How to take advantage of Budgets in iCash

Budgets – One great feature of iCash is the ability to create a budget. A budget is basically a kind of projection of how much money you will spend or earn during a period of time in the future. I believe it is highly probable you already have created budgets in some way or another. Indeed, anytime you figure out how much money you will have left at the end of the month after paying your bills, you are creating a budget. You use budgets to estimate future income and expenses and create “what if?” scenarios. As time goes by, …

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Adding transactions to iCash – Tips and tricks

Adding transactions to iCash is certainly something you will do very often. It is a boring and repetitive task but, are you sure you are using the software to its full potential? Actually, iCash can help you a lot with that as well! Transactions are the basis for moving money between accounts. You have to input your stuff the best as you can since everything depends on the quality and the accuracy of the data you enter. Reports and charts are as good as the data you type. Queries return as much information as what you have added in the …

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The history of iCash and Peggy Première

I projected the development of iCash in the late eighties but I actually started coding the software for real in the early nineties. I released the very first version by the end of 1991. At the time, I built it for Microsoft Windows 3.1 and IBM OS/2. I coded the project using the Pascal language. The development of the application continued up to the release of version 2.0 in May 1995. Peggy Première The application wasn’t known as iCash but as ‘Peggy Première’. Peggy because of the Muppet Show character and the analogy with a piggy bank. And ‘Première’ refers …

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How to import transactions from a Bank statement

How to import transactions from a Bank statement into iCash? It turns out that iCash offers the possibility to import transactions from bank statement files directly into your personal finance. This is a great time-saving feature since you no longer have to type what you can already download from your online bank account. You just need to connect to your Bank, download the statement, or the transactions as a text file and then import that file to iCash. The magic is made thru a special window that includes a rule editor and a live preview. All you have to do …

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How to save money with iCash

How to save money with iCash? The iCash manual starts with the following: “The first step in getting your finances under control is keeping records!” I wrote that sentence a long time ago, actually before entering 20 years of data into iCash! Now I am the happy owner of that information, 4 lustrums of data at my fingertips. All about my economy, incomes, expense habits, loan and mortgages repayments, etc. Money-saving budgetting I believe the January-March period is the Personal Finance quarter. It is time for budgeting. It is when you see what you did the previous year and what …

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How to create an Account Set in iCash

How to create an Account Set in iCash? It turns out that when you create a new iCash document you have the choice between creating either a blank document or a document with a predetermined set of categories and accounts. You can even import the categories and the accounts from another document. Two sets are available by default, the Home and the Office sets. Actually, those sets were created and added to iCash to save you time and to get you started. I believe it is a good idea to create your own sets of accounts if you plan to …

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64bits versions of maxprog products

We are currently working on 64-bit versions of all our products. Apple macOS, Microsoft Windows and Linux are all 64-bits operating systems (note that MS Windows has also a 32-bit version available). Let me explain a bit what’s that about, the terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer’s processor handles information. A 64-bit operating system handles large amounts of memory more effectively than a 32-bit system. While 32 bits of information can only access 4 GB of memory, a 64-bit machine can access 17.2 billion gigabytes of system memory! That means that your video card and other …

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