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Quicken Essentials for Mac

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Quicken Essentials offers numerous useful tools to track your finances on the Mac, but it falls short by leaving out some important features found in Windows versions. The interface has been rebuilt from the ground up to make Mac users feel at home by following the design and navigation schemes of other Mac programs like iTunes. All of your accounts, transactions, credit cards, reports, and program tools are easily accessible from the left sidebar (what they call the Source List), showing all the information for each in the main register window. Like iTunes, you can click and drag to expand columns in the register and also sort by column heading with a single click.

Intuit strove to make it easy to set up accounts and import data from old versions of the program, Windows versions, and old users of the now defunct Microsoft Money. The import process is less than intuitive, however, forcing you to go through multiple steps even to import data from your Mac version of Quicken 2007. Also, those with large amounts (multiple years) of data are in for a long wait. Some import actions require the use of an external converter, which seems like it ought to have been part of the import process already and something you shouldn't have to deal with.

Where Quicken Essentials shines is for those who are new to tracking their finances. A wizard guides you through the process of adding bank accounts, credit cards, and ongoing monthly expenses like car payments or rent, making it easy to track all your spending habits. In addition to your transactions, you can view charts and graphs that detail your spending over a given period of time so you can make adjustments in real life to make your income work better for you. Quicken Essentials will also let you view activity in individual accounts or view a ledger of all your accounts so you can assess your overall financial health. Unfortunately, those hoping to use Bill Pay or track their investments will be disappointed with Quicken Essentials because Intuit chose to leave Bill Pay out of the Mac version and you only get the barest minimum of information regarding your investments.

Quicken Essentials does a great job categorizing your expenses, accurately identifying the ways you're spending your money automatically. For added convenience the software lets you download your transaction data, obviating the need to enter transactions manually. The program's budgeting tools are top notch as well, making it easy to analyze your spending categories and draw up a realistic budget.

Overall, Quicken Essentials for Mac is still not as feature-rich as its Windows counterpart, but succeeds if you're just looking for a way to keep an eye on your finances. Unfortunately, those with more complicated needs such as investment tracking or automatic bill pay may need to fire up Quicken in Windows using Boot Camp or any of a number of other virtualization programs.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    1.4 stars

    out of 68 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 55
  • Current version:

    1.4 stars

    out of 64 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 52
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Used Quicken PC for years. Quicken for Mac is useless."

    April 6, 2014  |   By aericks

    Version: Quicken Essentials 2010

    Pros

    I don't know of any.

    Cons

    Not user friendly. Not able to generate reports. Total waste of money.

    Summary

    Don't buy it. Seriously, who designed this and who thought it was ready to be marketed? Hopefully we will all get a free software update that works as well, if not better than, the PC version. Very frustrating.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Complete Rubbish"

    March 26, 2014  |   By heathsellers1969

    Version: Quicken Essentials 2010

    Pros

    Still looking for one.

    Cons

    No cash flow forecasting
    No user configurable reports
    No annual budgeting
    No support
    No way would I recommend wasting your money on this crappy product

    Summary

    I loved MS Money, I liked Quicken for PC, I loath Quicken Essentials

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolutely worthless!!!! Not worth even One star!"

    March 22, 2014  |   By cafk

    Version: Quicken Essentials 2010

    Pros

    NONE, worthless, useless product

    Cons

    After using Quicken for PC for 12years, bought a MAC and Quicken essentials. Only after I transferred all data over, did I find out that there are no :"real" budgets reports,and most importantly, NO ABILITY TO DO AN ANNUAL BUDGET!!!!!!!! It is a total waste of money! Only morons could have designed and put out this awful piece of trash!

    Summary

    A total RIP OFF. Intuit should be put out of business for selling this worthless product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "70% functional. Which isn't enough"

    March 9, 2014  |   By MikeinAustinBB

    Version: Quicken Essentials 2010

    Pros

    Works mostly with my online accounts, including a few banks, my 401(k) and brokers, to download balances.

    Simple to use. If you are looking for something that tells you what your account balance is like Mint

    Reports are pretty easy to set up.

    Cons

    Can not put in an amortized loan. If you have a car loan, forget it. If you have a home loan, forget it.

    Poor report writing. Very little control over reports

    Summary

    Using Mint is free, and about as functional. That it doesn't support the rudimentary capability of creating a loan (which it's Windows counterpart does fantastically) is another example of just abject laziness by Quicken. Which is why the CEO of Quicken was thrown off the board of Apple with Malice.

    Intuit is a joke. It's painful to give this company money.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolutely worthless! Used Quicken for years. No longer"

    January 6, 2014  |   By sjthorpe

    Version: Quicken Essentials 2010

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    No ability to do annual budgets.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worthless, and worthless support, used to love quicken"

    May 18, 2013  |   By lbsch

    Version: Quicken Essentials 2010

    Pros

    easy entry and easy reports. quicken used to be one of my favorite programs.

    Cons

    Won't download my accounts, when switching from old (!!!, they never upgraded for mac) quicken, it put in a bunch of phantom numbers. Therefore it wasn't my real data any more.

    Summary

    POS

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Complete waste of time and money!"

    April 15, 2013  |   By JPCase

    Version: Quicken Essentials 2010

    Pros

    OS 10.7 compatible

    Cons

    Won't import files downloaded from my bank. The only Quicken option is to pay a monthly fee for direct-connect. I could pay $50 for a file conversion app but why pay for a separate app to make Quicken work?
    I contacted customer service and received a reply that was clearly a mass reply file, despite the fact that it didn't answer or address my concerns.

    Summary

    Don't waste your money. Try another program. Intuit has no interest in treating Mac owners as well as Windows owners.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't waste your time or money!"

    April 2, 2013  |   By beebopper55

    Version: Quicken Essentials 2010

    Pros

    I could not think of any.

    Cons

    Very difficult to use and it took hours for my sister and I to figure out how to use Quicken Essentials. My sister has used Quicken for PC's for several years, and we thought it would only take a short time to download and add all of my financial information. What a nightmare! It took hours just to perform simple operations. When I purchased Quicken Essentials I was very disappointed in how may hours it took just to figure out how to use this version. Hate it. How did Intuit go from good to horrible. Looking for something new.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Disappointed and saddened"

    March 22, 2013  |   By tiredofnegativity

    Version: Quicken Essentials 2010

    Pros

    NONE, I am sorry to say

    Cons

    I have used Quicken for the Mac since it first came out. I used to recommend it to my clients however, I am sorry to say that this iteration is so oversimplified and so awkward I recommend clients NOT upgrade from previous Quicken products.

    Summary

    It is so sad that Quicken "dumbed" down Quicken for the Mac and made the interface anything but intuitive or helpful. As soon as I am finished with this year's taxes I am getting a new program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Awful waste of money"

    November 3, 2012  |   By ridgehaven

    Version: Quicken Essentials 2010

    Pros

    none i can think of

    Cons

    cannot write a check
    poor interface
    worthless to me

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