Being brand new to the list, I don't know whether it's customary to introduce oneself. But how I got here is perhaps a little unusual, and might be of interest to some of you.
I started double-entry bookkeeping for my personal accounts on paper in the 1970s, using the accrual method not cash basis. Accrual just seemed to make more sense to me, given my increasing use of credit cards. And it rankled to record property taxes as a huge expense in one month not no others, or to record my entire mortgage payment as an expense when much of it was a debt repayment. And of course we've all got receivables as we wait for reimbursement for employer business expenses or for medical expenses covered by insurance. Since 1984, I've been using a dBase III/IV program that I wrote myself. It isn't very flexible, of course, and in particular getting a decent cash flow statement continues to elude me. But I've got it set up to warn of incomplete transactions when I try to commit them, and it does a nice job of closing the books and reconciling cash at the end of every month. The big motivation for a change was getting my affairs in order as I near retirement. My executor, or my attorney-in-fact if I have the misfortune to become incapacitated, is not going to be able to get dBase IV easily, or to run it on a Mac in any case. (It won't even run in 64-bit Windows command line; I had to install DosBox to run it.) I started writing a VBA system in Excel. Excel still can import dBase data files, which helps quite a lot. And it's faster for data entry, given auto-complete. But keeping all transactions balanced proved harder than I expected, and writing all custom reports just looked like too much effort. And I'm not sure how long VBA will continue to be supported -- Web-based Excel already excludes it. The annual subscription fee for Quickbooks and Quicken makes them non-starters, in my opinion. GnuCache is not well known, but it's easy to find, well reviewed, and followed by an enthusiastic user base. And the promised flexibility was very attractive, though I'm not yet to the point of taking advantage of it. I'm also hoping to take advantage of the automatic update of mutual-fund values, though it will be a while till I can look into that. -- Regards, Stan Brown Tompkins County, New York, USA http://BrownMath.com http://OakRoadSystems.com _______________________________________________ gnucash-user mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org To update your subscription preferences or to unsubscribe: https://lists.gnucash.org/mailman/listinfo/gnucash-user If you are using Nabble or Gmane, please see https://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/Mailing_Lists for more information. ----- Please remember to CC this list on all your replies. You can do this by using Reply-To-List or Reply-All.