Switching from Quicken 2012 for Windows to MAC

I am thinking of replacing my old Windows PC with a new iMac.  In reviewing user comments on the Mac versions of Quicken it looks like I would be giving up features and asking for alot of trouble converting from Quicken 2012 to Quicken 2007 for MAC.  Is the end product worth the effort or should I stay with Quicken 2012 on my current PC?  I have been a quicken user for 15 years and like the windows product.  I use it for financial and banking accounts, investments and bill pay.  I would hate to make the change and find that i wasn't happy with the result.  Would anyone be able to tell me what the differences are between the windows and Mac versions - I can't find anyone at quicken who can give me a side by side comparison. so I could see what the differeces are.

I really want to move to the apple platform but after reading so many negative comments about quicken in the forum, I don't want to make a big mistake.  Thanks in advance for your comments and advise.


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Well, there are two versions of Quicken for Mac. One, that is easy to convert to, but won't serve your needs is Quicken Essentials. No bill pay, investment transactions (only PV), etc. Scratch that off your list.

Then there is 2007 that has been modified (duct taped) to run under Lion. It will do more, and might serve your needs, but it as modern as a rerun of Moonlighting. Ok, that is a bit harsh, but it is rather dated. That is the version that is harder to convert to.

If you are a power user of Quicken, then stick with your Windows version. Moreover, there really isn't any better offerings for personal finance software for Macs.

Some people run Windows on their Mac solely to run Quicken for Windows. You can, but you would have to justify the costs associated to do that (copy of Windows, more memory, VM software if you don't want to reboot)
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