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Anyone using AceMoney budget managing software?

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I'm looking to move away from Microsoft Money and read this thread (https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/5385987/replacement-for-microsoft-money/p1).

I had a quick play with AceMoney, although it looks quite dated, it seems to be functionally really good. Has anyone been a long time user of this? Any feedback on how supported the software is? Any issues?

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  • blue.peterblue.peter Forumite
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    I've had it for about 15 years. It seems to work well, and certainly does all that I need. I've not had any problems.

    I've never needed any support, so I can't comment on that.
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    I have used it for some 5 or so years, after migrating from MS Money, because I wanted supported software. The original owner has suddenly passed away or something, so support and development was thin on the ground for some time. This was annoying as investments need to be updated manually with prices. However, it's since been fixed. I have looked at scores of more modern PF managers, none of which come even close to the AceMoney / MS Money functionality, and I will be sticking with AceMoney for a very long time to come.
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    I did not realise that AceMoney was created by a single developer who has now passed away. Does this mean that the application doesn't have any more support now? You mentioned that something has been fixed but how was this done if the main developer passed away?

    I had a brief look at MoneySpire which looks like a newer application, nicer eye candy and seems well supported. However, even giving in a very casual look, it's clear it's lacking a lot of functionality that AceMoney has baked in.

    It's a shame there's no easy to import transaction data in CSV format into MS Money. Otherwise I would stick with MS Money.
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    AFAIK, there's a software firm which acquired the rights and provides maintenance now. Details are in the user forum if you cba to trawl through reams of discussion.

    If importing of transactions is important for you, you should look at some of the more recent PFMs, such as MoneyDashboard or Emma etc etc. None of them could lure me away from AceMoney/MS Money but YMMV.
  • tallactallac Forumite
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    colsten said:
    AFAIK, there's a software firm which acquired the rights and provides maintenance now. Details are in the user forum if you cba to trawl through reams of discussion.

    If importing of transactions is important for you, you should look at some of the more recent PFMs, such as MoneyDashboard or Emma etc etc. None of them could lure me away from AceMoney/MS Money but YMMV.
    I had a quick look at MoneyDashboard and Emma but both seem to be websites or mobile apps. I'm a little old school and prefer to have something like Money or AceMoney which can be fully used as a standalone local Windows application. I have no desire to use it on my phone and I do not like the idea of having as a web application that I have to use via the Internet.

    AceMoney seems to allow importing of transaction data in bulk via CSV. This means that even if the bank's default CSV data is not in the right format, you can do a bit of updating and then easily import the transaction data into AceMoney. I haven't seen this feature with any other budget management software and it's the only feature that I feel is missing from Microsoft Money. Anyway, I think AceMoney might be the best option for me.
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    Emma app can be useful for mobile banking notifications especially if I dip into small overdraft.
    Don't often use win10 laptop whilst home, though could give Ace Money a try, I thought Mint was going to be good, couldn't get passed registration as it's USA based?
    Had some previous success with YNAB though importing bank statements, didn't auto settle in personal budget very well -most transactions still had to be named or moved manually into their Budget Category. Which required far to much patience even once per month.
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