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21. Microsoft Money 2004 Deluxe
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B00009L1HM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 989
Average Customer Review: 2.58 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Money 2004 vs. Quicken 2004
I've been a user of Quicken 2001 and this year decided to upgrade. After reading all of the negative reviews on here, I decided to first try MSN Money 2004. It works great, but I wasn't as comfortable with the way things are presented, so decided to also try Quicken 2004 Deluxe. Here are a few thoughts on the two programs:

1. Presentation-wise, I like Quicken better. On the view pages, boxes are lined up with each other, while Money just positions them as there is room. I also like Quicken's graphs and charts a little more, and the fact that Quicken's options allow you to see your net worth on the first page, while Money just shows account values on the first page so you have to click to another screen to see your net worth).

2. On investments, I think Money gives you a lot more information, including information about your best and worst performing investments, etc.

3. I think Money also has a bunch more features than Quicken might, and you get a lot of free options like MSN bill pay, free subscription to Money Magazine, etc.

All said, I think either program is a decent choice. After using Quicken for 3 years, I think I'm just a little more partial to Quicken just because it's more what I'm used to. Otherwise, Money I think gives you more bang for the buck.

Just to let you all know, I haven't had any bug issues with either program. Not sure if the other posters screwed things up on their own or just got early versions of the software that were buggy, but things have been smooth with respect to both programs. I also haven't experienced a bombardment of advertisements as some users are reporting.

3-0 out of 5 stars Try before you buy
As a long time Quicken user, I decided to try out a trial version of Money 2004. I'm glad that it was a trial. I decided not to purchase Money 2004 deluxe.

Both Quicken and Microsoft Money is adequate for balancing your checkbook, and both are excellent for downloading statements from your bank. However, I did find that Microsoft 2004 was easier to setup and easier to setup the online bank stuff.

When you purchase Quicken, you are not locked into an upgrade cycle. My old version of quicken still works. Money displayed a cryptic dialog which led me to believe that Money 2004 would quit working in two years. I'm not sure about that part (they might have been referring to the MSN money feature).

I would recommend you try it out before you purchase it. The trial version is available at the Microsoft website and it is the Deluxe version, without the extra movies and walkthroughs.

I just found Money too pretty, and that navigating to do simple things like reconcile took some learning.

Money 2004 has a feature that will allow you to upload your financial data to the web and access from anywhere. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out the privacy policy whether or not Microsoft will resell your financial data. They certainly don't take any responsibility for the safety of the data.

In the end, however, it will probably boil down to whatever checking software you are introduced to first. If you learn Quicken, you will probably prefer it. The same goes with Money. Feature-wise, they are about the same. Quicken has more reports. Both will work fine for your needs.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful product. Cannot connect to accounts. Over-complex.
First, some background on us. We are very experienced computer users who setup the computer systems used by some of the largest banks around. Yet we cannot get Microsoft Money 2004 to connect to our own personal accounts.

One bug: Money will pull account data from a popular online brokerage, then five minutes later the data will be gone from the UI, even if you force Money to reconnect to the online brokerage.

Another issue: your regular username and password that you use to access an account online, fequently will NOT work with Money. So you need to call each financial institution individually to get connect. Since this is something that few financial institutions deal with on a regular basis, their regular customer support cannot help you and you need to call during special times of the day.

Calling Microsoft Money technical support puts you into India. How would you feel about discussing your personal financial account data with someone in India, where security laws are much more lax compared to the US?

More on security: can you trust Microsoft Money to be without security flaws given all the recent IE issues?

The user interface is incredibly complex and unintuitive. The issue is that all features are thrown at the user at once, rather than being phased-in. There is a deluge of options to scan through. Of course, none of these features work since we can't get basic account info.

1-0 out of 5 stars Frustrating and poorly designed
I have been using checkbook software for over fifteen years, starting with the Mac and Quicken, moving on to various versions of Quicken on the PC. I switched to Money from Quicken at the turn of the year for three reasons: frustration with Quickens bloating features and pop-ups (too much getting in the way), Intuit's policies with Turbo Tax (a protest), and Quicken BillPays interfaces and clunky operation.

Big mistake. Money 2004 was even worse.

I download my statements from my bank using a web and .qif file interface. Money is abysmal at this - it makes almost random matches, it tries to match electronic downloads with DIFFERENT amounts, it does not read or use the information in the .qif file such as payee, and more. It makes more work trying to clean it up than it saves. Not using the data in the .qif file (like payee name) is TOTALLY INEXCUSABLE.

Reconciling is also tons of fun. Reconciling is an important task, since Money's statement download is so prone to errors. First, it tries to clear everything Ihave downloaded for me - have to go through and manually unreconcile everything then start over.

The Help file does not appear to be written for this version of Money - the information just does not match what I see on the screen.

The Payee list gets unweildy and there is no efficient way to prune it - deleting payees you have used only once more than a year ago, for instance.

The list goes on. In a nutshell, Microsoft has ignored the basics of good design needed to maintaining a number of accounts in favor of useless features, strange sound effects and confusing glitz.

I am looking for a replacement ....

4-0 out of 5 stars Isn't this amazing
So you're wondering whether to buy MS Money or Quicken. So you look at this page and read the reviews that say this is the worst piece of software ever written and how they wished they'd bought Quicken. The you go to the Quicken reviews, and surprise surprise, you read essentially the same nonsense from people wishing they'd bought Money. Now, I'm willing to accept there may be some preference, but both pieces of software were given 5-stars by PC Magazine. They said there's little difference between the two, and that both do an good job. I think what we're seeing here is a battle between the software Talaban, not real reviews, similar to the fight between those who swear by PC vs. those who swear by Macs. I've used both Quicken and Money 2004. Both work fine. ... Read more


22. QuickBooks Pro 5.0 for MAC
list price: $299.95
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Asin: B000078V52
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 4130
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

QuickBooks Pro Edition 5.0 for Mac provides advanced tools to manage your business finances. Enjoy the convenience of having all your financial information organized in one place. It's fast and easy to create reports and invoices, track expenses, and more.

QuickBooks is now designed and built to run on Mac OS X. QuickBooks windows and controls, including a revised icon bar, are also designed to be consistent with the Aqua user interface. QuickBooks also works with Mac OS 9.2.2.

