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1. Quicken 2005 Premier Home &
$63.99 list($69.99)
2. Quicken 2005 for Mac [Track, Save,
$54.99 $15.65 list($59.95)
3. Quicken 2005 Deluxe [Plan, Save,
$29.95 $17.49
4. Quicken 2005 Basic [Track, Balance,
$59.99 $57.00 list($79.99)
5. Microsoft Money Premium 2005
$82.99 $69.99 list($89.99)
6. Microsoft Money Small Business
$27.99 $10.00 list($29.99)
7. Microsoft Money Standard 2005
$59.99 list($79.00)
8. The Wall Street Journal Online:
$47.99 $29.99 list($59.99)
9. Microsoft Money Deluxe 2005
$72.99 $38.97 list($79.95)
10. Quicken 2005 Premier [Invest,
$9.32 list($59.99)
11. Quicken 2004 Deluxe [Replaced
$4.50 list($29.95)
12. Quicken 2004 Basic
$19.99 list($89.95)
13. Quicken 2004 Premier Home &
$74.99 $39.95 list($79.95)
14. Quicken 2004 Premier
$77.95 $45.56 list($69.99)
15. Microsoft Money Premium 2005 [LB]
$159.99 list($169.99)
16. Infinity Softworks powerOne CRE
$10.75 list($29.99)
17. Quicken Lawyer 2003 Wills
$19.95 $6.89
18. H&R Block DeductionPro 2004
$99.99 $90.00 list($109.99)
19. Infinity Softworks powerOne CRE
20. Asset Protection Made E-Z

1. Quicken 2005 Premier Home & Business
list price: $89.95
our price: $84.99
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Asin: B00029J1TK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 133
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Features

  • Powerful tool for managing business and personal finances
  • Create customizable estimates and invoices
  • Generate business reports and graphs, including Schedule C
  • Track accounts receivable and payable
  • Includes all features in Quicken 2005 Premier

2. Quicken 2005 for Mac [Track, Save, Invest]
list price: $69.99
our price: $63.99
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Asin: B00029J1QI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 172
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Features

  • Save, invest, and track profits in minutes
  • Download banking, credit card, and brokerage transactions
  • Track spending; manage investments; prepare for tax time
  • Track portfolio performance; read news stories related to holdings
  • Track home inventory and value; convenient iCal calendar

3. Quicken 2005 Deluxe [Plan, Save, Take Control]
list price: $59.95
our price: $54.99
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Asin: B00029J1SG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 43
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Features

  • Over 100 feature improvements on popular tools
  • Connect instantly to bank, credit card sites, and 401(k) providers
  • Manage finances by setting up automatic transactions
  • Quickly and easily track investment holdings
  • Plan for financial goals by viewing net worth over time

4. Quicken 2005 Basic [Track, Balance, Budget]
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B00029J1Q8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 85
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Features

  • Powerful, easy-to-use tools for managing personal finances
  • Track checking, savings, and credit-card transactions in one place
  • Reconcile bank statements and balance checkbook in minutes
  • Write and print checks or pay bills online
  • Quickly and easily create a personalized budget

5. Microsoft Money Premium 2005
list price: $79.99
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B0002D156I
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 103
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Features

  • Personal finance software with award-winning Portfolio Manager
  • Automatically consolidates online financial information
  • Provides essential tools for planning financial future
  • Integrated GainsKeeper for tax-smart investment choices
  • Simplify taxes, maximize savings; achieve financial goals

6. Microsoft Money Small Business 2005
list price: $89.99
our price: $82.99
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Asin: B0002D1522
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1147
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Features

  • Comprehensive finance solution for small companies
  • Categorize income and expenses; handle billing effortlessly
  • Get expert advice from current news and useful articles
  • Keep up with taxable expenses automatically
  • Free financial services, including 1 year online payroll from PayCycle

7. Microsoft Money Standard 2005
list price: $29.99
our price: $27.99
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Asin: B0002D1572
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 171
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Features

  • Easy-to-use personal finance software
  • Automatically consolidates online financial information
  • Works with bank Web site to access account info
  • Create budgets; track expenses; pay bills online
  • View the big picture or quickly drill down to details

8. The Wall Street Journal Online: One-Year Online Subscription
list price: $79.00
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B00004ZAZM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Dow Jones
Sales Rank: 272
Average Customer Review: 3.31 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

It's a newspaper, it's a Web site--it's all of the information thatcomes rolled up in every edition of The Wall Street Journal and much more,available online. Anyone who wants to stay on top of U.S. and internationalnews, especially economic and technology-oriented stories, will find The WallStreet Journal Online to be a valuable asset. Forbes has called it "simply thebest business news site on the Web."

