Quicken Deluxe 2015

Quicken Deluxe 2015

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3.5
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1.3
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    Dec. 03, 2014
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    Purchase; $39.99 to buy (Buy it now)

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With Quicken 2010, Intuit strives to make its flagship money management application easier to navigate and simpler to set up, thanks to spruced-up visuals and a refreshed start-up wizard. Although already a solid balance-keeper and financial assistant in previous versions, Quicken 2010 adds a few new features to visualize your monthly budget and assets.

The Quicken 2010 product family includes Quicken Starter Edition ($29.99) for tracking budgets and upcoming bills; Quicken Deluxe ($59.99), which includes tools to help you save up for a large purchase; Quicken Premier ($89.99), which helps track investments; Quicken Home and Business ($99.99); and Quicken Rental Property Management ($149.99). We evaluated Quicken Deluxe 2010.

Installation

At almost 70MB, Quicken Deluxe 2010 takes several minutes to install. Installation was painless up to the point when the software junked up our desktop with four icons: the Quicken icon, plus another three unwanted shortcuts advertising a Quicken credit card and other additional services.

Features

Quicken's core features continue doing what they've done for years: chiefly, importing your financial information to help you automatically and manually track your spending and savings. Not just a simple ledger for balancing your bank book, Quicken's additional tools also help alert you to upcoming bills and to your overall budget.


The Quicken 2010 product line gets a prettied-up interface that provides an at-a-glance summary of your finances.

In the 2010 edition, Intuit has applied some cosmetic changes that streamline and simplify the software. One change is a sleeker setup wizard to guide you through the process of importing your financial information, adding bill reminders, and setting up budgets. This wizard is moot if you're a returning user importing years of data from past Quicken versions, but new users will have an easier time getting started with this version than in years past.

A cleaner-looking home screen greets new and returning users, summarizing your financial standing in a glance. Pared-down navigation options also make it easier to find what you need. The most active new feature in Quicken 2010 takes a stab at automatically categorizing your transactions, like assigning Safeway to the Groceries category and your doctor's visits to the Medical category, with a little help from you if there's any doubt. In implementing this feature, Quicken plays catch-up to savvier online management apps, like Mint.com--which Intuit has since snapped up and plans to integrate--and its ilk. A new infographic in Quicken also helps you avoid late fees by displaying both how much cash is left in your coffers and which upcoming bills you should brace for.

Apart from the bill reminder and the autocategorization, it's Quicken's top layer, and select tools, that see the benefit of Quicken's design changes. Scratch the surface, however, and many of the app's second-tier tools--text-heavy calculators, planners, and lists with tiny font--feel as if they haven't been updated for years. The old-school layout may not bother legacy users or those who aren't put off by blocks of texts and charts, but others who have come to expect graphic representation of their data and clean design--say, the likes of former competitor Mint.com--may be inclined to shut the window and move on rather than wade through text.

As with past versions, Quicken Deluxe 2010 pulls in financial data from your banks and savings accounts. There are tools to create graphs and reports to itemize spending and banking, and to plot transactions on a calendar. There's also a debt reduction planner and a tax-planning wizard. Quicken could use a few more online social Net links, too, such as an option to sync reminders to an online calendar.

Intuit isn't blind to consumers' changing expectations in management software, online or offline. Quicken 2010's refurbished look does help, and conservatives who feel more comfortable keeping monetary details stored locally on their PCs rather than encrypted in the cloud lose nothing by downloading a free trial. For strictly online users with only personal finances (not investments, property, or small businesses), Intuit offers a free, online version that's similar to Mint.com. Quicken Online has budgeting, tracking, and reminders, encryption, an iPhone component, and the added capability to prep the data for tax time, assuming you also use one of Intuit's TurboTax products.

If you've used Quicken before, you can import data from previous years. The same goes for anyone switching over from Microsoft Money. With Microsoft Money killed off (additional details), Quicken is the best desktop alternative.


Some tools, like the bill reminder, are still a tad clunky.

Service and support
Quicken support is unchanged from previous years. E-mail support is free, and Intuit promises to respond within a day. Chat help is also free and is available 24-7. Phone assistance is $24.95 per call. However, some support calls are free, such as if you're having problems installing the program or converting data from earlier Quicken versions.

Overall
Quicken Deluxe 2010 remains a useful, if not exciting, management app equipped with rich balancing and budgeting tools. As for the future of Quicken, Intuit's recent acquisition of flashy online finance manager Mint.com could spell the merging of Mint's online budgeting and reminder features. Mint's exciting visual style could also draw younger users to future versions of Quicken, assuming Intuit goes that route, making future versions of the classic, but dated, money manager truly fresh.

 
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1 stars

"Run Away From 2015 Cash Manager Canada!"

