ads in Quicken?


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Guest

I bought Quicken in one year (forgot which year, 2001?) and wanted to switch
from Money because I didn't like Money's budget feature. Then I saw the ads
in the Quicken main screen which I couldn't turn off. Money displays ads by
default but you can suppress them completely. I was turned off by the
non-suppressable ads in Quicken and returned it to Intuit.

Does Quicken still have non-suppressable ads in its screens? If not, in
which version did they remove them? I'm asking because Quicken doesn't offer
a trial version. Since most commented there was really no improvement (or it
became worse and worse) from year to year, perhaps I'm better off with an
earlier version. Data converter is another consideration. I see Intuit
finally offered a data converter. For which version was the data converter
first offered?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Arge

I just switched from Money to Quicken and the converter that you can
download off their website did a pretty good job. Of course there are some
problems and corrections that need to be made, but it did a much better job
than the Money converter did, converting my old quicken to money.

Bob
 
K

Ken G

I'm running 2003XG (Canadian) and my last version was 2000 (Canadian).
Neither of them had ads. I skipped 2001 and 2002 so I don't know about them.

...ken...
 
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Debbie Becker

Quicken still has ads. The only way you could suppress them (in 2004 anyway)
was to rename the *dat files that the ad copy pulled from.

Quicken has changed the way they've done these in 2005. While the data is
still in *.dat files, if you delete them now, the program will re-create
them.

Easiest way (although a bit time-consuming) is to modify the files.

Path is (assuming your operating system is on your C: drive):
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application
Data\Intuit\Quicken\Inet\Common\Alerts\fn

Open the *.dat files in Notepad and delete the information under the
[DisplayData]
heading.

The same files appear under
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application
Data\Intuit\Quicken\Inet\Common\Pnf\Quicken
as well, so you might want to edit them there as well.

While it's a bit of work, it's kept ads from displaying for me.

Deb



I bought Quicken in one year (forgot which year, 2001?) and wanted to switch
from Money because I didn't like Money's budget feature. Then I saw the ads
in the Quicken main screen which I couldn't turn off. Money displays ads by
default but you can suppress them completely. I was turned off by the
non-suppressable ads in Quicken and returned it to Intuit.

Does Quicken still have non-suppressable ads in its screens? If not, in
which version did they remove them? I'm asking because Quicken doesn't offer
a trial version. Since most commented there was really no improvement (or it
became worse and worse) from year to year, perhaps I'm better off with an
earlier version. Data converter is another consideration. I see Intuit
finally offered a data converter. For which version was the data converter
first offered?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Andrew

Debbie said:
(snip snip snip)

While it's a bit of work, it's kept ads from displaying for me.
Or, you could take a deep breath, inhale, exhale, relax, and say to your
self, "there are a lot worse things in the world to get upset about" and
move on in life.
 
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John Pollard

Or, you could take a deep breath, inhale, exhale, relax, and
say to
your self, "there are a lot worse things in the world to get
upset
about" and move on in life.
Hear, hear!
 
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John Blaustein

Andrew,

I gotta say I'm with you on this one all the way. This kind of nit picking
about Quicken borders on the absurd (in my opinion).

John
 
G

Guest

Thank you Debbie for the tips for defeating the ads. It's absurd that
customers had to figure this out on their own and go this far to remove ads
in the software they paid for. I don't care how great Quicken is. As long as
there is competitive product that doesn't have ads, I refuse to give Intuit
my business. I took the same stand on the TurboTax spyware issue. They lost
me as a customer since then. And I'm not going back as long as there is
TaxCut. If all customers take a strong stand and vote with their wallet,
Intuit (or whoever, Microsoft included) will learn their lesson. If all
customers are like Andrew and John, they get away too easily. Who knows
what's going to come down next? Snoop your spending habits?
 
S

Sparky

Andrew said:
Or, you could take a deep breath, inhale, exhale, relax, and say to your
self, "there are a lot worse things in the world to get upset about" and
move on in life.
Where's the fun in that???