The interactive Journal delivers stock quotes on demand, continually updatednews, a customized news- and portfolio-tracking service, access to extensivearchives, and "briefing books" for 22,000 companies and more than 7,000 U.S.mutual funds.

Readers who are familiar with the print edition will not be surprised by theinteractive Journal's personality: it looks a lot like the paper version, andit's just as staid as its paper counterpart. Navigation is intuitive and ease ofuse is... easy.

Unlike the print journal, this version follows you to work and around the world.All you need is your password and laptop to carry this invaluable businesspartner to any meeting, anywhere. --Stefanie Durbin ... Read more

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Business Tool
As a WSJ journal addict who is traveling a great deal, I found it better to eliminate my paper subscription and go electronic. At first, I had both the print and online versions, but I found the paper version wasteful as it still contains stock quotes and large print ads on stock offerings.

While I have no way of knowing if other reviewers have a different online WSJ with pop-up advertisements, which I doubt, there are none on mine. In fact, the online WSJ is vastly more streamlined than Forbes, Fortune, CNN, etc. The clutter-free layout allows for easy navigation.

The content of the WSJ is unparalleled. What makes the online version so powerful for business research, lead generation and job hunting is the search capability. My major complaint is that free search only goes back for thirty days. For those who want to pay [$] per article, you can use the advanced search page and access Factiva/Dow Jones, which covers hundreds of publication both large and small. Dow Jones argues that they have to compensate the content owners. Yet, they don't even offer WSJ articles that are already owned.

If you are looking for business ideas or contacts, the WSJ is an excellent publication. The online WSJ makes gathering this information less consuming than the print version.

2-0 out of 5 stars Can't stop charges
You can only order the e-version by credit card. I gave them a credit card that would expire prior to my next renewal and surprise the WSJ managed to put thru a charge anyway. As stated in the other reviews there is nothing in the site labeled cancel subscription. So once they have your number- watch out, unless you are willing to spend a LONG LONG time on the PHONE (i.e. not computer) trying to get your charges reversed. I personally believe both items are purposeful, only taking a charge card and then offering no on line method to cancel the subscription. Customer service is a JOKE!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars this is supposed to be a review of wsj online not amazon!
this is the only subscription I would pay for. Easiest to activate, just use the supplied password and then you can change it later.

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't "ship" it overseas
I tried to buy this package but in the ordering process was told that since I'm in New Zealand, the item cannot be "shipped" to my destination. Any system that maladroit deserves to choke on its own emissions -- and while it's probably more a reflection on Amazon than the Journal, someone at the paper should be more awake to these sorts of issues.

4-0 out of 5 stars Minus 1 star for customer service
Customer service sucks, but i put up with it because you just can't beat the content. ... Read more


9. Microsoft Money Deluxe 2005
list price: $59.99
our price: $47.99
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Asin: B0002D12D4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 154
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Features

  • Personal finance software with award-winning Portfolio Manager
  • Automatically consolidates online financial information
  • Essential tools for improving credit and organizing taxes
  • Stay up-to-date on accounts and transactions
  • Get help with credit and debt; simplify taxes

10. Quicken 2005 Premier [Invest, Monitor, Prosper]
list price: $79.95
our price: $72.99
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Asin: B00029J1RW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 297
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Features

  • Optimize investments, monitor worth, and view complete financial picture
  • Instantly connect to bank and credit card sites with a push of a button
  • Easy-to-use investment area looks just like a broker statement
  • Track investment holdings; intelligent and tax-smart investing insights
  • View average annual return for entire portfolio and individual accounts

11. Quicken 2004 Deluxe [Replaced by Quicken 2005 Deluxe]
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0000A9AIT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 127
Average Customer Review: 1.78 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easy-to-use software for managing your finances
  • Track spending, manage investments, plan for the future, and more
  • Easily download financial data directly into Quicken
  • Works with 2,000+ banks, credit card, brokerage, and 401(k) companies
  • View net worth by cash, property, or stocks; revealing charts and graphs

Reviews (170)

1-0 out of 5 stars Makes a pen and notebook seem like a great idea
Like others, I was also asked to upgrade (from 2002) and I did. What a mistake. Random bits of my brokerage data was lost and it has taken many months to get it back in order. Reconcilation is a pain with lots of screen delays on my PIII 500. The bugs keep popping up. For example, my security list can not remember the Vanguard S&P500 Index (VFINX). I have to enter it as a new security each time I want to use it. Do I sound frustrated? You bet I am. Watching this once great program turn into what is today will do that.