Now it's even easier to customize the appearance of QuickBooks forms, such as invoices, cash sales receipts, estimates, and purchase orders. Change fonts, add a company logo, or modify the layout of your forms to suit your needs. Customize reports by modifying the content based on report filters you choose. The new Report Finder helps you quickly select the report or graph you need, with sample onscreen reports. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Getting Better
I currently use Quickbooks Pro for Windows at my day job, at home I use Quickbook Pro 5.0 for Mac for my home based business. The mac version doesn't have all the features that the windows version does, but I believe that they will continue to upgrade (in fact the 6.0 version is just coming out with the ability to convert data back and forth between windows and mac) I have tried Myob for mac, it is ok, but I still believe Quickbooks to be the most intuitive and easy program with very strong features for tracking everything assosiated with running a business. I am on Quickbooks for Windows more than 12 hours a day, so I know very well what features need improving, yet I still prefer to use the mac for my home business. And I will continue to provide them with my feedback for future upgrades. At this point the biggest would be online banking. I can't imagine they would leave that out for much longer. The 6.0 version already has the Windows to Mac and Mac to Windows data conversion which is what everyone in these reviews have been screaming about.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, very, very disappointing
I am a small business owner, happy using Macs and a long time Intuit user. I was delighted Intuit was again "supporting" the Mac platform and was one of the pre-purchasers of QB Pro 5 for the Mac. I assumed, perhaps naively, that since it was the hot new thing, it would have all the old features I associated with Quicken and all the QuickBooks options for which my accountant had been begging so he could play with my files on-line. Instead, I find that this product just doesn't do these things. No, you cannot export data in PC format. No, the accountant cannot enter the program to organize data his way. No, on-line banking is not supported. This is 2003. What small business wants to be without access to on-line banking?

1-0 out of 5 stars Huge Omission Makes QB for Mac Virtually Useless!
I was thrilled when I heard that Intuit was once again planning on reentering the Mac market with a new version of QuickBooks Pro. It's here, but the thrill is gone.
I was looking forward to getting rid of the Windows PC that's taking up valuable space on my desk; it's sole reason for existence is to run QuickBooks. Everything else in the office is done on Macs.
Software arrived, installation went well. I went to my PC and exported my QuickBooks file to a Zip disk, popped the disk into the Zip drive on my Mac and then tried to tell QB on the Mac to import the file so I could get down to business on the Mac. But what's this... a message that says that QuickBooks for Mac cannot read QuickBooks files created on a PC!
As far as I can see, there is no reason for this application to exist. My accountant has a PC and we email my QuickBooks file back and forth on a regular basis. Therein lies the problem.
If Microsoft, Adobe, even Quark files can go back and forth, then why not QuickBooks files? Until true multi-platform accessibility is writtin into QuickBooks, I'd recommend holding off on the purchase of this otherwise solid product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Using OS 9.2.2
Constantly crashes in OS 9.2.2. Will stick with Quickbooks Pro 4...

1-0 out of 5 stars Mac users ...
Any mac user who can afford accounting software [such] as Quickbooks is probably a professional who uses their Mac for their business. Most professional business use accountants. Most accountants use Windows.

QUICKBOOKS 5.0 FOR MAC CAN NOT CONVERT DATA FROM THE WINDOWS VERSION. Thus rendering it useless for anyone on a mac who uses an accountant and needs to transfer data back and forth.

... ... Read more


23. Microsoft Money 2004 Standard
list price: $29.99
our price: $26.99
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Asin: B00009L1HS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 686
Average Customer Review: 2.56 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best in Class, but not perfect
In comparison to the competition, MS Money 2004 is really a superior product. I had been a Quicken user for years, and the change was easy and refreshing. I am not a financial mogul, nor am I an extremely diversified individual, but the features in Money go far beyond my needs. I'll be perfectly honest, I bought the program to have an updated checkbook register, and I have come to find the other features almost as useful.

I'll summarize my favorite items:
1. The budgeting feature that allows you to customize and categorize your weekly, monthly and annual expenditures. This is really a handy feature for trying to stay within a budget, and the program clearly ties the outcome of the budget to savings goals.

2. The reporting features. At first, the sheer volume of report types that you can generate is a bit intimidating, but after a few times of working through what was available, it became clear the select few that I liked. Another handy feature is the fact that Money will save the settings of each report independently. I find that the best report is the monthly report, as it tracks your top expenditure categories, how you are doing on your savings, and how your net worth and investments are changing over time. Really a pretty useful thing to look at once a month.

3. The debt reduction feature. If you have a lot of loan, credit card or mortgage debt, this feature will be a great tool. You can select debt accounts that you want included in the calculation, tell Money how much you want to spend each month, and it will calculate the most effective way to make monthly payments for each of the loans to get you out of debt ASAP. Really a nice feature, and the best part is that you can run several scenarios very easily so that you will get a quick feeling for how much money you will save in the long run if you pay 500 a month vs. 250.

4. The feature that ties it all together for me is the monthly bill pay feature. While it is possible to use Money to get your account balances and pay your bills on-line (if your bank will let you), this feature will simply let you create a list of all of your monthly bills, paydays, and other recurring expenses/credits. Then, you can see what bills to pay in between what paychecks, and maximize the use of your money for a given period of time. Of course, the debt reduction feature is integrated into the bill summary, and the bill summary outputs to the monthly budget! Really a nicely done and tidy little package.

Before software like this existed, I used to do all of the same tasks, but keep them all on a MS Excel spreadsheet, which required a lot of extra work on my part, and really didn't look as good at the end of the month. Suffice it to say that MS Money 2004 really gives you more data, and more options, than you will want, but doesn't clutter up the program by making you wade through them. The interface and data entry methods are all very clear and straightforward.

That being said, often times people have a certain way that they like to do their finances. You may like to transfer money between accounts, or you may have odd types of accounts. In some cases, the program doesn't easily recognize what you are doing. For instance, I would make weekly savings deposits, but the program kept telling me that I should start making savings deposits or else I wouldn't meet my savings goals! I tried everything but eventually just learned to live with it (and then for some reason it started working). I think that the documentation for the program (all in the form of a help file) is good, but misses a lot in how to completely customize the program to capture the nuances of your financial plan. Despite that, I wholeheartedly recommend this program to both the financial fanatic and the average person with a checking account.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a deal!
2004 Standard Moneys for under 20 bucks! booya!

-Gnome

1-0 out of 5 stars The worst software I ever saw...
Microsoft Money has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience...

Please tell Microsoft about this problem...

I just received the product this afternoon. I install it and even restart my PC many times. It still cannot ever start... Really disappointed. DO NO BUY THIS PRODUCT!

1-0 out of 5 stars M$ Sucks
I just bought this product. After installation, I can not even start it. It really sucks.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good tool with flaws
I find this software is a good tool to help me track spending and investments, though it does have some annoying flaws. The first is the forecasting that it does on accounts is worthless, it takes an asset account that receives a nominal increase monthly and projects a two month increase far in excess of what the historical trends, and common sense, would suggest. It does this as well with credit accounts, for instance I had a credit account with $700 with a 6 month no interest period, over a 5 month period, with monthy payments and no interest, it was paid down to $35, the forecast tool took this information and predicted in two months the account would be at - $5,000. Other annoying things, the prompt on the home page that I should enter the monthly interest on my AMEX card, the advertisements and notices that my money would do better in accounts held by advertisers, the difficulty enterering the actual price paid on fractional share purchases, and the difficulty in handling the mortgage payment transactions when part of the monthly payment goes to a escrow account to pay taxes and home insurance.

That said, the product is a good tool for househiold budgeting and financial record keeping. ... Read more


24. 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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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


25. Quicken 2003 Basic
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B000069IF9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 1445
Average Customer Review: 2.55 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Start organizing your finances with Quicken 2003 Basic. Quicken worksjust like your checkbook, so it's easy to get started. Balance your checkbookand pay bills easily. Bank online conveniently. Track where your money goes withreports and graphs.

