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Intuit ships Quicken Essentials for Mac 2010

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not excited about this

    I really wanted to upgrade, because this is a more mac-centric ground-up rewrite. Unfortunately, they don't have many of the existing capabilities that I take for granted, like putting individual investment transactions, or bill paying.

    Intuit's support for Mac users has been a disappointment for the last decade, in spite of having their CEO on Apple's board. It would have been better for them to actually finish this program, than to release it now in its incomplete state.

    -- Len

  1. Outdo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Forget It

    I moved on to iBank ( 18 months ago. It is what Intuit should have come out with itself after"Q for Mac 07". Easy to switch over (it imports your old Quicken data just fine). Imports from banks easily and reliably (using open source OFX format that most banks also use), exports to ITurbotax (I've used that feature twice now), and is written in Cocoa (so it looks and feels like a Mac).

    Gee, maybe Intuit's board should look at buying it and can both QEM and whatever it's starting to work on now for its normal update cycle of 2014.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's right

    How can any company get away with creating a 'new' version of a software app that is a pale comparison to its predecessor. Especially considering that the previous version(s) were buggy and paled in capabilities to their Windows cousins.

    On the other hand, those Windows people don't get this great new software, so they're all crying about being left out.

  1. Samjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Try Moneywell

    Quicken is going backwards with this new version. I have been using Moneywell the past year and it is awesome! Give it a try:

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's an excuse

    When nobody buys this c***, Intuit will lamely use it as justification for discontinuing all their Mac products for lack of a market.

    I'm still using Quicken 2006, and for the past few months I've been reading up a lot on the alternatives to pick a couple to try for myself. So far the leading contenders are iBank and SEE Finance.

    I'm being kind of lazy about actually trying them because of all I've read about how terrible Quicken is with exporting. I actually read on another site that someone exported their Quicken data and their balances weren't even 100% correct when it was *reimported back into the same version of Quicken* (into a new file)!

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No screen shots of the journal?

    How come they don't have the basic screen shots? Can you even sort by the journal's column heading? How about a video tour/overview?

    The worst part is they don't have a demo version. They expect you to drop $70 to even try it and then deal with returning it? I'll pass until they or the media provide more of an in-depth review.

  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'd be wary of iBank

    If you're looking for an alternative to Quicken (which most should!), just be very very wary of iBank, or any product from IGGSoftware. I suffered through the bloatware of iBiz for several years of poor customer service, slow applications, and a huuuuuge 1GB data file (yes, 1GB) of incomprehensible PDFs that were neither filed by date, customer, anything.

    IBank has had similar development issues, and so before you drop a dime on these guys, I'd make sure you check out the bevy of alternatives, even free ones. It IS your money, after all, that these programs purport to help you manage and I'd be really careful to pick the right one.

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