Quicken Essentials for Mac in Seattle Best Buy Stores Now.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Stu Pidasl, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Stu Pidasl macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2009
    I was in the Bellevue, WA Best Buy store yesterday in the Apple area and my jaw almost hit the floor when I noticed that they had 5 or so copies of Quicken Essentials for Mac sitting on the shelf. I had to do a double take because I thought I must have been mistaken, but there they were in all their glory.

    I was tempted to buy one, as I have been looking for a financial software package on the Mac and have been tracking the whole Quicken fiasco for the past 18 months or so and from what I've read they aren't supposed to be available until next week.

    I did however pass it up.

    As much as I would like to replace my copy of Quicken for Windows with a cool Mac version, so I can avoid having to run my Virtual Machine. Quicken Essentials for the Mac is too dumbed down to be an effective solution for me.

    I just wanted to let people know that it is available at Best Buy stores, at least in the Seattle area (Bellevue and Lynnwood stores specifically). I apologize that I did not think to take a picture of it when I was there.

    Has anyone purchased and installed a copy yet? Are there any first impressions from using it?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Weird. It's supposed to be released on the 25th.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    crappy software, crappy support from a crappy company.
  4. DFTU101 macrumors member

    May 16, 2008
    Agree, who cares. Quicken Essentials is just for record keeping. If you want a truly comprehensive (not just the essentials) financial program, Quicken for PC is light years ahead & I doubt the mac version will ever compare.
  5. thederby macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2007
    Austin, TX
    i think the problem is my "essential needs" are quite comprehensive. :D
  6. Cynicalone macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
  7. virgomac macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2008
    Doesn't have cash flow forecasting which is a must have for me :(
  8. macnvrbck macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2005
    If this program is really going to be THAT bad from everything I've read, what am I supposed to do? All our options are pretty bad:

    -mint.com or moneydance.com NO
    -Quicken 2007 for Mac NO TERRIBLE
    -Install parallels and Quicken REALLY?
    -Install my MS Money 96 (best program I think)

    I'm sick of waiting for something good to come around.
  9. nmroper macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    Up and running with Essentials for MAC

    Picked up a copy from my Best Buy yesterday. Install and import of 5 years of previous quicken data to include Quicken PC 2010 went flawless. I literally verified that the data imported correctly, re-entered my institution passwords, downloaded my current transactions and went to work. Over the last 6 weeks i have demoed several application to include; Ibank, Moneywell, Moneydance, and Fiortia. Quicken Essential 2010 is my choice. This completes my transition from the PC. :)
  10. lascott macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2007
  11. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    Interesting - I am really underwhelmed that the new version actually is a step back from older versions, but I really hate having to fire up the VM every time I need to access MS Money.

    So nmroper, how are you liking it?
  12. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    Wow. I want it now. I hope my local Best Buy has it on the shelf tomorrow.
  13. pokeyjoe macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2009
    I bought it and installed it over the weekend. I'm running it side-by-side with SEE Finance. Its amazing how the two apps look so much alike. No preference so far.
  14. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Does it seem very finished and polished? I haven't really seen any good reviews online yet.
  15. dukedvl macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    Please post back if you end up preferring one over the other. I am considering SEE Finance as a Quicken replacement since I am reading so many bad things about the new Quicken.
  16. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    Are there reviews? The Mac community is pretty small to begin with, and Quicken FL Mac users I'm sure are even smaller.

    I bought it today at Best Buy. I transferred all my stuff over, but deleted all my accounts except for my Checking and Savings. Those are the ones I really need to track, the credit cards are just there until I can get them paid off.

    What was really neat was 2 of the cards I have loaded right up and download automatically. In the past, I had to go to the website, download the monthly file, and move it over to Quicken. It also found my Student Loan stuff, 401(k), and a couple of other department store cards I have.

    I haven't had a chance to mess around with it too much. I'm going on vacation tomorrow and probably won't have time until next week. So far, though, it seems similar to the beta everyone tested last year, but you can tell this is not a beta.

    If y'all want to know about any features, just ask. I'll try to get to them while on vacation, but being in the Big Easy might make it a little tough.
  17. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    I don't think I'd have the grips many are having about QEM because I only need to track my checking account. I have a separate spreadsheet where I track all of my investments in the very specific manner I require. From Quicken, I really just need a solid polished program (on the Mac) that will track my checking account. I need to be able to get good graphs on income/expenses. I REALLY need to be able to create reports such as "Education - YTD" or "Charitable Contributions - YTD". How robust is the reporting on QEM?
  18. pokeyjoe macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2009
    This is what I posted up on MacInTouch:

    I would have to say the Quicken product is more polished (prettier). I also don't have to pay attention to my transaction imports. I don't have to look for duplicates the way I do with SEE. This is important since I'm usually not very awake when I check my stuff (5:30am and not enough coffee).
  19. brian163 macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008
  20. DaveF macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I'm using MS Money '96 in WinXP / Parallels and chronically hoping for a good looking for a good finance app. Quicken Financial Life was exciting but then became vaporware. So now, Essentials? At first glance, it might do what I need. Looking forward to reviews.

    Is there a demo to download? Really want to try it!
  21. DaveF macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    How do you enter your finances and reconcile and etc. if you can't enter data? This is the very core of personal finance: tracking one's finances. :confused:
  22. wattsja macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2009
    You can manually enter data into the register.
  23. midloman macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2010
    Midllothian, VA
    QEM Bill Pay Question

    I'm awaiting the MBP refresh like everyone else and looking at software to replace what I use on my PC. I use Quicken and would like to move to a Mac version when the MBP refresh happens.

    My concern is with the fact that QEM doesn't support bill pay. Is this the bill pay you have to pay Intuit for to have them do your payments for you?

    I use bill pay through my bank (I guess) via Quicken. I set up electronic payees, enter the transaction in my Quicken register as an electronic payment, and then transmit it to the bank (while downloading other transactions from the bank). I assume the bank then handles the payment process. I don't pay anything for this; I believe it's a service my bank provides; I just don't create the payments on the bank's website.

    Is this functionality available in QEM, or is this feature also eliminated? I'm not sure if "doesn't have bill pay" means the Intuit "paid" version or the scenario I describe above.

    Thanks for any clarification you can provide. If it's not supported, then I suppose I'll go the Parellels/Quicken 2009 or 2010 route for the MBP.
  24. DFTU101 macrumors member

    May 16, 2008
  25. hakr macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2009
    Western shore, Chesapeake Bay. Maryland
    I guess this is just another one of those areas in which competent software is not available for macs...

    Another area is maps...there's nothing like Microsoft Streets for the Mac, and the google and yahoo online programs basically...suck.

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