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Intuit Releases Quicken Essentials on Mac App Store

Intuit has begun offering its entry-level financial management software Quicken Essentials for Mac on the Mac App Store. This is the standard edition of Essentials that has been on sale for quite a while, not a new version -- something Intuit is quick to point out in the description for the software. It's merely a new distribution point.

Quicken Essentials for Mac, a basic starter edition, helps you manage all of your personal finance in one place, so you can see where you’re spending and where you can save. Quicken automatically categorizes your financial transactions, stay on top of bills and helps you set goals so you can save more.

**For Quicken Essentials for Mac users: Please note, this is not a new release of Quicken Essentials for Mac. **
Quicken Essentials does work under OS X Lion, but it is a far cry from Quicken for Mac 2007, which was the last fully-featured version of Quicken released for the Mac platform. Intuit promised last month that a Lion-compatible version of Quicken 2007 would be available for customers by "early spring."

Quicken Essentials for Mac is available for $49.99 on the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]

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33 months ago
All I can say is Intuit is lucky Apple never banned fart apps because this one is a real stinker.
Rating: 9 Votes
33 months ago
Intuit is Apple's Adobe of financial software. Both companies treat Mac users like fools.
Rating: 7 Votes
33 months ago
I'll chime in as well as to Quicken Essentials being too basic. I've been using Quicken for Windows under Parallels on a server system (so my wife and I can access the program from multiple systems). Used Microsoft Money before that until they left the market. Looked at other applications on the Mac -- none come close to Quicken (or the former Money), unfortunately.
Rating: 6 Votes
33 months ago

Intuit has begun offering its entry-level financial management software Quicken Essentials for Mac on the Mac App Store. This is the standard edition of Essentials that has been on sale for quite a while, not a new version -- something Intuit is quick to point out in the description for the software. It's merely a new distribution point.

"Entry level" != "feature parity".

William V. Campbell is an embarrassment to the Apple board of directors.
Rating: 6 Votes
33 months ago
Intuit can pound sand. They've crapped on Mac users for years. I'm done with them.
Rating: 5 Votes
33 months ago
I used Quicken 2007 Mac for 5 years until it was obsoleted by Lion. Quicken Essentials is a terrible waste of time and a DOWNGRADE from Quicken 2007 Mac. I strongly urge anyone considering Quicken Essentials, to look elsewhere. All you will see is negative comments like this - here and everywhere you look. It's TRASH.
Rating: 5 Votes
33 months ago
I bought Quicken Essentials the day it came out. After about a week of seeing how much it lacked I got a refund. Seems it is still at it's very basic state and missing much of what Quicken offered, while offering not much more than what the free mint.com has. I wonder if a refund is possible through the Mac App Store for this? I know they gave refunds for FCP X, as I got one of those as well for many of the same reasons. I should probably stop trusting software companies to have their **** together on upgrades, no matter how much their website hypes it up to be an acceptable replacement.
Rating: 4 Votes
33 months ago
Tried to convert my parents from the Windows version to the Mac. Aside from the whole convoluted conversion process, which is useless if your PC had died and are restoring from backup files, It is just about impossible for a "normal" user to go thru. Not to mention just about all fields are lost other than date, amount and description.

My mom had a lot of categories and sub-categories. In the end, After paying for QE I ended up just buying Parallel's and an updated version of Quicken for Windows just so she could use that. And the import worked mostly this time.

This was only 3 months ago, So unless there was a magic patch, The software is still useless if you used the older and/or PC version of this software. I am willing to bet there will be nothing but bad reviews w/ an occasional company troll saying something good about it.
Rating: 3 Votes
33 months ago
I bailed three years ago but I am glad to see Intuit finally starting to pay some attention to the Mac market again. Simple economics would tell them that those who can afford a MacBook Pro probably have more assets to manage than a Costco Netbook user and I am stunned it took them so long to figure this out.
Rating: 3 Votes
33 months ago
If you need anything substantial like bill pay or investment tracking,
try MoneyDance or else use the Windows version of Quicken with Parallels or one of the other virtual emulators. There is nothing else out there and Intuit is not going to improve the Mac version. They are barely maintaining the same features on their Windows version.
I use the 2012 for Windows and it works fine but has barely changed since 2009. There is a huge talent void at Intuit and they are not focused on much.
Certainly not Mac users.
Rating: 3 Votes

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