Quicken Essentials get recourse with iBank update's import feature
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The traditional Quicken product for the Mac is at end-of-life. The code base has been on borrowed time for years and Intuit knows it. There's the "Intel-native" Q2007 build but that's nothing more than a stopgap. That's why, before Q2007 was even released, Intuit kicked off a project to massively overhaul and modernize the product. They discovered what several other developers have: Coming up with a viable challenger to traditional Quicken is a very difficult task. It's not that there's no room for growth; it's that it's a large and complex product and every feature is a killer feature for some subset of the user base. Modernization and other improvements don't matter a bit to those people if the existing features they consider critical don't exist exactly as they're used to. (It's kind of like when BeOS started getting media attention, and suddenly there were a whole lot of people (in relative terms) that didn't want a new, powerful paradigm. They wanted Windows, but not done by Microsoft.)
So Intuit's massive overhaul - Quicken Financial Life for the Mac - was almost universally panned by testers, not because it was bad but because it was different. They scrapped the project - years of effort - and went back to the drawing board. The ultimate result, after some more false starts, was Quicken Essentials. Essentials' code base *is* the future of the Quicken product line. It's not so different that it alienates most users outright, but it is more modern in the user experience and (more importantly) much more modern behind the scenes. Essentials does everything most users want, and most of what the rest do, and I'm confident that the future of the product line is incremental updates to that code base to continue to address missing features and add new behaviors.