Quicken Guided Setup asks you your goals, suggests what to set up and track, andoffers practical next steps to help you get there. Track your checking, savings,and credit card transactions in one place. Reconcile your bank statements inminutes. Pay bills right from your computer. Write and print checks or pay billsonline.

Use Quicken 2003 to sort your expenses by date, amount, payee, or category.Choose from dozens of reports and graphs that show where your money goes. Getanswers to such questions as "How much did I spend on dining?" and "How doesthat compare to last month?" You can also create a personalized budget to helpmeet your goals and monitor your cash flow to cover your spending.

Quicken 2003 Basic makes it easier than ever to download your data from onlinesources. Access your account balances, transfer funds, and pay bills. Quickenworks with more than 1,900 banks, credit card companies, and other financialinstitutions. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Great product; not so good if you don't want online accounts
This review is written from the point of view of someone who does not use the online features of Quicken. I'm sure those features have value, but if you want to use them I recommend you find a reviewer who can tell you about them. If like me you just use Quicken to record your financial transactions then read on.

The fundamentals of Quicken haven't changed much between this version and 1999, which was the previous version I used. However, I think users of older versions will find this one irritating in several ways. First, Quicken tries very hard to make all your accounts online. This means that you can't create an account that does not refer to an online institution without a bit of extra trouble; and once you've created the account, every time you try to reconcile, it wants you to download information from the web. If you're tracking the downloaded information in any other way, as I am, this is just an irritant.

A second irritation is that once you do set up an account online, you are forced to change your password for each account. I actually agree that this is good security practice, but the user should be notified ahead of time that this will happen.

The screen area devoted to the actual Quicken layout is smaller. Much of the extra area is devoted to what are essentially advertisements for more Quicken products and functionality. With a bit of work I was able to figure out how to increase the area displaying transactions, but it's still less than it used to be.

The old tabbed layout, with right hand tabs for open accounts, has been changed to a left hand menu that is not shrinkable beyond a certain point. The bottom inch of the screen is reserved for clickable icons for your online accounts; this menu can't be removed -- a tremendous irritation as I never use it. There is no way to mark an account as "not an online account any more".

Reconciling is much as before, but the old facility whereby a carriage return would mark a transaction as reconciled and also move you down a line is gone. This is the single most annoying change for me; it more than doubles the time it takes to reconcile.

Overall, Quicken is a wonderful program, and I strongly recommend it -- it does great things and will save you time. But this version is, for me at least, a real step backwards. If, like me, you don't plan to use the fancy online features, I would recommend buying an older version if you have confidence it will run on your computer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Problems With Quicken 2003 Are Now Overcome
In the spring of 2003, I upgraded from Quicken 2000 to Quicken 2003. I have used various versions of Quicken since the DOS days. Immediately after this upgrade I had many problems running the reports. My entire computer would freeze and I would need to shutdown and restart Quicken. I most cases I was unable to get the information I need from Quicken. Recently, I purchased a new laptop with Microsoft Money was installed on it. I moved the Quicken 2003 data file onto the laptop and used Microsoft Money to gather some of the detailed information I needed to prepare my tax return and the financial aid application for my kids. I was about ready to trash Quicken and use Microsoft Money until this week when I upgraded the operating system of the computer that the Quicken 2003 was installed on. After upgrading from Windows 98 second edition to Windows XP Home edition, all of the reports work and work well, apparently the functionality of Quicken 2003 on Windows 98 is not as compatible as desired or expected based upon the wording on the Quicken 2003 product packaging. Since all is now working well I am going to stay with Quicken for now.

1-0 out of 5 stars this software sucks.
This software does a terrible job to match the short sale and cover short transactions in my brokerage account. I have to manually specify those transactions to the right types ONE BY ONE and it still couldn't calculate the trasaction proceeds correctly. It is so frustrating. It wastes both money and time to use this software to track capital gains.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ok So Far
I am all too familiar with software disasters. I have developed a philosophy of staying away from new releases because of this. I decided on Q3 B because my bank advised that they were no longer supporting Q2k. I went with the basic version due to in the past not really using the features from the deluxe packages. I am running a 1.8 Gb, 512mb ram, W2K machine. The install went well although it took a while to convert the files. Apparently there is an encryption process that occurs which I will research later. The interface is a little more cluttered, but overall I was up and running in about 90 minutes. Also, the online update downloaded a software patch (expected) to update the app with the latest an greatest. Problem was, it turned my screen grey and did not give me any notice or status of what it was doing or the progress until completion. I worked with another machine for a while and when the drive settled down and the CPU utilization was at three percent, I rebooted. Everything came up fine. Hopefully by the time I have to upgrade again they'll have Quicken 2006 fully debugged. :)

2-0 out of 5 stars Risks Using Quicken
Before you give Quicken such a favorable review, you might want to check the 4 month problem they have had with Credit Card downloads. These have compromised the integrity of customer financial records. Their final solution has been to have customers manually check 4 months of statements and enter missing transactions by hand.

In the course of this problem they gave out incorrect information stating how soon the problem would be fixed, and stating that when fixed one would be able to download the missing transactions. For months they did not even inform customers that the problem continued past the original June 24 deadline.

Howard Sloane ... Read more


26. 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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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


27. Home Budget For Dummies
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B0001IQQ0E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 838
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28. G7 PRODUCTIVITY Versa Check 2005 Gold ( Windows )

Asin: B0002Q22YE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: G7 Productivity
Sales Rank: 3690
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Features

  • Manage your finances more efficiently -Schedule your bill payments, collect recurring payments or service fees, or create a check draft for immediate deposit
  • Track all accounts, check payments and receipts online from one location
  • Import records from financial software or print filled out checks directly through QuickPass
  • Send checks by email, or create new drafts by phone and fax
  • Draw from 300 hand-crafted images to add to your checks, with Check Designer PRO

29. Quicken 2002 Basic

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Asin: B00005LA90
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 735
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Quicken 2002 Basic is the easy way to start organizing your finances. Quicken Basic works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to get started. Balance your checkbook and pay bills easily. Bank online conveniently and track where your money goes with reports and graphs.

Reconcile your bank statement in minutes and see all your account balances at a glance. Write checks, print checks, or send payments online--all conveniently and quickly. You can schedule payments and get reminders of when they are due. Download your data from the Web. Access your account balances, transfer funds, and pay bills, all online. Quicken works with more than 1,700 banks, credit card institutions, and brokerage companies. Track your spending and see where your money goes using customized reports and graphs. Find quick and easy answers to questions about your spending, budget, net worth, and more.

Quicken even allows you to keep track of your investments so you can manage and optimize them. You can also download the latest prices on stocks and mutual funds into Quicken from Quicken.com, and download your records from participating brokerages so you don't have to type them in. You can then transfer all of this data directly into TurboTax, cutting tax preparation time. ... Read more

Reviews (96)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Functional - Do not be fooled by other reviews
I recently purchased a new iMac (made the switch from PC) and was distraught I would no longer be able to use Microsoft Money. I've been using it since 2000 and have had nothing but sucess.