:)
 
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Debbie Becker

Hey, I'm a computer tech .. it's an interesting challenge, takes me very
little time, and is worth it for me .. to each his own. ; )

Deb

Andrew said:
Or, you could take a deep breath, inhale, exhale, relax, and say to your
self, "there are a lot worse things in the world to get upset about" and
move on in life.
Where's the fun in that???

:)
 
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Andrew

No said:
Thank you Debbie for the tips for defeating the ads. It's absurd that
customers had to figure this out on their own and go this far to
remove ads in the software they paid for. I don't care how great
Quicken is. As long as there is competitive product that doesn't have
ads, I refuse to give Intuit my business. I took the same stand on
the TurboTax spyware issue. They lost me as a customer since then.
And I'm not going back as long as there is TaxCut. If all customers
take a strong stand and vote with their wallet, Intuit (or whoever,
Microsoft included) will learn their lesson. If all customers are
like Andrew and John, they get away too easily. Who knows what's
going to come down next? Snoop your spending habits?
Well, as someone said, to each their own. Advertising is a part of life, as
long as it doesn't become too intrusive.
I figure given the cost of what software takes to develop and support, and
used to mainframe computer software pricing of days of yore, what we pay to
receive a software product that has the functionality of Quicken to me is
still amazing. If Intuit wishes to make a some bucks (and I admit, I don't
mind ads that relate to finance as perhaps there's a product or function
that I haven't learned about yet) I figure it keeps the costs down.

I would rather spent my time yelling at Intuit to increase the functionality
of the program - buy biggest bugaboo continues to be lack of real CD support
(not compact discs, "the other kind")
 
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Arge

Andrew

Your right......advertisement is a part of life, but only because we as
consumers accept it. Just look what has happened to TV. When cable was
first being discussed, you were going to pay for a TV service that was
otherwise free and by doing so there would not be commercials. Now there is
as many as 12 during the commercial breaks.

Bob
 
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Notan

Arge said:
Andrew

Your right......advertisement is a part of life, but only because we as
consumers accept it. Just look what has happened to TV. When cable was
first being discussed, you were going to pay for a TV service that was
otherwise free and by doing so there would not be commercials. Now there is
as many as 12 during the commercial breaks.
The (television) programs, themselves, are free to viewers,
paid for by advertising.

The manner in which they're delivered to your TV can vary,
with some costing more than others (e.g., cable or satellite).
Very often, programs that are available *only* via cable or
satellite are advertising (i.e., commercial) free.

Quicken has taken the worst of both worlds, charging for the
program *and* the advertising.

Notan
 
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John Blaustein

Notan,

Just curious... are you suggesting that since Quicken has some ads in it,
Intuit should give it away for free?

John
 
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Arge

Notan

So has cable

Bob
Notan said:
The (television) programs, themselves, are free to viewers,
paid for by advertising.

The manner in which they're delivered to your TV can vary,
with some costing more than others (e.g., cable or satellite).
Very often, programs that are available *only* via cable or
satellite are advertising (i.e., commercial) free.

Quicken has taken the worst of both worlds, charging for the
program *and* the advertising.

Notan
 
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Notan

John said:
Notan,

Just curious... are you suggesting that since Quicken has some ads in it,
Intuit should give it away for free?
Actually, just the opposite... Charge for an ad-free program.

A number of companies, e.g., Qualcomm/Eudora, charge for
different levels of advertising... Lots of advertising and
the program is free, or pretty close to it. No advertising
and you pay full price.

Notan
 
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Notan

Not really...

The program, itself is paid for by advertising.

The customer is paying, albeit through the nose,
for the method of delivery.

Alot of the same programs, available through
cable (paid), are also available over the
airwaves (free).

Notan
 
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John Blaustein

Notan,

OK, thanks, now I understand what you're thinking. I wonder how much
Quicken would cost without the ads.

John
 
N

Notan

What's interesting is that, over the years, while the price
of Quicken hasn't gone down, the level of advertising has
gone up.

Notan
 
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John Blaustein

I suppose it could be argued that "at least the price has stayed level" and
that's why the ads have increased.

John
 

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