1-0 out of 5 stars It's terrible
So Intuit sent me friendly mail saying they were going to stop stock updates in the Quicken I use, Q2000. In a wildly self-serving manner they suggested I upgrade. I did. And this version is simply horrific - the UI is a mash of popup windows, the account list is gone (or maybe not, but I can't find it) - and I used that list to navigate my accounts - and everything is hard to understand and use. It's terrible. Stay away. Now all I need is something to track my investments...

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't add - hate the GUI
Like many of you I was forced out of Quicken 98 and into 2004. What a lot of useless junk on the screen and "support" tells me there's no way to trim down the display. Furthermore the system crashes and can't add during reconciles (!).
But here's my question: is there another forum for discussion besides Amazon? A place where we can share usage secrets and compare Quicken with Money or Quickbooks?

1-0 out of 5 stars Hope you don't need support & you will!!!
I just bought this program because I have been a Quicken user for several years and lost my old disk and just decided to buy the new version. First of all when you make a payment/ transfer from your Checking to a credit card it will count the payment as income on your income statement. Also the print option on this program doesn't work at all. It won't even let me into the setup or options or anything. I've tried & tried to get ahold of support and they charge $1.95 per min to help you fix a problem with they're program. I'm sorry but thats not how I do business. Personally I think I'm going to take it back and look for another option.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bugs Bugs Bugs
Can you say broken?

I've been a religious user of Quicken since Quicken 98 and am seriously disappointed with this version. Support is useless for anything advanced. Some specific gripes:

1. When you change your pin with online bank, it'll never save your new pin, despite what it tells you.

2. File "backup" fails every time with a semi complex datafile. There's an "unreferenced memory error." Sloppy programmers leaving dangling pointers.

3. The file "validation" utility corrupts your data file removing references when the references existed in the account before.

4. Frequently is not able to record split transactions between multiple accounts (not categories). It'll record the split in one account, not others. Result, you'll have missing references.

5. Investment transactions will reset values under certain circumstances when you revisit recorded transactions.

6. Still doesn't allow you to have post-tax/non-taxable income in your paycheck (like for expense report payments).

Data integrity problems.

If you're using older version -- DONT UPGRADE, unless you like corrupted data. I would advise, version 2003.

Unfortunately, MS Money isn't much better from a feature set standpoint. Despite that, I'm considering switching just outta spite. ... Read more


12. Quicken 2004 Basic
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B0000A98NJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 455
Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (20)

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst Version of Quicken ...........EVER!!!!!!!
I have used Quicken since the DOS versions, this one is the worst! You cannot change any colors, period, end of discussion! You cannot remove unused, useless toolbars/frames, period, end of discussion! You will have to call tech support! You will have to endure repeated uninstalls/reinstalls! Download a trial version before you upgrade, if you can't configure it the way you want, delete it and move on!

4-0 out of 5 stars Displeased with discontinuation of support
I have a very minor problem with Quicken 2000. It is very functional for all my needs and I am quite perturbed that to get technical support, I am forced to update. I don't need an update. I do need a very minor fix to my present system. Quite simply, the system somehow changed the opening screen and I can find no way of putting it back where it is when you first start using Quicken. I reloaded with the old disc and got the screen I want, but I have to the accounts list under the old load to find prior transactions. As for help, even the 900 number has been changed, so I can't even pay to get this rectified. What a rip-off.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a Piece of Garbage
I have been using Quicken since "Quicken 4" on my Mac. It WAS a great program. This version is okay except for the investment portfolio. It is full of bugs, and is not at all intuitive (ironic, eh?). Further, you cannot simply "fudge" and enter your historical transactions ... so my cash balance is wrong, and impossible to correct. After researching online, it is clearly a bug that Inuit will not even acknowledge.

Hopefully they will get their act together for 2005, otherwise, I'm out of there!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Patch this
I am done with Intuit. Every time I upgrade to a newer version it is full of bugs. Then, when I call Intuit customer support to discuss THEIR bugs, they want a credit card number before giving out any information. HOW ABOUT ENSURING THE PRODUCT WORKS CORRECTLY BEFORE SELLING IT TO THE PUBLIC. I don't care if they EVENTUALLY offer a patch that can be downloaded. I have more important things to do with my time.