After reading the mainly negative reviews ...my first inclination was to go out and buy a new program (Moneydance, Quicken 2003, or Virtual PC to continue using Money) to handle my finances. Since Quicken 2002 Deluxe came pre-installed on my iMac, I decided to give it a try.

I am pleasantly suprised at its capabilities. It is not quite as intuitive as I would like but I think that has something to do with the layers and layers of options Intuit has built into this program. The ability to handle several bank accounts, credit card accounts, investment accounts, retirement accounts, loans, assets and liabilities is all there. There are built in reports to view various categories or view your entire portfolio of accounts at once.

In response to some other reviews let me address some of their comments:

1) In order for Quicken to download statements automatically you must do two things. One - activate the account you have created in Quicken to access information online. Two - contact your bank and have them set up your account for this purpose. It is at this time they will give you a PIN to use. One reviewer mentioned they tried every PIN # they had to no avail. That is correct - your bank gives you a special one to use for Quicken downloads. Another option - if that is too much of a hassle - is to log onto your bank's website and export history using Quicken Web-Download. Either way same end result - one method is set up once and activated by clicking one button. The other way involves a couple of steps each time.

2) Dates all default to 2020 and cannot be changes was another reviewer's comments. This happened to me once. The system defaulted to 2020 when I tried entering a date. After I recorded it, I went back and edited the date to 2002. A one time pain in my experience as it now defaults to 2002.

Overall this program is adequate to manage your personal finances. It has several useful reporting and reconciling features and does allow internet banking downloads. So why not five stars? The graphics / presentation / layout leave a lot to be desired. If you are using OS X, Quicken is a huge disappointment compared to other programs. Another reason for losing a star is that this program is not intuitive and requires research to get tasks done; the PDF version of the manual is over 400 pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am addicted to Quicken
I have been using Quicken since it's early DOS versions. In my humble opinion, there is simply no better way to organize all of your finances. Most banks and credit card companies will allow you to download transactions directly into Quicken (no file download from the institution's web site, and then import into Quicken) -- I'm talking about knowing your recent credit card transactions within a day or two (in case you are not the type to enter them in right when you get home). Manage all your brokerage accounts, 401k, IRA, track your mortgage, car payment, etc. It is all there, and come tax time - you will be sitting pretty when you need to import your neatly categorized Quicken transactions into TurboTax or TaxCut.

You will not be disappointed, I highly recommend Quicken 2002 Deluxe or Suite.

1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading Product Ended Up Costing More
Product was not full version as implied. In order to use it I had to call company and pay more money. Would never buy from here again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Umm ... it doesn't crash often.
I was a big fan of Quicken 5 years ago, but this version is abysmal. Features that are advertised on the box, but "discontinued", a user interface that takes some time to get used to, and a serious bug that I can't get anyone at Quicken to respond to. I created a 401k account, added two mutual funds, gave them both initial balances, then corrected the balances when I found my account information. The problem is that the updated amounts are correct in the register, but are not correct in any other reports. I can't get it to refresh the data in the reports without deleting the account. I give up. Going to try to find a copy of Quicken from the mid 90's.

1-0 out of 5 stars Glad they stopped selling it
Do not pay for this. This came preinstalled on my eMac. What a waste! It often quits unexpectedly! I was using Quicken Deluxe 99 on Windows 95 and I never had so many problems as I do with this version. The layout is unintuitive, and nearly unusable. It spawns a new window for every account. There is just so much that I can't do in this version that I could on the Windows version. Customization is one. Another is that the reports are limited to 64 columns, I had hundreds of columns QD99 under Win95. I could understand if the current Windows version had extra features but this is 4 years later! How Intuit could release such rubbish baffles me. ... Read more


30. 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


31. Quicken Lawyer 2003 Business Deluxe
list price: $49.95
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Asin: B000068D99
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nolo Press
Sales Rank: 682
Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
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Quicken Lawyer 2003 Business Deluxe is geared toward small business owners who would like to save some money by preparing their own initial legal documents. While you may or may not eventually choose to consult an attorney for the finished product, you can certainly invest your own time with this program to do the initial preparation work.

After installing Quicken Lawyer 2003 Business, you can choose to brush up on your "legalese" or jump right into the program. The Quicken Lawyer 2003 Business library contains reading material on starting and running a small business, legal forms for small businesses, an employer's legal handbook, marketing without advertising, and leasing space for a small business. You can also link to Web sites like Nolo.com's Small Business Law Center and Quicken.com's Small Business Center.

Quicken Lawyer 2003 Business includes a wide variety of business document templates, including documents for hiring, buying and selling real estate or goods and equipment, borrowing money, renting office space, contracts, and more. Titles of documents contained within the program include Amendment to Contract (General), Assignment of Lease, Bill of Sale for Business Assets, Confidentiality Agreement, Consent of Directors, Corporate Bylaws, and many more.

New features in the 2003 version include a new interface redesigned to be easier to use, interactive forms using an interview format, Web updates to make sure you have the most recent version of the program, and a new book, Leasing Space for Your Small Business, by Fred Steingold and Janet Portman.

All Quicken Lawyer programs do advise that you consult an expert on sensitive matters such as these. When you print out any documents, they include the following language: "No general form is a substitute for personalized advice from a knowledgeable lawyer licensed to practice law in your state." With this in mind, Quicken Lawyer 2003 Business can help you do some of your own initial work and cut down on attorney's fees. --Kendra Hayden ... Read more

Reviews (16)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great educational product, no substitute for a lawyer though
I used this product to practice writing up my will, my living trust and estate planning documents. It has very good online help, and explains the terminologies, includes checklists, and answers a lot of legal questions. This product will save you time with a real lawyer (who charges by the hour), in that you don't have to ask the real basic questions, since you've already been tutored. The will generated is perfectly legal, but I would advice using a lawyer for more complicated documents. The checklists and the instructions to give to your executor are great, because you can list all of the details you'd want someone to know about in case you are gone.

As others have stated, there was no promised rebate coupon in the box.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid, User Friendly, Great for Straightforward Situations
BOTTOM LINE: Quicken Lawyer Personal ('QLP') is a great, low-cost alternative to hiring a lawyer to prepare your basic estate planning document, 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 documents.

QLP is published by Nolo Press, a well established publisher of self-help legal books. QLP begins by walking you through a number of typical life-stage situations (i.e. young w/ no kids, married w/ kids, etc.) and comes up with a list of suggested documents and along the way explains why you might need each of these documents. When creating a particular document, the software writes 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, QLP follows the typical "interview" format - easy to use and informative along the way. My wife and I each created wills, healthcare directives and powers of attorney in about an hour or two.

PROS:
- Ease of use: idiot-proof interview format
- Legal help: good offline manual, good resources at Nolo website
- Clear execution information: tells you exactly what each document needs to be put into effect (some need notarization, some need just witnesses)
- Address book: enter a person's info (i.e. your spouse) and don't need to enter again in other parts of same doc or other docs

QLP is primarily estate planning software. It has a few of the most important ancillary documents (Child Care Agreement, Limited POA for Finances), but Kiplinger's Home Attorney and Broderbund's Family Attorney have a full complement of general use form documents. However, if you look through these lists, most are either not really necessary (Trip Permission Slip you can write yourself on scrap of paper or school gives it to you) or are better left to professionals unless you know exactly what you are doing (i.e. residential real estate sales contract and home services contract - too much legalese in there to just print, drop your name in and sign!?).

