Frankly, I thought Quicken for Mac had been abandoned by Intuit. It’s long been a second-class citizen compared with its Windows versions, with longstanding complaints of bugs, slow updates, poor support, and file format incompatibilities. Still, it was Quicken, the name brand of personal finance software.
While Intuit did release Quicken Essentials 2010 for Mac, it had a very stripped down feature set, and everyone hated it. So users either used Quicken for Windows in Parallels Desktop, or quit Quicken in favor of iBank or even easier-to-use online services like Mint (which I’m a fan of, despite it now being owned by Intuit). Or some kept using Quicken 2007 for Mac, despite it taking nine months for Intuit to retrofit it to run on OS X 10.7 and later.
Which is why I was surprised to read that there is now Quicken 2015 for Mac, which Intuit released today. Is it any good? I’m skeptical but hopeful. It’s the first software I’ve seen released with a “vote for your favorite new feature” list in lieu of those features actually being included; notably online bill pay is missing, and there is no mention of whether you’ll be able to send your backup file to your accountant who uses the Windows version.
Undoubtedly there will soon be reviews, but if you’re a Quicken fan, you’ll probably want to check it out. It’s a substantial rewrite for modern Macs and offers mobile device integration. There’s no free trial, but Intuit offers a 60-day money back guarantee (at least if you buy it from Intuit, not sure about the Mac App Store). It can import your Quicken 2007 and Essentials 2010 files, as well as Windows Quicken files.