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Quicken Essentials for Mac [Download]

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  • Quicken Essentials for Mac makes understanding your money a snap
  • Updated interface designed by and for Mac users
  • View your accounts all in one place
  • Shows your current balance, including upcoming bills and paychecks
  • Automatically categorizes transactions so you can see where your money's going

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  • ASIN: B003PDMNCC
  • Release Date: June 28, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,304 customer reviews)
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Quicken Essentials for Mac lets you view your accounts all in one place. It shows your current balance, including upcoming bills and paychecks, automatically categorizes transactions so you can see where your money's going, and helps you avoid those pesky late fees.

Redesigned with you in mind. Click to enlarge.

View a snapshot of your most important info. Click to enlarge.

See all your accounts in one place.Click to enlarge.

See where your money's going. Click to enlarge.

Personal finances made easy. Built Mac smart.

Improved--Redesigned with you in mind
Quicken Essentials for Mac personal finance software makes understanding your money a snap. Our interface has been completely reimagined, resulting in an intuitive, elegant application designed by - and for - Mac users.

View a snapshot of your most important info
Our easy to understand Overview gives you a snapshot of all money coming in and going out, including upcoming bills and paychecks. You can also customize budgets and goals for yourself, to help you save even more.

See all your accounts in one place
View your entire financial picture in one place with Quicken Essentials for Mac. See exactly where you stand with all your accounts, such as your bank, credit cards, loans, and more!

See where your money's going
Quicken Essentials for Mac automatically categorizes your transactions to show you exactly what you've been spending money on.

New--Avoid late fees and overdrafts
Keep track of upcoming bills, paychecks, and your current balance so you can avoid those pesky late fees.

Transferring your data is easier than ever
Quicken Essentials for Mac easily and seamlessly converts your data from all supported Quicken Mac and Windows versions - in three easy steps!

Improved--Connect to more banks than ever
Quicken Essentials for Mac now downloads transactions from over 12,000 financial institutions, making it faster and easier than ever to see your whole financial picture.

Quicken data files that can be converted from Windows to Mac

The following components of your Quicken for Windows data file can be converted to Quicken for Mac:

  • Account types that exist in both Quicken for Windows and Quicken for Mac.
  • Banking transactions.
  • Most investment transactions. For information, see Converting investment data.
  • Categories, classes, and securities contained within the exported transactions.

Using a Prior Version of Quicken Mac?

We're very excited about the all-new Quicken Essentials for Mac. Not only does it solve the core Quicken jobs better, it also provides the ease of use and elegant user interface Mac customers have come to expect from their applications.

Quicken Mac 2007 and earlier users should note that this is a brand new product, so some of the features you've grown used to may not be included. Because we want to make sure we're providing you with the solution that best meets your needs, we've answered a few questions that can help you determine whether or not Quicken Essentials for Mac is right for you.

1. Can I track my investments?
Yes, Quicken Essentials for Mac allows you to track the overall value of your investment accounts and the value of your specific holdings. It will not, however, track investment buys and sells, nor will it provide some advanced investment performance reports. If you need more more advanced investment features, try Quicken Mac 2007.

2. Can I export my data to TurboTax?
Quicken Essentials for Mac does not support that capability. If you'd like that functionality, we recommend trying Quicken Mac 2007.

3. Can I pay my bills within Quicken?
While you cannot pay bills within the product itself ("direct bill pay"), you can track your bills and make sure you have enough cash to pay them when they're due. A few alternatives available include using Quicken Mac 2007 or using the bill pay functionality on Quicken Bill Pay.

4. Can I transfer my data from an older version of Quicken Mac?
Yes, you can transfer data from Quicken Mac 2005, 2006 and 2007.

5. Can I convert my Quicken Windows data to Quicken Essentials for Mac?
Yes, it converts Quicken Windows 2007, 2008 and 2009 data.

