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Intuit ships Quicken 2005 for the Mac

updated 11:05 pm EDT, Wed August 4, 2004

Quicken 2005 for the Mac

Intuit has begun shipping , an update to its personal finance software. The new version can create new accounts more easily and quickly; streamlines connectivity to banks, credit card, and brokerage accounts; improves the track home inventory by offering visual records using iPhoto images; includes an updated Tax Planner to minimize and estimate your taxes; and has dozens of charts and graphs for instant answers to long-term financial questions. The software is available for $70 and runs on Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. Through August 26, the company is also bundling 'The Educated Investor Guide To Personal Finance 2005' as well as offering free shipping and $10 off for limited time.

by MacNN Staff





  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Alright, I wonder what incredibly horrensoud bugs this incorporates, and what bugs that should have been fixed in 2004 have now been fixed in the paid 2005 upgrade.

    I'm still using 2003, even with its problems (gee, my Net Worth graph shows a total $40,000 more than the Net worth report, which should I believe - well, for $70 get Q2004 or Q2005 to get it to be correct).

    Not to mention every new version seems to s**** up window positions, and half the finanical instutions that support Quicken don't support hte Mac, but beyond all that, I'm sure its a helluva upgrade!

  1. jrome

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Seventy bucks?!

    For $70, I don't think many people will bother upgrading their version of Quicken. I'll stick with Q2002, and if it comes to it, I'm sure I can upgrade to another vendor for a heckuva lot less than $70.

    For $25 (no rebate bs!), I'd upgrade every year. Are you listening Intuit?

  1. Bunny Bee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Intuit is crazy

    The higher Intuit prices Quicken, the less often we'll upgrade.
    $70 less $10 is an outrageous upgrade fee.

    Even if we upgrade, we'll just get a two-year old version for $15
    at the bargain bin at CompUSA or Software Surplus.

  1. xdude

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They can create software to manage money but they can't seem to manage software releases. How many developers do they have working on this thing?? I'll stick to my buggy 2003 thanks.

  1. scotty321

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is the most LACKLUSTER UPGRADE I have ever seen in my entire life -- they added like what? 2 new features?? And it STILL doesn't even come close to HALF THE FEATURES that the Windows version has. And they want us to pay $70 for this piece-of-c*** which is probably laden with bugs? I'm still dealing with all the bugs and screen-redraw issues in 2004... why in the world would I EVER upgrade to 2005 with NO NEW FEATURES, but probably HUNDREDS of new bugs!!??

  1. zzimbob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ho Hum

    I'm still happily using Quicken 2002. Don't see any need to upgrade

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Basics still missing...

    ...even though it is improving sloooowly - the mac version can't compare with the pc options - probably one of the best reasons to buy a pc...

    I've emailed them for several years pleading for:
    - foreign exchange (to track foreign currency accounts/stocks - doh!)
    - ACB (adjusted cost base) stock reporting (for Canadian tax returns)
    - Canadian tax categories (import from the 2002 PC version!)
    - universal import/export formats (no more .qif!)

    Effectively restricting accurate net worth securities tracking/reporting to single lots in one currency makes there advertising claims extremely dubious... The lack of tax categories seems a simple oversight & restricts TurboTax exporting...

    A HOME & BUSINESS version would also seem HIGHLY DESIRABLE given the dearth of lower end accounting options for home-office types... Addding invoicing capability may be a more major undertaking (simple database layout capabilities?) and I would certainly consider it an 'upgrade'...

    Perhaps now that it is 'X' only the extra resources can be refocussed on real feature improvements & the archaic data format can be at least aligned with the PC version if not revamped entirely to improve data reliability & import/export flexibility...

    Until the Mac has a decent 'personal finance' option it will forever lack appeal to many home users - I'd like to see MS Money enter the 'space' as well - perhaps then Quicken Mac will improve more rapidly!

    I really want to like this software but it just doesn't work very well! :(

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have to totally agree with bobolicious. I keep a spare PC around for only one app, Microsoft Money. As long as Quicken continues to be a VERY mediocre solution (and the Windows version isn't much better either), I have no other choice unless M$ ever releases a Mac version of Money (fat chance of that happening I'm sure). Being able to keep accurate personal financial records is just too important to be able to trust to something as buggy as Quicken is right now.

  1. mogura

    Joined: Dec 1969


    another beta release

    There is no way I'm paying 70usd for the POS software. I remember getting an invite for the beta testing about a month ago, so I really doubt that they fixed any of the bugs that have plagued this application.

  1. denim

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No new features

    I see no new features, and a much higher price. Why would anyone upgrade?

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