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Mac and Money. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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Mac and Money.
I really do love my Air.

Over the last few weeks, I've been slowly moving data and software over. I love iPhoto. I don't know how I existed without Spaces. I bought Coda for web design (best website development tool ever, if you're a PHP/HTML/Smarty person).

Everything was going great, until last night.

When I tried to install Quicken.

I owned Quicken 2006 for Windows. I read the website, and it told me that the data couldn't all be moved to the Mac version. This did not make me happy, but I've had the same Quicken data file since my first copy of Quicken, and it's littered with old accounts I don't have anymore, and maybe it was time to start over anyway. So I spent the $60 to buy Quicken 2007 for the Mac. It crashed 3 times last night (and nothing else on the Mac has crashed at all). There's a dialog box that pops up every time you close a report, asking you if you want to save. It has one button: "OK". I guess it's just tough if you don't want to save it. And like most of it's other dialog boxes, it has a "Don't show me again" checkbox, which can't be checked. You click it, it checks, and by the time you move the mouse off, it's unchecked again.

"Unusable" is the best I can come up with to describe it. I was so annoyed I actually sent email to Intuit. I believe that last night I may have bought my last Intuit product ever - they've has really gone downhill the last few years.

So, what am I going to replace it with? For a local install, the option seems to be Gnu Cash. I loved accounting in college, but it is way overkill for what I need. Online, there are a few options: Wesabe (no, I don't want to mix social networking with my finances, thank you!), Mint (free, no option to pay, but you have to put up with horribly annoying ads), and Yodlee (eh. It's okay, just not all that impressive).

I'm going to try Mvelopes. I was wary of online systems, but I find it difficult to justify that once I accept that every bank/investment account I have has a web interface. The other problem is that it's reasonably expensive - $100 a year. The upside is that it does exactly what I always wanted Quicken to do (and it never could) - budget with envelopes. I always hated the way Quicken budgets worked - if I spend $100 every winter month on electric, but $300 in the summer, I want to be able to budget that as $150 a month and know how much is in the 'envelope' at any given time.

They have a two month free trial, so I'm going to give them a shot. Not today, of course, because on top of everything else, Quicken locked me out of my online access to my checking accounts, and I have to wait until Wells Fargo sends me a _letter_ with my new pin in it!

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From: ptomblin_lj Date: July 8th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been using Quicken on the Mac for 3 or 4 years now (I think I started with Q 2004 and I'm on Q 2006 now), and it works fine for me with no crashes. I had one incident where it wasn't working right and I used their on-line tech support and they solved the problem fairly easily. You might also want to check for updates and patches.

Plus there is this wierd little bug that when you get your latest transactions from your bank, it always puts in a deposit of $0.00 with an invalid date. If you forget to delete that one before you do your "accept all", you end up with these weird ones at the top of the register.

I must say I'm amazed it can't import a Windows file.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 8th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

5 pages, but the interesting bit is the last table on the last page: basically all my investment data has to be changed, I lose all my ESPP and ESOP transactions, my mortgage amortization, all my QuickFill information, and all my online banking access stuff.

After that, there's just not much left to import.
grahamwest From: grahamwest Date: July 8th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
It just so happens that the free shuttle bus I take to/from work is full of Intuit people (it ends at their corporate campus). Do you have any other gripes about Quicken Mac? I will make your complaints known to them.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 8th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
It has 75 one-star reviews on Amazon. I suspect they know it might not be the flagship of their product line. :)

The only other specific thing I can think of is that I was having terrible problems last night with Web Connect, where it was putting transactions into the wrong account. It was like it didn't know what account the web connect data went to, which is silly, because it's an XML document with the information at the top.

Thank you, though!
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: July 8th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
On the upside, I did finally figure out how to apply for a refund.
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