updated 11:55 am EDT, Fri April 23, 2010
Passwords, speadsheet export due soon
Hoping to spur more sales, Intuit is dropping the price of Quicken Essentials for Mac. When the financial software launched in February, it was initially priced at $70. The cost has now been lowered to $50, and Intuit says it is offering $20 refunds to anyone who bought the program before April 19th. The money must be claimed by the end of May.
Major updates have also been promised for the remainder of 2010. One due by the end of April will add support for password-protected files, and exporting transactions as spreadsheets. Later patches should introduce spending comparisons, multi-month budget tracking, exporting deductible expenses to tax programs and manually-entered investment holdings when analyzing net worth. Quicken Essentials requires an Intel Mac and 1GB of hard drive space.