"Useful & Consistent, & Still The Best"4.0 starson by Elder Geek
Pros: Continuity for previous users (like me); setup is eased for 1st time users; categorization of expenses is improved; interface is a bit cleaner; price is still a good value for what you get.
Cons: Review wasn't kidding about large blocks of small text in some areas; I detest all the ad-based tie-ins; help system still a mixed bag - some excellent, some not so much.
Summary: I've been using Quicken for over a decade. I skipped the last version, which means with Feature Creep (the constant adding of new features to justify a new version) I was nervous about upgrading; too much change too fast can make a necessary task even more unpleasant. I needn't have worried.
The new Quicken cleans up the interface in a few areas, which makes it easier to work with AND easier on these tired eyes. If you are a previous user, importing your data is painless - even if you do as I did & do a clean install on a new system & import your data file, rather than upgrading over the old version.
I'm not sure what the other review here was referring to, as Quicken will work with the majority of financial institutions. I have changed banks several times over the years & Quicken has worked with every one of them. It's true that some banks allow Quicken to directly integrate & pull data automatically, while others require you to export the data so you can import the file into Quicken - but that's not up to Intuit, that is up to the institutions themselves.
Goal setting for savings and/or large purchases is a breeze, & the reporting features are excellent. Overall, it is fast & easy to see all your day-to-day financial activities in one, easy-to-understand place.
The help system is still somewhat hit & miss. It is actually stronger in the area of finances than it is when you need technical help with the software, which doesn't bother me (a 19 year IT veteran), but might annoy those not as computer savvy.
Speaking of annoying: Hey Intuit! I bought your product. Stop inundating me with ads, tie-ins, promos & icons all over the place. Your target audience consists of those who want to do better managing their finances; stop trying to take advantage of them.
Overall, Quicken is still a fine product that does what it's supposed to do, & does it very well. I consider it an essential application that keeps improving, even after all these years.