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If I want desktop, web and mobile (preferably Android) access to all my accounts and assets, in a personal finance tool, what would you recommend I look at?

Until Wesabe cancelled their web dashboard it was a pretty good online tool. I use GNUCash on my desktop.

Is there a cross-platform tool that provides a fairly consistent user experience and doesn't require a too strong focus on double entry?

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best is rather subjective. The text of the question itself though, is not. I suggest that you edit the title of the question to remove best from it. –  George Marian Aug 18 '10 at 19:41
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Do you want GPL? or just open source? –  Alex B Aug 18 '10 at 19:44
    
Alex B: Anything that runs on any one of these licenses :opensource.org or are run are run as an always free service. –  Meager Mouse Aug 20 '10 at 12:22
    
George: true best is subjective. How do I go about editing titles? –  Meager Mouse Aug 20 '10 at 12:23
    
Near the bottom of the question (above these comments) there is an "Edit" link. That will allow you to edit the question title, the text of the question itself and the tags. You can even provide a summary of the changes, which shows up in the revision history as guide to the revision. –  George Marian Aug 20 '10 at 14:03
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There isn't one. I haven't been very happy with anything I've tried, commercial or open source. I've used Quicken for a while and been fairly happy with the user experience, but I hate the idea of their sunset policy (forced upgrades) and using proprietary format for the data files. Note that I wouldn't mind using proprietary and/or commercial software if it used a format that allowed me to easily migrate to another application. And no, QIF/OFX/CSV doesn't count.

What I've found works well for me is to use Mint.com for pulling transactions from my accounts and categorizing them. I then export the transaction history as a CSV file and convert it to QIF/OFX using csv2ofx, and then import the resulting file into GNUCash. The hardest part is using categories (Mint.com) and accounts (GnuCash) properly. Not perfect by any means, but certainly better than manually exporting transactions from each account.

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I also use gnuCash on the desktop. –  Meager Mouse Aug 20 '10 at 12:21
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I use "Money Manager Ex" which is a Windows application I use on PC to log my transactions and for simple statistic.

They have two versions, simple standlone application and self-hosted web app.

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Interesting. A self-hosted web app? I can't seem to find a reference to that on their website. –  George Marian Nov 16 '10 at 16:51
    
I also wanted to point out that the desktop application is available for Linux and Mac OSX. –  George Marian Nov 16 '10 at 16:53
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@George Marian, it is the Tonido's edition. tonido.com/app_money_home.html –  Dennis Cheung Nov 17 '10 at 3:37
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