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Buddi: Personal finances without a headache

Feb 15, 2009, 22:03 (1 Talkback[s])

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"To make sense of all the entered data, Buddi provides two useful features: Reports and Graphs. The former allows you to easily generate reports of your income and expenses for a certain period of time and grouped by Category or Description. Generating a report is as easy as choosing a time period from the appropriate drop-down list in the Reports section. While you can't customize the default reports, they provide more information than you'll probably ever need. The only caveat here is that Buddi generates reports in the HTML format and displays them in the browser. A built-in feature with a printing option would have been a better solution. If plain tables full of data don't tickle your fancy, you might want to try Buddi's Graphs feature, which helps you to visualize your financial data. Similar to Reports, you only have to select a desired time period from the appropriate drop-down list, and Buddi takes care of the rest.

"Finally, you can extend Buddi's functionality by installing plugins. While the current list of available plugins is rather short, there are a few rather useful ones among them. For example, if you need to exchange your financial data with other applications, you'll appreciate the plugin that can import and export data in the CSV and QIF formats. To install a plugin, download and unpack it. In Buddi, choose Preferences, click on the Plugins tab, press the Add button, and select the unpakced .jar file. Restart Buddi, and the plugin is ready for use. If you've installed, for example, the ExportQIF plugin, it appears under the File -- Export menu."

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