Finance Explorer 9.0.0

Finance Explorer 9.0.0

Reviewed by Dan Vlasic

"A powerful yet simple to use finance software"

Overview

Finance Explorer is a personal finance management tool designed to help you keep track of your budget. It is Quicken and Microsoft Money compatible; it allows for quick import/export of your financial data. You can setup unlimited number of accounts: savings, retirement, investment, cash, credit card balance, loans, etc. You can view transactions based on a monthly criteria, or by net amount. Finance Explorer allows downloading stock quotes from Internet.

If keeping track of your expenditures has become a major problem, you could use personal finance software. This application is fit for personal use by non-professionals in accounting. Advanced users will find this program too simplistic and lacking a number of features found in other competitive and also free software and web based solutions.

Installation

Installation comes clean from adware, toolbars, nag screens and other irritating stuff. The program does not have special prerequisites to run, and it is fully Win OS compatible.

Interface

Finance Explorer sports an ascetic GUI which features rather self-descriptive modules. The layout is clean and user-friendly. Overall, navigating this program is an easy endeavor even for novice users.

Pros

Finance Explorer is quite a simplistic application if you compare it to other free personal finance management solutions. It is easy to navigate and import bank statements in supported formats. Creating budgets is a simple task. If you are looking for a small program that can do a bit more than a spreadsheet, give it a try.

Cons

Simplicity has a downside, too. The program does not support excel files import. We did not succeed in importing an OFX file, either. The Tutorial says we should convert unsupported files to supported formats. It remains unclear how imported data relates to created budgets within an account. It is MS Money and Quicken compatible, making import of your financial data easier. You can also print out your reports.

Categories and groups cannot be pre-defined, leaving users with a necessity to type the assignment each time they create an entry. When you move an entry from one group or category to another, you have to manually type the assignment.

Alternatives

GnuCash, You Need A Budget, Intuit Quicken, Projex Checkbook, Xero and a lot more, both in free and paid versions. Intuit’s Quickbooks offers a free web based solution for professional accountants. AceMoney is a lightweight and simple alternative with a feature-rich interface.

Conclusion

We appreciate the accessibility of Finance Explorer in terms of its free of charge price tag and simple, user-friendly interface. Nonetheless, it has very strong competition that appeals to a large strata of both professional and novice users with a large number of advanced features. Finance Explorer needs some makeover in the department of supported file formats and interrelation of downloaded financial data with created budgets. Overall, this free application does what it was designed to do; it is simple, lightweight and does not imply a learning curve. The help file and forums will answer your questions. All things considered; it is an average program for personal finance management. If you feel intimidated by advanced software, give this one a try.

What's new in this version: Tooltips on budget will show whether the grid is focused or not. Budget totals are in the group header as to take one less line per group.

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested Finance Explorer on 18 Nov 2020 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • McAfee:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
Finance Explorer Antivirus Report
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