updated 11:25 am EST, Thu February 25, 2010
Overdue return of Quicken to Mac platform
Having had to delay the software multiple times, Intuit has finally released an updated Quicken for the Mac, Quicken Essentials for Mac 2010. The software does not fully replace Quicken for Mac 2007, as it strips out options such as direct bill payment or exporting to TurboTax. It instead concentrates on basic finances, such as accounts, debts and limited investment functions.
Upgrades include a new interface layout more explicitly designed for the Mac, with tags, an iTunes-style sidebar and a consolidated view of accounts. The number of supported institutions for transaction downloads has been expanded to over 12,000, and the program can also be set to monitor upcoming bills and paychecks.
Quicken Essentials costs $70, and requires an Intel Mac with 1GB of free hard drive space and Mac OS X 10.5. Intuit is continuing to support Quicken for Mac 2007 for the time being, as a result of its more comprehensive tools.