August 09, 2001, 12:00 AM — Recent months have seen a lot of movement in financial applications,
especially in personal accounting packages -- long one of the weakest
areas on the Linux desktop. A number of applications currently are
striving to fill this gap, including Kapital from KDE-related firm
theKompany.com bills Kapital as a personal finance manager for Linux --
a far cry from the famous book by Karl Marx. Kapital fully supports the
Quicken QIF file format. Although I'm not a Quicken user so I cannot
judge whether it is fully compatible, if this is the case, then Kapital
could be a great boon to users who want to move away from Windows but
are stuck due to the lack of certain applications on Linux. Quicken is
one of the top reasons why users who run Linux don't completely switch
over; games being another top reason for not switching.
Kapital is a commercial product, but the price is very reasonable at
$24.95 US for the download version and $29.95 US for the packaged
version. These prices are for the current beta release. Prices of the
full release will rise to $29.95 US and $49.95 US respectively, still
relatively cheap for a commercial application.
The user interface appears nicely focused on accounting, and the
application sports an overall professional look. You can find out more
about Kapital, as well as check out screenshots and order, at
Moneydance (http://moneydance.com) is another commercial application,
and costs $39.99 US. It also offers support for the Quicken QIF format.
Written in Java, Moneydance is available for a number of platforms.
Similar applications include GnuCash (http://www.gnucash.org) and Check-
book balancer (http://cbb.sourceforge.net).