Same Moneydance db on Mac & Windows...

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20 Dec, 2009 04:06 PM

Running MD 2008 (Don't want to download 2010 until it's out of beta).
I've had success using MD on my Mac running snowleopard. I plan to purchase MD for Win Vista for my spouse's laptop. I plan to export my Mac-based MD database as a QIF file, attach it to an email to my spouse. She'll import the same QIF file in her new MD install. We plan to constantly exchange an updated MD database back and forth to our different machines. CAN this be done without issue? I know it's cumbersome but we need access to the database on different machines, Mac & PC. On-line options (like Strands and Mint) are way too cumbersome and do not have the feature sets I am looking for. Primarily I need a dual-platform checkbook program! MD does this well, at least on my Mac.

  1. 1 Posted by gpontikos on 20 Dec, 2009 04:45 PM

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    I believe the license allows you to use the program on multiple computers provided all of them are used for you (or your spouse), therefore you don't need to purchase MD for Win Vista. Just download it and install it on the Win Vista computer.
    MD uses exactly the same file for all platforms, therefore not necessary to export-import. Just have the file somewhere accessible from both computers and you'll both be able to use MD with the same file. (Do not do that at the same time)

  2. 2 Posted by cduzynski on 21 Dec, 2009 01:52 PM

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    Thanks for the licensing info.

    My only confusion on your reply is "MD uses exactly the same file". I don't do any online banking syncing, only all manual entries. To keep my data current on both platforms, I'm guessing my only option would be to import and export the most current data, as I indicated in my first send on this issue. Given that my assumption is correct, will I be able to do the import-export process with the database?

    I don't want to have to enter the same "new entries", on each platform. Would seem way too cumbersome and time consuming, which is why I want to do the import-export process.

    If my assumption is incorrect, please clarify, and thanks again!

  3. 3 Posted by mcbeth2346 on 21 Dec, 2009 02:45 PM

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    I use MD on my Mac at home and my PC at the office, thanks to the solution below, suggested by Angie Rauscher of MD support. Dropbox is a wonderful freeware app, and this solution works perfectly for me - no transferring of files, since you are working on the same file from any location (via Dropbox):

    If it's okay with your place of employment, it's absolutely okay to install Moneydance on your work computer. With our simple licensing agreement, you can either a) use it on as many computers as you like, or b) have as many people as you like use it on one computer (for the purposes of our license, couples count as a single person).

    To keep your data in sync between home and work, I suggest you use a tool called [Dropbox[(, which is what I use to keep my files in sync when using different computers.

  4. 4 Posted by Ben Spencer on 22 Dec, 2009 03:59 PM

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    It is not necessary to import and export your moneydance data when moving from one machine running Moneydance to another. You can just copy over your Moneydance data file. All versions of moneydance regardless of the operating system use the same file format and can open the same file.

    Ben Spencer

  5. 5 Posted by cduzynski on 25 Jan, 2010 03:57 PM

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    Thanks Ben:
    Where is the moneydance data file located on the Mac running snow leopard, and on a pc running Vista?
    I'd just plan to email my mac-moneydance file, to my spouse. She then can drop it into the proper folder on her Vista pc.


  6. 6 Posted by Angie Rauscher on 25 Jan, 2010 05:32 PM

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    There's not a universal answer to that question. When you initially created your data file, you selected where you wanted your data file stored. Personally, I can never remember where I put my file, but luckily for me the file path is visible on the top of my Moneydance window. You can also go to File--> Save As, which will show you the folder where where the currently open file is located.

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

    Angie Rauscher
    Moneydance Support

  7. 7 Posted by DavidRoss on 15 Feb, 2010 06:48 AM

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    I have exactly the same set up as you described, but I have my wife's Mac and my PC on the same network. I am using Apple's standard file sharing, so I have a secure shared directory on the Mac that I can see (read and write) from the PC. So, not only do I not have to export/import to keep the machines in sync, I don't even copy the file back and forth - there is only one file and it resides on the Mac.

    I can use Moneydance on both machines to update the file (I just must ensure that only one of us is accessing the file at any one time).

    I bought a license for MD 2010 and installed it on the PC. I just downloaded the Mac version and tested all of this and it works like a charm. However, the license agreement says it can only be used on one computer, so I don't know whether it is OK to enter the license code on both the PC and the Mac. Others here suggest it is OK, but they are not MD support staff. Either way is OK w/me, because two MDs are less $ than two Quickens, but I'd like someone official to weigh in.

  8. 8 Posted by Noname on 15 Feb, 2010 03:00 PM

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    I know you'd like to hear directly from MD staff, but here is their official policy from their Knowledge Base.

  9. 9 Posted by Ben Spencer on 15 Feb, 2010 03:25 PM

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    You can install Moneydance on as many computers as you like with the same key as long as it is for personal use. A husband and wife count as a single user.

    Ben Spencer
    Moneydance Support

  10. 10 Posted by DavidRoss on 15 Feb, 2010 06:08 PM

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    OK. Egg on my face for missing the FAQ. It is official that couples are a single user. This product just keeps getting cooler.

  11. Raimund Buchholz closed this discussion on 13 Apr, 2010 12:47 AM.

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