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Spb Finance for Pocket PC review
Posted on 2-Sep-2003 00:00 | Filed under: Reviews


Spb Software House's new product Spb Finance is a financial manager that you can carry in your pocket. It's so feature rich that you can actually use it for your money management - replacing Quicken or Microsoft Money altogether.

Because it's always in your pocket, it's the perfect control mechanism: use your money, record it. The built-in auto-completion feature helps lots, reducing data entry to a few clicks for repeated transactions or names.

The product runs on Pocket PC 2000, Pocket PC 2002 or Pocket PC 2003 devices, using only 625k as memory footprint.

Its feature list is long, and some of them are really cool:

  • easy to see account list



  • Powerful Register View



  • Transaction Splits



  • Customizable Auto-complete (Memorized Transactions) is so easy to use: in most cases you need as little as 4 taps to create a new transaction. Just start entering a name, and a list with previous transactions will show up:



  • Multicurrency Support, so you can easily manage your expenses in foreign currencies. You can assign a different currency for each account, either in the "new account setup" wizard or later, through "account details".



  • Customizable Reports allow you to choose which accounts/categories/classes to include and which currency to use.These settings are stored separately for each report and when the report is re-opened, these stored settings are automatically used:



  • Budgets
  • Categories and Classes
  • Data Encryption: When a password is set, the data file is encrypted by an AES algorithm (Rijndael), and this password will be required each time Spb Finance is started
  • Shared New button provides one of the several ways for creating a new transaction:



  • Automatic Backup by ActiveSync
  • Today Plug-In, with choice of accounts to be shown:



  • QIF Import/Export, which will come in handy if you have a desktop finance manager or if you wish to backup your data. The *.QIF file is understood by Quicken and MS Money.
  • Data backup
  • Very small data size
  • Transfers
  • Graph reports



    Important to note that Spb Finance allows plugins to be developed and connected. It's also very importat to remember that Spb finance is not a complement of a desktop solution, but rather "the" solution in itself. It does not implement record or even file synchronisation (only backup).

    The Spb Finance software is one of the first softwares I see that shows potential to replace the PC based equivalent product. Very cool interface and brilliant graphics. The price is extremely competitive in this area: US$ 19.95. In my opinion it's a winner and deserves a .




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