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Aug 1, 2005, 10:50 AM
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Link: Quicken 2006 released (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050801115005)

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wdlove
Aug 1, 2005, 11:43 AM
The "Smart Payee" sounds like it will be a good feature. The way it currently downloads the information has been frustrating. So most time I don't allow Quicken to automatically post.

kgarner
Aug 1, 2005, 12:55 PM
I have to agree with the comments below the article. I don't understand why Intuit insists on keeping VERY seperate versions of Quicken for Mac and Windows. Standardize the format and get some feature parity. Also, offer a basic version for those of us too poor to have investments to track.

emw
Aug 1, 2005, 02:32 PM
The "Smart Payee" sounds like it will be a good feature. The way it currently downloads the information has been frustrating. So most time I don't allow Quicken to automatically post.I always use it - typically because I report by category rather than payee. Quicken is pretty good about automatically assigning categories to downloads, even if the payee name is wacky.

However, I'd agree that Smart Payee is nicer, since it will automatically change things like "1375 Meacham Rd" to "Costco." (Like I need more of a reminder of how much I spend at Costco... :eek: )

The backup to .Mac is cool. But I don't have .Mac. I'd prefer a backup to FTP or something like that, so I could send it to my offsite web storage center.

iGary
Aug 1, 2005, 02:42 PM
Geebus, I thought this meant Quickbooks Pro had been released - I just got it like last week... :eek:

wdlove
Aug 1, 2005, 04:58 PM
I always use it - typically because I report by category rather than payee. Quicken is pretty good about automatically assigning categories to downloads, even if the payee name is wacky.

However, I'd agree that Smart Payee is nicer, since it will automatically change things like "1375 Meacham Rd" to "Costco." (Like I need more of a reminder of how much I spend at Costco... :eek: )

The backup to .Mac is cool. But I don't have .Mac. I'd prefer a backup to FTP or something like that, so I could send it to my offsite web storage center.

Sometimes the categories are wrong.

I wish that Costco would sell Mac software. That way could get an additional discount. We usually go once a month and the cost is about $300.

I back up my documents currently to a Zip 100.

Cooknn
Aug 1, 2005, 06:25 PM
Geebus, I thought this meant Quickbooks Pro had been released - I just got it like last week... :eek:Man I hope QuickBooks Pro 2006 has online banking so I can download my transactions :(

eric_n_dfw
Aug 1, 2005, 07:35 PM
My favorite part is the last comment (currently) after the article:

Each year they announce the new version in August. It only has one or two fluffy new features and year after year they essentially let the rest rot.

My theory on Quicken development: itís a summer intern project. Intuit hires a summer intern or two each year and their project is to update Mac Quicken. They have to go back to school sometime in August, thus the ship date.

It explains everything I have observed of Mac Quicken development. What we get every year is not the work of even one competent, full-time developer.


I think this guy/gal is 100% right on - I haven't paid for an upgrade to Quicken in 3 years (partially because I got 2004 with my iBook last year) and I don't feel any incentive to upgrade now either. In fact, I'd porbably buy Virtual PC and MS Money 2006 before I give Intuit any more money for this crap.

I really wish Apple would do an iApp to compete with Quicken or that the MS Mac business unit would port Money over. BTW: I've looked at alternatives like GnuCash and some others but none do the online banking.