According to a FAQ updated today, Intuit is proceeding with earlier rumored plans to update their Quicken for Mac 2007 product with OS X 10.7 Lion compatibility. Since it was originally developed for PowerPC based Macs, Quicken required the Rosetta emulator to run on modern Intel-based Macs. Apple removed Rosetta support in Lion.
I suppose this is good news for the few Mac users out there who purchased their supposed successor, Quicken Essentials (most reviews panned that product as lacking much of the old Quicken’s functionality). But really, how much sense does it make for a company to invest programming time and effort into what’s now almost a five-year-old product? Is it too much to ask for them to just focus on a Quicken 2012 release that’s not only Lion compatible, but has feature parity with the Windows version?
Over two years ago, I switched to using iBank, a shareware product that allows automatic importing of Quicken data and never looked back. I know others just went the cloud route with Mint. Intuit just doesn’t seem to get the idea that Mac users want current software that’s just as capable as what our Microsoft-using counterparts use.