DOS, Windows, Mac, I’ve shelled out more than my share of hard earned dollars to a company that wants to count my money and take my money, too; again and again. Not necessarily in that same order. If you’ve been a Mac user on Quicken through the years you know the story. Expensive upgrades. Broken products. Abandonment. Anemic products. Expensive upgrades. Repeat ad nauseam. Well, guess who wants even more of your money this year?
That Was Then, This Is Now
Intuit abandoned Mac users back in 2007 about the time the Mac went all Intel on the customer base. Quicken was absent for a few years only to show up as a paid upgrade called Anemic Essentials (I could be wrong about the exact name, but that’s probably close) when Mac sales began to grow.
Opportunistic much, Intuit?
Essentials is just a big French word for beta, and Intuit finally put it to bed and replaced it with Quicken for Mac 2015. Not being an Intuit insider I don’t know if the latest version was a big seller or big dud, but now there’s yet another version called Quicken 2016 for Mac.
You have to pay for that upgrade, too, even if you just paid for the most previous upgrade that you had to pay to upgrade to. Got that? One feature that Mac users clamored for through the years was Quicken Bill Pay. Guess where it is? In the must-pay-for-upgrade version, circa 2016. As always, you’ll need a bank that handles bill payment but it’s back.
Perhaps as an add-on to justify the hefty upgrade price tag, Quicken 2016 for Mac includes live phone support, and 24-hour live chat support. And, as with any good Mac money management app, Quicken can handle multiple accounts and even download financial information to your Mac. It’s easy to schedule reminders for both paychecks and payments and the calendar view of spending is a plus.
Mac money management apps with a smaller price tag may not manage your investments and plan for taxes the way Quicken 2016 for Mac can (assumes that you’re not in a position where you have more month left over at the end of your money).
Quickens website for Quicken 2016 for Mac has a link to a web page which describes the differences so you can compare versions. Sounds like a good idea, right?
Here’s what it looks like.
Regardless of the warning I did not login and I was able to compare various Quicken versions. A few items had asterisks *. So, I looked around to find what they meant. They were hidden and had to be clicked to reveal. I counted eight footnotes and disclaimers but the one that caught my eye is the best.
60-day money back guarantee: If you’re not satisfied, return this product to Intuit within 60 days of purchase with your dated receipt for a full refund of the purchase price less shipping and handling fees.
That’s funny. Quicken 2016 for Mac is an online download. Should we return the product by zipping up the file and email it back to Intuit?
Quicken 2016 for Mac is the most feature laden version I can recall. Either that, or Intuit’s marketing people have learned how to use bullet points in PowerPoint. There’s even an option to vote for your favorite new feature.
With my feet. Or, rather, my fingers. I switched to iBank a few years ago and for less money I have more features, more frequent upgrades, and no longer have the fear that next year’s version will cost the same as the last version.