Remember Intuit? They’re the folks who make Quicken, QuickBooks, and other tools to separate you from your money. Intuit thought the Mac was a finished platform and deserted millions of Quicken users, only to come crawling back with an anemic update that doesn’t match what Quicken does for Windows PC users.
Intuit is taking a cue from app giants Microsoft, Adobe, and Google and wants Mac users to pony up to a monthly rental service, in this case for the latest version of QuickBooks. I know. It’s called a subscription. Rent, lease, or subscribe, your money goes out every month.
What’s new in QuickBooks for Mac (the versional available from the Mac App Store)?
Like it or don’t, Adobe, Microsoft, Google and Quicken have one thing in common. They all want us to get on the rental cloud bandwagon. This new QuickBooks is free for 30-days. Think of it as the first month free at Public Storage. QuickBooks is much the same. Pay by the month. $12.99 a month or $124.99 a year. Both for QuickBooks Simple. The Essentials and Plus versions cost even more, up to $349.99 a year. But, hey. It’s auto renew. No pesky bills to worry about.
Alright, what does this new cloudy QuickBooks give you?
Color me skeptical, but what I see in the trial version is a tried and true Quicken app for business– a Mac app that manages business expenses, does invoices, works on Mac, iPhone, iPad or any web browser. Why is this thing not called QuickBooks Online for Mac?
Oh, one minor thing. It’s not compatible with QuickBooks Pro or QuickBooks Premier for Windows, or with QuickBooks for Mac Desktop.
Check out QuickBooks for Mac on the Mac App Store. I love the product description. Five bullet points about what QuickBooks does. Eight more bullet points explaining other benefits (but not corresponding features), and three bullet points and the largest paragraph explaining how much you’ll pay and how.
I’m not recommending this, but I think it would be easier and far less expensive just to buy a few boxes of envelopes and use the Envelope System to manage the money for our home business.
Does anyone else see a problem with all these software apps that want to keep my financial information stored on their servers instead of on my Mac?