Quicken Premier 2018 – 27-Month Personal Finance & Budgeting Software [PC/Mac Download] – Amazon Exclusive, reviews, comments

Quicken Premier 2018 – 27-Month Personal Finance & Budgeting Software [PC/Mac Download] – Amazon Exclusive

Take control of your finances and maximize your investments

  • Import all your checking and credit card bank transactions safely and automatically*
  • See where your money is going - your transactions are automatically categorized
  • Stay on top of your spending. Create a budget and manage your bills
  • Import your loan, investment and retirement account transactions*
  • Plan for the future you have in mind
  • Create a plan to pay off debt or save for the future
  • See how your investments are performing with informed buy/sell decisions
  • See realized and unrealized gains and continuously updated quotes
  • Helps minimize taxes on investments

NEW in 2018!

  • NEW Access to 11,000+ online billers, bill PDF downloads
  • NEW Expanded custom report layout options and direct Excel export
  • NEW Get the latest features without having to upgrade*
  • NEW 15GB (AMAZON EXCLUSIVE) of secure online backup for your Quicken files with Dropbox
  • NEW Move and archive investments transaction feature
  • NEW Richer performance analysis with buy and hold comparison
  • NEW Free Quicken Bill Pay and priority access to Quicken phone support*

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System Requirements:
  • Supported OS: Windows 10   Windows 8.1   Windows 8   Windows 7   10.11 El Capitan
  • Processor Format: 32 bit
  • RAM: Win: 1 GB; Mac: 256 MB
  • Hard Disk: Win: 450 MB; Mac: 100 MB

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Comments / reviews:
Wes
Luckily, I haven't had any of the problems cited by the other reviewers. It's basically the same as the 2015 version with new fonts and colors - and I'm OK with that. The price tag is a hard pill to swallow, particularly after paying half as much for 33% longer support for the previous upgrades.

Because of the price hike and negative reviews, I seriously considered other products. Nothing else seems robust enough for my needs, which include almost a dozen actual accounts and 10 additional "asset" accounts for accruals.

Before upgrading, I backed up my Quicken file and took a snapshot of my balances. No changes noted. All my saved reports and auto-fill vendors are still there. Downsides: I had to type my Quicken ID 2 times, password 3 times, and code-from-text-message 2 times. That was the worst part of the upgrade. I also dislike the elimination of text captions for icons on the top banner - what do all these icons mean? Other than that, it's still the same indispensable (fun?) number-cruncher I'm used to.

Bottom line: it's still a great product, but the price is steep and upgrade process is a little clunky.

4 stars as I'm less than thrilled with the new subscription based model, and I preferred the account list appearance in Q2015. Other than the slightly foul taste in my mouth about essentially having to pay $120 for another two years of stock price updates this 20 year daily Quicken user remains a happy camper. The extra 20GB Dropbox space, bonus 3 months and 15% in Prime points for paying with my Amazon VISA helped ease the pain. Upgraded from Quicken Premier 2015 with zero problems. It recognized the data file I've been using since 1999 and I had no trouble connecting with my Quicken account. As far as Zillow, at the top of the asset account for my home I did get the offer to connect to Zillow to retrieve a "Zestimate" as to current home value, and that option did appear inappropriately in an asset account I have created for a personal loan. It's easily dispatched if you don't want it (just [X]-ing it off should do it, otherwise Settings (gear button) > Show/Hide Zillow property estimation bar), and as a lifelong hater of adware (esp. ads in already pricey retail software) let me say that I don't view this option as an ad.

I love this product and will continue to use it as long as I have no problems.

Q2018 was a very smooth transition from Q2015, much better than other times I've had to upgrade. I don't know if the software is much different, there are a few more applications, but it seems smooth. One thing I don't like is that you can't enter your data manually. When you do enter your data manually, the software will lock up and you have to start the program over again. This needs to be corrected. Some of my investment I have to enter manually! I know they want you to store your financial information online but with all the hacking I prefer to store my data on my own backup system.

