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61. Microsoft Personal Collection
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62. QuickBooks Premier 2002
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63. COSMI PC Attorney (Windows)
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64. MONEY Magazine Financial Assistant
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65. COSMI Deluxe Wills and Trusts
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66. Quicken 2001 Basic
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67. COSMI Perfect Attorney Platinum
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68. Quicken Lawyer 2002 Personal Deluxe
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69. G7 PRODUCTIVITY Versa Check 2005
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70. Quicken 2003 Premier Home &
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71. Microsoft Money 2002 Deluxe
72. COSMI Perfect Pro Office System
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73. Quicken 2002 Deluxe (Mac)
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74. GLOBAL STAR SOFTWARE Financial
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75. GLOBAL STAR SOFTWARE ProBiz Check
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76. Mycheck Writer Home & Business
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77. Snap! Mortgage Master (Jewel Case)
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78. Voice Xpress for Personal Finance
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79. LEARN2.COM Learning Word 2000
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80. GLOBAL STAR SOFTWARE Resume Pro

61. Microsoft Personal Collection 2002
list price: $54.95
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Asin: B00005TQNM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 5938
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Four essential products in one package, Microsoft Personal Collection extends Office 97, 2000, and XP for personal and home use. Enhance your personal work in Microsoft Office. Edit photos to use in Microsoft Office documents. Select from hundreds of templates for your Microsoft Office applications. Improve your Microsoft Word reports and PowerPoint presentations with pictures and facts from Encarta. Export transaction data and account summaries to Excel with Money Link. Personal Collection 2002 includes: Microsoft Office Personal Portfolio 2002, Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2002, Microsoft Money 2002 Standard, and Microsoft Picture It! Photo 2002. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect!
This is a simple but commendable collection of popular Microsoft products. Encarta Encyclopedia is great for looking up interesting articles and helping people getting information interesting topics relating to our world today. It's very helpful to kids who want to get the most of their education by getting insightful information about topics relating to class work. Money is a wonderful solution that provides many home users with the ability to manage their money well, with features for banking online and managing household finances. Picture It! Photo is satisfactory for removing a flaw or two in Photos, but will never compare to other photo-editing programmes such Adobe Photoshop Elements which I think is worth it more than this low end photo-editor from Microsoft. Office Portfolio is garbage I purchased it separately and was very much disappointed. The templates in Microsoft Office are much better, I would advise you stick to those. Overall its not a bad collection, but I think it could do with a little more spice, maybe if they dropped in one of the MS Office apps such Excel it would have made it a little bit worthier. If I could recommend another product it would be Corel WordPerfect Family Pack 4 or even Microsoft's own Works Suite 2003. ... Read more


62. QuickBooks Premier 2002
list price: $499.95
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Asin: B00005S8HU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 5363
Average Customer Review: 1.82 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

QuickBooks Premier 2002 provides comprehensive tools for small-business financial management. In addition to the benefits and features of QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier can help you gain insight into how your business is performing, improve accuracy, and save even more time with new reporting and analysis tools, advanced accounting features, remote access, and much more. QuickBooks Premier can even integrate with other software applications so data can be shared.

Find specific transactions faster by searching for specific customer information. Track customer payments more easily by applying specific credits to certain invoices. Other new features include additional journal entry options, improved reconciliation reporting, a password-protected close date, and a closing date exception report. In addition, the remote access feature allows you to work from anywhere you want.

Get three months free service of Deluxe Payroll with this product. Accomplish everything from calculating your payroll to tracking, preparing, filing, and depositing your federal and state payroll taxes. It even includes an electronic direct-deposit feature. Receive two months worth of free credit-check services. Understand your customers' credit histories before you extend credit. You can also automatically back up all your critical PC data right from QuickBooks with a Premium Plus System Backup subscription. QuickBooks Premier includes a 20 percent discount on service for 12 months. ... Read more

Reviews (11)

2-0 out of 5 stars Sizzle Without The Steak!
Quickbooks 2002 is just another opportunity for Intuit to extract a few more dollars from your bank account. This product features items that are hardly worth the price tag, and according to my CPA, features that will hardly be used by even the most sophisticated accountant. Customer support is horrible. I used Quicken and then Quickbooks for quite some time and was very satisfied. Many of my associates have complained about their difficulties involved in navigating Quickbooks. This has not been a problem for me. I don't have an issue with Intuit and I am not a disgruntled consumer. Quickbooks is a great seller simply because people don't know any better. Unfortunately, the newer versions have higher price tags and are couple with less than optimum customer support. I am now using MYOB, and I will tell you that it's like a breath of fresh air.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horible Support, Even Worse product
Do not buy this software unless you have deep pockets and don't mind spending lots of money on support. I don't want to sound paranoid but this software has bugs built into it to force you to call support. (did I mention the software come with 0 support) not 60 days not 30 days not even 1 day of support is included with the purchase.
And all the great services that the product tells you about cost additional with monthly fees.