Product Description

Quicken Essentials for Mac lets you view your accounts all in one place. It shows your current balance, including upcoming bills and paychecks, automatically categorizes transactions so you can see where your money's going, and helps you avoid those pesky late fees.

System Requirements:
  • Intel-based Apple Mac
  • Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later (Snow Leopard) or Mac OS X v10.7 or later (Lion)
  • 1 GB free hard disk space

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Customer Reviews

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1,577 of 1,618 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even waste your time February 24, 2010
Platform for Display:Mac
I bought this software Feb 18, almost as soon as it hit the stores. Believe me, it was the biggest disappointment ever. As a Quicken user of 12 years, this software is not recognizable. It's nothing but a budget tracker, with none of the advanced features of Quicken for Windows. Actually, this software is like Quicken for Windows, minus 90% of the functionality. Quicken Essentials is really just that, the bare bones basics. You cannot even set up your paycheck, cannot use online billpay, cannot use with TurboTax, and you cannot even download or manually enter individual stock transactions. And most shocking of all, you can't even back up your data!!!! Am I angry? You bet I am. Instead of Quicken Essentials, it should be called Quicken Kindergarten. The following is quoted directly from their setup guide. I wish they put this stuff on the box.

"As much as we improved the experience of using Quicken when we rebuilt it from the ground up, there are some features you may have been used to using in Quicken for Mac (or Quicken for Windows) that we didn't include in this version of Quicken Essentials.

Investments
Quicken Essentials lets you to track the overall value of your investment accounts and the value of specific holdings, but the software does not track individual buys and sells, nor will it provide some advanced investment performance reports.

Exporting to TurboTax
Quicken Essentials does not currently support the ability to export your data to TurboTax.

Direct bill pay
You can track your bills in Quicken Essentials, but the program doesn't have the direct bill pay capabilities that allow you to pay your bills directly from the program.
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301 of 307 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In the words of Intuit's CEO Aaron Patzer: "Holy crap!" February 25, 2010
Platform for Display:Mac
When Intuit's CEO Aaron Patzer joined the company, he remarked, "Holy crap, we haven't put one of these out in three years."

Amazingly, he added: " It's called 'Mac Essentials' because it's got the essential features used by 80 percent of the users we've surveyed and talked to."

Patzer's notion is that something is better than nothing, and that next year he will issue a more complete version, bridging the gap between 80 to 100 percent, to make it fully functional. No, Mr. Patzer, sometimes nothing is better than something, especially when it's software like "Quicken Essentials" that was pulled out of the oven half-baked, served up on a silver tray, and dished out to Mac users who are going to find out that it's just cardboard cuisine.

Mr. Patzer, as a longtime Quicken user since its inception, I've got to say: I've used financial software packages for a long time, from various companies. I know them well. And this latest 'Mac Essential' is no software financial package worth our time or money; it's hobbled beyond human imagination, robbed of one of its most essential -- yes, essential! -- feature: to pay bills online or pay bills by printed check, neither of which is supported by this new, "improved" software.

Let me repeat myself for emphasis: YOU CANNOT PAY YOUR BILLS WITH THIS SOFTWARE. YOU CAN'T PAY ONLINE AND YOU CAN'T PRINT OUT CHECKS.

For $60 prepub and $70 at full retail, this product is the worst piece of Mac software for the financial market ever coded.
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679 of 701 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Optimistic, understanding, and horridly disappointed February 23, 2010
Platform for Display:Mac
I've been a quicken user for 8 years now, almost always on a mac. In my opinion Quicken was by far the best option for personal money management. In fact it would take a lot to make a loyal user of their products ever consider switching. This program, Quicken Essentials for Mac has made it blatantly obvious that I need to look elsewhere from this point forward for my financial software needs.

