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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:55 pm 
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To reconcile a statement in Quicken, first I would download the monthly statement, then "Import" into Quicken, then wait a minute for Quicken to do some completely useless nonsense, then Quicken would automatically "match" my transactions.

In Checkbook Pro's Help, I read that it will consider "the total of all Entries that you have previously told CheckBook have posted to your Real World Account and in http://www.splasm.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=678&p=2086&hilit=reconcile#p2086 I read that "to reconcile you ... go down your statement and check the resolved box on any entries you see on your statement."

So it looks to me as though Checkbook does not do the automatic matching that Quicken does ... I'll need to check-box each transaction manually.

I also conclude that, in Checkbook, the Import function is used only

(1) by new users, for initial import of data from prior app like Quicken.
(2) by people who are not disciplined enough to enter transactions themselves, to simply "trust the bank" and import their statement from the bank every month. (Of course, this foregoes reconciling since with only one data source there is nothing to reconcile against!)

Am I correct?

Jerry Krinock


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:20 am 
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I enter the majority of my transactions manually but occasionally miss one--typically the DH writes a check to the housekeeper, school, landscaper, etc. or buys something with our linked PayPal account and it never gets entered. Importing data helps catch those transactions easily, but they are few and far between. I would REALLY like the import screen to match transactions and allow edits at that point as well, e.g. I input 98.75 for my DirecTV automatic payment but this month it's 102.50 because of a Pay Per View; I'd like to change the amount without importing a new transaction.
That said, I have been reluctantly using iBank since I switched to Mac (nothing beats MSMoney yet) and I don't like their import utility at all! It does matching (badly) but what I loved was "match this to a different transaction" (which updated amounts to imported values) or "leave this unmatched" rather than the checking/unchecking/editing nonsense offered by iBank.

Along those lines (and I'll add this elsewhere too) I'd really like to see the date the account was last reconciled. Is there a way to do it that I'm missing?


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