Free Abelssoft MoneyFox 2012! [Limited time offer]

Software Description

The following is a description of MoneyFox 2012, as per the developer:

Do you want to keep track of your finances?

  • Manage Your Finances
  • Organize your incomes and expenses in categories
  • Create recurring bookings with reminders
  • Create stunning reports and statistics

MoneyFox – features overview

Keep track

With the summary view and the transaction list, you can keep track of your finances quickly and efficiently and see immediately where your money goes.

Keep an eye on your financial histroy

The statistics page provides you configurable statistics, where it is possible to evaluate the financial situation over a long time period.

Create a profile easily and comfortable

For creating of new profiles a wizard asks all the necessary data and pre-configures certain settings.

Protect your financial data

Save your profile with a password to protect your information from the eyes of others.

dotTech Advice

Abelssoft MoneyFox 2012, as you may have gleaned from the description above, is a personal finance management tool. It allows users to track their finances. Not having personal or professional experience with finance management tools, it is hard for me to criticize or praise MoneyFox because I have nothing to compare it against. However, taking a quick look at it, it looks like MoneyFox offers the basics of what one would expect from a finance management tool.

MoneyFox allows users to create multiple accounts, with each account being able to be a different type (bank, credit card, etc.) and in a different currency* (if you want — they can all be the same type and/or currency, if you wish). Expense, income, and transfer transactions are made to/from an account(s); each transaction is categorized into a specific category, to/from a specific payee, and each transaction can take place in a different currency. Comprehensive reports allow users to get a visual on their finances over a specified period of time.

*MoneyFox supports all the major currencies – dollar, euro, pound, and yen – plus many, many minor currencies such as the rupee, peso, etc.

One thing I like about MoneyFox is the fact that it supports multiple profiles and each profile can be password protected. On the other hand, however, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious way to switch between profiles; or if there is one, I have not found it yet. Update: The reason I couldn’t change profiles is because by default MoneyFox is set to load the default profile only. Once you disable this setting (under Configuration -> Settings -> uncheck Use As Default Profile) you are prompted to pick a profile to load every time you run MoneyFox.

The other thing I like about MoneyFox is it automatically downloads the latest currency exchange rates whenever you run the program. Where does it download them from, i.e. what is the accuracy of the rates it downloads? I am not sure, but it does download them.

The only major issue I found with MoneyFox is with the Payees feature. In my mind there should be a different category for people/organizations you are paying (i.e. expenses) and people/organizations that are paying you (i.e. income). MoneyFox disagrees — it dumps both types of people/organization into one heading, marking them all as payees.

As I mentioned above, I don’t have much experience reviewing or using personal finance management tools, so this advice section is probably not as useful as for other freebies. However, the general feeling I get about MoneyFox is it offers the minimum of what one expects in a personal finance management tool — nothing more, nothing less.

If you are experienced with this type of soft, please share with us in the comments below what you think about MoneyFox.

Freebie Details

Abelssoft MoneyFox 2012 is being given away in a promotion run by CHIP. There is no information on if it is time limited offer nor is there information on if you can install/reinstall at a later date. My guess, however, is this is a time limited offer (probably 24-hours), hence why I marked this as a limited time offer in the title; I just don’t know how long this will be available. So grab this while you can, if you want it. The program is in English even though this is a German promotion.

To get Abelssoft MoneyFox 2012 for free, do the following:

Version begin given out for free: v2012.21

Free updates and technical support: Unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 24.2 MB

  • After the download has completed, install MoneyFox 2012.
  • After installation, run MoneyFox 2012.
  • When you run MoneyFox 2012, you should see a registration window. Enter your e-mail address and the Get free unlock code now >> button:

You can also enter your first and last names but you are not required to do so.

  • Once you have entered your e-mail address and hit the Get free unlock code now >> button, a message will pop up; close it by clicking OK:

  • Once you close the pop up message, the unlock code should automatically appear in the Unlock code field at the bottom of the registration window:

If the unlock code appears for you automatically, allow you have to do is click Unlock now >> and you are done. If, however, the unlock code does not appear for you automatically, you need to grab it from your e-mail. So open the inbox of the e-mail address you entered. Look for an e-mail from Abelssoft software@abelssoft.de with subject of Abelssoft: Your unlock code. The e-mail will contain your unlock code:

Copy the unlock code from the e-mail and paste it into the Unlock code field in the registration window; then hit the Unlock now >> button and you are done.

  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting Abelssoft MoneyFox 2012 for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

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17 comments

  1. njwood60

    I agree with Sheva Nerad. The bad english definitely put me off the program. I don’t mind bad grammar in a program but using words that don’t even exist in english is really sloppy, as a spellcheck is such a quick thing to do.

  2. Shava Nerad

    @ashraf Hi! I will happily stfu on this thread now, but for the sake of clarification and chilling effects on this and future reviews, is part of the purpose of a freebie to get open feedback from dottechies to the giveaway devs?

    Seems to me I remember getting perks for most valuable feedback from a couple giveaways for other marketing advice and such, and not generating flamewars and ad hominems, but oh well…

  3. ovl

    @Shava Nerad. As a “VP of marketing for the 3rd fastest growing private company” you need to watch your English, too. “Classist” is incorrect terminology. The correct term is “classism” (or prejudice on the basis of social class). I am sure that Abelssoft can survive without your free advice. You were right when you described yourself earlier as a “kind of fussy on this stuff and arrogant”. You used to think unpleasantly about people, so people can unpleasantly think about you. And follow your own advice: return to more relaxed geekery which does not have anything to do with anthropology.

