Six ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

Six ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

Summary: If you're a Quicken for Mac user, you're probably aware that Quicken will not run in Lion because it's a Rosetta application. All is not lost though. Here are four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support a little while longer.

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If you're a Quicken for Mac user, you're probably aware that Quicken will not run in Lion because it's a Rosetta application. All is not lost though. Here are four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support a little while longer:

  1. Mac partition. Re-partition your Mac hard drive with a smallish (15-20GB) partition with Snow Leopard and Quicken 2007. The downside is that re-partitioning is a huge pain, you have to reboot to use Quicken.
  2. Windows partition. Same as above except install Windows and Quicken for Windows on the new partition. Same disadvantage, rebooting.
  3. Dedicated Mac. Set up a Mac mini (or some other Mac) running Snow Leopard as a dedicated Quicken machine and optionally remote into when needed. Requires having an extra Mac around.
  4. Dedicated PC. Install Quicken for Windows on a spare/beater PC and RDC into it from the comfort of Lion. Requires having an extra PC around.
  5. Virtualize Mac OS. Install a virtualization application (like Fusion, Parallels, VirtualBox, et. al.), then install Snow Leopard as the guest OS with Quicken 2007 for Mac. Requires system resources on the host machine.
  6. Virtualize Windows. Install a virtualization application (like Fusion, Parallels, VirtualBox, et. al.), then install Windows as the guest OS with the Windows version of Quicken. Requires system resources on the host machine.

Another Quicken SNAFU

There's another potentially nasty Quicken/Lion issue that's come up since yesterday's post. If you take Intuit's advice and switch to Quicken Essentials you must migrate your Quicken 2007 data to 'Essentials while still running Mac OS 10.6/Snow Leopard.  Once you upgrade to Lion, the Export/Import no longer works and you'd be stuck. According to this Quicken support article:

Just be sure you upgrade and transfer your data on your current operating system. It will not import on Lion.

iBank Responds

IGG Software, publisher of Quicken-competitor iBank, took issue with my friend's concern about the way iBank handled his security history in yesterday's post, stating that it's a limitation of what Quicken exports.

iBank can in fact handle the import of very large quicken data files going back many, many years - from both mac or PC. (and not all users need to do this.) iBank also has the best capability for handling investment accounts of any mac finance software.

There are many thousands of happy iBank users (it's now the top-grossing third-party app at the Mac App Store), and iBank 4 is constantly being updated. There's sync from an iPhone app, TurboTax export, and many more reasons why someone looking into a Quicken replacement might want to try iBank.

Campbell should be off the Apple Board

The crazy part about the Quicken Fiasco is that Intuit chairman William V. Campbell has been on Apple’s Board of Directors since 1997. Intel continued to sell Quicken 2007 for Mac (sans Intel support) for four years under Campbell's "leadership." It's amazing that Apple shareholders have tolerated 14 years of oppression under the Intuit overlord.

Just like Eric Schmidt before him, it's time to dump Bill Campbell from the Apple Board.

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  • RE: Four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

    Intuit's Chairman must be utterly incompetent, how can he not know that this would be the end of one of his companies most successful products?! It's not Apple who should be upset with him (though I bet they are) but Intuit. He's handed over customers to their competitors.

    How does one get a job like this? It looks really, really easy. What the heck was he doing?
    jeremychappell
    • RE: Four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

      @jeremychappell <br>Quicken for Mac sucks... It has always been a subpar app lacking features found on the windows version. There are many more options today for Mac users for financial software. Intuit has been slow and lazy with they Mac software. It's about time this products dies once and for all.
      Masari.Jones
  • &quot;It Just Works&quot;

    Well, yeah, technically I guess...

    -Re-partition your Mac hard drive with a smallish (15-20GB) partition with Snow Leopard and Quicken 2007. The downside is that re-partitioning is a huge pain, you have to reboot to use Quicken.

    -Set up a Mac mini (or some other Mac) running Snow Leopard as a dedicated Quicken machine and optionally remote into when needed. Requires having an extra Mac around.

    -Install a virtualization application (like Fusion, Parallels, VirtualBox, et. al.), Windows, and the Windows version of Quicken on your Lion Mac. Requires system resources on the host machine.