COMPETITORS: As mentioned above, Kiplinger's Home Attorney and Broderbund's Family Attorney have a more extensive list of docs (many of which you'll never need IMHO). Home Attorney came preloaded on my computer so had a chance to try it -- not nearly as user friendly, kind of clunky and actually makes you edit the document to enter your name, county, etc - this scares me. Don't have Family Attorney so can't comment on its ease of use, sorry. If you really need a ton of general use forms, get Home Attorney or Family Attorney - otherwise stick with Quicken.

GET A LAWYER IF: While QLP functions well as an advisor, telling you when you might need certain documents or even specific provisions within documents, 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.

1-0 out of 5 stars No support?
I bought this software a few months ago but didn't get around installing it until today. When I tried to register the software I got the message that the software is no longer supported! I was asked to call an 800 number to get a discount on an upgrade. This is the first time I ever ran across a name-brand software package that discontinues support before the software is even one year old! While I may still use the software I found it appalling that the publisher of this software dares to force customers to pay for an "upgrade" immediately upon installation of software that they just purchased.

1-0 out of 5 stars Support ended after just a year and a half????
I am an owner of Quicken Lawyer 2002 Personal Deluxe. I had to reinstall the software when my computer quit. I bought a new one and installed QLP2002. When I went to use the automatic web update of the software, I was informed that "This version is no longer supported, and Web Update is not available... we recommend that you upgrade... for only $29.99. It is an outrage that Nolo has revoked patches they had previously made available. The lack of any support is the reason I will NEVER purchase another Quicken Lawyer product.

1-0 out of 5 stars No long-term support?
I am an owner of Quicken Lawyer 2002 Personal Deluxe, which according to Amazon is just ONE VERSION BACK from this one. When my computer went south last week, I bought a new one and installed QLP2002. When I went to use the automatic web update of the software, I was informed that "This version is no longer supported, and Web Update is not available... we recommend that you upgrade... for only $29.99."

While, yes, I'm sure that legal things do change, they do not change that much, and I find it reprehensible that Nolo has revoked patches they had previously made available. Imagine any other manufacturer doing that -- "sorry, Office 2000 is no longer supported, so you can't download the patches we previously made available to you. Either use Office 2000 with none of the bugs corrected, or pay $400 for Office 2003." Ridiculous. So, while I did like the software, the lack of any longer-term support is a real turn-off for me. ... Read more


32. Pocket Quicken 2.0
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00005OAY1
Catlog: Software
Publisher: LandWare, Inc.
Sales Rank: 2018
Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Pocket Quicken puts all your financial activity at your fingertips, making it easy to keep your Quicken information complete, accurate, and up-to-date wherever you go. Effortless data entry coupled with instant access to account balances, transactions, credit limits, budgets, and more adds up to financial clarity in the palm of your hand.

Your mobile Quicken companion lets you skip the monthly chore of receipt-typing by effortlessly capturing everyday transactions directly on your Palm OS handheld. Important account information, such as contact names and numbers, current and ending balances, as well as individual transactions, are automatically transferred from the desktop. Pocket Quicken is a true mobile companion to the Quicken desktop product and provides excellent connectivity via Palm's built-in HotSync technology. There is no double entry and you can always keep your accounts up-to-date. Transferring data is quick and hassle-free.

Pocket Quicken makes it easy to keep your finances organized. With a single tap of the HotSync button your Quicken categories and groups are transferred to the organizer. Use your Palm OS handheld to effortlessly capture checking, credit card, and cash transactions while you are on the go. Included are two of Quicken's most popular timesaving shortcuts: QuickFill and Memorized transactions. Combined, these features enable you to record day-to-day transactions with only two strokes of the stylus. Just start writing the payee's name and a new transaction is automatically created with all the details filled in. ... Read more

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars Palmloyal reviews Pocket Quicken 2.0
If you ever considered using your personal computer to manage your finances, then it is safe to assume that you have heard of Intuit, Inc.'s Quicken product. In a nutshell it is most popular personal finance PC software product on the market. How do you improve on something that is already a great product? One way is to make it more convenient to use. Pocket Quicken makes it easy to keep your Quicken information complete, accurate and up-to-date wherever you go. Skip the monthly receipt-typing chore by effortlessly capturing everyday transactions directly on your Palm OS handheld. Included are two of Quicken's most popular time saving shortcuts: QuickFill and Memorized transactions. Combining these features enable you to record day-to-day transactions with only two strokes of the stylus. Even if you still like to set a few hours aside each month to do your transactions, Pocket Quicken allows you to pick any location you please. Instead of sitting in the cold basement at your PC, you can relax at Starbucks and handle your personal or business finances over a hot cup of coffee. You can assign your own private PIN number to Pocket Quicken ensures that only you have access to your financial activity. Pocket Quicken also maintains a backup of your transactions each time you HotSync your Palm OS handheld. I didn't like the fact that these backup files are not encrypted or password protected. This program is a very powerful tool for all Palm owners that use or wish to use Quicken. I was very satisfied with the product. If you own or would like to own the Desktop Quicken product then this is a must have application.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Pocket-Sized Quicken Product
I loaded the Pocket Quicken demo version from my Quicken 2002 CD on my PDA and was so impressed with it that I ordered the software from Amazon. My biggest problem was keeping up with entering my personal finance data into Quicken. With Pocket Quicken, entering the data is very easy. The best part is that I can enter the data on my commute home, or anywhere I take my PDA. I've had no problems hotsyncing the Pocket Quicken data to my Quicken desktop.

2-0 out of 5 stars Small font and poor customer support
My install had a lot of hiccups and customer support was no help. They said they would let me know if there was an update available--never happened. I just donated it. I also didn't like the small font.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pocket Quicken vs. Handmark's PocketMoney
I have been a long-time user of Handmark's PocketMoney, and recently tried a 14-day trial of Pocket Quicken.

As you might expect, each program has it's strengths and weaknesses.

While PocketMoney has a nicer, icon-based account list, Pocket Quicken seems a little cluttered, with awkward rounded and square "buttons" to switch between account list and register. I also thought PocketMoney had a more natural method of entering data - more like Quicken.

So, if I like PocketMoney so well, why am I giving Pocket Quicken a 5-star rating? It all comes down to the conduits - how the information transfers between your desktop and PDA. Pocket Quicken wins, hands down. PocketMoney requires a manual export procedure, where you have to designate a particular file directory. It doesn't always work all that well, even if you are an experienced computer user. If you are a novice, well, it's just too much trouble.

Pocket Quicken's strengths more than make up for its weaknesses. It works so naturally with your desktop version of Quicken that every Hotsynch keeps both your PC and your PDA current. Compare the free trials of both versions, and I am convinced you will also come to the conclusion that Pocket Quicken is the best personal accounting software for your PDA.

