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Giveaway of the day — Money-pal Personal Finance

A unique multi-user, Desktop/Private Cloud-based hybrid Financial Software.
$60 EXPIRED
User rating: 36 (54%) 31 (46%) 62 comments

Money-pal Personal Finance was available as a giveaway on October 4, 2016!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$14.95
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App Launcher & Switcher for Windows

Money-Pal Personal Finance is a unique multi-user, Desktop/Private Cloud-based hybrid Financial Software Application for small businesses or individuals which provides Financial Accounts Management (similar to Mint and Quicken) and Budgeting (similar to YNAB - You Need A Budget).

The person with the best improvement idea on Money-Pal will get a fully-functional lifetime license of Money-pal Pro with free updates until 1 October 2017.

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10

Publisher:

Surfstats Software

Homepage:

http://www.money-pal.com

File Size:

29.2 MB

Price:

$60

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#26

can't establish a connection to the server at localhost:8080. Tried all browsers. Installed all requirements. No way to register it.

Reply   |   Comment by Harsha  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#25

Thought it was something to do with a current version of Firebird running - have managed to stop service, uninstalled everything but left files in \system32 and trying reinstall. No go.... Get a quick message that a file is missing and not set up and when I run IIS Express it says that port 8080 is already in use by another application.

Thoughts now?

Reply   |   Comment by AJNiteOwl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

AJNiteOwl,

It might be that you have another app from another company also using Firebird. However, that should theoretically not be a problem. We are building a test in at the start of Money-Pal to check first that IIS-Express is running and Firebird is available. Howver, that might take a day or 2 to test :-(.

We will post again when we get that fixed.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#24

Where do you find the place to put the activation code in??

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Have had a problem installing onto Win 8.1 - message is:

Server object error 'ASP 0177 : 800401f3'

Server.CreateObject Failed

/mp/Default.asp, line 55

800401f3

Any thoughts?

Reply   |   Comment by AJNiteOwl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

AJNiteOwl,

I apologise for taking so long to respond.

We had a look at this problem but was unable to simulate it.

It might be because IIS-Express is not running. There are a few users with the same problem,
we will post again when we have an answer for the problem.
It might take a day or two.

I apologise for the delay

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#22

I am already running a localhost server, so can I use the Intranet method without affecting my regular localhost setup? I wouldn't mind if I can create a directory under my server documents root to do the Intranet method. Can you please answer?

Thanking you in advance.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary Smith  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Gary Smith,

Sorry for taking so long to respond.

Yes, you can, however there might be a small problem.

Money-Pal makes a copy of the config file which IIS-Express uses and then makes changes to that file in order to link to Money-Pal. Each time Money-Pal starts, it restarts IIS-Express using that copy of the config file.

Currently it leaves IIS-Express running so that it can restart quickly.

The problem might be that your other localhost server is unable to do what Money-Pal does and might be unable to start. There is a way to circumvent it if you can add the lines into the config file that Money-Pal uses and then all sites will allow connections at the same time.

Let us know if you need further advice.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#21

Cannot login because: Serverobjekt Fehler "ASP 0177 : 800401f3'

Server.CreateObject-Fehler

/mp/Default.asp, Zeile 55

800401f3

Reply   |   Comment by Lothar  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Lothar,

I apologise for taking so long to respond.

We had a look at this problem but was unable to simulate it.

It might be because IIS-Express is not running. There are a few users with the same problem,
we will post again when we have an answer for the problem.
It might take a day or two.

I apologise for the delay

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#20

Installed the files, extracted, then installed all to no avail. I am getting the error on webpage "http://www.localhost.com:8080/mp" - There is a start up icon of IIS Express on my system tray, however there is no preference to use Desktop or Intranet to run the program. I haven't even been able to open program to enter the email and the serial key for it. As far as I can tell, I've downloaded files, installed a programs icon to my C:\program files x86\ along with other program files that I am not able to use. What gives? Where or how can I open this program up and enter the credential to use the software?

