Intuit ships new version of Quicken for Mac
That's one of those headlines that a lot of people never expected to see, on the order of "Nationals win pennant" or "Metro extension to Dulles opens." Intuit last shipped a new version of its Quicken personal-finances manager for Apple's Mac OS X in the summer of 2006 -- but that version exhibited the same defects as earlier Mac releases, including limited support for online banking and zero support for the Intel processors in new Macs.
In January 2008, Intuit representatives showed off a new, written-from-scratch Mac program that would be called Quicken Financial Life and ship in the summer of that year. Only it didn't. In January of 2009, Intuit again demonstrated its upcoming Mac program and said it expected to ship it that summer. Only it didn't.
Instead, Intuit announced last summer that it was giving the program yet another rewrite and would now deliver it in February of 2010. And this time, the Mountain View, Calif., company made its deadline with three days to spare.
The new Quicken Essentials for Mac -- $69.99 for Intel-based Macs running OS X 10.5 or 10.6 -- represents a major reinvention of the program. As promised, it connects to far more financial institutions: some 12,000, way up from the 4,000 supported by Quicken 2007. It can import data from old Windows releases of Quicken, as well as Microsoft's now-abandoned Money. And the application itself no longer looks like a wayward refugee from Mac OS 9.
But in rewriting Quicken for Mac, Intuit left some features behind. As it spells out in a what's-new article, Quicken Essentials doesn't do bill payment, only supports basic investment tracking and can't export information to Quicken's TurboTax program. It also doesn't integrate with Quicken's Mint.com Web-based personal-finance software, the once-separate competitor that Quicken bought last year and which I've been using for my daily financial management since last summer.
Can Quicken Essentials redeem this company's Mac business? Quicken product manager (and Mint founder) Aaron Patzer has been saying the right things about Mac development -- while other folks in Quicken's PR department have told me that they've switched to Macs. So I do think this company has had a change of mind about its priorities. But we'll have to see whether this has happened too late for some Quicken users.
You tell me: If you've put in your time in old releases of Quicken for Mac, had you stuck with the program through yesterday and will you now upgrade to Essentials? If you've moved on to another program or site, what would it take for you to switch back? Let me know in the comments.
February 25, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories: Mac , Productivity
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