5-0 out of 5 stars Accounting Synergy!
I am in awe of this product. It is used with a Palm Zire 71 and synchs with Quicken 2002 on a laptop using Windows ME. It performed so flawlessly after I downloaded and used the trial copy that I wasted no time ordering the full version (Amazon.com, of course). For its intended mobile purpose, I find no reason to fault this program.
Anyone requiring on-the-go data gathering with simple and accurate transfer would do well to try it. ... Read more


33. Microsoft Money 2003 Deluxe
list price: $59.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000069IL2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 752
Average Customer Review: 3.15 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Microsoft Money has helped individuals organize and streamline their financial dealings for a half-decade. The latest iteration, Money 2003, may be the most impressive upgrade in some time, with several new amenities designed to make your personal status even clearer, and your decisions and future planning even easier.

Before you invest in Microsoft Money 2003 Deluxe, you should ask yourself if you really need it. If you're fortunate enough to have a simple financial environment with few delinquent payments, and if you've already arranged a comprehensive investment and online banking routine, you may find it redundant and superfluous. However, if you're constantly asking yourself where your latest paycheck went or simply don't know how to best make your money work for you, the program may well seem indispensable.

Sporting a wealth of online and offline tools, numerous instructional videos, and a series of supportive verbal prompts, Money 2003 is much more than just a simple debt and asset tracker. After a little familiarization and an hour or two with its excellent Setup Assistant, you'll soon be banking and paying bills from one convenient online interface, initiating and managing your investments, intelligently forecasting future expenditures and savings, and accurately estimating your taxes. The 2003 edition also allows you to research investments, initiate stock reminders and alerts, track equity and index options, and even customize interfaces.

Furthermore, Money 2003 Deluxe features several intriguing additional perks not found in the Standard edition. Microsoft has also included one year of complimentary online bill payments through MSN, a variety of sophisticated portfolio management and tax tools, and much more. Potential customers should be advised that many of the program's services are functional only if you have an Internet connection and a Microsoft Passport. Fortunately, the latter is free of charge.

Microsoft Money 2003 is a broad offline and online financial planner and record-keeper that will make quick work of any and all budgetary issues. Its slick presentation may even make the usually laborious job of managing personal finances downright enjoyable. --Gordon Goble ... Read more

Reviews (48)

4-0 out of 5 stars It's a good product
I upgraded from Money 2001 and this really worth the change. Now your accounts are in a more intelligent interface and you can see quickly your last puts.
The investment section is also the best part. Now you can arrange many details and see exactly what do you want from your stocks and investments. The only deception is that it's too slow to download quotes and sometimes the software gets halted.
The planner are a little simple and need a little customization but in general they are good and useful.
If you need to have control of your money, to see how you owe, what you have and how does the flow of your money goes you must try a financial software and Money is a good shot.
If you are happy with Money 2002, don't upgrade. And if you are with Quicken 2003, stay where you are.

4-0 out of 5 stars A wise solution for budgetting!
To be honest I spend money as I look at it, but MS Money takes care of that. A wonderful solution that provides informative tutorials on how to budget ones self more efficiently. Money has evolved over the years into an enormous resource for helping users get their financial investments together. The application is becoming more and more integrated allowing users to take care of such task as paying bills online, buying a car, house or any other type of household activity concerning how you spend money. It organises the users investments. It's also a wonderful budgetting tool, comparing itself to Quicken. But the thing about Money 2003, is the interface, it's more pleasing to look at and based on my observation more easier to use based on it's intuitive wizards. I really recommend you purchase money if you don't have it. I implore users. If you are a Quicken user, stick with it, I think Quicken is more powerful than Money regardless of the many bells and whistles it has. If you are new to the budgetting software I try Money because of the ease of use, but for long time Quicken users stick with what you use to.
Should you upgrade?
If you recently spent money buying Money 2002, don't worry to upgrade to it yet, wait six month's to a year, their is really no reason to rush but if you are still using a previous version of Money prior to version 2002 it's a worthy upgrade. For version 2002 users the reason why I don't recommend you upgrade is because of Microsoft's unpredictable upgrade cycle just as you might purchase this new version of Money, news about Money 2004 start's circulating, I don't want you to make any mistakes wasting your money, here.

5-0 out of 5 stars A lot of harsh reviews for a great product
I've been using Microsoft Money 2002 for quite awhile and I really liked it. I decided to upgrade to Money 2003 and its even better. If you're wondering what Money can do for you, let me tell you. It can automatically download your transactions from your bank and credit cards so you can easily reconcile your accounts. When your bank (like mine, BofA) won't let Money auto-download it offers a manual download that works the same. Money can help you create budgets where you can easily track expenses. It can help you create a debt reduction plan so you know exactly how much you need to send in order to get out of debt by a certain date. You can keep track of all upcoming bills. I'm not sure I could live without it now that I've used it for so long.

2-0 out of 5 stars Online quotes just stopped working
After using Money 2003 for a year the online stock quote update function just stopped working. No warnings, no message, no nothing. After searching the web and reading the fine print I discovered that it will stop working 1 year from the date of registration or first use. Typical MS tactics. I am going to pick up a copy of Quicken.

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful software, has its downsides.
After using Money for some years (previously Money 99 FS) upgraded to 2003 Deluxe. It would not read my previous money file saying it was corrupted. After countless hours with support (they did continuously keep me updated) they said the upgrade was not supported. They even looked at my 99 file and couldnt find a reason why it wouldn't read in 2003. Anyways, I did the upgrade the hard way - export/import. Currently everything seems to work good.

One botheration which another reviewer pointed out is that the shares purchased should be rounded to 3 decimal places instead of six. It always messes up the sale if you have partial purchases like DRIP etc. ... Read more


34. Quicken 2001 Home and Business
list price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004W4AN
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 4634
Average Customer Review: 2.22 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Manage both your home and business finances in one place. Quicken 2001 Home and Business includes the complete Quicken Deluxe for your personal finances, plus tools for your business. Quicken Home and Business will also track accounts payable and receivable, create estimates and invoices, track jobs, and more.

Quicken 2001 Deluxe helps you better manage the seven key areas of your finances: banking, investing, taxes, planning, spending and saving, loans, and insurance. It’s packed with powerful features and enhancements across the seven areas to help you see the complete picture of your finances.

Easier Smart Reconcile helps you find and fix common mistakes. More powerful portfolio analysis tools give you greater insight into how your investments are really doing. And better ways to track and optimize your 401(k) help insure you’re on the right path to retirement.

Write checks, print checks, or even send payments online. Schedule payments and receive proactive reminders for when they’re due. Bank online conveniently, downloading your data from the Web. Access your account balances, transfer funds, and pay bills. Quicken works with over 1,200 banks, credit card, and brokerage companies.

See where it all goes with reports and graphs--get quick and easy answers to questions about your spending, budget, net worth, and more, and then create a budget you can realistically follow. Track your investments and then compare them, downloading prices on stocks and mutual funds right from the Web.