1-0 out of 5 stars RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!
The telephone support is much too expensize to use for small businesses like the one I have. The e-support is a hassle because it requires wasting even more time than I have to give. The amount paid for Quickbooks plus trying to speak to a real live person plus the COST of speaking to anyone is far more expensive than hiring a CPA to take care all of this. If I knew what I know now, I would have avoided Quickbooks like the plague.

Look anywhere else but here!

1-0 out of 5 stars HIRE AN ACCOUNTANT!!
The telephone support is much too expensize to use for small businesses like the one I have. The e-support is a hassle because it requires wasting even more time than I have to give. The amount paid for Quickbooks plus trying to speak to a real live person plus the COST of speaking to anyone is far more expensive than hiring a CPA to take care all of this. If I knew what I know now, I would have avoided Quickbooks like the plague.

1-0 out of 5 stars Thinking of upgrading?? Don't!
If you like your current Quickbooks bank statement reconciliation, forget the upgrade. It vanishes, and you get an extended register instead. The package says all former reports plus updated ones, but call support and ask for the old one and the response is, "That isn't a valid question."
Currently running payroll on your version of Quick Books? You can't even use the one in QuickBooks Premier unless you pay extra to subscribe to their services.
Once you upgrade, none of your data will work on the earlier copy of Quick Books. You are toast. ... Read more


63. COSMI PC Attorney (Windows)

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Asin: B00009IAVW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cosmi
Sales Rank: 11637
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64. MONEY Magazine Financial Assistant for Palm OS
list price: $24.95
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Asin: B00007APXH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: LandWare, Inc.
Sales Rank: 4298
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether you're calculating a lease payment or yield to maturity,splitting a restaurant bill, or simply comparing the prices of different sizedpackages, the Financial Assistant will help evaluate financial problems quicklyand accurately.

If you know how to fill out a paper form, you already know how to use the MoneyMagazine Financial Assistant. Whether you work on Wall Street or are gettingready to buy your first home, the Financial Assistant will help you makeinformed decisions.

The Financial Assistant includes a collection of 45 problem-solving worksheets,conveniently grouped into 8 categories. Manage over 150 different financialdecisions including loans, leases, mortgages, marketing and investment analysis,personal finance, everyday math, savings, tuition, and retirement planning. There's no need to memorize obscure keystrokes or to understand complexfinancial terminology. Simply select the appropriate worksheet and fill in theblanks--the answers are instantly calculated for you.

The Financial Assistant provides customizable schedules for savings, mortgages,loans, depreciation, and more. At your desk or on the road, the FinancialAssistant can compare loans and interest rates as well as help you make informedleasing, renting, or buying decisions.

The Financial Assistant includes an optionally installable set of electroniclessons ("Money 101") created by the editors at Money magazine to helpyou invest, save, borrow, and spend more wisely. If you're interested in thebasics of banking and investing in mutual funds, or you just want to controlyour debt, the essentials of each lesson can be absorbed in just 10 minutes. ... Read more


65. COSMI Deluxe Wills and Trusts (Windows)

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Asin: B000099SHG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cosmi
Sales Rank: 9211
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66. Quicken 2001 Basic
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00004W4AL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 3901
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Welcome to the 21st century, a place where balancing your checkbook onpaper is on par with licking stamps and mailing letters. Quicken 2001 Basicgives you all the tools you need to manage your personal finances with oneeasy-to-use and simple-to-understand financial software package.

If you're looking to pay your bills, balance your checkbook, bank online, andtrack your investments, 2001 Basic should give you all that you need. For peoplewho want a bit more punch in their personal finance package, you may want tocheck out Quicken 2001 Deluxe,which delves deeper into investments, 401(k) plans, and capital-gains taxes.However, Quicken 2001 Basic is a solid and dependable product, perfect for thefirst-time user or for someone who is concerned with personal-householdfinancial management.

One of the best new features to the 2001 line of Quicken products is theanytime, anywhere access afforded by online banking at Quicken.com. You can nowdownload your data from the Web (provided you have Internet access) and accessyour account balances, transfer funds, and pay bills. The application provides along list of affiliated banks from which to choose your institution and evengave us the customer service number for our bank.

