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Why Cheqbook has one column for debits, credits, deposits, payments, yada, yada, yada.



  • Eze Ogueri

    Doug you have only succeeded in explaining why this software is not flexible at all. The users know what they need and they are the ones paying for the software. By telling users how to address whether a number is a deposit or disbursement all that has been done is to admit that the software programmers are not open to change. This will affect subscriptions negatively. 

    Apart from whether an amount is a payment or deposit , additional columns are needed for other non numerical features such as notes, comments, tags, labels , events, projects or classes. A user may want to associate each transaction with any of these identifiers or dimensions and then analyze his transactions based on these parameters. 

    Please reconsider this request and enhance this software by adding additional columns . This will justify the monthly subscription payment.


    Thank you.

  • Doug Levin


    Thanks for the comment, no software is truly flexible.  The register we created is incredibly complex and has easily over 1000 hours of work in it.  To add the columns would be a major undertaking.  

    Perhaps more importantly I'm not sure it's better to have two columns.  I use the software all the time, and in QuickBooks I have to tab over to the other field, in Cheqbook I just put a minus symbol.  Once you get used to it you can work just as fast.  

    Change is often good, but not if it doesn't lead to something much better.  We like this approach, so we stay with it.

    As for other fields, we have a notes/comments field, hit the "more" button.  We don't have classes (events, projects, etc.) because then the transactions absolutely cannot be auto categorized for you.  That does limit who can use us, but we're not built for mid sized businesses, only small ones.

    As for tags or labels, I've never seen these metadata tools in accounting software before.  However our search feature is powerful and pulls data from these fields if you place the tags in the notes field.  

    Thank you too!


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