in real-time.

Various reporting options allow detailed information to be produced on many aspects of the accounts and transactions; such reports can be viewed on screen, printed out, or imported into spreadsheets, graphing packages or wordprocessors for further manipulation.

screen2As well as manually entering in transactions, you can set up automatic updates for regular payments such as standing orders, direct debits and salary payments.

CashBook is 26-bit and 32-bit neutral, so it will have no problems running with pre-Iyonix hardware as well as newer machines such as the ARMini and Beagleboard running RISC OS 5. You can download CashBook free of charge from here.

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