At the end of the day, Quicken 2001 Basic is a painless way to simplify yourpersonal finances and to organize your household expenses. --Gisele Toueg ... Read more

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME
I am incredibly disappointed with Quicken. I am a first time quicken user and was expecting far more from this software. In fact, it seems to me to be the poorest software i have ever seen. When you open the box, there is no instruction manual. The program is slow and crashes continually. The screen and options are redundant and set up in no logical way, giving you the feeling, as you are fooling around, hitting every button (because there is no instruction manual so you are on your own), that there are about 50,000 things quicken can do for you, where really there are only about 8. Preferences and customize options are annoying, and for anyone adept at computers, this program will drive you nuts because it is so rigid -- there are so few options for REALLY customizing quicken to satisfy your needs -- and my needs are the most basic -- i am still a student!!!!!!!!! I wish i had never bought quicken and just set up a spreadsheet on excel for my finances. you can do more on excel than you can do on quicken, and make all the same charts, and do what you want without waiting 8 years for the program to respond every time you push a button and without having to go through a rigamarole to set up loan accounts. use your time learning how to use excel's beginner and advanced features, NOT quicken's useless ones!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A quicken user since version 2.0
I've used Quicken since 1994 when I bought my first computer and Quick 2.0 came preinstalled. Since then I've tried MS-Money twice. I keep going back to Quicken. It's intuitive, logical and makes reconciling the check book a breeze. I admit that my finaces are fairly simple and others may need the deluxe or small business versions of the program, but I think for the average person the basic program is perfect. I don't upgrade every year. I don't think there's a need to. I moved from version 2.0 to Quicken 98 to the current version. The program is very stable. I haven't had problems with bugs or crashes in any version. I recommend it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Intuit does not stand behind its product anymore
Having been a Quicken user for many years I upgraded to Quicken 2001 for the internet downloading features. Be very careful if you do this! Although the regular banking seems OK, the investment price history updating puts in the WRONG NUMBERS. Mine even added security prices for the year 2003! All the software support options are charged for at ~$10/query.

Intuit has hit on a good way of making money: write a sloppy product, don't test it and charge your customers for finding the problems. Oh, and make yourselves very difficult to contact.

Check out the forums on the Quicken web site to get a flavour for what to expect if you are seriously considering a purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Suite of Products For Home
All three of these items have proven very useful for home use. I have been a Quicken user for years, and the 2001 edition is well worth the purchase. Turbo Tax Deluxe is worth the extra cost over standard Turbo Tax because one electronic filing and one individual state filing is included. You have to pay additional money in the standard package for those features. Plus, in the deluxe version there is great and useful tax information and assistance. The Family Lawyer is also well worth the investment. My wife and I saved the expense of hiring a lawyer to draft our wills, plus we were able to develop a few other legalese forms for childcare and the like. No telling how much money that saved us. This suite is worth dishing out a few bucks to have in your office.

3-0 out of 5 stars Quicken Basic is very basic
The Basic version of Quicken 2001 appears to be a tickler only. This version was purchased for the simple task of printing checks (due to my poor handwriting), but there is insufficient flexibility in formatting the print to (1)change the memo, and (2)align the fields on my checks. I am sure that with Quicken check forms it would do better, but that should have been mentioned in the specifications. The Help instructions seem to be written for a different version of Quicken, as they mention course and fine print-field adjustments that were not available on the Basic version of 2001. E-mail help, which is now fairly standard at other software publishers, is not (yet) available. ... Read more


67. COSMI Perfect Attorney Platinum (Windows)

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Asin: B00009W8UP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cosmi
Sales Rank: 7227
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Save yourself time and money by locating the documents you need and just clicking on them, to create a legally-binding document
  • Categories include -legal emergencies, credit repair, wills and trusts, divorce, custody, corporate trademarks, taxes and much more
  • Professional explanation of complicated legal terms are presented,along with outlines of common legal strategies
  • Also includes a step-by-step guide to selecting an attorney and dealing with disputes and errors by legal counsel

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy Perfect Attorney. It claims to be more than it is.
I purchased this program in order to form an Limited Liability Company in Utah. Unfortunately the program is the most unfriendly user interface of any software I have ever purchased. As for the their so called "Help" links. Click on it and there is no real help. Even after I figured out how to navigate the windows 3.1 style interface, my disappointment was about to increase dramatically. The software box shows that you can use the program to create forms for a Limited Liability Company. What I actually got was a one page generic .pdf file that was not editable or able to create any LLC form. I would definitely recommend any other product you can find and even if this is your only option. Don't buy this program. ... Read more


68. Quicken Lawyer 2002 Personal Deluxe
list price: $69.95
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Asin: B00005ML72
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Nolo Press
Sales Rank: 3103
Average Customer Review: 2.69 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

While nobody really likes to think about things like wills, power ofattorney, and legal guardians, it's important to make sure you've provided foryour family and taken care of your estate. Whether you need to create a will, aliving trust, or a child-care agreement, Quicken Lawyer 2002 Personal Deluxehelps you compose and organize the necessary legal documents.

