CheckBook Pro Mac App Store Amnesty Days

When the Mac App Store opened it came without one key ingredient:  an easy way for current users of an app to switch their license to the Mac App Store.  App developers like us can give away just 50 free copies for each new version of an app – but that’s nowhere near the number of people out there using CheckBook every day!  So what can you do if you originally purchased CheckBook or CheckBook Pro directly from our online store and now you want to move your license to the Mac App Store?  Wait for a sale that makes it pretty darn cheap!  We hereby proclaim the next three Wednesdays (August 14th, 21st and 28th) will be Mac App Store Amnesty Days.  We’ll lower the price of CheckBook Pro to just US $4.99 on these days so you’ll have a chance to move your license over for just 20% of the regular price.  And if you originally purchased CheckBook, you’re getting a swell upgrade to CheckBook Pro, to boot!  (CheckBook users, check out Moving on up to CheckBook Pro for help getting your CheckBook Accounts into CheckBook Pro).

What are you waiting for?  Head to the Mac App Store for your dose of CheckBook Pro amnesty!

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Moving on up to CheckBook Pro

If you just got the bug to upgrade from CheckBook to CheckBook Pro, or you’ve moved your license to the Mac App Store (you should – we’re dropping the price on the Mac App Store waaaaay down to $4.99 every Wednesday for the rest of August) you’re in for a treat:  CheckBook Pro can read all of your CheckBook data without breaking a sweat.  All it needs is a little help to find your CheckBook Accounts document.

If you know where your document’s at, just open it by dragging it onto the CheckBook Pro icon in your Dock or by going to CheckBook’s File menu and clicking the Open… menu item.  We’d recommend not keeping the document in your old CheckBook 2 sandbox container (~/Library/Containers/com.splasm.checkbook2/Data/Library/Application Support/Splasm Software, Inc./CheckBook 2) because if you ever remove that container phwooooop! your data will go right along with.

If you’re not sure where your document is, or if it lives in iCloud, open CheckBook, go to the File menu, click the Backup… menu item and save a backup of your Accounts document in your Documents folder.  Quit CheckBook, open CheckBook Pro and drag the document backup onto the CheckBook Pro icon in your Dock or go to CheckBook Pro’s File menu and click the Open… menu item.  To move the document to iCloud, go to the File menu, click the Move To… menu item and move the document to iCloud from there.

That should do it, but drop us a line at if you need a hand.  We’re happy to help!

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CheckBook 2.5.2 – Strongly Recommended

This update resolves a potential data corruption issue in CheckBook 2.5 and 2.5.1 so we strongly recommend you install it as soon as possible. With the help of a small handful of users we found that the issue is so rare that less than 1 out of 250 people would see it – but one user affected by it would be one too many! In addition, we’ve corrected an error that could appear when backing up an Accounts document, and we’ve also thrown in some minor user interface enhancements. To update, go to the CheckBook menu at the top left of your screen and click the Check For Updates… menu item.

CheckBook Pro isn’t affected by the same issue but it’s also been updated to version 2.5.2. To update, go to the CheckBook Pro menu at the top left of your screen and click the Check For Updates… menu item.

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Audiobook Builder Q&A

@splasmsoftware so a “file” would be all combined smaller tracks of 1 CD.? It would never split btwn files of one of the CD’s in the series?

@splasmsoftware . . .cont. if so, may have 2 change from by part 2 by chapter. Sounds like it would allow 1st “part” to B as big as possible

Thanks for the great question about Audiobook Builder’s Part Styles! The answer is below :) Let us know if you have any others questions as we are happy to help!

Depends on If you import the CD as a single file or individual files. You can choose which in the import CD window. If you import as individual files, parts could split in the middle of a CD when using ‘break between files’ part style.

If you imported a CD as one file, even if you have ‘break between files’ selected, it will not be able to break in the middle of a CD, because the CD is now one file.

If you imported as individual files and you chose ‘break between chapters’, audiobook builder will not split parts in the middle of a CD if that CD remains a single chapter (which it imports as by default).


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CheckBook and CheckBook Pro 2.5

2.5 is here at last, dear users, and this time around the love we’re bringing is all about syncing your Accounts with other Macs – and that, coincidentally, lays the foundation for syncing with “other devices” down the road a piece.  CheckBook now saves your changes as you make them, stores your Accounts in documents you can move around and copy at will, respects the Mac’s new sandboxing requirements, looks great on a Retina Display, feels snappier, and brings a few fixes, too.  The simply powerful personal finance manager you can’t live without just got a lot more power – and it’s still just as simple as ever.

This update’s on us for users who’ve already got a license for 2.x, and on sale for everyone else.  $19.95 for a CheckBook Pro 2.5 license (until June 15th) and $11.95 for a CheckBook 2.5 license (until May 28th).  Check ‘em out at and, where you can get the update or a free trial (they’re the same download).

Thanks for hanging in there, everyone.  If you need anything, you know how to get in touch.  We’ll be hard at work on the “other devices” bit but always available to listen to feedback or give you a hand if you need help.

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Finances and Having It All

When it comes to finances, it seems like we could all use a little bit more. Bills to pay, far off places to visit, a couch without stains perhaps? What would you do with an extra $100 a month? How about $1,000? Suppose you won the lottery. What would you do with your winnings?

Really think about it. Make a list of at least ten wild and crazy things you would do if you suddenly had more money than you ever dreamed possible. Then, let it sit in a drawer for a day or two. Take it back out and attempt to construct a plan to do two things on your list. You might be surprised to find that some of the things are not out of your reach after all.

Below is a short story that was posted on the wall of a sandwich place. I hope you enjoy reading it and are having an excellent day!

How Much is Enough?

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”

The American then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then?”

The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions?” asked the fisherman, “Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evening, sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos!”

(Author Unknown)

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