I was a loyal Quicken user for more than 8 years; BUT NO LONGER ... their idea of customer service is PATHETIC. I am going to give Microsodt Money a try

1-0 out of 5 stars Stick with Quicken 2002 (maybe from Ebay?)
I was warned!! Instead I thought I could put up with all the small inconveniences of 2004. Every one of the negative reviews is correct and then some. I've been using (and promoting) Quicken since 1996 and updating every other year. 2004 regularly crashes on Windows XP. The investment register is useless for record reviews. The help topics are not useful. I was excited the first time it took me directly to Intuit's knowledge base, until I found nothing in the knowledge base that applied. Their Indian customer service can barely speak English. Not that it matters much since they haven't a clue how solve problems other than uninstall and re-install. The final straw however came today when, during an online update, Quicken corrupted my data files. The only fix for this is to uninstall the program. My fix is to reinstall Quicken 2002 and wait until I see some positive reviews on a new version before buying another Intuit product, even though I'm in for a couple days re-entering data that won't transfer from version 2004.

Laughably, a couple years ago Intuit was used in marketing case studies as a better way to treat customers than Microsoft. Where did those managers go? They now make Microsoft look positively brilliant. Since I have loved Quicken for so long, I really hope Intuit is monitoring these site reviews and will Quickly correct these myriad problems. I'm just glad I didn't post a high recommendation on this product and have to eat those words now. ... Read more


13. Quicken 2004 Premier Home & Business
list price: $89.95
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Asin: B0000AA3KN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 481
Average Customer Review: 2.21 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for home based consulting business
I have a simple home-based consulting business with 2 employees and a small number of customers. Quicken Home & Business is the perfect accounting system for me. I was a financial officer for several companies and have used several high end systems. This is the easiest and most efficient accounting system ever made - an excellent product. If it covers your needs, you should consider yourself lucky.

Here are some highlights and pointers:

1. Data entry is extremely fast. As soon as you start typing, Quicken guesses what you are going to enter and fills it in for you. Check book entries are effortless. This is the most important feature of any accounting system because sole proprietors should not waste time with data entry.
2. Credit card transactions are automatic. Get yourself a separate credit card for business transactions and download directly into Quicken. I have used 4 different cards and the best integration is the with Quicken Master Card. It also earns you about 1% in airline awards or gift certificates. Just click on "one step update" and you have all new transactions ready to review.
3. Bank reconciliation is completely done for you. You never need to go through a bank statement again, matching up transactions. Quicken "one step update" downloads new transactions and finds the corresponding entry in your check register. You just confirm or add if it is a new transaction. When the monthly statement comes, you enter the ending balance and Quicken figures out which transactions cleared. You rarely need to even look at the bank statement.
4. Reporting is simple. Just choose from dozens of pre-designed reports and make small adjustments if needed. You can also export any report to modify it in Excel or Word if you prefer.
5. Invoicing is simple and quick. Just create descriptions for each service you offer and invoicing is a snap. Quicken tracks which invoices have been printed and tracks receivables effortlessly.
6. Tax reporting is easy. You can instantly produce a Schedule C and if you also purchase TurboTax (which I highly recommend), you can import data directly into your tax forms.
7. Manage cash between multiple bank accounts. If you choose a bank that is supported by Quicken, you can easily move funds between checking and savings.

A few pointers for using the product.
1. Don't confuse this product with other Quicken products such as Quicken Deluxe or Quicken Premier.
2. Intuit also produces QuickBooks, which is not a product I recommend. If you need the power of QuickBooks, there are other applications available that may be better.
3. Don't combine your personal and business financial data in one file. Quicken recommends you do this but you definitely should not. Instead, set up your personal Quicken file first. Then from the main menu, select File/New/New Quicken File. It is very easy to switch between your personal file and your business file and you will not have any problems with reports, tax forms etc. if you keep them totally separate. You do not need to purchase additional software licenses to have multiple files. I have 3 businesses and one personal file on my copy of Quicken Home & Business.
4. Create a liability account called "owners draw". Quicken does not explain this well, but this will become your owners equity account on your balance sheet. When you draw funds from the business (unless you do it through payroll), you assign the check or transfer to "owners draw" and this will accumulate on your balance sheet to show the true net worth or your business.

1-0 out of 5 stars I wish that I read the reviews first
I tried to install this program a couple of days ago and was prompted to uninstall the previous version (Quicken 2002 Deluxe). I chose to do so. At the end of the installation process, I got the error message "Your program files may have been damaged. You will need to reinstall Quicken." I uninstalled using Add/Remove Programs and reinstalled with exactly the same result.