The program is easy to navigate, and helpful explanations are available at eachand every point along the way. Although Quicken often errs on the side of toomuch explanation, keep in mind that this program outputs documents usuallywritten by lawyers who trained for three years to understand this subject.

The kinds of documents that Quicken Lawyer 2002 Personal can create are toonumerous to list, but a sample of the core offerings include: will, livingtrust, health-care directive, durable power of attorney for finances, finalarrangements, child-care agreement, elder-care agreement, general notice ofdeath, and much more.

To answer the concern that a software program couldn't possibly provide the kindof know-how that an attorney could give, Quicken also provides a legal manual inbook form and within the software itself. Quicken has teamed up with Nolo tomake this subject matter understandable and accessible to the public at large.

While in no way is making a living trust a simple matter, Quicken Lawyer 2002Personal offers a realistic way to prepare legal documents without expensivelawyers or long hours of consternation. --Kendra Hayden ... Read more

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars hassle free will
My wife and I did our wills. Nothing fancy, no complicated scenarios. For us it was a snap. Of course neither of us have died. Until then who knows. Worth it in order to avoid paying a lawyer a bundle. I can reccommend it for simple estates.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
I was rather disappointed with this purchase and my purchase of the Business version. I would have preferred to have more document templates. I have used the Quicken Lawyer 2003 Business version and they're getting warmer. Perhaps the 2004 version will be great?

2-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a DOWNGRADE
I agree with a previous reviewer who said:

"Nothing personal against Nolo, but the new version has nowhere near the capabilities of the previous one...For those of you who are used to the old version and looking for an upgrade, do yourself a favor and go the Broderbund website. There you'll find the latest version of what used to be Quicken Family Lawyer. Buying the new Quicken Lawyer 2002 is nothing short of a DOWNGRADE."

Plus the screens are not at all user-friendly. I'd like to trade mine for the Broderbund model.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest software I've ever used
I saw several people bashing this wonderful software (all within a short amount of time, I note), many of which promote a terrible software package called "Family Lawyer," which makes me think Quicken's competitors are doing a bit of negative marketing.

Well let me tell you, I've used both, and Quicken Lawyer far and away exceeded Family Lawyer. First of all, it catches your mistakes, so you won't accidentally make a will out to yourself (like I almost did). Also, I don't no how many times Family Lawyer simply gave me a form and didn't tell me how to use it. Finally, Quicken has an update feature so you get the latest legal changes; the other product didn't tell me to expect changes.

This software saved me hundreds. I first got it when I needed to make a will and a healthcare directive before I had surgery.It was quick, easy and instructive. The program took me through the process step by step. Since then I've created a new will, a financial power of attorney and documents for my personal representative without a hitch. Thanks Quicken!

1-0 out of 5 stars Quicken should've warned us !
Sometime between the releases of Quicken Family Lawyer 2001 Deluxe and Quicken Lawyer 2002 Personal Deluxe, Quicken switched from software offered by Parsons to this new version offered by Nolo (I hear this is because Broderbund purchased Parsons).
Nothing personal against Nolo, but the new version has nowhere near the capabilities of the previous one. For one thing, the number of legal documents has dropped from well over 150 to 31. For those of you who are used to the old version and looking for an upgrade, do yourself a favor and go [the Broderbund website.]There you'll find the latest version of what used to be Quicken Family Lawyer. Buying the new Quicken Lawyer 2002 is nothing short of a DOWNGRADE. ... Read more


69. G7 PRODUCTIVITY Versa Check 2005 Silver ( Windows )

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Asin: B0002Q22YY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: G7 Productivity
Sales Rank: 5723
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Features

  • Use the Express Check Designer to customize checks
  • Manage multiple accounts and schedule transactions, create full financial reports and even send checks by email
  • Put a picture next to your name & address, add custom logos from your bank or home business, and add background scenes
  • Comes with a supply of 100 personal checks in a variety of styles and colors -- they work with all banks
  • Works with all inkjet and laser printers

70. Quicken 2003 Premier Home & Business
list price: $89.95
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Asin: B000069IFH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 1237
Average Customer Review: 2.19 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Quicken 2003 Premier Home & Business includes all the business features you need with the ease you want. And because it's from Quicken, Premier Home & Business provides familiar, user-friendly approaches to manage your business and personal finances.

Use Quicken 2003 Premier Home & Business to create customizable estimates and invoices, see at a glance where your business stands, and manage and simplify business taxes. You can also track accounts receivable and payable, and track vehicle mileage, jobs, and projects.