I won't nit pick at the software for the specific features that are missing(many of what I'd consider to be basic requirements for even calling it Personal Finance software) but instead I'll simply say that this software provides so little, and is so far off the mark from doing half of what prior versions of Quicken did that I'm not really sure what the purpose of having it is. The user interface upgrades are so lackluster in comparison to the degradation of usefulness that you don't even notice them.

to those consumers considering the purchase I'd like to point you to either Quicken 2007(if you need check writing, better online transaction downloading, bill pay, investment account updating and tracking) or [...] if you like the budgetary and overview side of things(Mint was purchased by quicken and the Mint team ultimately developed Quicken Essentials). Unfortunately if you buy this you'll be getting very disabled versions of both Quicken & Mint and will be left frustrated, constrained & forced to acknowledge the waste of money.
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519 of 537 people found the following review helpful
By jsschi
Platform for Display:Mac|Verified Purchase
If there was a way to give this product 0-stars that would be my rating. Good thing that they have a 60-day money back policy as I am sending this back today.

I did see, before I bought this, that you can no longer track investment accounts (other than a balance) and I was fine with that as well as some of the additional items listed that were no longer included. However, they should put in big bold letters on the box and on Amazon's product listing that, "This program no longer allows users to print checks." What were they thinking? I, like many, do not write a lot of checks but for 5 or 10 each month that I do write--I used Quicken and printed the check in the program (using the overpriced Intuit checks--which I just happened to re-order 3 months ago) .

There are so many more things missing from this program that were in older versions (and are not spelled out in detail) it would be silly to list them. However, needless to say, if you made use of even one of these features then you will be asking for trouble in getting this program. For example, you can no longer keep track of loans or mortgages and show the actual principal and interest due. All you can do is show a "liability" account and the balance remaining.

What a complete and absolute waste this program is. It is little more than a conduit to download your various bank and credit card accounts in one place without going to the various account websites.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy transition from PC to Apple
I have used this program for years on my PC. I recently switched to an Apple Macbook Pro and the past transaction data transition was made easy with the software provided by... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor support
Customer support from Intuit is by chat .Chatted for just about 1 hour, got nowhere. Total waist of time. A live rep would have handled issues in less than 5 minutes. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by LANDSBERG
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't find it as easy to use as the windows version
I don't find it as easy to use as the windows version. I'm finding having a Mac is harder to find software.
Published 16 hours ago by Diana Vorholt
1.0 out of 5 stars this program sucks. i wish i could get a refund
this program sucks. i wish i could get a refund. its cumbersome and just figuring out how to set up accounts was 3 hours of wasted time. don't bother.
Published 1 day ago by janna b lopez
2.0 out of 5 stars Spent 40 bucks, plus or minus, to do ...
Spent 40 bucks, plus or minus, to do NOTHING to help me recover my lost checkbook because of "permissions! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Fantom
4.0 out of 5 stars I've returned to it and like it
I'm not sure why so many are bad mouthing Quicken for Mac. I'm a bit upset with Intuit for its previous lack of Mac support, and that it seems to ignore Mac in many other... Read more
Published 4 days ago by L. Chuck Whitten
4.0 out of 5 stars Essentials is just what I needed - nothing more.
Quicken Essentials does what I need to keep track of my money flow for my personal incomes and expenses. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Pete Green
4.0 out of 5 stars works great if you know how to use a computer and have your...
works great for what i needed it to do. It just tracks everything. Then i make much more complex spreadsheets on my own. What do you expect for something of this price range? Read more
Published 4 days ago by Lewis Ingham
3.0 out of 5 stars After reading all the bad reviews I was reluctant to do that
In order to upgrade the operating system to Maverick (on our desktop iMac ) it was necessary to upgrade the Quicken. After reading all the bad reviews I was reluctant to do that. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Rusted Nut Garage
1.0 out of 5 stars This version is crap. It has few of the features of the ...
After using Quicken for PC since the 1990s, I purchased the Mac version after buying a Macbook Air. BIG mistake, and I should have read the reviews here rather than on the tech... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Marc McC
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