New iBank 3.5 Update to Sync with upcoming iPhone App

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[prMac.com] Putney, VT - Personal finance management for the Mac takes another leap forward with today's release of iBank 3.5 ($60, free to iBank 3 users). With over 30 enhancements and fixes, including the ability to sync with iBank Mobile for account updates on the go, iBank 3.5 represents the most ambitious update yet for the leading Mac-only software alternative to Quicken.

"Today we feel like people looking for the best money management solution have 30 more reasons to switch to iBank," says IGG President Ian Gillespie. "We've been pushing out frequent updates to address the needs of our users, and this is the best one yet."

While iBank has long had the ability to sync with iPhones for customers using MobileMe accounts, the new version will also allow iPhone sync via Wi-Fi or any WebDAV server. The forthcoming iBank Mobile, a native iPhone app ($4.99) still "in review" at the App Store, will also be required to take advantage of this feature. Among other highlights of iBank 3.5:

* Improved launched speed; faster searches; improved speed for entering new transactions when a user has multiple Smart Accounts; and fixes for memory leaks

* Added flexibility with the ability to assign any amount to any split item, regardless of whether the category is an expense or income category; a new preference pane to set how statements pull in transactions; and the ability to exclude securities from quote updates

* More support for Neat Receipts (to drag and drop scanned PDFs); improved support for multi-currency transfers, and better charting for multi-currencies; and the ability to reconcile both "sides" of a transfer independently.

Additionally, iBank 3.5 offers elimination of check-printing set-up bugs; a fix so hidden accounts and categories no longer appear in category pop-ups; and nearly two dozen other bug fixes and improvements. A free trial copy of iBank, requiring Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, can be downloaded from their website.

IGG Software, LLC, was founded in 2003 by developer Ian Gillespie to offer intuitive, elegant and powerful applications for individuals and small businesses. Based in Putney, Vermont, its flagship products are iBank, for personal finance management, and iBiz, for time-tracking and billing. For further information, review licenses, or to schedule an interview with Ian Gillespie (birdwatcher, botanist, amateur fiddler and avid soccer player), please contact IGG Marketing Director Scott Marc Becker.

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