Quicken 2003 Premier Home & Business also includes everything in Quicken 2003 Premier to help you optimize your personal finances. Enjoy intelligent and tax-smart investing insights, new Schedule A, B, and D reports, and an Investor's Reference Guide with step-by-step tutorials. Use Buy/Sell Preview to view your estimated proceeds and potential capital gains. In addition, the Schedule Updates feature tells Quicken when to go online and download your data, so your information will be up-to-date when you open the program. Quicken's guided setup suggests what to set up and track in Quicken based on your goals. A fresh, more intuitive design provides faster access to your accounts, as well as the features people use most. ... Read more

Reviews (27)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Worth The Price of Update
I have used Quicken for about 6 years now and love most of the program. However, the 2003 version is no improvement over 2002. The didn't fix many of the bugs and added a few new one. For example, you still can't edit your ESOP transaction once you enter them. One of the new bug is you can't resize the search results window.Also, Quicken has gone way overboard with advertising. The software in now basically ad-ware, which would be ok if they didn't sell it to you. Finally, the business functions are so cripple they're almost useless. You can't even chose the columns or entries on invoices.

1-0 out of 5 stars D**ned if you do...
Although all the previous reviews I've read about Quicken 2003 have been right on the money about this version of the program, no one has offered any solutions! After lots of research, I was able to get q03 to print from windows xp - open the printers folder, highlight your printer, right click and click on properties, click on the "advanced" tab on the top, click on "print processor", choose "winprint" and "raw" and click ok until everything is closed. Doing this enabled me to finally print reports and statements. Hope it works for you.

2-0 out of 5 stars Buggy Quicken 2003
I've used various versions of Quicken for well over ten years, upgrading just about every year. Quicken 2003 is a huge dissapointment. I download transactions from my financial institutions and then reconcile the online balances. For some inexplicable reason I periodically get the error message "The total of the previously cleared items in your register no longer matches with the ending balance of your prior statements." I very much suspect that Quicken 2003 has a bug in its reconciliation module and that this problem is not due to operator stupidity, as I never had this problem with past versions of the software. Technical support for the product is miserable.

1-0 out of 5 stars Got XP? Forget Quicken 2003!
If you're running Windows XP, Quicken 2003 isn't for you. Yes, the interface has grown clunky -- the mark of software that's piled on so many bells and whistles that it's become morbidly obese. But what good is any financial software if you can't print reports? With XP, you cannot. Quicken 2003 simply crashes and closes when you hit the print command.

"Windows XP is bad at processing 16-bit printing," a Quicken service rep told me today. His advice? Remove the latest and greatest HP printer drivers and install drivers for Windows 98. Of course, full-featured printing will suffer with most every other application on my computer, and XP poses serious obstacles to such a ploy since Win98 drivers are not certified for XP, but Intuit offers no other solution.

When I pointed out that I run a lot programs and that only Quicken won't print in XP, my exasperated tech rep sighed, "I know, I hear that a lot." Publicly, Intuit is clearly in denial. There's not a clue about XP printing problems to be found on Quicken's support site.

It's sad, really. Intuit once brought personal and business accounting into its full glory on the PC platform, but they've stumbled and fallen flat today. ...Unless you're one of the few still running Windows 98, forget this retro dinosaur.

1-0 out of 5 stars Trust me: Don't buy it! Don't install it! Don┬┐t use it!
I have been with Quicken since 3.0. I have loved the software and have been a strong advocate for it. Now that I have upgraded to Quicken Premier 2003, my attitude has complete changed. I have never seen such terribly written software before. This is purely pitiful.

I have recently upgraded from Quicken 2000 Deluxe and I have had nothing but trouble. First of all, of course, it couldn't convert my old data file. I had a ton of errors to sort through. Secondly, the interface constantly locks up on me (I am using XP). Thirdly, the interface is so obscure, you will find yourself running in circles just trying to accomplish what used to take minutes. The help is pitiful. The support is even worse. The interface is absolutely retched, extremely slow (I am running at 1.3 GHz) and riddled with bugs. Intuit is no longer interested in making good software.

I hate to sound so negative. I am not one who complains so much, but this software is more than a disappointment, it has been a complete waste of my time. Trust me, don't buy it, don't install it, and don't use it. You will be very sorry. Even if you are given it for fee. ... Read more


71. Microsoft Money 2002 Deluxe
list price: $64.95
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Asin: B00005LVWI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 2316
Average Customer Review: 2.62 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With checkbooks going the way of the fax machine, money-management programs are becoming an increasingly popular addition to personal software collections. Whether you're creating a monthly budget or planning a complex investment portfolio, Microsoft Money 2002 Deluxe offers a compelling solution for everyone from stockbrokers to soccer moms.

