"poor product"on by groselw
Pros not much. If you are starting off in life and all financial institutions you are involved with allow data to be downloaded directly into quicken it might be okay.
Cons Importing data from MS money is fair. Many credit cards do not upload to quicken.
Summary After about five years of using quicken I switched to MS Money for about a decade and found it more user friendly. When MS anounced it was going to stop producing Money I decided to give Quicken a try again. Sorry I wasted the money. Most of the accounts imported from money to quicken but not all. Not all financial institutions I deal with particularly Credit Cards will download directly. I would take the quicken I used in the early 1990s over the product today. Somehow Intuit has managed to get worse with time that is why I switched to Money in the first place.
"Slow & Cumbersome"on by TKO4141
Pros Makes a neat cash register sound.
Cons Program runs extremely slowly. Transaction types in Investment section cannot handle many types of merger, spin-offs, stock swaps. Options investing and tracking is completely manual. Only allows 1 window visible at a time. Just awful.
Summary This program runs extremely slow and has bogged down to where it takes 30 sec - 1 min. just to post an investment transaction. AWindows are very slow to refresh or switch between. Tried to work with Intuit to solve this problem but they gave up. If you trade options, tracking it is all manual. Because there is no longer a symbol for options, the program can only manually record transactions and you will have to update your quotes manually. Most of the "features" are for complete beginners in handling money or investments - the budgeting and planning features are all just window dressing and have very little functionality. I used to enjoy using Quicken and started back in about 1993 or so. Starting in about 2000, the "improvements and features" started being frivolous and the program is now a paian to use for my purposes.
Pros Still retains a few features from Quicken 98, but you must digg digg digg through the garbage to use them.
Allows me to download from my bank, something Intuit automatically turns off on versions older than 3 years.
Cons Using Quicken is now like eating a simple steak dinner buried deep within the sludge of a garbage can that has sat in the hot summer sun for weeks. That is all they added to the product for over a decade, layers of stinky trash and rotting leftovers.
Summary I have used Quicken since the late 80s, first on a mac, then with Quicken 96 I moved to windows. It was a great product, Now every upgrade is a downgrade and the feature bloat makes it impossible to find the usefull things I started using the product for. I really don't care that they get $150 a year for tax software and financial software, but when the new product is worse than the old and costs me time and frustration they should pay me. Give me a working download with Quicken 98 and I can do everything I need or want.
I really don't have time for the Qrap they are selling now. Why must their be four places to set up a new loan with different features exposed or hidden depending on which path I started from? Why does it tell me I can't change an address because I am not sending a check when I am in the print check dialog box? Why does Ctrl-P or Command-P print a register rather than print checks? Who needs a printed register? Get back to simple and dump all of the planning garbage or at least hide it so I don't need to look at it. Some things are meant to go in a spreadsheet, Filemaker, or God-forbid Access.
I saw good things about Moneydance and will probably download a copy and figure out whether the conversion of my Quicken data is overly difficult. Simple, downloads data, prints checks, and tracks spending against a budget and in tax categories I set up.
Don't tell me about the dark ages - I have four wheels on my car and even though someone might think a square one works better, the Egyptians and Romans got it working and there is no reason to change. I will use the latest version if the latest version works, but Vista, Quicken 2k or later, Office 2007, or Entourage for Exchange Server were all downgrades so why should anyone pay a cent for them?If you are not solving a new problem, I should not be buying a new solution. If you are forcing me to accept new problems as Intuit constantly does, they should pay me!
"Terrible program"on by bgrinder
Pros Very basic 1990's interface barely works
Cons Slow, poor interface, minimal news interface, no auto downloads, no auto categorizing, takes forever to get through a simple update
Summary I switched from being a 10 year user of MS Money and I can't believe that Quicken was ever able to compete with MS in personal finance software. The Quicken program is a totally confusing interface, does not autorecognize or autocategorize any entries. It doesn't obviously flag downloaded transactions, you have to hunt for them. The reports section is absolutely terrible and useless in how it puts information together, and finally the program is terribly slow and has to be manually prompted to download items and there is no news or other tie in with the web that MS Money did so seamlessly to keep you up to date on your investments. The program is unbelievably backward technology.
I can't believe that Microsoft canceled the Money product that is light years ahead of this Quicken product. I am going to have to stop using the Quicken product this month and switch to Mint.com (which Quicken bought and will probably ruin if they force their backward technology on that site) but the big drawback of Mint is that it does not allow you to import history information from either Quicken or MS Money, so I basically have to keep Quicken on my PC as a legacy information software and use Mint for all transactions going forward from 2010.
I really liked using MS Money to look back at history, find out what I paid for things up to 10 years ago, and watch the history of my investment transactions, but there appears to be no way to do this adequately with Mint, and Quicken is so positively awful that I can't even use it, so I'm stuck starting over since MS Money has been canceled.
Unbeleivable that we've found an instance of technology taking huge leaps backward at this day and age.
Pros intallation went well
Cons Not compatable with many banks or credit cards to download information
Summary The current quicken 2010 will not be able to down load information form many banks and credit cards. Quicken is apparently aware of this and some time in the future a "fix" will happen. My bank indicated it may take up to 3 months to resolve the issue.....no problem with Quicken 2009. I will return the product for a refund until if, or when this issue is corrected.