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Intuit releases redesigned Quicken 2015 for Mac, first new version in 7 years

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Financial software firm Intuit on Thursday released Quicken 2015 for Mac, the first new version of the company's flagship personal finance and accounting suite to make its way to Apple's desktop platform in over seven years.




The new version of Quicken maintains many of the features found in previous releases, though some have been omitted. Among those missing are the ability to create a 12-month budget, show loan amortization, and pay bills directly within the application.

In addition, functionality that has long been a part of Quicken's Windows version -- such as multi-currency conversion and advanced investment options --?has yet to cross the operating system divice. Intuit is allowing customers to vote on which features will be added next, and the company says that they will be provided as free updates.

Quicken 2015 for Mac also sports an updated design, reminiscent of Apple's new "flat" design direction in OS X Yosemite.

Intuit's free companion app for iOS will also work with the new Mac version, allowing users to synchronize data and monitor account balances and budgets from their iPhone or iPad. The app will also let users take pictures of receipts to track purchases.

The last major Mac version of Quicken was released in 2007, and the company unveiled a stripped-down "essentials" product in 2010. Users of previous Quicken for Mac and Quicken for Windows versions, as well as Quicken Essentials for Mac, will be able to import their data to Quicken 2015.

Quicken 2015 for Mac is available directly from Quicken.com for $74.99. Quicken Money Management for iOS is a free, 20.6-megabyte download from the App Store.
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The price is $74.99 and can be had from the App Store as well for the same price.
post #3 of 91
More of the same BS from Quicken. For years Mac users have been asking for feature parity and file format compatibility and Intuit has ignored them. They're not getting my money.
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Too little, WAY WAY too late.  I switched to iBank when they couldn't be bothered to make an Intel version (!!) and Rosetta went away in OS X 10.7.  Couldn't be happier!

post #5 of 91
Fully featured Quickbooks please, so my wife can get Parallels off her iMac.
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Knock me over with a feather...

 

And all it took was giving Bill Campbell his walking papers?  Go figure.

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Do we know if the file format is compatible between Windows and Mac versions?  Or is that asking too much?

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post #8 of 91
What, no trial download?

$75 is a bit steep to spend in the hope that it's OK - my purchase would be an upgrade from MS Money running in VM Fusion/Windows (yeah, I know...), so I need to be absolutely sure it's for me.
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Too little, WAY WAY too late.  I switched to iBank when they couldn't be bothered to make an Intel version (!!) and Rosetta went away in OS X 10.7.  Couldn't be happier!

 

Maybe, just maybe, it has finally sunk in to Intuit that there is in fact a Mac market out there? Recent gains in Mac sales may have caught their eye? Naw, they are still the same bunch of iHaters. If you go to the Quicken 2015 comparison chart it looks like one big advertisement for the Windows version. 

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So Intuit released a product lacking features and now they let us vote and they will add features over time.  Oh and we get to pay $75 for an upgrade and wait for the features to show up or not?  Intuit must have needed cash so bad they had to release an expensive upgrade lacking in features.

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Knock me over with a feather...

 

And all it took was giving Bill Campbell his walking papers?  Go figure.

 

I was going to say that too. Bill Campbell steps down and now we have Quicken 2015. Strange coincidence it is. 

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Those screenshots look exactly like Mint.

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Too little, too late. I've switched away.
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I just wasted 15 minutes on an online chat with one of their "support reps." I asked, "Is there an upgrade available to Quicken Essentials users"

After 15 minutes, the response I got was, ""we are currently offering the same price as the price for our e-retailers." In other words, pay full fare even though we took forever to release an update and the only option you had, and which you bought, was Q Essentials.

I won't be wasting my money with this terrible company.
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Another lame OSX release from Intuit.
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Leave it to Intuit to release a paid upgrade that reduces the features and think that is progress.

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post #17 of 91
Switched to YNAB, could not be happier. Don't see how this is going to sell well, ignore people for long enough and they'll find alternatives.
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post #18 of 91
If I can't import from earlier versions of Quicken I remain on my dedicated older computer with the earlier version of Quicken. I will not upgrade.
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Amazing just weeks after departing Apple's Board! I knew Steve should have fired Bill Campbell years ago!
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post #20 of 91

Intuit continues to piss on Mac users. 

 

Pfft.

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I have to question the wisdom of including the year in the name of a product they're unlikely to upgrade for years.

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This situation with Quicken reminds me of QuarkXPress. Just because you have software that is the go-to-standard doesn't mean you can leave your base unsupported and expect them to remain loyal. Someone always comes in with a workable solution to fill the void. I switched to iBank years ago when they Quicken did not have an Intel version, and while they initially did not have everything I was looking for the later versions are great.

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Hmm, and why would I ever buy Quicken, on any platform?

 

Mac version:  missing very important features, no feature parity with Windows version, no file format compatibility with Windows version

 

Windows version:  expensive annual updates that add no value, forced obsolescence of older versions so you are forced to buy said expensive annual updates

 

No thanks.  I will have nothing to do with this product.  (Now TurboTax, on the other hand ...)

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If these screenshots look familiar there's a reason. Intuit bought Mint a while back (which is still free, and I rather like it for what it is). It looks like they just ported over a lot of Mint to a Mac app.

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If these screenshots look familiar there's a reason. Intuit bought Mint a while back (which is still free, and I rather like it for what it is). It looks like they just ported over a lot of Mint to a Mac app.

Wasn't Quicken Essentials supposed to be that though?