    -Install Quicken for Windows on a spare/beater PC and RDC into it from the comfort of Lion. Requires having an extra PC around.
    UrNotPayingAttention
    • This does just work on Windows

      @chmod 777
      Intuit was slow to upgrade Quicken in Windows but it did eventually get done. They must have done the math and figured there simply weren't enough OS X users to make the effort worthwhile.
      toddybottom
      • RE: Four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

        @toddybottom

        And of course the way to ensure that there are enough users in the future to make it worthwhile to do the work to upgrade the product is to let the product languish for years until there are not enough users to make it worth upgrading the product. Which of course is exactly what Quicken has done, over and over and over again. Quicken for Mac has always been second rate when compared to their Windows offering, thereby ensuring a smaller audience for the product than it might otherwise have.
        Shane Laws
      • Developing for OS X is much more difficult

        One of the huge advantages that Windows has is the fantastic development tools when compared to OS X. Perhaps Intuit didn't update Quicken as often because it was simply too complicated to do on OS X while it was much easier on Windows.

        There must be a reason. Companies do not leave money on the table for no reason at all.
        toddybottom
    • RE: Four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

      @chmod 777

      Thanks for posting that useful information. I don't think I could have found it anywhere else.
      msalzberg
  • RE: Four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

    Bill Campbell failed in his fiduciary responsibility as a member of Apple's Board. After all, neglecting Quicken as a viable product for Mac harmed sales. Who retains a Board member whose actions reduce sales of the company's products? Not a rational one.
    MPickard9
  • Screw quicken

    I dumped quicken years ago... why use a product that is not really supported?
    hanksd@...
  • Other options

    As a long time (and perennially disappointed) Quicken for Mac user, I am seriously looking at other options. What I need is a thorough head-to-head review of maybe iBank 4 vs. See Finance, since they seem to be the most appropriate replacements for someone using a broad range of features/functions on Quicken including Security tracking.

    DJ
    davidcjones
  • I ditched Quicken when I updated to OS X

    I read far too many bad reviews of the latest version of that time. Also, the software wasn't exactly cheap and I didn't need all those fancy features.
    Laraine Anne Barker
  • RE: Four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

    Intuit needs a real head smack for allowing Quicken for Mac not to supported for Intel platform. It is strange that TurboTax for Mac that is developed by Intuit also is Intel compatible so why is Quicken not developed for Mac on the Intel is good question. Yes, Bill Campbell needs to be removed from Apple's board since he doesn't support a very popular product for the Mac which it should.
    phatkat
  • RE: Four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

    Apple now allows you to virtualize Lion. Not just Lion server. So maybe they'll allow virtualizing Snow Leopard now? That way we might be able to run Snow Leopard in a VM on a Mac? Now that would be cool. Then run OS 9 too? That way we could have the original Deus Ex as well! (The new Deus Ex due next month is not likely to run on a Mac.)
    ewelch
  • RE: Four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

    As an Apple stock holder I have voted against the election of Bill Campbell, to Apple's Board, for close to 10 years. Apparently, I'm in the minority, as he is re-elected each time he runs. What I don't understand is how Steve Jobs allows this to continue. But then again, Steve allowed Eric Schmidt to be a Board member while he was planning and implementing Apple's demise.
    glenng6
  • Sickened by Quicken

    I think this is all a ruse to try to force us to buy Quicken Essentials.
    mb13brown
  • RE: Four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

    Personally I believe Apple and Intuit are in a "pissing contest." . I understand that Historically Intuit wanted to dump Quicken for the Mac, but Apple paid Intuit to keep it alive. Now I suspect Intuit wants Apple to pay to fix it and Apple wisely will not. Yes Bill C should be axed from both companies. He seems to be all talk and no action.
    jweil@...
  • RE: Four ways to keep Quicken for Mac on life support, plus Quicken-gate updates

    Just one other note to add: While Apple and Intuit seem to engage in a game "chicken" as to who will pay for or enable the fix, it is their customers, both you and me who lose. FYI: I have yet to find a competitive app that does investments and bill pay. Finally, an alternative I have not seen is to install 10.6 or earlier on a bootable auxiliary drive just for Quicken.
    jweil@...