The first thing we noticed after launching Money 2002 Deluxe was how happy everyone in Microsoft land seemed. Images of beautiful people sitting around in loungewear floated across our screen, beckoning us to join the ranks of content Money users. Happily, we complied and began entering our personal finance information, including bank accounts, credit cards, monthly expenses, etc. While the setup wizard made getting started extremely easy, take note that many features require users to have a Microsoft Passport account. Without this account number, users are unable to access some of the cooler Web features available in Money 2002. Disabling this feature is complicated, and ignoring it is virtually impossible as you are constantly being asked to sign in to Passport.

That said, many of the new features that make Money a worthwhile upgrade revolve around better Web integration and online services. The new MoneySide bar follows you around as you surf the Web, providing you with access to your financial data as you shop, invest, or pay bills. You can also synchronize your Money data with MSN Money, which allows for up-to-date investing, banking, and financial planning information. Other improvements show up in the areas of report and chart creation, as well as the ability to send these reports via e-mail. Finally, a new Bill Setup and Edit feature offers a central location for tracking your bills and making electronic payments.

One of the great things about Money 2002 Deluxe is that you can use it as much or as little as you like. For example, if you just want to see how much a vacation will affect your monthly budget, the program offers a one-time expense feature to use during that month. If, on the other hand, you'd rather create a six-month plan to purchase a new SUV, Money 2002 will help you set up a budget to account for this expense over time.

Overall, Money 2002 Deluxe is a strong and dependable tool for managing your money, which can only lead to financial gains. --Gisele Toueg ... Read more

Reviews (105)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product for Personal Finances
I purchased Money 2002 Deluxe as an upgrade to the existing version I was using - Money 2001 Deluxe. The features in the 2002 version that was most helpful to me includes:
1. Being able to undo an action (e.g. especially for those times when you delete a transaction in error)
2. Having more printing options, especially in the "forecast" cash flow section. I've always found the older version had limited printing capabilities.
3. Being able to flag transactions for later follow-up or making notes, similar to to-do action items.
4. The home page is more customizable, so I could "see" at a glance my spending habits, to-do actions, cash flow, etc.
5. The Bills and Deposits section is much more improved - though it takes a bit of getting used to in the beginning.

The feature I didn't like is Microsoft integrating the money file with a Passport account. While it adds another level of security, i.e. having a password to access the money file, I think it is just Microsoft's way of pushing their Passport technology. Fortunately, Money can be used offline - so it's neither here nor there regarding the passport option. All in all, I think it's a great product.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Software I Own
I just balanced my checking account in 3 minutes so I felt compelled to put up a review proclaiming how great MS Money is.

First off, I was shocked to see that the overall rating for Money is so low. I tried to use Quicken Deluxe 2001 a while back and aside from hating the UI I just never felt that it worked very well. Things like balancing my account and paying bills online were awkward and I eventually gave up.

Money, on the other hand, has a beautiful, intuitive UI, makes balancing my accounts simple and sometimes automatic, and provides incredibly smooth online integration. The epay feature lets me pay all of my bills through money and they automatically get entered into my credit union's online bill pay system. Anytime something goes wrong, for example if I enter a date that's too early or if I haven't entered an address to send the bill, Money handles it smoothly.

I should note that my experience with MS Money is limited to entering and categorizing all of my transactions, electronic bill pay, and balancing my accounts so I can't comment on any of the reporting or budgeting features.

I noticed that a few of the negative reviews are from people that say they have a hard time managing their finances and it's not surprising these people would be let down. Money can't do everything for you and I spend a significant amount of time making sure everything is kept up to date. However, if you are willing to invest time to track your finances Money is definitely an application you should consider.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worse than you think
Being a MS Money user for the last seven years, I thought that the new version will improve my ability to track my personal finances, just as the previous versions did. Instead, I had to cope with the disappearance of my budget and, worst of all, an annoying Passport log in, which seems to have a serious security issue. Two days after installation and the first Passport log-in, I had two on-line charges on a credit card I've never used on the Internet!!!

Fortunately, I found my Money 2000 file backed up and restored normality by removing this threat from my system.

2-0 out of 5 stars More bugs than Windows XP.
Bought this when it first came out to replace Quicken (too slow).
More fool me - ghastly interface. More bugs than an ant hill and now it won't let me edit or view downloaded info and I've now got 78 items on one account needing 'previewing'.