 

What would have been great is if Microsoft continued making MS Money, and ported that over to the Mac as well. MS Money had easily been the best Personal Finance software on either Mac or PC. Unfortunate that MS killed it.

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Windows version:  expensive annual updates that add no value, forced obsolescence of older versions so you are forced to buy said expensive annual updates

You can safely get by using the Windows version for about three years. No reason to upgrade every year based on my personal experience.

 

(I am currently using Quicken 2013 with Wine on my Mac.)

 

That said, for a lot of people Mint.com might be adequate.


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Too little, too late. I've switched away.


What did you switch to? This latest experience has left me wanting to be done with Intuit and their terrible support.

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What did you switch to? This latest experience has left me wanting to be done with Intuit and their terrible support.

I'm using Quicken Essentials and thought about upgrading to this Quicken for Mac version. But after reading all these comments and learning about iBank 5, I think I'm going to iBank instead. 7 years... and they can't even give Mac users feature parity with Windows. I hate Adobe CC to death, but gotta give them credits for making Mac & PC versions working pretty much the same way on each platform.

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I have to question the wisdom of including the year in the name of a product they're unlikely to upgrade for years.

 

Maybe they should have said it was Quicken 2019 instead. :) It is interesting though as now I wouldn't expect an update through at least 2015 from them. 

post #30 of 91
Nope. Not going to do it. Intuit screwed us now they're trying to get our attention with some stripped down pos? Shame to, the old quicken was great. Looking into "personal capital" for financial tracking. Anyone here that has tried it?
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What did you switch to? This latest experience has left me wanting to be done with Intuit and their terrible support.

 

If you want something very full-featured and Quicken-like, then I know that Moneydance and iBank are both good choices.  I use Moneydance and have for years and am very happy with it.  My understanding is that many people are very happy with iBank, although I found the UI to make my eyes bleed.

 

Besides its features (full online functionality, investment handling, strong reporting), some of the reasons I like Moneydance are:

(1)  runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux, with full file-format compatibility (I use multiple OSes); there are also iOS and Android companion apps

(2)  they never force you to upgrade (online services still work in all older versions)

(3)  when you do decide to upgrade to get newly released features, they give you a discounted upgrade price (not in the Mac App Store version)

(4)  they let you install it on as many PCs as you have for your personal use

(5)  there's a full-featured free trial that is limited only in the number of manually-entered transactions (no limit on downloaded transactions)

(6)  super-clean, uncluttered, customizable home screen

 

I don't work for them, by the way (sorry if this sounds too sales-pitchy).  Just a very satisfied customer and a big participant in their online community.

post #32 of 91
Too little to late. I am staying with iBank.
post #33 of 91
I wonder if the user response in this thread mirrors public opinion. If so, they just released a dead horse (or whatever I should call it)
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post #34 of 91
Why any Mac user would ever trust Intuit again with as important an application as financial management software is beyond me. I was a Quicken user for years until the ultimate insult of Quicken "Essentials". Looks like Intuit is continuing the tradition. iBank is great and supports BillPay within the app, like Quicken 2015 apparently does not.
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If I can't import from earlier versions of Quicken I remain on my dedicated older computer with the earlier version of Quicken. I will not upgrade.

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post #36 of 91

So, $75 to upgrade to a version with fewer features? Not trying to be snarky, just asking the question. Of course, I only use Quicken for the basics: keeping a register of income/expenses and tracking different categories. I probably wouldn't even use it if it hadn't come free with my Mac back in 2006 since there are plenty of other inexpensive personal finance software options out there.

post #37 of 91

it's a ridiculous price for an unproven 'upgrade' (?).  I can foresee many previous users shying away from it for those reasons alone, and Intuit saying, "See, we were right. Mac users aren't interested in an upgrade."  

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post #38 of 91
Still no help for Canadian users who Intuit tried to push into Windows years ago.
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I have been using Quicken for the mac since version 1, I have my entire financial history in Quicken. I do not disagree that Intuit abandon the Mac users and it is a surprise they even came out with this. When OSX 10.7 came out and quicken 07 would not work I was extremely happy they put out a release which address the issue. I would also agree there are a few window features what I wish the mac version had. 

 

However, I will tell you and this is coming from someone who manages his entire portfolio of money through quicken, there is nothing out there which is better. I have looked at essentials, mint, ibank, MS Money and others and they are lacking, if you are doing basic banking like checking and saving, they are fine, but as soon as you get into online banking and investment of various types and managing loans they can not hold a candle to Quicken. Many times I looked at switching away only to stay once I saw the short comings of the other programs.

 

The biggest issue most people have with quicken is the fact you have to have good understand of accounting practices to make it useful. Especially when you transferring money from one account to another. 

 

I am kind of surprise they pulled some features out. I do not really care about the budgeting function, use to use it all the time but today I do not have the time, I just run spend reports and see where the money is going and figure out what to do from there, does not matter what I would have budgeted. The loan schedule is nice to have been I found some issue with it so I use websites today. Quicken does not handle bi-monthly payment on loans real well. or the extra payment may once a year.

post #40 of 91
I recently gave in and purchased Quicken for windows which I run under VMWARE. Is it me, or virtualization, but even the windows product is crap. The ability to download financial transactions from my bank is problematic, especially the credit card transactions. The windows version does not handle automatic assignment of categories as well as the mac version.

In addition, the behavior of modal and non-modal windows under vmware often doesn't know which window mouse clicks are to be assigned to.

Now,this article claims a new version for the mac, but it only lists functionality which has been eliminated. No budget. Well, the budget process in the old version was crap, but it existed. Now it's gone.
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