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Bob Harris
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      12-22-2005, 04:21 PM
I have a small home-based business and have been using QuickBooks for years.
Intuit now is discontinuing QuickBooks Basic. For my purposes Quicken Home
and Business would probably work just fine. I have no employees and the
tracking is quite simple.

I realize that going from QuickBooks to Quicken is viewed as "going
backwards", but I guess that's what I would like to do.

Does anyone know how this might be achieved? I suppose I could just start
over and keep the QuickBooks for historic inquiries, but ideally I'd like to
convert.

Perhaps there are services that can do this?

Thanks a lot for any thoughts.

--Bob Harris


 
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      12-22-2005, 07:30 PM
Quickebooks provide for data conversion from Quicken, but the reverse
is not possible.

 
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      12-22-2005, 09:31 PM
Bob Harris wrote:
> I have a small home-based business and have been using
> QuickBooks for
> years. Intuit now is discontinuing QuickBooks Basic. For my
> purposes
> Quicken Home and Business would probably work just fine. I
> have no
> employees and the tracking is quite simple.
>
> I realize that going from QuickBooks to Quicken is viewed as
> "going
> backwards", but I guess that's what I would like to do.
>
> Does anyone know how this might be achieved? I suppose I
> could just
> start over and keep the QuickBooks for historic inquiries, but
> ideally I'd like to convert.
>
> Perhaps there are services that can do this?
>
> Thanks a lot for any thoughts.


As Mike said; neither Quicken nor Quickbooks will directly help
you convert from Quickbooks to Quicken.

I have zero personal knowledge of what third-party Quickbooks
software is floating around, but it is theoretically possible
that one or more third-party apps exist that might do this or
help with the process.

The only other thought I have is: can Quickbooks "export" either
data or reports to Excel (or to delimited files, or possibly to
the Windows clipboard)? If so, you might be able to take a
roundabout route to get some of your data from Quickbooks to
Quicken ... though I'm not at all sure it would be worth the
work. It would entail converting Excel data to QIF file format
and importing to Quicken ... with the devil in the details.

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Bob Harris
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      12-23-2005, 12:36 AM

"Mike" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Quickebooks provide for data conversion from Quicken, but the reverse
> is not possible.
>


I was afraid of that. Reality is a heck of a concept!

Thanks for your reply.

--Bob


 
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Bob Harris
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      12-23-2005, 12:38 AM

"John Pollard" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Bob Harris wrote:
>> I have a small home-based business and have been using QuickBooks for
>> years. Intuit now is discontinuing QuickBooks Basic. For my purposes
>> Quicken Home and Business would probably work just fine. I have no
>> employees and the tracking is quite simple.
>>
>> I realize that going from QuickBooks to Quicken is viewed as "going
>> backwards", but I guess that's what I would like to do.
>>
>> Does anyone know how this might be achieved? I suppose I could just
>> start over and keep the QuickBooks for historic inquiries, but
>> ideally I'd like to convert.
>>
>> Perhaps there are services that can do this?
>>
>> Thanks a lot for any thoughts.

>
> As Mike said; neither Quicken nor Quickbooks will directly help you
> convert from Quickbooks to Quicken.
>
> I have zero personal knowledge of what third-party Quickbooks software is
> floating around, but it is theoretically possible that one or more
> third-party apps exist that might do this or help with the process.
>
> The only other thought I have is: can Quickbooks "export" either data or
> reports to Excel (or to delimited files, or possibly to the Windows
> clipboard)? If so, you might be able to take a roundabout route to get
> some of your data from Quickbooks to Quicken ... though I'm not at all
> sure it would be worth the work. It would entail converting Excel data to
> QIF file format and importing to Quicken ... with the devil in the
> details.
>
> --
> John Pollard
> First initial underscore Last name at mchsi dot com
> Please reply to newsgroup

Yes, I've wondered if third party utilities might exist, but so far I've not
found any. I do know that the file structure appears quite different. It
starts looking like the pain of converting (assuming it can even be done)
may be worse than just biting the bullet and paying the extra price for
QuickBooks.

Thanks a lot for your reply and thoughts on this issue.

--Bob


 
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Clark W. Griswold, Jr.
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      12-23-2005, 05:17 AM
"Bob Harris" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>Yes, I've wondered if third party utilities might exist, but so far I've not
>found any.


One trick I've used in the past for software that doesn't have an export
capability is to print detail reports to a PDF file, then either cut & paste or
find a PDF to Excel utility. They tend to be a little easier to locate...

YMMV of course.
 
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Bob Harris
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      12-23-2005, 11:33 PM

"Clark W. Griswold, Jr." <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> "Bob Harris" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
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>>Yes, I've wondered if third party utilities might exist, but so far I've
>>not
>>found any.

>
> One trick I've used in the past for software that doesn't have an export
> capability is to print detail reports to a PDF file, then either cut &
> paste or
> find a PDF to Excel utility. They tend to be a little easier to locate...
>
> YMMV of course.


Thanks, Clarke, that's an interesting suggestion. The fact is, though, that
the QuickBooks data has become voluminous after 13 years of business. This
even with archiving.

--Bob


 
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