  4. Johann Lueppen

    @Ashraf:
    Just an information regarding the promotion. The offer will stay alive until December 26th, 2011.
    So there’s still time to grab the Abelssoft MoneyFox 2012 Freebie at CHIP.

    With kind regards,

    Johann Lueppen
    Head of Public Relations at Abelssoft

  5. Shava Nerad

    @ovl:

    You’ve got a logical fallacy. If someone’s English is flawless, you are right, it does not make them a professional. However if they are representing their marketing to the world, and they can’t bother to spell check their marketing copy — then they are not presenting a professional face to their market.

    It has nothing to do with the person’s actual character. I am talking about perceptions. I am talking about doing the dev a favor by pointing out that a large slice of potential market will freak and run if a couple hours of work is not done to smooth out a speed bump.

    This is not an issue of personal prejudice on my part. This is about the potential income the developer is giving up when this is not a giveaway. Now, I don’t personally have a horse in this race. I don’t *care* if this package sells well or not. I am giving away some advice for free — but you know, I used to be VP of marketing for the 3rd fastest growing private company in Oregon, for a company that was 285th in the Inc5000. I’m not just blowing smoke.

    These marketing things are real, and they are not always “PC” or pleasant, or geek friendly. That’s why people hire people like me to think unpleasantly for them. If you don’t want to think like a marketing person, that’s *fine* — ignore me. But don’t try to make what I’m saying into some political commentary, or cultural anthropology, or sociological or classist thing. I’m talking about what will get a product accepted through promotional copy on a web page.

    You may now return to more relaxed geekery…:)

  6. 5words

    I guess if you are a 14th amendment corporate slave who still files confession forms with the global crime syndicate every year on april fools day, you could find some use for this.

    Stop Feeding The Damn Parasites!

    5words

  7. Allen- H

    NJwood 60. I also used Quicken but found that it was no so good when they upgraded it. I now use Microsoft Money ( Sunset ). although it has been discontinued you can still pick it up for free from the web

  8. ovl

    @Shava Nerad. If somebody’s English is flawless, it does not mean that this somebody is a “professional”. The red flag should arise if a person is cloddish and not slightly illiterate in a foreign language. Also, you do not know who was doing the spell checking of the Deutsch developer’s description – it could be done by the sloppy native English speaker. As Ashraf fairly mentioned, just because a German developer has some typos, it doesn’t mean that the program code is bad.

  9. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Shava Nerad: Oh, now I understand what you are saying.

    I agree with what you are saying to an extent. Large companies with the resources should ensure their localizations are as perfect as possible; silly mistakes should be fixed prior to release. Smaller companies, who often depend on volunteers to translate, should be afforded a bit of leeway. In this case, the developer of MoneyFox is a relatively large developer so it is fair to expect them to spell check their program/description, as you put it.

    However, I should mention language deficiencies != coding deficiencies. While I do believe the developers who have the resources to do so should hire language professionals to do their translations, sometimes that isn’t possible. Just because a developer has bad English or [insert language here] doesn’t mean their code is bad. It could mean that, but not necessarily.

    Nonetheless, I do get your point.

  10. Shava Nerad

    @ashraf The thing about spellchecking isn’t about having spellcheck within the client. It’s spellcheck within the developer’s description. When a developer localizes a program and doesn’t bother to spellcheck their description what other details were they sloppy with?

    If I am trusting them to manage my money, detail orientation is important to me. I am not fussy and detail oriented, but I want my accountant and CPA to be completely anal about details, exactly because I’m not. So when I see a typo or anything unprofessional around a profession like legal services or a CPA firm, it runs up a red flag for me.

    What if this person, somewhere in their code, was careless and left a minus where a plus should be? Just one character. Or, you know, a fencepost error. Small detail. But it could really mess up my finances. I can do that all by myself…:)

    What this means, conversely, to put this as *positive* advice to the dev, is that a person wishing to market financial software should be very careful to proofread their localized language and have it reviewed by a competent native speaker — preferably a native speaker experienced in marketing in that language. And even then, it should be spell checked.

    And after all, this kind of advice is exactly what this sort of giveaway, I hope is hoping to glean. (noting that I’m a former marketing VP in addition to a security geek… So I’m several kinds of fussy on this stuff… But if I’m arrogant, I’m also right…:)

  11. njwood60

    I use quicken and am looking to move to another program, so I checked this one out. It has no import functionality from any other money programs so no good for me as I already have lots of data.

  12. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Shava Nerad: As far as I can tell, it isn’t “calling home”. Just to be clear, by default MoneyFox is set to automatically download the latest currency conversion rates when the program starts. If you find that MoneyFox is making an outbound connection, this is probably why. Once you disable this feature (under Configuration -> Settings) you will notice no outbound connection every time MoneyFox runs.

    As for data encryption: I am not sure if it is encrypting its database or just password protecting. I can’t seem to find where its database is being stored.

    In regards to your spell checker comment: Why is a spell checker that important in a finance management tool? I’m confused.

  13. Shava Nerad

    You know it’s nifty that it’s international, but as an English speaker the lack of English spell check makes me leery. Also, is there a security audit to be sure this is encrypting sensitive data, and how? That it’s not “calling home?”

    I’m not likely to invite this one in, as a security-minded type… It just raises a few wrong signals to me.

    Could be totally harmless, no offense to the dev specifically. Just not enough benefit to possible risk.