Quicken Deluxe 2015

Quicken Deluxe 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
1.3
out of 95 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
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  • Total Downloads:
    112,755
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 03, 2014
  • Price:
    Purchase; $74.99 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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1 stars

"More garbage from intuit"

January 29, 2015  |  By phatandphoolish

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Very few if any

Cons

It automatically downloads transactions without my consent, by default it has all sorts of previously manually configured functions without advising. the support is crap

Summary

I hate intuit and cannot understand why someone else can't come up with something that works. tried ace money and others, but seem stuck with this crap

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1 stars

"HORRIBLE banking tool!!"

January 26, 2015  |  By trulltalk

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Online updates that don't update correctly
Online support that is non-existent
Downloads that don't match the files on your computer

Cons

Last week I downloaded Quicken to my new computer. I had stopped using it about a little over a year ago because of download/matching issues. I thought I would start this year out getting back to Quicken because I used the product for 20 years and loved it. Last week however - after downloading one of my bank's acct I noticed the online and ending balances didn't match. I deleted the file and reloaded that acct again. That download balanced to the online balance so I thought I was good. This morning I updated that account. It is now over $1400 out of balance with just 3 updated line items. I don't know what you've done to this product the Quicken I used for 20 years w/o issue is NOT the product I have now. Today, I dread using Quicken. I'd rather use a spreadsheet than have to repeat what I've already done - THREE TIMES! This makes no sense to me.

Summary

I used to think there were TONS of pros to this product. In fact I used it for 20 years and loved it. I sure can't say that now!! WAY too many bugs that have been on-going issues w/o resolution. I'm looking for another product now to do my online balancing and reconciliation. THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT THE TOOL!

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2 stars

"Bugs and flaws hobble this (R3 of Premier version)."

January 18, 2015  |  By jgharris7

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

---Has online transaction download for most financial institutions.
---recent addition--Morningstar portfolio updates.
---useful reporting and reconciling features.

Cons

---Multiple bugs, some in core features related to automated download. Upgrading from 2012 to 2015 will cause you to waste a lot of time.
---Awkard slow, flashy interface for some features, such as reordering accounts in lists.

Summary

I've upgraded from 2012. This version has more institutions with automatic transaction downloads and an interface to Morningstar. Unfortunately the automated transaction download is hobbled by multiple bugs that have required manual workarounds. If you have a variety of account types from different financial institutions, expect that working around these bugs will cost you significant time if you update to Quicken 2015.

I've used Quicken for over 15 years. It has many extremely useful features--automated transaction downloads from most major institutions, ease of getting reports and account balances, and a reconciliation tool.

The overall features--if they worked more flawlessly and had more ways of working around bugs and changes---would get it five stars. It is dropped to two due to some severe bugs without convenient workarounds--namely the ability to easily do mass imports and corrections and easily merge accounts into a single account.

In the most major bug, I set up my Everbank accounts for automated transaction download (previously only one of them was on the manual web-connect download). The system renamed one of my Everbank accounts and deleted another. Unfortunately I found out about the deletion after making a bunch of manual entries to update another account. Make sure you backup your file before changing your online downloads!

A second pattern is that Quicken's online download will miss transactions for no reason. There is a workaround for this--you can reset the "starting date" for the account if this persists; however if you don't notice this problem in time you may have to manually track down and update the transactions. Also having to hunt down and execute a workaround is a unacceptable. This has happened involving both a brokerage account and a bank with savings and checking accounts.

With yet a fourth institution, it stopped downloading my credit card transactions and instead had an error message. Trying to "reset" the online setup using Quicken's instructions provided by the error handling popups caused Quicken to freeze until I killed it with task manager. I tried the "reset" multiple times; each time Quicken froze and had to be killed. Finally, I was able to restore the automated download by deactivating and reactivating the online download for the account. This will cause both already cleared and reconciled as well as new positions to be downloaded; get ready for more manual cleanup work.

Another annoyance is that Quicken provides no way of recovering individual account information from a backup or other source and importing into bank or brokerage accounts. You can export account transactions and import them into an asset account and try a "mass copy" into a bank account.

The Morningstar interface is useful; however it would be more useful if it showed you dollar values.

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2 stars

"Horrible, horrible, horrible"

January 15, 2015  |  By sweetbabylee2

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

The best of its category out there and it sucks.