July 23, 2015  |  By WebClient

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

I am still searching for a pro that made the forced upgrade worthwhile.

Cons

1. Horribly slow to start.
2. Horribly slow when entering transactions.
3. Data Conversion is a disaster.
4. Poor technical support that looks to blame operating system more than finding solutions for its own product.

Summary

The 2015 Cash Manager Canada version feels more like a forced cash-grab that an improved cash manager program. It is so sluggish at times, it forces you to do other tasks and becomes forgettable. This product should have never made it to market based on my current experience with it. Save your money and save your sanity.

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1 stars

"Can Quicken Deteriorate Any Further?"

July 22, 2015  |  By MarkerDeltaOne

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

It represents a new standard in how terrible a once useful program can become.

Cons

Frequently fails to start or starts to a blank screen
Fails to correctly calculate balances
Refuses to accept password that was created at its demand only moments before
When you can get it to start it frequently crashes and takes your newly entered work with it

Summary

I note that the CNET review is of the 2010 version. I have used Quicken for well over 20 years and come to rely on it. I enter all of my transactions by hand since I have never found the download features of Quicken to be reliable or as easy to use and they should be. Every time I used them I had to do so much editing that I always reverted to manual entry. But enough of the past.

My last purchase of Quicken was the 2011 version so I decided to see if there was anything new in 2015. For the most part there is nothing new that I could find except for a couple of dramatic developments: it frequently fails to start or starts to a blank screen. When you can get it to start, the balances only occasionally calculate correctly.

Being an optimistic type, I stuck with it for almost two months. When I could not get it to start I just uninstalled and reinstalled. (I uninstalled using both the recommended Quicken uninstall tool and Revo so I am relatively sure that short of a clean install of Windows there were no traces left to interfere with the new installs.) By doing that I was able to get it to run once or twice. Finally, I gave up and took it back just a day or two before the 60-day return period expired.

I have also used TurboTax for over 20 years and been pleased with its performance. However, given my experience with Quicken 2015 I will be using something else for 2015.

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1 stars

"Very Buggy"

July 21, 2015  |  By JonCatskill

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Transfers files from earlier versions without issues

Cons

Buggy, I've had this version for about 6 months and it seems I have to re-establish online connections everyday, not the same one it's a different account every time. They have a fix feature but it doesn't work so I do it manually. When it looses the connection you also have the option to retry but that only locks up the application and I have to reboot my pc to get past it and then reestablish the connection.

Another problem I've had about a month ago it told me I had splits that had never been applied They were off by date and time so i didn't want to apply them so I cancelled thinking they would go away, WRONG! There doesn't seem to be any way to get rid of them but to accept but then my accounts will be all off so you have to go in and delete them. They then reappear the next time you run a "One Step Update".
You also can't split your accounts into different files. When my son turned 18 I wanted to separate out his savings/brokerage accounts into a new file. No can do.

Summary

Buggy! No way to export individual accounts into a new quicken file. Making a copy and deleting individual accounts but you wind up with all these hanging stuff you just can't get delete everything. You can export to a CSV file but good luck mapping all the fields.

Keep loosing connections to online financial accounts.

Can't seem to get rid of bogus stock split information.

If I didn't have 10 years + of financial information in there I'd use something else, but while this is bad the other options are worse.

Help desk is useless all I've ever gotten was this is a know issue and we'll let you know if we ever decide to fix it. Can
t wait to see what new "IMPROVEMENTS" They come up with next!

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1 stars

"Does Quicken sell chain saws or software?"

July 11, 2015  |  By rubmop

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

2015 is so frustrating to use , I just quit trying and go fishing.

Cons

They think Support is women's clothing. They only allow three words to submit a problem before not answering it. I have three words for them.

Summary

If you are just starting out with financial software,DO NOT buy Quicken. I have been with them for over ten years and can't find a way to safely migrate all my records elsewhere.

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1 stars

"Do not buy this software"

May 23, 2015  |  By adammari

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Nothing great if you can't even access the software

Cons

Company released a patch that broke their own software requiring customers to enter a password they never set on their data file. This resulted in loss of money and hours of time trying to troubleshoot to no solve. Meanwhile we are supposed to simply wait on a patch fix with no date provided.

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4 stars

"OMG, another forced upgrade for a very useful program"

May 12, 2015  |  By JustOrdinaryUser

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Like I said, it's a very useful program.

Cons

The bad stuff:
1) Every couple of years you must upgrade (read purchase a complete new software package) or you'll loose some very useful feature.
2) The installation claims that it won't damage anything. WRONG! It destroys the connections to your banking institutions and you're clueless as to how to proceed.
3) Two hours later after online chatting with tech-support the bank connectivity is restored. BUT, wait, there are multiple duplicate records transferred into my Quicken register. Sorry says tech support, you'll have to purge those entries manually. Oh, gee, just what I wanted to do.

