Posted by wsnyder6
on May 18, 2008 at 6:58 PM PDT
CashForward will be a money management Swing application built on the NetBeans platform.
In the coming months I'll be putting together a NetBeans based application for tracking household income and expenses. The primary audience are those who are new to budgeting software, or those who want a money management application that does the basic tasks, and does them well. (Oh, and is free and works on Windows, Linux, or a Mac.)
Ease of Use
I've found personal finance tools something I couldn't possible live without. The ability to see my financial state, or cashflow, at a glance is priceless. It's my hope that this project to be one that focuses heavily on usability and ease of use. I believe that is one reason why many folks avoid cash management software.
Life (read: income and expenses) certainly does not follow a straight path, and in my household we find the ability to create various 'spending plans' a necessity. Really for two reasons - to compare the plan's outcomes over time - and to 'version' our plan so that we can revert back to it if possible.
For example, how does my future cash flow look if I need to increase my fuel budget $100 vs $300 per month. We tweak our budget frequently and need to compare these scenarios graphically.
Maybe this doesn't sound that exciting, maybe you already use software that you love. Maybe you have ideas of things you would like to see in money management software. In any case, I'd like to hear from you. You can post questions and comments in the forums at
There is nothing to look at quite yet; but as the project progresses toward an August beta, the state of the project can be found at http://code.google.com/p/cashfoward