Keeping things consistent

Since I bought myself a Mac mini a couple of weeks ago, I've been slowly adjusting to it. Actually, I've probably been spending more time playing Warcraft III than actually adjusting to it, but who's really keeping track.

I was kinda surprised that I didn't have all that much data actually living on my PC when I retired it. That's not to say that I didn't have a lot of data that I passed through it, however. I just didn't have much data that lived on it. Most of it was mounted off of Samba shares served up by Ultra-10 living down in the basement. Outside of the Quicken data that I had on there, I didn't have to make backups of much anything. The Solaris 10 and JDS 2.0 instances that I had on that PC as well as Windows didn't have any real data so I just didn't do anything with them.

All that I had to do was read the documentation about how to export from Quicken 2004 for Windows over to Quicken for Mac. I usually follow the philosophy of "If all else fails, read the directions" so it took a few tries.

Though the actual import was pretty painless, I'm a bit frustrated by the differences between Quicken for Mac and the Quicken for Windows. They look, act, and behave very differently.

The biggest annoyance for me is that Quicken for Mac looks nothing like Quicken for Windows. I'm used to, and like, having the nice summary that states what the status and value of each of my accounts is, broken up by type and then having a nice "Total Worth" summary at the bottom of that list. No such thing in Quicken for Mac that I can find. I can get the Account Summary with totals for each account, but it doesn't look as nice as the Windows version.

I'm also trying to get used to the cleared/reconciled state on the Mac version. In Windows, I could just click in a box when something cleared and it it would go to "cleared" and then "reconciled" for each click. With the Mac version I get a pop-up window each time I click there asking me if I want to Clear or Reconcile the transaction. When I take my bank statement, or my Menards card statement (both of which don't have automatic online download) it can take a long time. Of course, I've learned to just do the reconcile after I enter everything, but its a change.

I'm just really surprised that Intuit hasn't made more of an effort to make the Windows and Mac versions of Quicken look and act the same. Money is money, regardless of which computer you're using.

Of course, I have to mention that JDS on Solaris 10 looks the same regardless of if you're running it on SPARC or a PC. The Linux version of Java Desktop 3.0 (which is already running on Solaris 10) is supposed to be the same as well. I haven't loaded the current development build on my laptop yet.

Firefox, Mozilla, Thunderbird, and any number of other opensource applications look the same on Mac, PC, Unix, Linux or whatever. It makes users's lives easier to switch between them.

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You could try and run Virtual PC > Quicken for Windows.

Posted by Caspar on June 03, 2005 at 10:22 AM CDT #

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