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#19

I will pass... the initial cost of Quicken is cheaper (who knows if your computer will go south and this program lost? You would have to buy it to get your info back!). With Q I know Intuit will have all the updates I will ever possibly need, so buying a new version every other year as I do is well worth not switching. As much as I really hate Intuit (I am a former user and "ProAdvisor" of Quickbooks and its price gouging), they do have a reliant product in Quicken.

Thanks GAOTD, I will keep checking for other software I can try before buying.

Reply   |   Comment by anon  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

anon,

> You would have to buy it to get your info back!
Not really, You could just let us know and we can provide you with a new activation code.

That being said, we respect your choice to choose Quicken, so go well sir :-)

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#18

OK, I think if we can get during install a prompt, "Would you like to use program as server or only on your desktop?" I might help folks understand, nope not just cloud based. Also, how about an actual server module and then just have client nodes module. I suppose what I am trying to get the user to understand during install is ...hey...install as client (then have them enter ip or connection method), during client install. Small compact! If its server module (Desktop), full install. I haven't seen all of the bells, but do you have an import function for Tax Tables? So when I sell things on ebay, charge the appropriate sales state tax? So far install easy, and just messing around with it. Would have liked a client Android or iPhone mod. so my look is same. Safari a bit different but I guess browser shell good as any! Thanks for the Freebie!!

Reply   |   Comment by Jo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#17

I installed and let it install IIS-express, IIS-express is showing in the task bar with the website running but when I start the program the browser opens and times out with a "The localhost page isn’t working - localhost redirected you too many times." alert.
This is in the url box
"http://localhost:8080/mp/Default.asp?Reason=Database was not ready Please in again"

Reply   |   Comment by Tim M.  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Ok, I had to uninstall a previous version of firebird server and let Money-Pal reinstall and now it works. Including this info about Firebird may be helpful in the readme file.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim M.  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Tim M.,

Thanks for the information. We will include it in the readme.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#16

The application has a fundamental failure - in settings and selecting "Currency" appropriate to the "Country and language" selected I note that Euro Zone countries that joined the euro still have their pre Euro currencies defined rather than the euro e.g. Ireland is set as the Irish Pound IEP.

I note that there is an option to select the European Euro however, just a little sloppy particularly if you are considering paying for the upgrade.

Reply   |   Comment by John McKeown  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

John McKeown,

Thanks for the information.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#15

OK, I'm giving it a try.

Being concerned with seemingly having to enter all information through an internet browser, I disabled internet access and the program works fine. I know that's not conclusive, but appears not to be "calling" anyone or any other place but the computer as Money-Pal folks stated.

Reply   |   Comment by EuroTrader  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#14

First of all when I was importing from Quicken I got 'dll host Error in ParseCat'.
I rebooted and did the Quicken export again, this time it worked. I then tried to import the file. It was uploaded but the thing is after I clicked 'Import' it just sits there with 'Connecting' on the browser tab going round and round and 'Waiting for localhost at the bottom of the screen.
Enough already, it;s been like that for over 2 hours not connected even.
And I do not like having to use the browser either!

I will remove it and stick with Quicken. Thanks anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by bertie11  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

bertie11,

Thanks for your feedback in any case. It might help other people in future.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#13

The program does not recognize split categories from Quicken 2009.

Reply   |   Comment by Wildcat  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Wildcat,

If you could send us a sample of a few splits from 2009 then we can check what the problem is.
You can send it to support@money-pal.com

Thanks1

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#12

You have to download the program from Giveawayoftheday's site. Then enter "gotd5october2016" (without quotes) as email address and the provided license key.

Reply   |   Comment by Johan Calitz  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#11

Installed effortlessly on a Win10, 64-Bit machine.  Many features would make this easily useable anywhere as it handles all taxes, language options etc.  Easily installed where ever I chose to install and has a nice, simple interface.  Not having any problems running it.  All files are kept local but I have the option to make available online so when I'm out and about, I can access over the web.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Stocker  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#10

Not for me. But interested types can google or see BitsDuJour link to a paid version (guess was a Give at one point). Bits has it as unlimited license but only 1 year for updates, then it costs, unless someone runs another Give. Seems 3 versions related to this. Check the video for Quicken use. Seems to try to explain it can hook to you bank (like Mint and others do), and can be accessed via tablet, smartphone, etc. over Net to desktop. Doesn't see to feed into the program's site in any way from quick look. So not like it uses any Cloud related to the program's site. You would be free to tie into any usual Cloud (s) you use.
That's as far as I go with review searches. Thanks GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by sludgehound  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#9

Tried to leave feedback but that didn't work so here I go...