I'd move the file back to Quicken but guess MS Money has now ballsed up my accounts so badly I'd be better off starting again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
The only major thing I learned about money from Money 2002 Deluxe is that buying it is a waste of money. It is user unfriendly, has a confusing layout and the "automatic" retrieval of information from the internet worked for less than half the accounts I put in the software.
Another "fun" thing was that the first time I set up all my accounts, budget etc., the Money file was saved to a folder on the LAN network - even though I was not connected to it at the time. I should have realized this, of course, but I didn't. Next time I tried to access the file it was not found, neither on the network, nor on the hard drive.
Money 2002 Deluxe is good for two things:
Cardio exercise - because it will definitely raise your blood pressure and heart rate whenever you use it, and
It will make your wallet a lighter and more comfortable fit in your pocket.. ... Read more


72. COSMI Perfect Pro Office System (Windows)

Asin: B0000ALX5E
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cosmi
Sales Rank: 10662
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Features

  • This vast collection of office applications includes tools for business, desktop publishing, office management and system support
  • Microsoft-compatible office applications for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, HTML editors and drawing tools
  • All kinds of desktop publishing applications -- from office document templates to flowchart makers and mail list managers
  • The wide range of business tools offer a legal forms creator, contact management & customer relations tools, and a full-featured accounting system
  • Anti-virus and firewall tools, CD & DVD burners, spam blockers and pop-up stoppers, backup tools and cache cleaners to keep your system running optimally

73. Quicken 2002 Deluxe (Mac)
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B00005LA8X
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 3575
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Quicken 2002 Deluxe saves you more time and steps by improving the features people use most. Now you can download your participating brokerage transactions from the Web so your investment account data is more accurate and current. Update all your online accounts in one step. Compare the tax impact of selling different stocks and mutual funds before you sell. Automatically reconcile your accounts when your online balances match your Quicken balances. And, most importantly, Quicken 2002 Deluxe is built for Mac OS X, so you can take advantage of Apple's latest operating system. It also works with Mac OS 9.0.4 or later.

Set up accounts with step-by-step ease. Quicken provides an assistant to guide you through a complete setup of your accounts. Enter your financial information in one sitting so you can put Quicken to work sooner. Download your account information, such as credit card, banking, or brokerage transactions, from more than 1,000 financial institutions. Pay bills, transfer money, and get stock and mutual fund quotes, all in one step. After you download and accept your online banking transactions, if your register balance matches your bank's online balance Quicken will automatically reconcile your account. Never miss a bill, as Quicken will proactively find past repeated bills you've entered and alert you when these bills, such as a monthly mortgage or credit card payment, are due. Simplify the process of finding a particular transaction with global find and replace options that search all Quicken accounts at one time.

Save time by downloading your brokerage transactions from the Web so your investment account data is more accurate and up to date. This option works with TD Waterhouse, Fidelity, and more. Quicken now helps you set up the correct tax categories to more accurately track your taxable items, making tax time easier. Compare the tax impact of selling different stocks and mutual funds before deciding which ones to sell. Optimize your capital gains and losses to help you keep more money. Get a more accurate picture of your net worth. Even if you don't know the original purchase prices, you can still start tracking the value of your stocks and mutual funds with just the balances from your latest statement. ... 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


74. GLOBAL STAR SOFTWARE Financial Tools Second Edition (Windows)

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Asin: B00009RDI6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Star Software
Sales Rank: 9732
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Features

  • Designed for users of all skill levels -- from the experienced banker & broker to the beginning investor
  • Powerful calculation tools for making financial decisions easily
  • Examine questions related to your finances -- mortgages, loans, savings and retirement information is easy to review
  • Create amortization tables in seconds, and review different What if? and How much? scenarios
  • Never be at a loss when it comes to your financial information again!

75. GLOBAL STAR SOFTWARE ProBiz Check Writer Plus (Windows)

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Asin: B00009MK81
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Star Software
Sales Rank: 8157
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Features

  • Fully customizable checking tools give you everything you need to make checks that suit you and your business
  • Include your own logos, memo lines, bank codes and more -- a 5-step wizard makes it easy and fast
  • Automatically keeps a detailed history of all past transactions involving your custom checks
  • Create and edit your own list of accounts or Payees for better financial tracking
  • Add artificial watermarks and non-reproducable pantographs

76. Mycheck Writer Home & Business
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B00006JJNK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Avanquest
Sales Rank: 7025
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars Rotten software, worse support
There's bad software, awful software, and "aw just stick a fork in me" rotten software. "Mycheck Writer..." by Elibrium falls under the third category.

Installation is painful. Operation gives repeated "...dll failed" errors. Installs a very fussy printer driver called "greatland" (from another company with competing check printing software), which will fail suddenly. Installation also places hundreds of awful fonts in your windows fonts directory, which are not removed through the uninstall process.

After painfully getting an install completed on my laptop in Aug '03, I was able to print using my inkjet for a few months. (No, you don't really need a laser printer and the MICR toner cartridge that they try to sell you. At least I didn't. Banks and businesses had no problems with my inkjet printed checks.)

