So Moneydance looks pretty good...

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08 Sep, 2015 11:08 AM


Longtime user of Quicken who was away from it for about 10 years. I had just re-bought Quicken (unfortunately) to get back to it, and it sucks. So my search for something better has led to you, and I'm ready to switch over. I also notice that Intuit is selling Quicken, unsurprisingly given how badly its quality has deteriorated.

So a couple of questions for you:

1) How committed are you guys to supporting Moneydance over the long term? Given my unfortunate experience with Quicken, this is something on my mind, and I'm trying to decide between Moneydance, Gnucash and KMyMoney. Your product appears to be the clear winner.

2) I see that you're a Scottish company. I'm in the U.S., but it does appear that your program will support my bank, credit cards, etc., for download. That's going to continue, right? (As a side note, I was in Edinburgh a couple of months ago, and it was one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen!)

3) Does the impending sale of Quicken by Intuit affect you in any way?

Anyhow, I guess that's about it. Nice program!


  1. 1 Posted by georgettalbot on 08 Sep, 2015 11:10 AM

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    P.S. What's the best platform for Moneydance? I have a machine that can either be Windows 7, 10 or Linux.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Ethan on 08 Sep, 2015 11:52 AM

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    Hello George,

    We are definitely committed to keeping Moneydance around for the long term. The program has been around since the late 1990s, and we make major releases of a new version almost once a year, with many minor updates within major versions.

    We are currently based in Scotland, but until a few years ago we were based in the US. Our staff is based in the US and in Europe. We have no plans to remove any functionality from the program based on our location. If anything, we're always interested in expanding it.

    I think the only way the sale of Quicken could affect us is by bringing more people to Moneydance based on experiences like yours.

    Please let me know if I can be of further assistance,

    Moneydance Support

  3. 3 Posted by georgettalbot on 08 Sep, 2015 12:01 PM

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    Thanks! That's great. I'll be buying it later tonight when I get back home.

    Since I'm starting over anyway, I'll be just importing everything and setting up online payments, etc.

    One last question: Would you recommend Windows 7, 10, Macintosh or some Linux variant such as Ubuntu? I've got Windows 7 now, and it seems reasonable, but am a bit leery, as Windows has always had security and privacy issues.


  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Ethan on 08 Sep, 2015 01:00 PM

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    Hello George,

    In terms of Moneydance, any of those operating systems will work fine. Moneydance is a Java based program, which means that it will run exactly the same on any system that can run Java, and all of the ones you list can do so. Beyond that, the choice is up to you. I personally share your concerns about security on Windows operating systems, but in terms of Moneydance, any of those should work.

    For additional security on any operating system for your Moneydance data, you can go to File -> Encryption from the Moneydance menu bar to encrypt the data file you have open and require a password to open it. This way, even if anyone gets a hold of your computer or data file, they still won't be able to access your financial data without the password. Keep in mind that we haven't built any 'backdoors' in our encryption, so if you forget your password, there is no way for us to help you retrieve your information.

    Please let me know if I can be of further assistance,

    Moneydance Support

  5. Ethan closed this discussion on 08 Sep, 2015 01:00 PM.

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