    Additional tools for your business:
  • Prepare estimates (new): Prepare an estimate or bid for clients without altering your financials. Easily convert it to an invoice when you’re ready, or save it as a template for future bids.
  • Create customizable invoices (improved): Create and print professional invoices with your logo or on your letterhead. Even e-mail them as HTML files.
  • Track jobs (new): Track more than one project for each customer. Create a job list with all the estimates, invoices, and customer payments for each project.
  • Know where your business stands at a glance: Create business reports and customer statements, including cash flow forecasts, unpaid invoices, and payment reminders.
  • Simplify taxes and payroll: Automatically track expenses and assign categories like Schedule C. Handle your payroll needs with an integrated payroll service, and even download updated tax tables and federal forms (paid subscription required).
  • Manage accounts payable: Easily set up accounts payable on either a cash or accrual basis. Prepare reports, pay bills, even set up reminders to let you know when bills are due.
  • Access integrated services easily: Access valuable services for your business. Print postage from within Quicken, or securely back up your Quicken data over the Internet.

    Note: Online features require Internet access and are subject to change. Additional fees may apply for online banking and bill payment. Services vary among financial institutions and are subject to their terms and conditions. $20 mail-in rebate for upgrade customers only. ... Read more

    Reviews (9)

    1-0 out of 5 stars I threw it away and reinstalled my old version from 1994
    The title basically says it. I experienced major hiccups in this program, some that I couldn't fix (like trying to reconcile my statements but finding automatic enteries like my paycheck showed up in my register but not in the reconcile deposits list...that one can't be solved...) I didn't want to integrate everything.. i just wanted to keep accurate track of a few accounts. I REALLY dislike the ads that solicit me at the bottom of the screeen...."No I don't want to find out how to save more money on my mortgage by clicking there... I'll turn on my tv if i want commercials... and you want to charge me 70$ for the viewing rights?" save yourself the hassle and stress and stick with your old program... at least you know already how to handle it when it goes haywire. I even got a manual with the old 1994 program. Something I learned I'd have to purchase seperately for this new quicken 2001. I bought this to get me away from my computer. Having been a personal computer user since 1982 I am not impressed that this is what we've progressed to 20 years later. If however you love spending hours monkeying with poorly designed computer software you'll love this!

    2-0 out of 5 stars buggy
    Lost my data a few times with this one. Since I know my way around a hard drive, I've been able to recover. Wouldn't buy this one but what choices do you have....MS Money. Same ballgame.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice program, but...
    This is a wonderful program which performs MOST everything I require...BUT, there are (as is usual) occasional bugs or problems (like all software) and Customer Service at Intuit is probably one of the least responsive I have ever seen. Usually this isn't a problem (as I said, it's a very good program), but even a small bug in your accounting program can have severe consequences, and without a decent Customer Service Dept. you can end up with a financial disaster unless you pay close attention.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
    I have used quicen deluxe and Quick books products since 95 and have loved them. I made the horible mistake of upgrading to Home and Business. After a week I have not had any success integrating my online bank accounts or brokerage accounts. Intuit has cluttered the interface with pay for services that you do not need. This software seems to be driven from the marketing department and not the engineering department. I am dissatisfied.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Unpleasantness
    1. The manual is a shill for spending more money on web services you don't need. It is among the most vague things I've ever tried to use.

    2. There are obvious glitches in the file management tools. This frightens me -- this is my livelihood, after all, and not some game. The IRS will not let me blame Quicken if I make a major mistake.

    3. Very disappointing, grinding experience on the learning curve. Extremely un-inutive, Intuit. ... Read more


35. 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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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


36. Microsoft Money 2003 Deluxe & Business
list price: $84.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000069IL3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1392
Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Whether you work from home or run a small business, Microsoft Money 2003 Deluxe & Business helps you keep track of your income and expenses. A full-featured, easy-to-use financial management solution, Money 2003 has a complete set of personal and business finance tools to keep you in the game.

Installation is simple as a wizard takes you step-by-step through the process. If you're upgrading, the steps are fewer and more easily traversed. Want to switch from Quicken? Money 2003 can do that, too, with a handy file converter. Audio and video help is readily available as well, making the experience even easier for first-timers.

As for features, few things have changed from Money 2002, making upgrading less of a necessity and more of an option. With a new portfolio-customization toolbar and portfolio highlight and analysis reports, most of the added features for personal finance management are aimed at investors. A new online research center is also included, giving you fast access to tools and information such as company reports, earning estimates, market reports, quotes, news, and charts.

On the business side, Money now has payroll support powered by PayCycle, making paydays a little simpler. Some new tax features allow you to get a better handle on things with side-by-side comparisons, capital gains scenarios, and loss carryover features.

What Money continues to do best though is Web integration. Whether you're downloading bank statements, checking stock prices, or paying your bills, all of it can be accessed right in Money. As an additional incentive to take advantage of its Web features, Microsoft has thrown in one year of their online bill paying service, one free online tax preparation and filing, an Equifax credit report, and a consultation with a financial planner.

Money 2003 Deluxe & Business is a great software package for managing your personal and business finances and goals on your Windows PC. While there are only a few reasons for upgrading from 2002, Microsoft continues to give you more bang for your buck. --Josh Goldman ... Read more

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars MUCH Better Than Quicken
Let me first say that I have been a diehard Quicken user for the better part of 9 years, and I am not a particular fan of Microsoft. But I have to give credit where credit is due. I decided to try Microsoft Money because Quicken's interface has recently become so cluttered with advertisements and nonsense that it has become almost impossible to navigate. In addition, my experience with Quicken Deluxe 2003 has been so incredibly bad (support, bugs, crashes, etc.) that I had to try some alternative.

At first I was going to buy Microsoft Money Deluxe 2003. But, for just a little extra, I decided to try the Deluxe & Business version instead. I have a small internet side business and I thought this would be a perfect fit.

First, let me address the home portion of the program:
This is an incredible step-up from the equivalent version of Quicken. The interface is simple, the program is not "buggy", and the online help is more than comprehensive enough to get you through even the toughest of problems. Because I was already using the 2003 version of Quicken, I was not able to automatically transfer my Quicken file, so I cannot comment on how that particular feature works. But I can certainly tell you that setting up all of my accounts from scratch (and I have quite a few) was more than simple. All of the online banking features worked flawlessly, and I was up and running in about 3 hours - start to finish. And with much less frustration than with Quicken.

As for the business portion of the program:
This area is, admittedly, not very advanced. It is good for very small side businesses (such as mine), but for anything more comprehensive, you may want to look elsewhere. I think the problem with marketing these two features together is that a lot of people may be expecting too much out of the business portion of the program, so they tend to write-off the whole thing. This program is intended only for the very smalest home business owner. If you are looking for anything more comprehensive than that, my advice would be to invest in the standard or deluxe versions of Micrsoft Money for your personal finances, and look elsewhere for a more comprehensive accounting program for your business finances. But if you decide to go the frugal route, expect to get what you pay for.

In conclusion, Microsoft Money is, in my estimation, 10x easier to use than Quicken and is laid out in a much nicer fashion. In addition, there are no bugs that I could find, whereas Quicken was giving me constant problems (browser conflicts, lock-ups, etc.) Take it from a long time Quicken user - It's not too late to switch. Go buy Microsoft Money today.