Make the program compatible with TurboTax.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael C  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Michael C,

Thanks for the suggestion. I will enter that into the draw for the best improvement idea

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#8

When I try to run the software, I receive a can't connect error. I've tried several times with two different browsers and also tried after I'd suspended the firewall and virus checker but I still get the connection error. I have no idea what the software looks like & whether it's good or bad because I can't run it.

Reply   |   Comment by John Saunders  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

John Saunders, just a quick question. Did you restart you OS? I have had this problem many times and its rather frustrating. But on the odd occasion the software has worked after restart. Also what other security do you have running in the background? Not teaching you to suck eggs as the expression goes, but download this http://processhacker.sourceforge.net/ and see what is actually running. Not all functions are visible. I have been using http://www.moneymanagerex.org/ this free software for years and its fine for my home finances

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Bennett  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It's a local host 8080 connection error. I even tried downloading the trial software from their web site and I had the same error when I tried to run it. Any ideas what to do apart from giving up and deleting it?

Reply   |   Comment by John Saunders  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

John Saunders,

Did you accept to install IIS-Express halfway through the installation? If you don't then IIS-Express cannot run and you will get a 8080 error

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

pieter, Thanks,yes, and IIS-Express is installed. I just tried again and the same result. I don't even know why Money-pal tries to open a web site when I try to run it.

Reply   |   Comment by John Saunders  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

John Saunders,

Money-Pal is a desktop app but runs in a browser. So, the web site that you are talking about is Money-Pal trying to run on you desktop. It is not connecting to a server on the internet, it is connecting to a limited server on your desktop which is running under IIS-Express.

You can see IIS-Express running in the tray. If you right-click on the IIS-Express icon in the tray, you can see the website running by hovering the mouse over the web site icon.

What version of Windows are you running?

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

pieter, There is no IIS_Expres icon in the tray or in the group of hidden icons but it is shown in Task Manager as a Windows process. I'm using Windows 10.

Reply   |   Comment by John Saunders  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I get the same thing IIS-Express is running but when I start the program the browser opens and sits there until it times out with a "The localhost page isn’t working" message.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

John Saunders,

I have the same issue, can't get IIS to run, although I am on a networks with a Ubuntu Web Server and that uses port 8080 for Webmin.

I have tried changing the port that IIS runs on but even after changing the port still get the
"can’t establish a connection to the server at localhost:8080."

Reply   |   Comment by Shane  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Sorry it isn't Webmin on 8080 - it is ISPConfig 3.

Reply   |   Comment by Shane  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

pieter, if the User interface is entirely browser based then it is NOT a desktop app it is a self hosted WEB application, not sure if the external access is by making the locally hosted server accessible on the internet via port forwarding the LAN server to the public IP but I'd be VERY concerned trusting private finacial records to IIS-Express hosted on a desktop operating system that could be accessed and attacked from the internet. I presume you incorporate some dynamic-DNS services client functionality to streamline connecting to a dynamicaly assigned public IP number from the internet too? I would hope the web application is served over an SSL connection so that if one uses this via an open wi-fi access point like n internet cafe or a town center open wi-fi service that the data provided and entered is not available for all and sundry on that open wi-fi access point to sniff and use for login credential and identity theft?

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK,

> but I'd be VERY concerned trusting private finacial records to IIS-Express hosted on a desktop operating system that could be accessed and attacked from the internet

You do not need to provide access to the internet. All firewalls by default block access from the internet and do not allow access to Money-Pal. You have to set up
1. Your firewall to allow access from outside
2. Your router to allow access to your computer.
Without either of these, people cannot get to your computer.
Furthermore you can setup IIS instead of IIS-Express for Money-Pal to use.