At that stage, having looked in vain for help on the Intuit site -- the solution to this error message did not work for me -- I went elsewhere and found dozens of negative reviews. Intuit seem to have hit rock bottom with this product.

So I decided to go back to using Quicken 2002, but of course it had been uninstalled and I can't find my original CD. So I chose to use the Windows XP System Restore function to roll back the clock. But although Quicken 2002 reappeared, my Quicken file no longer seems to work properly. The screen freezes and flashes when I switch from one account to another.

I called Intuit this morning and described my scenario. They offered to replace my Quicken 2002 at a total cost of $20 plus. It would take them two days to get it out of the warehouse and a further 7-10 days for shipping. Shouldn't they provide a free downgrade when their buggy software doesn't work?

5-0 out of 5 stars I have been very impressed with this software.
This is first time I have used Quicken, and I am impressed with the sophistication of the software. It is very cool. Balancing my check book is easier then I thought, as well as, updating my investment portfilio. I did have to upgrade to a preffered online bank account to get automatic updates though. That cost about $3/month, but worth it. For my bank, online bill pay is another $3 more for 10 bills per month. Some investment accounts will not download to your quicken but the quotes will. Also, you definetly need to read Quicken 2004 for Dummies. It can take about 20 some hours to learn the majority of the programs with the book. I wouldn't even try without it. Once you learn it, if you have the time, it is worth it. At least so far for me. I just put in about 20 plus hours with it so far, and I haven't done too much on the business side, such as payroll. Good luck.

1-0 out of 5 stars Intuit Stumbles on Quicken 2004
A major player in the personal finance software arena for years, Intuit and Quicken has helped thousands keep track of their personal finances. I have been a Quicken user since the early days (Quicken 1 and 2), have upgraded to new releases over the years and have always been very satisfied with the Quicken product.

Quicken 2004 Premier changed all that.

The release of Quicken 2004 was advertised as allowing you to get instant answers to questions like "Are my investments outperforming the market?" and "What is my return for the past 1,3 and 5 years?" Unfortunately, after upgrading from Quicken 2003 to Quicken 2004 Premier, the question I was asking most was "What happened to my data?"

Quicken 2004 has corrupted my personal finance information on four separate occasions (I know, "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me" ... I don't want to even think about "fool me four times...").

My financial books include four checking accounts, several credit card accounts, some loans, several investment accounts, and a smattering of other accounts. No account type is immune to corruption.

In my checking accounts, one major problem is that Quicken 2004 insists on making up numbers (really, really, BIG numbers, like as big as your computer can handle), creating transactions with random dates to go along with the made-up numbers, and then inserting these transactions in the register. At one time my calculated net worth was too large to display (I wish ...); another time I owed more than the United States GDP. On another occasion Quicken 2004 erased all of the transactions from one checking account, strangely keeping a balance that looked to be about right. In another account, I have been overdrawn once due to a Quicken 2004 error.

In the investment accounts Quicken 2004 decided to change the ticker symbols of some stocks in the investment accounts to unknown symbols on more than one occasion. It's not clear when this happened; it may have been during the updating process when prices are downloaded into Quicken. This caused trouble not only in evaluating the portfolio, but the reconciliations of the accounts were very challenging, because I was never sure if the difference was due to my error, or if Quicken had changed a symbol in one of the dividend re-investment transactions (which it did on two occasions).

A few of the shortcut keys that Quicken power users have grown accustomed to, no longer work in Quicken 2004 (hitting the space bar to select a check during reconciliation, for example). These are known errors and "will be fixed in the next release". At least that's what I was told when I discovered the issue in Release 1. It has not been fixed as of Release 5.

I was given the above information on one of my several attempts to get help by calling customer service. I was helped by "Jennifer", although I suspect her name was really Neeraja, or Srividya or something similar. Customer service appears to consist of very bored people, who are very far away, reading answers in OK English off of scripts to solve problems you did not call with. I was told once to reload Windows (I did not). Most of the time, I was told to run the File/File Operation/Validate option within Quicken 2004 (I did several times). I don't remember ever having to run that option on earlier versions of Quicken; I'm not sure it even was an option with Quicken 2003. On another occasion, I was questioned quite closely about the type of printer I had. Apparently, printers have become notorious corruptors of data in Quicken 2004. So, who knew? (I'm joking -- they're not). In no case, did the call to customer support solve my immediate problem.

Sending in questions via email was better in the sense that I did not receive any wrong or useless information. In fact, I received no information at all. All emails went unanswered. Bug reports are never acknowledged, but they never have been.

