The first product to be released with an “i” name was the iMac, 18 years ago. For many it marks a turning point for Apple. While it didn’t happen overnight, it marked the beginning of a long run of “i” names in Apple’s product line. Remember iDVD and iPhoto? And of course the iPod, iBooks and iWork? While there are a few Apple products still embracing the iNames (iPhone and iPad come to mind), the nomenclature had its run and, quite frankly, is feeling old.

iBank was first released 13 years ago and, at the time, the name “iBank” was perfect. But over the last few years a couple things have nagged at us. First, iApp names have felt dated and too tied to Apple. Second, we were never able to secure the iBank dot com domain. Third, the word “iBank” is used internationally to describe a type of money transfer, e.g. “you can just iBank me that payment”. And fourth, “iBank” is sometimes used as an abbreviation for investment bank. This all builds up to a steep hill to climb to truly own the name of our products.

So today we are announcing the end of the iBank name and the beginning of our new name for our apps: Banktivity. If you are scratching your head wondering how this name came about, it’s rather simple. It has the same core, “bank”, which we love and then it comes from joining “bank” and “activity” — Banktivity. Yeah, say it out loud, it’s OK. It’s hard to get used to a new name, it might feel foreign, that is all very normal. But say it a few more times and let it sink in, and before you know it, it will become second nature.

 

Banktivity

(You can say it again out loud.)

 

 

From this point going forward, new releases of our apps will use the name Banktivity. We are keeping the version numbers the same to help with any potential confusion. Specifically, our apps will be renamed the following:

iBank 5 for Mac -> Banktivity 5 for Mac

iBank for iPhone -> Banktivity for iPhone

iBank for iPad -> Banktivity for iPad

iBank Investor -> Banktivity Investor

This is a big change: we expect these names to carry us far into the future and hopefully we won’t ever feel the need to change them again. You will begin seeing these new names roll out in our products over the next two days.

Before I go, I want to be clear about something. This name change in no way signals some other cultural shift at IGG. We are still producing the same great apps, with the same dedicated team working hard to bring you the best personal finance software for Mac and iOS.

Here’s to 12 great years served by iBank and to an even brighter future for Banktivity!

-Ian

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Ian Gillespie

CEO/Founder at IGG Software, Inc.
A California native, Ian's academic background was in biology, botany and environmental studies. He comes to the field of technology purely out of personal passion, and has been writing Mac software for over a decade. He's also an avid birdwatcher, a soccer player, fiddler and an organic gardener. He lives in Oregon with his wife and their two sons.
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394 comments on “Banktivity is the new iBank

  • I’m usually sensitive to name changes but I’m fine with Banktivity. I’ve gone from using iBank to Quicken Essentials and back to Banktivity. I prefer it to Q Essentials. However, one thing that really bugs me is that the split transaction feature is bad. I usually get cash out and then categorize my cash expenses as they happen during the week or month against the total cash I originally withdrew. I have to manually calculate and input the new cash total in the split section. This is automatically done in Quicken Essentials. Please fix this.

  • Ian
    I would like to Upgrade Banktivity 5 to the new Banktivity 6 for my Mac computer
    Is this now available?
    I have issues with my Banktivity 5 and wondered if this would cure them? Besides I like to keep upgrading anyway.

  • I am a Microsoft Money users since the ’90.. and I’ve been trying to switch to the Mac for the past 10 years. I’ve tried everything that is on the market. I gave a good 3 moths test to Ibank and decided against it. i’ve now spent at least 150 hurs to manually reinput my accounts of the last three years in order to test Banktivity 6. Awsome product. 95% there… A few hoorible things however hold me back. They seem simple enough to fix.
    1. When you require a list of the transaction associated with a tag, you simply SHOULD NOT get everyline of the split transaction where the tag was. You simply want the lines (details) of the total.
    2. The tag should allow you to break-out an asset/liabilities account. The way to do is rather misterious – especially if you have split trasactions. It seems that you have to place the tag while being in the account you want the tag to be, not on the split line where the account is indicated. very confusing. I could not get it to work.
    3. Reports dont ALWAYS need to have a sub-total by account. You should be able to have a report of transactions with the account on the line, not as sub-total.
    With these three small changes, it may be the right time to switch…

  • I am still using iBank 4.7.3. I did not realize about the Banktivity change until today, when I encountered a problem preparing for my taxes, and could not access iBank, and found that trying to download from my bank as I’ve always done in the past is not recognizing my password and is locking me out of my bank accounts at the Northern Trust website. They have no support to explain why this is happening. My iBank says I can update to iBank 6 but doesn’t mention Banktivity. Can you advise on how best to proceed? Thanks.

  • I use Banktivity 6 on a Mac. When I’m at home I use it on my larger monitor with a Mac mini. I also have a MacBook that I use when not at home, can I use the software on both Macs to keep my accounts up to date?

  • I still have the old iBank software on my Mac and iPhone. Until recently (due to the upgrade) I am no longer able to use it on my phone. Do I have to repurchase the software as Banktivity?
    If I have to repurchase as Banktivity, will my iBank data transfer over?

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