In the name of all that is holy - what is up with Quicken 2006??!!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by kavika411, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. kavika411 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a recent Mac convert, and was well-aware that I'd be giving up some of the creature comforts that are taken for granted in the PC/Windows world. But nothing prepared me for the miserable, inbred software application known as Quicken 2006 for Mac. My 3-year old, who has a mastery of counting only to 10, could write code better than whatever blind monkey put out Quicken 2006 for public consumption.

    9-point font. Let me repeat - NINE-POINT FONT. And you can't change it. Sure it's great that I can fit seven thousand lines of register entries on the screen at the same time, but I'd like to be able to read at least one without pressing my corneas against the screen.

    Then there's the importing. I meticulously followed Quicken/Intuit's instructions for importing entries from PC to Mac for my nine years of entries. It worked great, as long as I don't ever need to again access any entries after August 2000.

    Truly, is this a joke for Intel? Are they laughing their butts off at us Mac users for giving them money on such a terminal program? More importantly, who CAN I give my money to that makes top-notch financial software for Mac?

    Sorry to b*tch, but I've just capped off roughly 12 hours of trying to work through Quicken 2006 for Mac and I'm looking for reasons not to throw my computer in a lake.
     
  2. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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  3. blackstone macrumors regular

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    Yeah, Quicken for Mac really sucks -- probably because on the Windows platform, they have to compete with Microsoft Money, which means they have to be super-aggressive to avoid getting flattened by Bill Gates. Whereas on the Mac platform, Intuit is the only big player (the other companies that make financial software for the Mac are pretty small).

    I recently switched from Quicken to Moneydance. Moneydance seems to be working out pretty well so far for me. My advice is to check out the feature list of Moneydance and download the free trial. You could also try iBank, although I've heard that it's still kind of buggy.
     
  4. kavika411 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, lilstewart and blackstone. I'll check out the ones you mention. I should have emphasized in my original post that I am now a sworn fan of Macs; I just can't believe that there isn't more of an uproar over the state of affairs with Mac financial software. There is a myriad of art/photo/music/film top-notch software for Macs, but only the inept Quicken for Mac and some other small players in the financial arena.
     
  5. mrfuser macrumors newbie

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    Software -- our biggest disappointment

    :( Software has been our most disappointing experience with converting to MAC. It seems as though pc programs are "adapted for" MAC rather than duplicated. But even MAC programs always seem to need add-ons, plug-ins, expensive upgrades, etc. And nobody wants to cut you much of a deal to replace what you had running on your pc ~ including letting you make use of an upgrade offer. We figure there are two choices: Virtual PC or a secondary PC/laptop that is networked to your computer. We'd love an iBook or PowerBook, but we're getting a pc laptop that we'll network to our PowerMac G5 just for this very reason.

    :eek: If we had known that we'd have to offer up our first born son to get software for the MAC that works at the level of affordably priced PC software, we likely wouldn't have made the switch. It seems like software costs pretty much cancel out any long term savings from reliability. We've found that many of the wonderful things you can do with a MAC are so cost prohibitive that, on a practical level, you really can't do all that much more with a MAC; actually, considerably less than with a PC. You may not be defragmenting or running anti-virus programs, but you'll spend just as much time looking for freeware, plug-ins, etc.

    :p I suggest you install Virtual PC (more $$$$$) and run Quicken or Microsoft Money from VPC. Just limit your internet use to specific applications on secure websites and guard against viruses. Once you start dealing with categories and downloads with Quicken for MAC you'll do just about anything to avoid the MAC program.
     
  6. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    I see all this talk about "Quicken for the Mac sucks!" ... Are we saying that Quicken for Windows is decent? If I remember correctly from my days of using Windows, Quicken was an abomination on there as well. Microsoft Money... now thats a nice program. Probably one of Microsoft's less bloated programs. But Quicken for Windows has been horrid for as long as I can remember.

    I admit that Quicken for the Mac is slightly worse than it's Windows counterpart though.
     
  7. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

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    Quicken has sucked for a long time. Rather than improve usability, they just shovel in more crap features each year and gouge users of upgrades.

    Were it not for the online banking, to which I have grown quite dependent, I'd switch to another financial product in a heartbeat.
     
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    Is this Quicien or QuickBooks Pro?

    I use QuickBooks Pro for the biz and it works great. :)
     
  9. kavika411 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    To answer your question, we're talking about Quicken. Is Quickbooks Pro similar to Quicken? Is it set up to handle home checking, savings, credit cards, etc? Like the writer of the last post, I rely heavily on Quicken's online banking. Does Quickbooks Pro do online banking? Thanks.
     
  10. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    I develop software for use with Quickbooks... it too is an abomination (at least the SDK is)

    But no, Quickbooks != Quicken.
     
  11. kavika411 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    final parting shot

    :( One last thing; I forgot to mention that once I open Quicken 2006 for Mac, it won't close until I 'force quit' it. In fact, I can't even turn off my computer until I force quite the program.

    Please, please, please - if you are reading this, and you have had any hesitation about buying Quicken for Mac - don't buy it. It's not worth it. Wait for them to make it a good (or even tolerable) program, or go with one of the other mac-friendly financial software packages.
     

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