Friday, April 02, 2004

SplashID 3 for Mac

The Mac version of SplashID version 3 has been released. This is a very popular password store for the Palm, so it is good to see that SplashData have made the effort to ensure there is a fully functional Mac OS X desktop companion. Here are a couple of screenshots (obviously, I have not enetered any data!!):

SplashID Desktop

SplashID Desktop

PDA Money

Earlier in the week I spent an evening moving all my bank accounts from Pocket Money to PDA Money, which came bundled with the T|E.

I don't use desktop synchonization for this stuff (having it on the handheld is more practical for me) and Pocket Money has done me fine ever since I got moved from EPOC in October 2000. At the time it was the best product out there, giving full functionality on the Palm.

But I refused to buy the upgrade to version 3, because it seemed to add nothing which would justify the upgrade charge, except to be a way for Handmark to extract some money from the large installed userbase when they took over the app from Catamount Software.

The reason I made the change was as a way to keep myself using current software (the version of PocketMoney I have does not have 5 way navigator support because it was released before the first 5 way navigator and thus before OS 5). And this is where Handmark, who also market PDAMoney (though it seems to be just a rebranded version of SplashMoney), came up trumps. The version that came with my T|E is 2.95, but th current version is 3.01. So I emailed Handmark to ask if there was an upgrade path. First response: not yet. then 24 hours later they emailed back a download link and licence code for the latest version. That was good service!

After a few days use, I think I prefer PDA Money. It handles multiple currencies very easily (useful for buying software from sites charging in dollars) and has a nice budgeting feature which, while basic, suffices for my needs.

The Mac conduit for PDA Money is simple but effective: it exports your data to QIF or CSV files and imports from QIF files. Though I do not use a desktop financial app, I have it set to export to QIF as a useful back-up.