Summary

Very useful program,the upgrade policy is Draconian, funky stuff happens during upgrades and this guarantees jobs for tech support chat persons and plenty of frustration for you, the user.

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3 stars

"More bugs than 2012, but now has mobile support"

May 09, 2015  |  By linkmaster40

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

- Mobile support syncs to Quicken cloud which I can see on my Android Quicken phone app. Refreshing mobile or desktop version also gets latest from banks/credit cards.
- Phone app is free & is similar to the Mint app, which I was using before.
- Same features I liked in 2012 such as reports, budget, bill reminders, & bank syncing.

Cons

- Upgrade process from 2012 ran into some issues including freezing that I finally overcame.
- Today after using for a couple of months it asked me for a password to open my file which I have never set. My vault password did not work for it so I had to restore to a file from about 2 weeks ago, losing everything I've done since then (I update my accounts every few days). This happened despite using it the night before w/o a password.
- Last update failed & required research on my part to find a manual workaround.
- Sometimes entering bank transactions freezes the application requiring me to kill it in Task Manager.
- It recently had trouble connecting to my bank account, requiring me to redo the online bank setup. This then caused the phone app to lose my bank account as well.
- Many times after reconciling w/ my bank it says I am out balance & it is due to a pending transaction. So it knows about it but doesn't download it.

Summary

I like the new mobile support as it has made life much easier for staying on top of my balances when on the go & away from my PC (I used to remote desktop to my PC to see Quicken & this has eliminated the need). When it works it is a great application, but when it fails it can be quite frustrating, even for an IT Pro like me.

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1 stars

"Freezes during bank transaction downloads"

May 03, 2015  |  By FredGrodins

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Cute user interface

Cons

Freezes during bank transaction downloads
Difficult to uninstall
Feature bloat
Expensive, ineffective tech support
Only manual software update work reliably

Summary

Once a very good product, Quicken has gone down hill. Transaction downloads from bank accounts freeze often. Periodic automatic software updates don't work well. User Community forums are full of problems but effective solutions are rare.

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1 stars

"I hate the forced upgrades"

April 23, 2015  |  By AGuy_justaguy

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

I don't know. It's probably not spyware?

Cons

Every 3-4 years it stops downloading data from your bank to force you to buy, not an upgrade, but a full version.
And the user interface is insanely confusing. Lots of strange little corners work nothing like a typical Windows program. It feels like a Mac OS9 app ported to Linux, ported to DOS ported to Windows. Klunky.

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1 stars

"Forced to upgrade; Shortcut keys are shot."

April 02, 2015  |  By palanquin

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

It syncs with my bank as well as my broker.
Helps organize taxes.
Provides reports and graphs to help you assess and control your finances.
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Cons

1. Shortcut keys no longer work properly. This is a shame for all serious Quicken users who are accustomed to navigating and utilizing the program using shortcut keys to permit speed and efficiency. Earlier versions of Quicken allowed Windows users to work without removing their hands from the keyboard. Not so with Quicken 2015.
2. Technical support is useless.
3. Sunset provisions require users to upgrade every few years in order to connect to banks, brokerages, etc. The program is all but useless without these features.

Summary

After using Quicken since about 1990, I am waiting anxiously for an alternative. I have wasted many an hour trying to accomplish tasks that straightforward in the DOS version 20 years ago!

Updated on Jun 16, 2015

And now (06/2015) the program is downloading erroneous fractional splits for my stock holdings (e.g. for TWX, 1:3.876471). If I accepted these "missing splits" it would corrupt my portfolio. A Quicken Community post from a rep indicates that the problem was being addressed. Needless to say Intuit has closed all threads in the Quicken Community pertaining to the topic (their usual practice to stifle customer complaint). Calling all developers: "We are waiting for you!"

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What's new in version

    Free credit score:

  • Includes free credit report summary that explains the factors that impact your score;
  • Plus daily monitoring and alerts to help protect against identity theft;
  • Quick sign up - see your free credit score in 2 minutes or less.

    Portfolio X-Ray:

  • Reports not just on funds, but securities held within your funds;
  • Instantly see multiple views of your portfolio (including asset allocations, geographic regions, sectors);
  • Get insights to help you take actions to improve your portfolio;
  • Available with Premier and higher versions.

    Improved investment tools:

  • In-product symbol lookup right within Quicken;
  • Improved bond sell actions;
  • Automatic download of option prices and history;
  • Available with Premier and higher versions.
General
Publisher Intuit
Publisher web site http://www.intuit.com
Release Date December 03, 2014
Date Added December 03, 2014
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Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Personal Finance Software
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Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements 1GHz CPU (XP/Vista/7/8), 1GB RAM
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Total Downloads 115,703
Downloads Last Week 69
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Price $39.99

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