1-0 out of 5 stars save your money, buy a different program
Frustrating program, frustrating help system. Most features do not work. Worthless for business.

2-0 out of 5 stars Money 2003 Deluxe& Business weak for business
I purchased Money 2003 Deluxe & Business to include my wife's self-employed service business. The regular 'home' part of the program is fairly good and has lots of feature. The business part lacks quite a bit in several areas. The invoice designer wouldn't save a modified version on my Win 98 machine but works on Win Me on my notebook. Modification are rather limited. Certain fields have to stay in a certain frames within the Invoice. Worse, payment of invoices doesn't allow to enter a check number. When a payment is received and put into an account it becomes divorced from the invoice. The invoice shows having been paid but it is no longer associated with the actual payment entry. Makes it very hard to look and and figure out when problems arise. Also the business reports are almost un customizable except in a few minor things. Very frustrating. Accounts can't be designated as business accounts, distinguished from home accounts. Also 'project' information can not be put on invoices. Fields (such as customer name) are limited in size. Some Businesses have more than 20 or so characters in their name!
Anyway, it looks like we will be buying the Quicken equivalent. From the 'tour' of the Quicken site at least we can enter a check number against an invoice!

3-0 out of 5 stars Quicken vs. Money: and the winner is...
Well, I don't either program wins on all counts. I tried both and experienced frustrations with each. In the end, I stuck with Quicken only because Money couldn't import my Quicken data as promised.

Both just seem too hard to learn. I am a computer wiz and found them both hard to use -- I can't imagine others trying to get the hang of it. They really need to stop adding features and focus on the usability of the programs. But overall, I would have to say Money did have a cleaner interface that was easier to master.

However, both really fail at invoicing. They both claim you can create custom invoices, but the customization is extremely limited and messes things up so much that you eventually just end up using the defaults.

So why did I stick with Quicken? Well, Money guarantees that it can import your information from Quicken, but it failed to import my data. Microsoft technical support tried a few simple solutions, but then told me "tough luck." I wan't about to reenter a years worth of info, so I retreated back to Quicken since Money wasn't that much better to make it worth my while.

1-0 out of 5 stars Product not as promised
As a new treasurer for simple homeowners association, I purchased this product to manage the homeowner's fees and to keep track of association bills. I decided to try Money Business 2003 because it advertises that you can create or modify the invoice templates to taper to your business. (I wanted to change the fields from hours to months and quantity to rate... a simple request) No matter how I tried to modify an invoice it would not save. It appears this function does not work, I have read all the help areas, went to the website and all information states you need to click on modify a template to save. A "modify button" does not exist anywhere on the program. In order to get technical assistance from MS you have to pay ...So, I say forget this and buy a copy of Quicken. ... Read more


37. COSMI Professional 501 Legal Forms And Form Letters (Windows)

Asin: B00009MDAU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cosmi
Sales Rank: 10647
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Features

  • Search for the perfect letter for any occasion by category or keyword -- whether it's for personal or business use
  • Business letters for all your sales, credit and customer service needs
  • Personal letters for any occasion -birthdays, invitations, condolences and other events
  • Give your words the right impact with 45 different font styles
  • Choose from over 200 simple, ready-to-use forms for any legal matter - bankruptcy, eviction, credit problems, divorce, malpractice and more

38. Quicken 2005 Basic
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0006BAVNO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 44756
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

With Quicken 2005 Basic, you can track, balance, and budget your finances in minutes! Quicken 2005 Basic is the easiest and fastest way to get your finances in control. Manage your personal finances with these powerful, easy-to-use, time-saving tools.

  • Track your checking, savings, and credit-card transactions in one place.
  • Reconcile your bank statements and balance your checkbook in minutes. Quicken does the math, so records are more accurate.
  • Pay bills right from your computer. Write and print checks or pay bills online.²
  • Create a personalized budget
  • Instantly connect to your bank and credit card sites with a push of a button. You'll have complete, up-to-date records without the effort. Connect to more than 1,800 financial institutions.²
²Online services require Internet access and are subject to change. Services vary among participating financial institutions or other parties and may be subject to application approval, additional terms, conditions and fees.

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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

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Intuit pulls the wool over...
I upgraded to 2005 because it was "required" to continue electronic bill pay. The upgrade was a disaster so I had to call Tech help...which is when I eventually discovered Intuit had switched the electronic payment service company.I was appalled that they would be so underhanded.I had been working with Checkfree (the company that processed e-payments) for 9 yrs (first directly then through Quicken),was very satisfied with their service and had no intentions of leaving them.Long story short...I am done with Quicken and their electronic billpay!! This switch, without the customer's knowledge, sounds a lot like the "slamming" the phone companies used to do.Bottom line is, I may be looking at MS Money to track finances.I never thought Quicken was easy to use...certainly not inuitive....no pun ;-))

1-0 out of 5 stars More wasted money
Every year they hit you for upgrades.My last upgrade was 2003 and I eventually uninstalled it and went back to 2002 which I was using until last week.This upgrade is no different than 2003 and the user interface "Bites".The only reason I upgraded was because they threatened to stop honoring my electronic transactions unless I upgraded.What kind of BS is that.If MS Money wasn't so difficult to use I switch in a heart beat.This is my last upgrade, after this I'm using my banks web site for all my banking needs.The quicken product has really gone down hill and all they want is to get is many dollars out of you as they can.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
This release,2005, of Quicken will be the last I am ever tricked into buying.I am using XP on a Dell laptop with CD-RW. It is almost impossible to backup data. In fact it is just more trouble than its worth. I bought Quicken 2005 because of the promised " Better Backup and Archiving".If I can find out if this piece of junk can be converted to M S MONEY I will be leaving Quicken for good. I have been a user for a decade but this is the end. ... Read more


39. WINGEAR OpenOffice 1.0.1 (Windows)

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Asin: B000099SGC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Arcmedia
Sales Rank: 2446
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Write your own sophisticated documents with the extensive desktop publishing tools
  • Powerful spreadsheet tools with calculating and chart-graphing tools for visualizing data
  • Drawing and diagram tools easily create dynamic and complex 2D and 3D shapes
  • Create your own outstanding and effective multimedia presentations that are sure to impress!
  • Advanced printing tools and special Auto Pilot feature for creating & printing complex documents quickly

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Open Office
True, you can download this software for free, but if you have don't have DSL or Broadband it can take about 6 -7 hours. If you purchase the book "OpenOffice.org Resource Kit" You get the software plus 1020 page manual. The book qualifies for Amazon's super saver shipping and if you include Arcmedia's shipping charge its only about $14 more than the software alone.

2-0 out of 5 stars DOWNLOAD THIS SOFTWARE
You can download this software FREE at http://www.openoffice.org
This will save you $9.99 ... Read more


40. RentRight 25 Property Management Software Ver.3
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00007BGT3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Rent Right
Sales Rank: 4303
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Features

  • Reminder System showing tenants who are late paying rent, lease expirations and to do list
  • Send mailings to tenants with merge fields, keep record of letters sent
  • Complete Work Order System included
  • Extensive Reporting features for every important aspect of property management
  • Keep track of Late Rent -make a list of tenants that have not yet paid

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