SmartLedger

Track income and expense easily

SmartLedger is a basic application to keep track of your income and expenses. You have to admit that the interface is fairly unattractive and more reminiscent of applications built for Windows 95. And yet, SmartLedger is very easy to use. The main window is reserved for your list of credits and debts and you can easily add a new element, to which you can set entries for date, amount, account and many more thanks to the multiple drop-down menus. The application also has a "Get Subtotals" button to immediately know where you stand. View full description

PROS

  • Sample entry to get started
  • Easy to set new entries

CONS

  • Old interface

Not bad
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SmartLedger is a basic application to keep track of your income and expenses. You have to admit that the interface is fairly unattractive and more reminiscent of applications built for Windows 95. And yet, SmartLedger is very easy to use. The main window is reserved for your list of credits and debts and you can easily add a new element, to which you can set entries for date, amount, account and many more thanks to the multiple drop-down menus. The application also has a "Get Subtotals" button to immediately know where you stand.

The trouble with SmartLedger is that the structure of the application feels so rigid that you're almost afraid to get lost in it. The application is not difficult to use, but moving around between windows doesn't feel that intuitive. Your best bet is to navigate by using the top menu options. Furthermore, although a help menu is available, there are no real explanations to all the buttons and tools in the program. You'll have to figure this out yourself, mostly by fiddling around with the sample entry you find when first using the program.

SmartLedger is a fairly basic credits and debts application, however users should turn to much more modern and flexible applications.

Changes

  • Restore My Backup, a command under the SmartLedger Menu, now allows more flexibility for managing multiple ledgers and their backup files.
  • The Import PayPal features have been revised and updated to conform to changes in the way PayPal offers Improved appearance of the on-screen command buttons. Eliminated an unwanted blinking effect when browsing through records in the ledger.
  • Amount and Total fields have been widened to accommodate larger numbers.

SmartLedger's mission in life is to help you track income and expense without having to type numbers, dates, and names. SmartLedger makes use of pop-down lists that automatically grow as you use the program, so that you can click, rather than type, most of your information into the ledger.

SmartLedger is ideal for adding up randomly all those receipts you've stuffed into a grocery sack, awaiting your accountant's attention. Don't sort them out by hand—just start with the first one and continue till you reach the bottom of the bag. Leave sorting and subtotaling to the program.

This application's apparent simplicity can be deceiving. Behind the scenes, a kind of artificial intuition works to help you enter your transactions more quickly than you would believe possible.

SmartLedger is flexible and won't lock you into account reconciliations. Enter only the transactions that are meaningful to you or your accountant. Reconcile when you want to, using the checkboxes and Accounts button.