Running Quicken 2004 requires some serious horsepower. Intuit will tell you Quicken 2004 can run on a Pentium 200 or higher machine with 32 MB RAM and 75MB hard drive space. I originally installed Quicken 2004 on a spare Pentium 233 MHZ machine with 100MB hard drive. Big mistake. When I fired up the software, the lights in the house didn't exactly dim, but I bet they wanted to. Quicken 2004 is unbearably slow on machines below the recommended 300MHZ limit, and I wouldn't put it on anything less than 700Mhz. Quicken 2004 seems to be doing a lot of disk I/O and window rendering and all of that thrashing around costs performance points. My copy of Quicken is now installed on a Dell Dimension 4600, 2.79GHz, 512RAM, 111GB free hard drive, Windows XP Professional. As you might expect, speed is no problem.

On the plus side, Quicken has done a nice job with the charts and reports. So, even if the numbers are wrong, they look marvelous. The screen gets real busy, though, what with the Menu Bar, the icon bar, the Quicken Home side window, the main register window, the transaction window and the maddening Inuit advertisements ('Try Turbo Tax - the #1 tax solution year after year") at the bottom, all showing up at once. Intuit will tell you that Quicken 2004 works with a Super VGA (800 x 600). It will, but the recommended 1024 x 768 with 16 bit color monitors will make your life more pleasant. Again, the numbers might be wrong, but at least you'll have a shot at seeing them.

So, what's a body to do? Well, I'm digging through my files looking for my copy of Quicken 2003. I'll revert back to that. It worked fine, no funny stuff, had almost all of the features of Quicken 2004 and it was stable. In the meantime, I'll keep watching Intuit to see if they fix the new version, and begin to understand what customer service is all about.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works fine for me
With all the complaints, I was a bit reluctant to purchase the 2004 version of Quicken. However, since I was still on 2001, I decided to bite the bullet. While the interface is disappointing and there really isn't anything new or improved, the product works well. Next time I purchase an upgrade, though, I probably won't need the business portion and, seen as how Intuit never really adds any features of importance, I'll settle for Quicken basic. There's really no point is paying for stuff you can get elsewhere for free - like investment analysis. ... Read more


14. Quicken 2004 Premier
list price: $79.95
our price: $74.99
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Asin: B0000AA3M3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 2975
Average Customer Review: 2.19 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (36)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Version Yet
I have used Quicken since the DOS days and this is the best version yet. There were absolutely no problems with my upgrade from Premier 2003.

Contrary to what others have posted, the program does not require your data to-be-posted on Quicken.com; it merely makes it convenient to do so. You have the option to opt out.

I reviewed Money Deluxe 2004 prior to my purchase of Premier 2004 because I kept hearing how "clean" and "user friendly" Money was. Well, in my opinion, Premier easily wins because accounts are no more than one click away (they are all listed on the side of the screen) and Premier remembers what screen was displayed the last time you were there.

Money makes more use of a browser methodology where you can go back/forwards to where you were but this isn't as intuitive and also does not make use of screen tabs like Premier does.

I have not had any stability issues with 2004 and this version corrected a bug I had in 2003 that caused 2003 to crash.

Finally, the Investing Center has nice improvements like MorningStar ratings for mutual funds build into the program as well as portfolio and stock comparisions to market indexes.

Anyway, I'm happy with Premier 2004.

1-0 out of 5 stars Moo!
I'm hoping to get a better response here than from Intuit's customer service. Could one of you people who simply love this product please tell me how you produce meaningful reports given:

1. "Exclude internal transfers" includes internal accounts, anyway.
2. Phantom amounts show up on reports. (Intuit has acknowledged this problem since April. It's now July...)

Intuit made me upgrade in '99 because they forgot about Y2K. They made me upgrade again this year because they stopped online services for Quicken '99. Does anybody doubt that in a year or two, this product will no longer work? How else can they keep the cash cow alive?

1-0 out of 5 stars pay bill nightmares
I've been using Quicken for over a decade and loved it all along the way. I'm a fully advanced user. I was very happy with 2000 but forced to upgrade to be able to continue on-line banking. I have had nothing but problems hooking up to the bank with my new 2004 (I've NEVER had one problem with this before in 5 years). I have used overseas Intuit techs for 3-4 hrs off and on (and they charge you!!!). Sometimes the bill-pay works, sometimes it doesn't. I know it's the new Quicken software as its never been an issue before. I am quiting Quicken. I've had it. There's something wrong with this program.