> I presume you incorporate some dynamic-DNS services client functionality to streamline connecting to a dynamicaly assigned public IP number from the internet too?
Yes, it can work with no-IP as an example.

You can use a SSL connection if you want to connect from outside just like any other web server on the internet.
Furthermore, Money-Pal requires you to login before you can use Money-Pal.

Money-Pal also does not connect to any banks at this stage, so it does not store any sensitive usernames and passwords.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Tony Bennett, Thanks very much Tony. I did try restarting my computer and also checked in Task Manager and IIS-express was running. Money Manager looks very good and I will try that. Could have been fate that led me to you and then it. thanks again.

Reply   |   Comment by John Saunders  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

What are the terms of this app? Does it expire after some point? What happens if/when that time arrives?

Reply   |   Comment by Angel  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Angel,

It is a lifetime license with no updates.

Does it expire after some point? No
What happens if/when that time arrives? It does not expire but there are no upgrades.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#6

is this a trialware (1 year, 3, whatever) or is it a lifetime license

Reply   |   Comment by oireogregi  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

oireogregi,

It is a lifetime license with no updates.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#5

There is a comparison page on their website comparing to Quicken, Mint, others. Says you can import OFX transactions. That's good. Will it produce reports a la Quicken? Can one search for transactions a la Quicken? Will it be kept up to date with each new tax year, even in US, a la Quicken (if you at least upgrade every few years)? The Quicken tax support is worthwhile. Though I can install and check some of the features I just mentioned, the ongoing updates can't be checked just by install.
Does it have the tax features of Quicken and how are they kept up to date?

Reply   |   Comment by OldGuy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

OldGuy,

> Will it produce reports a la Quicken?
It can do some reports (Quicken has a headstart). You can see some at
http://www.money-pal.com/ScreenOnline.asp

> Can one search for transactions a la Quicken?
Yes, you can search

> Will it be kept up to date with each new tax year, even in US, a la Quicken (if you at least upgrade every few years)?
We intend to host a forum where users can upload the new tax templates per country. In this way users can support each other and we do not need to do that.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#4

I like to download giveaways in a folder of my choosing but this seems to be too much for it. This is a bad sign especially in the light of other comments from people who have already installed it.
No way am I trusting my data to such a company.
Setup file deleted.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave J  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Dave J,

Actually, you are not trusting your data to Money-Pal. All data is stored on your computer. Money-Pal has no way of accessing the data on your computer.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#3

The software company has no access to your data or passwords as they do not provide the cloud service. Money-Pal's data is stored on your computer or on the cloud that you set up.

Money-Pal can run on your desktop but can also be accessed over an intranet.

Reply   |   Comment by Johan Calitz  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#2

Checked out the website and noticed that there were no assurances given about how secure any date uploaded would be or any mention as to whether the data is encrypted. I wouldn't trust the details of my ill gotten gains (only joking) to an unknown company with no idea of how my data is stored or even were it is stored. I'll definitely pass on this.

Reply   |   Comment by DaveC  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

DaveC,

The reason is probably because everything is stored on your own computer and Money-Pal cannot be responsible for your own data on your own computer. As no data is uploaded to any server, there is no need for Money-Pal to encrypt your data.

Reply   |   Comment by pieter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

pieter, Thanks for clearing that up. Knowing that I'll happily give this a try.

Reply   |   Comment by DaveC  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#1

You say this is aimed at small business... I've found no details about it's integration into various contries tax systems.. For example, can it produce a BAS as required in Australia?

Reply   |   Comment by Mememe  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Can it be used locally, without using the cloud? I keep all my backups on a separate hard drive. No financial stuff is going into the cloud thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by bertie11  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

bertie11, Yes, you install it on your desktop. This is done by default. You access the program with a browser which may be a bit strange. The reason for this browser interface is that the program can also be used to function as server . This means that you can set it up to access Money-pal over an intranet or the internet with other mobile devices using the same user interface.

Reply   |   Comment by Johan Calitz  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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