This is going to be a really exciting year. There’s a lot to talk about.
The New Quicken Mac Product
Many of you have asked what is going to be in the new Quicken Mac product and I’m excited to be able to share that with you now. Quicken Mac 2015 will have an improved user experience, deeper investment capabilities with transactions and holding lots and support for Quicken mobile and receipt capture. Of course you’ll have control of whether you want to be able to sync your data with your mobile device via the Quicken Cloud.
Last year when I asked this community about what you wanted to see in the next version of Quicken Mac you spoke up and said investments and mobile were 2 of the top things you wanted to see and this contributed to our feature prioritization planning. Your feedback was very helpful so please continue to provide comments. I read every comment made on the Quicken Marcus updates. If you want an even bigger impact on the Quicken Mac product, please sign up and help us beta test the new product.
Speak Up! Mac Beta Testers Needed
Get an early look at Quicken Mac 2015 by signing up for the beta at https://externaltesting.intuit.com. By beta testing the software, you’re helping us run through thousands of unique situations that will help us fine tune the product before we release to the general public. Don’t worry if you’re not a tech person. We’ll be doing a bunch of surveys asking for your opinion and input that will help us tweak the current product but also plan for the next release. We’re also looking for people who are willing to help us test the software using real accounts and their own unique computer setup. It’s important that the new Mac product get tested in lots of different situations and environments.
Is this a Quicken Mac 2007 Update?
In previous posts I saw people wondering if this would be an update of Quicken 2007. The new Quicken Mac won't be an update of that product. I spoke about this in an earlier update, but we can’t continue building on top of the Quicken 2007 code base. It was written before OS X and Intel Macs and is several decades old. What does this mean? It means that every time Apple ships a new operating system Quicken 2007 could stop working. This happened when Lion released and Apple decided to remove Rosetta which was a software tool to allow old software to run on the new Intel based Macs. It took a bunch of developers 8 months to get 2007 working again on Lion even though they didn’t add any new features. This happened again this year with Mavericks. Because of our close partnership with Apple we were warned in early 2012 that Apple was going to remove legacy printing code in Mavericks that Quicken 2007 relied on. We jumped in and fixed it before Mavericks shipped so Quicken 2007 customers wouldn't run into this issue. So far we've been lucky that we've been able to work around the issues. I'm afraid this won't last forever. This is an unsustainable situation for the long term.
A New Modern Software Foundation
From time to time software companies have to rewrite their code from scratch and modernize it so it is optimized and performs well on the latest and greatest operating systems which brings with it better security, stability and the capability to add features faster and in a more comprehensive way. Apple itself has been doing the same thing by updating some of their products such as Final Cut Pro, iTunes and iWork.
This is our plan too.
The new product is built on the Quicken Essentials foundation but this does NOT mean the feature set is limited or that the product will have to look like Quicken Essentials. We've already made many user interface changes like incorporating account balances in the sidebar like Quicken Windows and making the fonts larger in the register so it’s easier to read. This is one of my favorite features since I have a hard time seeing small text on the computer screen because of my aging eyes. We’ve conducted some surveys with early beta customers and they love the new look and direction. In any case, we know there are a bunch of things Quicken 2007 users would like to see in future Mac updates and I want to assure you that building on top of Quicken Essentials does not limit us in any way. In fact it frees us to innovate, build features faster and take advantage of the great new capabilities built into every Mac.
Thanks again for your continued support of Quicken and please sign-up for beta so you can have a say in the current and future Quicken Mac product. Here's the link again: https://externaltesting.intuit.com. To get notified of future Quicken Marcus posts please follow Quicken on Twitter, @Quicken.