Then out of the blue, it starts printing my checks without the routing/transit/account number line. Of course, after a few months of use with only limited trouble, I didn't notice. (My awful mistake, of course.) Suddenly, my checks are being returned to me with comments like "The document enclosed is not a legal banking instrument". Great.

I try re-printing the checks, but now the "greatland printer driver" is giving me errors to the effect of "print command received from illegal application. Contact technical support"

I'm on the horn with my bank now to get some regular checks printed. There's no way I'm going to waste my $24 or more on their technical support.

Good luck folks! If you find a simple check printing interface, please post!

1-0 out of 5 stars NOT RECOMMENDED It worked okay then.........
Was working fine with my HP laser and XP, simple record keeping. Then the darn thing started printing checks from 2 months ago instead of the one I wanted to print. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PROGRAM TO ANYONE. I had to go back and make sure the right check numbers were with the right checks because it was also changing check numbers on me. Tech supoort for $24.95, + per minute fees. Now that takes guts especially on a product that is only 3 months old. Shop around, trust me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't try to use this product with a 300 dpi laser printer..
It won't support lasers less than 600 dpi. No were is this disclosed. Didn't find out until I purchased an $80 MICR toner for my printer. Wow! I could have bought 6 boxs of check for the price of the MICR toner alone. Waste of money!

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't print in W2K. Lousy tech support
I bought it for win2000. Their print driver doesn't work - doesn't print at all. The company acknowledges the problem on the their web site and gives a "wonderful" recommendation: "Cancel all printing jobs and try again"!...? Their live tech support is [expensive] plus per minute charges. Email support answered in 24 hours and even offered call me. The guy was nice but his advise absolutely useless. After going through the routine of checking my printer's settings he sent a word file with 18 steps instructions. ... The file tells you how to uninstall and, then, reinstall the software. What a brilliant solution!... When I told them that it still didn't work, they sent an email saying, basically, that they know about the problem and have no idea what the hell is going on. Would never buy anything from this company and, hope, neither will you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't get Support for issues
Had problems getting the CheckDesigner to print checks properly, the check on the screen looks nothing like what comes out of the printer. Basically useless.
I use Quicken and Quickbooks, but now the checks come out fuzzy. There is a driver that MyChecks installs that intercepts the print job (Greatland Driver), and now only 1 in 3 checks prints correctly. That's not saving any money - wasting a lot of paper. I guess they think they can keep you buying their check paper because the software works so bad. A bit slimey don't you think? ... Read more


77. Snap! Mortgage Master (Jewel Case)

our price: $3.99
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Asin: B0001W1AZQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2669
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78. Voice Xpress for Personal Finance 4.01

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Asin: B00002S7QS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Lernout & Hauspie
Sales Rank: 11557
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

L&H Voice Xpress Personal Finance is designed to complement the two most popular personal finance programs: Intuit Quicken and Microsoft Money. Now, no matter which program you prefer, you'll be able to perform your favorite functions by voice. And, thanks to our exclusive Natural Language Technology, there are no complicated phrases or menus to memorize, just "Say It Your Way" to control your personal finance program. For example, instead of hunting and clicking through menus, simply say "go to my checkbook" and Voice Xpress Personal Finance opens your register. It's a faster and more flexible way to work.

With Voice Xpress Personal Finance, you just slip on the included headset, speak normally, and get started. No more agonizing over menus and dialog boxes to find the function you want. Nothing could be easier or more natural. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Very Limited
Some of the commands and navigation feaatures I assumed would be available weren't. You could not program a phrase to execute a macro, you need the full L&H version for that. I found it easier just to click and type than spell out my password and tell the computer how to navigate etc. ... Read more


79. LEARN2.COM Learning Word 2000 -- Introduction

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Asin: B00007E8EM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Learn2.Com
Sales Rank: 10697
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Features

  • Do you want to use Word 2000 more quickly and effetively? Then learn all it secrets with this great educational software!
  • This program walks you throgh all the basic features of Word 2000
  • Learn how to create, edit, proof, and publish your documents with ease
  • Work with text wrap, use the insertion point, and remove text
  • Format your document, change the font, and align the text

80. GLOBAL STAR SOFTWARE Resume Pro Tools (Windows)

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Asin: B00008DD1F
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Star Software
Sales Rank: 11292
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Features

  • Pick a style or template, or design an entire layout from scratch
  • Enter all your relevant personal information, and see how it looks on paper
  • Switch the style, color pattern, content or even the entire layout - with just a click
  • Track job prospects and record company information easily, with the Employer menu
  • Get hired right away with this powerful resume design tool!

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