1-0 out of 5 stars INVESTORS, DO NOT UPGRADE - FLAWED
I have been happy with Quicken 2003 and I recently purchased Quicken 2004 as an upgrade. Upon installation, all of my investment data was incorrectly converted or not converted at all. ALL of my investment accounts are now inaccurate. I am terribly dissatisfied with this product. Their website seems to attribute conversion problems to "bad data files." I find that extremely hard to believe unless the user was having trouble with cross-linked files prior to the conversion. In my opinion, the suggestion that this type of problem is caused by cross linked/bad data files is lazy, inaccurate and unacceptable. It's a way of saying "we really don't know what causes this bug, but here's our suggestion to throw the blame back on you, Mr. Consumer - we blame your computer system." I've suggested to Intuit that they stop putting so much time and effort into making this product look pretty with all of the bullet point box features and focus on a solid release candidate with no severe bugs. In my opinion, this product is about 3 months shy of being commercially acceptable. This bug will cost me countless hours - probably well over 100 - in sorting and reconciling all of my investments. It's ridiculous really. Based on what I've read in public forums, I would assert that this product is responsible for countless lost hours among many unsatisfied customers. Unfortunately, because of the nature of this problem and the financial dependence I have on this product, I no longer trust this product nor do I trust other products released by Intuit. I will go through the excruciating process of reconciliation simply to get everything back to current/accurate so I can convert to another program - MS Money, etc. I will not purchase another Quicken product and I recommend that others do their homework before purchasing this drink coaster (errr, product) as an upgrade. Personal money management is a serious issue - in my opinion, being accurate and clean should take priority over everything else.

I'm so burned, if I could rate this product a big fat zero or go into negative territory I would - but if you're read this far, you now know that my rating of '1' is really a z-e-r-o.

4-0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected.
I was afraid to purchase the upgrade (from Q99), because of a bad experience upgrading a few years ago and because of the many negative reviews Q2004 has generated. I did it because I hadn't really found a better option (Reeally! and Portfolio Record Keeper just didn't have many of the features I was used to in Quicken). Quicken's 60 day money back return policy was enough to convince me to give it a try.

I consider myself a fairly proficient user, having used Quicken for 11+ years, although I have used Quicken primarily for investment tracking--not the banking and expense tracking features. Overall, the conversion went better than expected. I encourage everyone to take some time to back up the old version of Quicken data files and use the Custom install option to preserve the old version of the Quicken program. That way it is easy to hop back and forth between the old and new versions for easy data verification. At a minimum, run a couple of reports from the old version, so you are able to verify account balances just to be safe.

I did have a handful of items that appeared incorrect. I had the opportunity to use the Quicken Chat support. They are helpful (and free), for basic installation questions only. They will not handle any data issues at all and will refer you to their phone support. I decided to bite the bullet and call them (hoping desperately I wouldn't get charged), and when I explained that I had some discrepancies with my account balances right after converting, they spent more than a half an hour with me on the phone and didn't even ask for my credit card number. The issues really turned out to be reinitializing some reporting views that copied over from my old Quicken, as well as them providing clarification of how the new Quicken handles certain investment particulars. Bottom line: all of the data (my backup data file is 8 floppy disks!) transferred over without a hitch. The problems were all outside the data realm. I think they have actually improved their product support from what it was back when I tried (unsuccessfully) to upgrade to Q2001.

All in all I really do like the new Quicken. It offers much more in the way of reporting for investments than my old version did. I have not had any trouble running the program on my 3 year old machine. In fact, I have had Q2004, Q99 and AOL running at the same time and have not had a problem.

I did not give the product 5 stars, because I am not crazy about some of the new features--especially the way they changed to the dialog-type of entry for transactions in investment accounts. It seems like they want everyone to just use the downloads from their banks and brokerage firms which I prefer not to use. The new method of transaction entry will,unfortunately, be more time consuming. I'm not sure why they made this change. They also go a bit overboard with trying to provide the user with investment advice. I think they should just stick with providing a good product with good technical support and let us make our own financial decisions. ... Read more


15. Microsoft Money Premium 2005 [LB]
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B0002DOE9S
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 5872
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Product Description

Microsoft Money 2005 Premium is the automated personal finance solution, providing consumers with a quick and easy way to view, improve and optimize their finances. Completely rebuilt for simplicity, Money makes handling finances easy with speedy setup, automated tools that reduce the need for manual entry, and adaptable Essential and Advanced features that enable a more personal experience. Following is an overview of the software's new and enhanced features. Money has been redesigned to bring more people into the personal finance category. Everyone’s financial wants are different. For the user who doesn’t want to spend time on their finances but just focus on the essentials, they can easily access their account balances online, have their transactions automatically categorized and instantly see where their money is going. They have ALL their financial information in one place, with minimal to no typing. For those people who like to pore over the details, Money gives you more with its advanced views. Money 2005 –one product, different user perspectives. ... Read more


