|| ||Tony Bloomfield <tonyb.lx-FhtRXb7CoQBt1OO0OYaSVA-AT-public.gmane.org>|
|| ||Release 0.9 now available|
|| ||Tue, 13 May 2008 11:40:18 +0100|
The KMyMoney development team is pleased to announce a major step forward for
what has been described as "the easiest personal money tool out there", with
the first public availability of a new development release, version 0.9.
This offers many new features and improvements over the existing, stable, 0.8
series; see below for just some of these.
It should be emphasised however that this is a development release, and as
such some of the newer features may not be fully functional. Releases like
this are also termed 'unstable', so as such, it is advisable when using it to
ensure that you maintain frequent backups of your files, including your
current (version 0.8) file. That being said, most of the developers
themselves have, of course, been entrusting their own data to this new
release for some time!
One aspect which (as is not uncommon for open source software) is particularly
lacking is up-to-date documentation. Be assured that we are working on this
aspect, and any offers of help will be appreciated. Now for the good news.
- Charts. Many of the reports produced by KMyMoney may now be displayed in
chart form. Line, bar, stacked bar, pie & ring charts are supported where
- Budgets. A new budget feature allows you to specify your future
expectations of income and expenditure, and then to compare your actual
performance against these. You can use your historical data to have KMyMoney
create a basic budget for you. Budget reports can be displayed as charts if
desired. Monthly budget overruns can be displayed on your home page, but can
be removed if you find it too depressing.
- Forecasts. A forecast can be produced of the future balances of your
critical accounts, based either on regular scheduled transactions or your
historical data. (Sadly, we are unable to accurately predict the future value
of your investments!). Forecast charts based on historical data are under
Many enhancements have been made to existing functionality, to improve your
user experience. Among the foremost of these are the following:
- New 'wizards' have been produced to simplify the setting up of new
accounts, and complicated situations such as loans and mortgages. One wizard
in particular will guide first time users through the setting up of their new
file, and template lists of frequently-used accounts and categories are
supplied, often tailored to nationality.
- Several new options have been provided to enable you to configure KMyMoney
to your personal requirements.
- Defunct accounts may now be marked as closed, so that they no longer
clutter up your screens, though they are still available for viewing if
- The views of the various ledgers have been revamped to provide better
performance, and more facilities for sorting and searching transactions,
including a 'quick search' option. A new multiple transaction selection
function will allow you to do some 'bulk' changing of transactions.
- A new, more comprehensive, transaction autofill facility, based on payee
name, has been introduced.
- Deletion of 'non-empty' payees and categories is now allowed, with the
transactions being re-assigned as required.
- Changes have been made to simplify the entry and maintenance of your
regular scheduled transactions.
- Some new reports have been added, new levels of detail have been included,
and many of them have also been made more configurable. There are also been a
number of fixes related to multi-currency reports.
- Warning messages can be displayed if the balance on an account exceeds, or
falls below, a given value.
- A summary of all your accounts can be seen in the home page, including
current net worth, income and expenses, and the total scheduled income and
expenses for current month.
- If you use OFX or HBCI for online banking, your setup has been made
easier, and a manual transaction matching facility should simplify
reconciliation of your downloaded statements. There is support for new
versions of AqBanking and libofx, providing more flexibility and reliability.
- And, not least of all, new artwork and cosmetic enhancements may make your
usage of the product easier and, we hope, more pleasurable.
Work on provision of the ability to store your financial data in one of the
popular relational databases is in an advanced state. It was only withheld
from this release pending some performance improvements.
As mentioned above, work on providing more comprehensive budgetting and
forecasting features is also under way.
Some translations of some of the texts and messages used in this release into
languages other than English are already available. See the 'Help make a
translation' link at http://kmymoney2.sourceforge.net/index-devel.html for
details of progress on this. (The status of this release will be roughly
similar to that of HEAD.)
If you have some fluency in any of the languages which are not yet translated,
or which have a low percentage of completion, your help would be welcomed. No
great technical expertise is required, though a knowledge of personal finance
terminology would obviously be useful. Initial contact should be made to the
developer mailing list, see below.
This release is still dependent on versions 3 of the KDE Desktop Environment
and the Qt toolkit. Though it has been known to work in a KDE4 environment,
the development (for building from source code) and runtime versions of these
products must also be installed.
Once you have updated your file and saved it under the new release, it may
still be possible to read it under the older, 0.8, versions, but this is not
guaranteed. Hence the warning above, to preserve a backup of your current
If you are currently running a 0.8 version of this product which you built
from source code ('cvs'), it is highly advisable to uninstall it ('make
uninstall', 'make clean') before installing this release.
Bugs and Problems
We are eager for as many people as possible to help us by reporting any
problems or bugs which may be encountered in this release. Please report them
either to the developer mailing list at
kmymoney2-developer-5NWGOfrQmneRv+LV9MX5uipxlwaOVQ5f@public.gmane.org, or via the 'Report a bug'
The developer list can also be used for any offers of help in documentation,
translation or programming.
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