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  • Get Your Finances in 'Balance' with New iOS App


    On Wednesday, the App Store welcomed the arrival of a "simple, minimal and beautiful" finance manager for iOS called Balance.

    Ahead of the app's launch, MMi caught up with the visionary behind Balance, Joshua Lee Tucker, to see what inspired his latest creation.

    "I really do like to look after my finances, and I obviously like to do so using my iPhone," Tucker says. "However, lately Iíve been using Notes.app to do it - as every single finance management application is just too complicated for my usage (and Iím sure they are for other people too)! I decided I needed to change this, so I created Balance."

    So what does Balance do and what will users gain from using it?

    "Balance is a simple and minimal finance management application that allows users to track their balance across accounts, whether it be across 2 or 20 accounts," Tucker says. "I decided early on that Balance would be a simple as possible, and I think Iíve done a good job of that. Balance jumps straight to the accounts view, giving you a nice overview of your current accumulative balance. You are able to easily add a new account with a specified starting balance - or simply tap an existing account, view itís balance and/or transactions or add a new transaction with just a couple of taps."

    Having fiddled with and deleted a host of financial management apps in the past, I was pleased to see that there was no false advertising behind Balance's promise to make financial tracking and management effortless. By all accounts, this new $1.99 app does exactly what it was designed to do and in a very straightforward and convenient fashion.

    "If you need a simple yet efficient way of managing the balance/transaction of your account(s), Balance is the application for you," Tucker tells MMi.

    Optimized for iPhone 5, Balance requires iOS 7.0 or later. It's compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

    To check out Balance for yourself, click here.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Get Your Finances in 'Balance' with New iOS App started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Honestly, sounds TOO simple. Especially for a $2 app. Just sounds like a way of viewing account balances from multiple financial institutions in one place, which is fine, but there seems to be some details missing in this description.

      For one, does it automatically connected to, and retrieve, transactions from your accounts, or is it all completely manual? The description seems to indicate manual since it mentions entering a transaction and doesn’t say a word about download account info. If that’s the case it’s total useless as people who want super-simple accounting apps will never keep up with it. If ir does download, why would you want to enter transactions manually? You’ll just screw up the balance with double-entries and have to manually manage those changes – again something nobody but accountants will do.

      Also, does it have ANY kind of budgeting feature?? What’s the point of a finance app if you can’t manage it against something? Also, what are you paying $1.99 for if all you get are your balances and all financial institutions have their own FREE apps you can use to check your balance. I mean, how many banks is one person using? If you’re using more than 2, including credit cards, you have too many.

      Just my 2 bits. But again, just seems way too simple, especially for $2. There are plenty of free apps that do this and more. If you don't want the extra features they have or get confused, just don't use them!
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      For 2$ you might as well get the app All Budget. It's 2/3$ and much more when it comes to features and simplicity.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      mint
    1. Villebilly's Avatar
      Villebilly -
      HomeBudget is good for syncing your finances between two devices and managing a budget. Reports aren't that great though.
    1. cedm12's Avatar
      cedm12 -
      Mint.com simple and free app
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Honestly, sounds TOO simple. Especially for a $2 app. Just sounds like a way of viewing account balances from multiple financial institutions in one place, which is fine, but there seems to be some details missing in this description.

      For one, does it automatically connected to, and retrieve, transactions from your accounts, or is it all completely manual? The description seems to indicate manual since it mentions entering a transaction and doesn’t say a word about download account info. If that’s the case it’s total useless as people who want super-simple accounting apps will never keep up with it. If ir does download, why would you want to enter transactions manually? You’ll just screw up the balance with double-entries and have to manually manage those changes – again something nobody but accountants will do.

      Also, does it have ANY kind of budgeting feature?? What’s the point of a finance app if you can’t manage it against something? Also, what are you paying $1.99 for if all you get are your balances and all financial institutions have their own FREE apps you can use to check your balance. I mean, how many banks is one person using? If you’re using more than 2, including credit cards, you have too many.

      Just my 2 bits. But again, just seems way too simple, especially for $2. There are plenty of free apps that do this and more. If you don't want the extra features they have or get confused, just don't use them!
      I couldn't agree more. Realistically though, it's rare to see a good app for free that doesn't shove ads and popups up your rectum. Everyone wants a slice of the apple regardless if who's cutting it. Lucky for us there's a whole finance category and probably thousands of options that most people would choose over this.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      After further reading up on this app, I'm just baffled by how weak and useless it is, especially for $2! To that end, I cannot find any reason why MMi decided to report on it! It's just a crappy, overpriced app that can be easily replaced by many better, free apps!

      this really shakes my confidence in any app endorsed by MMi.
    1. broncosi's Avatar
      broncosi -
      DAANNNNG!! Who's Katie??! I hope he got it in with her!
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      Quote Originally Posted by cedm12 View Post
      Mint.com simple and free app
      This.