It’s no secret that I love Quicken. While it’s not perfect, it’s what I’ve come to depend on since I first started tracking our finances in January 1997. As such, I’ve accumulated a treasure trove of personal financial data, and I can’t stand the thought of losing it.
It’s also no secret that I’m a diehard Mac user, which means that I’ve been stuck with Quicken 2007 for quite some time. While the Windows side has seen upgrade after upgrade, Intuit has essentially abandoned development of its Mac counterpart. This hasn’t really bothered me, though, as Quicken 2007 already does everything that I need it to do.
Unfortunately, it appears that the next major Mac OS X system update (10.7; dubbed “Lion”) will relegate Quicken 2007 to the junk heap. The reason for this is that Apple is reportedly scrapping the Rosetta environment, which is necessary to run software that hasn’t been updated to support the Intel chip architecture.
I really can’t say that I blame Apple for making this move. After all, they began transitioning over to Intel chips way back at the beginning of 2006, which means that software developers have had five years to update their software to run on the new hardware. Unfortunately, Intuit hasn’t bothered to do this.
And yes, I realize that Intuit released Quicken Essentials for Mac about a year ago, but that is an entirely different program that is just a shadow of the full-blown Quicken. Gone are many many of the “advanced” features that I depend on, like any sort of detailed investment tracking. It’s now little more than a check register and budget tracker – and pretty much everyone hates it.
Don’t believe me? Check out the reviews at Amazon, where it’s averaging somewhere around 1.5 stars. Perhaps Intuit plans to restore feature parity between “Quicken Essentials” and real Quicken at some point in the future, but it’s looking more and more like Mac Quicken users will have to choose between upgrading their system software and continuing to use Quicken.
And before you suggest it… Yes, I also realize that I could buy the Windows version and run it on my Mac via Parallels, VMware Fusion, or the like. That being said, I’m not interested in continuing working around Intuit’s lack of Mac support. Instead, I’ll hunt down a suitable replacement and migrate my data elsewhere.