16. Infinity Softworks powerOne CRE v2 Combo for Windows and Handhelds
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B0007LC9G0
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Infinity Softworks, Inc.
Sales Rank: 8409
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Features

  • Save calculations for later review; print calculations for your own or your client's files.
  • Carry a single computer for all your needs without losing your calculator's functionality.
  • Calculate the way you prefer: RPN, order and chain input modes; quick access to routine functions.
  • Templates appear like mini-spreadsheets, making it easy to verify your information, show clients, and work with colleagues.
  • Add on or create your own templates to match the way you work.

17. Quicken Lawyer 2003 Wills
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00007MIGR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nolo Press
Sales Rank: 1594
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid and User Friendly, Great for Straightforward Situation
BOTTOM LINE: Quicken Lawyer Wills ('QLW') is a great, low-cost alternative to hiring a lawyer to prepare your will, which will run you a minimum of several hundred dollars. It takes just minutes to prepare a will, but its legal manual/support resources are extensive enough for those that want to spend much more time understanding the what/why behind their document.

QLW is published by Nolo Press, a well established publisher of self-help legal books. When creating a will, the software creates all of the legal language for you - you do not write a single word of legalese - and docs are tailored to each state's requirements. To get information from you and have you make decisions about the content/structure of your documents, QLW follows the typical "interview" format - easy to use and informative along the way. My wife and I each created wills in literally 20 minutes (but you probably have to put a bit of forethought into it, especially if you are married).

PROS:
- Ease of use: idiot-proof interview format
- Legal help: good offline manual, good resources at Nolo website
- Clear execution information: tells you exactly how to execute the will
- Address book: enter a person's info (i.e. you spouse) and don't need to enter again in other parts of same doc
- Ease of use for married people: prepare one spouse's will and QLW has a function to flip the names to create the other spouse's will without starting from scratch

COMPETITORS: Kiplinger and Broderbund also publish estate planning software but I've had a chance to look at them (pre-installed on my computer when I bought it) and I'd stick with Quicken.

GET A LAWYER IF: While QLW functions well as an advisor, guiding you through the specific provisions within a will, it has its limits and is candid enough to admit it during the interviews/tutorials. Get a lawyer for situations like: you expect to owe federal estate taxes ($1.5 million limit in 2003 and going up rapidly), you own a small business or you expect to have a messy family situation upon death (i.e. an ex-spouse or children that don't get along) or live in a community property state.

THINK ABOUT QUICKEN LAWYER PERSONAL: If you have the sense to prepare a will and are in a life situation to start preparing a will, you probably could stand to have a few other basic estate planning documents like a living will/healthcare directive and a power of attorney (especially if you're married). So for a few bucks more, I might check out Quicken Lawyer Personal instead which will do all of this plus prepare a will for you (see my review of Quicken Lawyer Personal for more info). ... Read more


18. H&R Block DeductionPro 2004
list price: $19.95
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Asin: B000646EGO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: H&R Block
Sales Rank: 239
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19. Infinity Softworks powerOne CRE v2 for Handheld
list price: $109.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00069T6D2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Infinity Softworks, Inc.
Sales Rank: 9164
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Features

  • Add on or create your own templates to match the way you work.
  • Carry a single computer for all your needs without losing your calculator's functionality.
  • Calculate the way you prefer: RPN, order and chain input modes; quick access to routine functions.
  • Templates appear like mini-spreadsheets, making it easy to verify your information, show clients, and work with colleagues.
  • Save calculations for later review; print calculations for your own or your client's files.

20. Asset Protection Made E-Z

Asin: B00002S76E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: E-Z Legal Forms
Sales Rank: 8366
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Amazon.com Product Description

Would you like to protect your assets against financial threat? Achieve a lifetime of financial security for you and your family? Avoid lawsuits and hassles from those who want your wealth in their pockets? If your answer is "yes," this complete electronic encyclopedia of techniques and strategies to safeguard assets from financial disaster is for you. This treasure from Dr. Arnold Goldstein, one of America's foremost authorities on debt management and asset protection, is newly updated and packed with the latest secrets. Dr. Goldstein is an attorney, professor, and author of more than 100 books on finance and law. His strategies have helped thousands of people shelter their assets successfully. ... Read more


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