Replacement for Quicken?


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Philip Herlihy

I have a customer (I'm an IT practitioner) with an elderly PC showing
signs of nearing the end of its life. He has his accounting records in
Quicken XG 2004, which I understand is no longer sold. He does have the
installation disks, but no license key (although we haven't bottomed all
the possible options for extracting that from the existing system). In
any event, he'd like to move to something which is currently supported,
and suitable for a modest business (with modest profits).

Does anyone here have any advice on what packages he might consider?
Meanwhile, what's the best way of exporting the data for use in, say,
Excel? I don't know Quicken and a quick survey of the menu options
didn't reveal anything obvious.
 
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A.Lee

Philip Herlihy said:
I have a customer (I'm an IT practitioner) with an elderly PC showing
signs of nearing the end of its life. He has his accounting records in
Quicken XG 2004, which I understand is no longer sold. He does have the
installation disks, but no license key (although we haven't bottomed all
the possible options for extracting that from the existing system). In
any event, he'd like to move to something which is currently supported,
and suitable for a modest business (with modest profits).

Does anyone here have any advice on what packages he might consider?
Meanwhile, what's the best way of exporting the data for use in, say,
Excel? I don't know Quicken and a quick survey of the menu options
didn't reveal anything obvious.
Quicken is still available, and the easiest to use in my opinion.

Gnucash is free, and pretty powerful, with many functions that are
unlikely to get used, but still usable for a small business. However, it
can be a pain to install (I've only used it on a Mac), no idea if they
do an easy install for Windows. It's really good for importing all sorts
of file formats, so may be suitable for old files.

Paid for (nearly always big money) programs are plentiful. Sage is good,
but expensive.

For personal finance, MS Money, or its newer derivatives are probably
the easiest to buy, no idea what they'll import.

Alan.
 
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Philip Herlihy

alan@darkroom. said:
Quicken is still available, and the easiest to use in my opinion.

Gnucash is free, and pretty powerful, with many functions that are
unlikely to get used, but still usable for a small business. However, it
can be a pain to install (I've only used it on a Mac), no idea if they
do an easy install for Windows. It's really good for importing all sorts
of file formats, so may be suitable for old files.

Paid for (nearly always big money) programs are plentiful. Sage is good,
but expensive.

For personal finance, MS Money, or its newer derivatives are probably
the easiest to buy, no idea what they'll import.

Alan.
Thanks, Alan. I've looked into the availability of both Quicken and
Microsoft Money and it seems that the UK-specific versions of both were
discontinued some years ago, but that some version is still available.
Sage certainly is good, and has an unusually good support service, but
that, like the product itself, is indeed expensive. Gnucash sounds very
promising, especially with a need to retrieve useful information from
backup files. Thanks for the tip!

As an IT practitioner and software developer, I naturally wrote my own
accounting and billing system. It's quirky, but it does *exactly* what
I want it to!
 
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Peter Saxton

Thanks, Alan. I've looked into the availability of both Quicken and
Microsoft Money and it seems that the UK-specific versions of both were
discontinued some years ago, but that some version is still available.
Sage certainly is good, and has an unusually good support service, but
that, like the product itself, is indeed expensive. Gnucash sounds very
promising, especially with a need to retrieve useful information from
backup files. Thanks for the tip!

As an IT practitioner and software developer, I naturally wrote my own
accounting and billing system. It's quirky, but it does *exactly* what
I want it to!
Why not get the QuickBooks free version.
 
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