Am I the only one that does not like the re-introduction of the bank accounts Tab? To be fair to me, I don’t use Internal Cash transactions such as Petty Cash so there may be considerations that I am not aware of.
However, I would like to link up these posts and highlight some points made by Lubos himself!
Easier to decide where account should be created
Easier to search all cash transactions
Easier to see cash position
Easier to explain how to record cash transaction
All of the above very good reasons to merge the two accounts into one tab - including the fact that it reduces the number of tabs by one, which is also a benefit.
Reading the information from Lubos about internal versus external accounts in the latest release -
For example, accounts managed internally (petty cash, cash float) will have transactions recorded manually, there won’t be outstanding deposits or pending withdrawals, there won’t be any importing of statements, bulk-categorization using bank rules nor reconciliation process.
I see the point that Lubos is making. However, I would like to propose a solution that would address the shortcomings of one cash account tab, whilst still retaining the benefits of using one cash accounts tab.
Would it not be possible in the financial account to tick a box called External Account or tick a box called Internal Account. If External Account is selected, it would then show in the program for importing of statements, bank rules, reconcilation and if Internal Account, it would not show in the list. Just filter the view as per External or Internal account via a tick box in the institution edit setup? Or we really need is a filter here, rather than a new tab.
With Reference to Tab Name - I just want to highlight that we never actually came to a decision on this one - Possible renaming of Cash Accounts tab
With this latest change in mind, I will offer the following suggestions.
Money Accounts - which will cover Bitcoin, Credit Cards, Petty Cash etc as everything is money.
Cash & Credit Accounts - Tut’s Suggestion which also works well.
I like the term Money Accounts as it suggests simple layman’s language which for me is where Manager shines - it is simple to use.
Two Tabs for Internal/External transactions
Money Accounts - for banks, credit cards, bitcoin transactions etc
Internal Cash - for petty Cash, cash float
As I don’t use petty cash etc, I will still only have one tab - the bank accounts, so it doesn’t really affect me, but I just feel that creating two tabs doesn’t make sense as there is very little difference between a petty cash and an actual bank account - you spend money, you receive money, you want to see transactions for that account etc etc. There is a lot in common - all you really want is to filter out the differences such as reconciliation! Creating two accounts creates more programming and duplication etc and removes all the benefits that were made when the two tabs were merged over a year ago.