This is a review of the Mac 2018 version. I am Quicken user since it was a DOS program, and Quicken Premier for Windows 2017 is the only Windows program I still use, having switched to Mac years ago. Generally, this is a very good program and I'd recommend it, with just one caveat. It's fast, stable (no crashes at all), has a nice clean look, and is being updated frequently. I am using it for a set of new accounts and the only error I have encountered is that it can't price put or call options properly (it doesn't distinguish between contracts of 100 options and a single option hence either number of shares or share price will be incorrect by factor of 100). For that reason I will stick with the Windows 2017 version for my main Quicken file until that's resolved. From the looks of the update notes, they are making a lot of progress though. I'd probably wait a bit if you trade options but otherwise it's probably ready for prime time, and the price (less than three bucks per month) seems extremely fair.

I'm not an accountant but I like to be informed about where my money is going. Quicken makes that as easy as possible. This is my first version for the Mac and while there are a few keyboard differences I am still adjusting to, the transition could not have been any easier. I was surprised to learn the software is now provided as a subscription but I understand that: I never upgraded every year and it just probably wasn't a good business model to keep prices low and only sell a copy every few years. This new version has been completely stable and intuitive to use - keep on keepin' on, Quicken!

Absolutely no problems upgrading from Quicken Premier 2016 to 2018. Was fast and effortless. You do need to pay attention to instructions. I recommend migrating to the new Quicken platform before the upgrade. When Quicken became separate from Intuit, we all received an email to migrate with a new user ID. Do that! Then open Quicken and do a One Step Update for all accounts. Then do a backup from the File Menu. Then write down your program password, but more importantly your Quicken Online username (email address) and password. Then in your Amazon Download Center you will see two thing: 1) your Activation Code and 2) Instructions to Redeem. Follow the instructions to go to quicken.com/setup, enter your Activation Code and use the SAME EXISTING username (email address) and password. Then download the software. Accept all the default settings. Quicken will remove your old version, install your new version, and upgrade to the latest patches. Then start Quicken Premier 2018. It will seamlessly bring your data in and display your Home Page. All your settings and preferences are saved. I did change the Register spacing to Compact.
I am not sure what steps LR took, but it made no difference whether I bought the download from Amazon or Quicken and Amazon was considerably cheaper and no more than previous versions. The user interface is modern, clean, and easy to read and navigate. I am displaying it in 1920 x 1080. Because of LR's review, I wrote down my Account Balances. They came out perfect to the cent. The Tax Planner worked exactly right with all my prior info. Most importantly I hate random advertising. LR mentions Zillow in his cash account. I HAVE NO ADVERTISING ANYWHERE. Finally, my data goes back to 2001. Scrolling to early data, entering new data, switching accounts is as fast as ever - no noticeable delay.
While Quicken was an Intuit product it was often a mess - patches would create problems bigger than fixes. I am thankful Quicken employees took the software over, were committed to its improvement and have produced their own first production for 2018. I do not object to the subscription model - that is the way of the future to ensure product development and support. In fact I hope Quicken automatically maintains itself like Office 365 - you always have the latest version so long as you subscribe.
P.S.
One of the inducements for Premier is free Bill Pay, rather than $6.95 a month. Again, follow the instructions in Quicken carefully to change Bill Pay systems. You have to register, prove the payee account is yours, add payees, and deactivate the old Bill Pay to stop the bank charges. I works.

I've used Quicken for many years...personal and for our business ( no longer use for business) Every issue has some new features. So happy with this one as it has an"upgrade" ( I've never been able to do this before anyway) that really helps when I mess up. I'll continue to use it as long as my bank makes it easy to.

Quicken's format is very intuitive, and the reports and graphs provided have been quite helpful to me as I get a better grasp on my finances. Occassionally have problems synching to an external account, such as my mortgage at Cross Country, because Quicken has a typo in the website address. It's easy to enter the info manually, though. Overall I'm very glad to have purchased Quicken, and actually am beginning to enjoy the process of more closely monitoring my finances.

Lya
Worked great for me - a 15 yr power user of the budgeting tool. I had avoided recent upgrades due to the lackluster reviews.and I even tried Mint.com (after hearing Quicken was ending support for the 2015 version) but the budgeting featuring was way too simplistic for my needs. So I decided to give Quicken 2018 a try. I was pleasantly surprised that everything worked perfectly for me. No trouble upgrading or converting my Quicken 2015 file (which has 10+ years of data in it). I like the upgraded user interface and my budgets and reports came across perfectly. No, there aren't a lot of new features but the cost per year is pretty reasonable when purchased through Amazon..

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