Remember when Intuit’s Quicke money management app for the Mac was useful and fun to use? The latest Mac version of Quicken still doesn’t match the Windows version but Intuit wants more money. What happened?
The last decent version of Quicken for the Mac aired in 2007, then Intuit went dark and Mac users scrambled to find alternatives (my favorite is iBank; more features, less money) to manage money.
Then, a few years ago Quicken came back with the Essentials app; modestly priced to match the modest features. Now there’s Quicken 2015 with more features than Essentials (remember, it had fewer features than Quicken 2007) but Intuit wants more money for a new version which still doesn’t match the Windows version.
But there’s eye candy.
Quicken 2015 is a whopping $75 from the Mac App Store and carries a few functions that are worth. There’s a free mobile app for iPhone and iPad (and Android devices) so you can take a photo of receipts, view transactions, check account balances and budgets. The Mac version now supports over 14,000 banks, credit cards, as well as loan and investment accounts.
What’s missing in action? Intuit says Mac users can vote on new features, but simple things like bill payment, calendar view of transactions, multi-currency support, and loan amortization tools are missing in action. Even the investment tracking and budgeting is anemic when compared to iBank (which does more, costs less, and has a full features iPhone and iPad app).
Did I mention the eye candy?
To be honest about it, Quicken 2015 has plenty going for it, despite the increased price tag. There are many more features than came with Quicken Essentials a few years ago, which was a downgrade from Quicken 2007. Accounts, investments, assets, and loans can be viewed in detail with a click (ditto for reports). There are bill reminders but no bill payment function.
There’s a reason why iBank gets plenty of four and five star reviews from the MAS, while response to Quicken 2015 indicates another round of mediocrity for Mac users. All Intuit has to do is publish a Mac version of Quicken which works as well as the Windows version.