|★ APPLICATIONS ★ COMPTA, BOURSE, BUDGET ★ CASH BOOK|8000PLUS) ★|
|Cash Book||Applications Compta, Bourse, Budget|
It also has some good facilities for handling standing orders that would seem ideal for keeping track of a personal account.
Cash Book could also perhaps stretch to club accounts or even a small, simple operation business. It wouldn't be a good idea for someone who was running a serious business. For instance it totally ignores little details like VAT.
However this simplicity does make it quite easy to grasp. You shouldn't have to spend hours poring over the manual, which is lucky as it is rather badly reproduced and not the easiest thing to read.
To make up for this the company have included a sample file, and playing about with this is quite the easiest way to get to grips with the program. It has a password facility to keep it away from prying eyes but you are not forced to use this.
It does seem designed with ease of use in mind although in consequence this means that it is lacking in sophistication. It can only hold 300 items on disc but it gets round this by 'dumping' (deleting) the first 50 entries when it gets full. You are given the option of printing these out before they disappear so they are not totally lost, but again it would hardly suit a serious business application.
More than one
You can keep track ol a number ol different accounts on the same disc (they each take up about 20k) by simply opening the file and entering the opening balance. You then enter the items either as a Receipt' or a Payment' with up to 24 characters of details and up to seven characters for the voucher number entry These can be entered in any date order and the program sorts them chronologically
Finding the entries again is also not much of a problem; it uses a Find facility that will look for any detail of the entry apart from the date although at first it might seem a little confusing. You can amend any entry you want, a facility lacking in some serious' accounts packages. Admittedly the program is not over robust. In our testing we managed to get it to crash once or twice and you do stand a chance of losing the details in memory but again as long as you were not depending on the program to handle a very serious set of accounts this probably would not be a tragic problem.
It is written in ZBASIC which is fast arithmetically although the makers are looking at ways of speeding up the screen update. This could be considered slow but it would seem churlish to complain too loudly about it in a £12.95 program.