Cons

Slow.
Budget data and reports run from the budgets do not match.
Slow.
Did I mention slow?

Summary

Have used Quicken for close to 20 years. Have never seen a program that continued to degrade through the years as compared to improve and become innovative. The only major improvements I've seen in the past 10 years would possibly be the color schemes. Sad.
Oh, and it's slow.

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1 stars

"Problems encountered requiring return to previous vers"

January 08, 2015

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

None I could discover

Cons

1) Cannot resize window which takes up half of the screen (major problem for me).
2) Unicode language message which I could not resolve.
3) After install, open and close could not reopen without converting old file again
4) Could not see how to avoid initial budgeting type screen which I have no need for.

Summary

Do not buy this product unless windows resize problem not an issue.

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1 stars

"Updates fixed few bugs and created more bugs"

December 30, 2014

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Slightly faster than the previous version.
Credit score.

Cons

Bugs after bugs. In some account pages, I even cannot see the holdings. Most part is black in some pages.

Summary

Intuit prematurely put the 2015 version on market. Don't buy it now since it will change the format of the file and you cannot go back to earlier version.

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1 stars

"Horrible product. An embarrassment really"

October 27, 2014  |  By Kevin95630

 |  Version: Quicken Deluxe 2014 R5

Pros

It is the "standard" and since Microsoft Money went under, there are no viable options. I've tried the cheap and open source programs, and beyond keeping a simple household budget and checking account, they don't cut it.

Cons

Where to begin? It is buggy, not the least bit intuitive, horrific support. And they force you to upgrade every few years, even as the new versions become worse and more buggy with each release. Expensive.

Simple, common modifications to a mortgage are not options. The support page indicates various "work arounds", but they are often referring to an earlier version of the software, so after wasting an hour trying to get an answer that makes sense, you realize it no longer applies. Plus, work arounds? Really?

Summary

Why oh why did Microsoft discontinue Money? It was intuitive, worked flawlessly, and offered great support. They just lacked good marketing, allowing a product that isn't nearly as good and has a ridiculous name to drive them out.

Where is the free market on this? How can such a terrible product, which is despised by so many, not have any real competition? The only thing worse than Quicken is it's big brother, Quick Books!

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1 stars

"doesn't work easily"

October 09, 2014  |  By isonic1

 |  Version: Quicken Deluxe 2014 R5

Pros

Has potential

Cons

Things are not intuitive, and they don't work like you think they should. The "what if" feature doesn't even calculate my "what if" extra payments correctly.

Summary

I have been using Quicken for 4 years now after Microsoft Money was no longer usable and honestly, this program is difficult to get working correctly.

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1 stars

"A user since the DOS days and thoroughly disappointed"

July 19, 2014  |  By rkazoo

 |  Version: Quicken Deluxe 2014 R5

Pros

Don't have the patience to figure what works and what doesn't

Cons

Slow. Slow. Slow.

Summary

I'm a professional technologist and over the years have implemented Intuit products for a number of small to midsize companies. So disappointed in where this product has gone. It is unusable. I've re-installed, tweaked, followed suggestions on tech websites, and still can't get acceptable performance. I will be using a combination of Excel and Mint.com.

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1 stars

"Where's the Beef?"

June 12, 2014  |  By drotto

 |  Version: Quicken Deluxe 2014 R5

Pros

It's the only viable alternative.

Cons

Bugs, bugs, bugs . . . and more bugs. It amazes me that Quicken has been so successful. There's a lot of sizzle here, but no meat. Basic functions (like transaction matching) do not work properly. Duplicate transactions download to the both the correct and incorrect account. There are constant prompts asking if a transaction is actually another (completely unrelated) transaction, transactions are downloaded with an incorrect payee automatically filled in, which I have to manually correct.

Summary

As a former Microsoft Money user I can say without reservation that Quicken is a horrible program (I moved to Quicken only because MM was dropped by Microsoft). Quicken needs to put effort into making the software work before focusing any additional effort on cutesy graphs and "advice" features. I would not be a user if there were a viable alternative. An early 2000s version of MM was better than Quicken 2014.

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Full Specifications

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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
Version
Category
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Personal Finance Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements 1GHz CPU (XP/Vista/7/8), 1GB RAM
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name click-3698865-11224650
Popularity
Total Downloads 112,755
Downloads Last Week 181
Pricing
License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $74.99

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