Quicken Essential for Mac 2011

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by serega, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. serega macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2007
    I've read a lot about Quicken Essential for Mac 2010, mostly negative posts. I wonder if any body tried to use a new Quicken Essential for Mac 2011?
  2. rtkane macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2010
    I was using Quicken Deluxe 2010 under Parallels and was really tired of dedicating system resources for it (that and the Rhapsody App were pretty much the only reasons I had Parallels running). I figured I'd check out Quicken Essentials 2011 so I could shut down Parallels and it seems to be working for my needs. I only ever used Quicken Deluxe 2010 for keeping track of my bank accounts and downloading transactions (which is all I use Essentials for), so if you are looking to do much more with it, you'll need someone else's opinion. It's only been a week, but so far so good.
  3. serega thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2007
    Thanks for your reply.
    I'm helping little church with organizing books, so it's simple things like loading transactions from from bank and categorized where money goes to, so I can print report at the end of the year.
    I keep a quite old notebook for that but I would like to move all to Mac. I've tried to use Virtual Box but it's kind of nightmare.
  4. tootall macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2011
    Quebec, Canada
    A bit like rtkane, I would like to stop using my window's accounting software through parallel.

    I was wondering if Quicken Essential can:

    1) save recurring entries
    2) allow for bank reconciliations
    3) export data to excel

  5. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I moved from a Windows laptop to a MacBook Pro this past March. I was using Quicken 2010 Premiere on the Windows laptop, and wanted to move everything to the Mac. I tried, via a 30 day trial, iBank and transferring all my data was a nightmare. If I wanted to start completely fresh, it may have been better. But I wanted all my data at least from the beginning of the year.

    I ended up purchasing Quicken Essentials and it works great. I was able to transfer all my Quicken data from the PC without any issues at all. Quicken has been working great for me since April.

    I only use it for keeping track of things like checking, savings, keeping track of loans, my 401K. It can download transactions from my banks and updating my 401K is easy. I am able to keep track of my budget and the application reminds me of upcoming bills and repeating transactions as well as forecast a few weeks into the future based on those repeating transactions.

    I've read the bad reviews as well before buying it and after reading many of them decided these people want more than the application was designed to do. Quicken does for me what I need it to do, quickly and easily. Many of the people that wrote the bad reviews want it to do the job of a full blown business accounting system, but the application is really for keeping track of PERSONAL finances.

    If all you want to do is keep your finances in order then get Quicken Essentials for Mac.

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