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harry33 Level 1 (0 points)

I recently installed Lion, and now find that all my PowerPC applications are not supported. I have Quicken with all my financial data and need to do my income tax. What do I do?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,982 points)

    1 Reinstall Snow Leopard

    2 Use something other than Quicken

    3 Upgrade to Quicken Essentials for Mac

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,721 points)

    Hence the reason I stopped supporting Intuit.



  • daycor Level 1 (25 points)

    The other option is to run SL in another partition if you really need to have PPC applications.

  • Doctor Don Level 1 (0 points)

    I am running Quicken 2005 on a separate drive with Snow Leopard, pending the release by Intuit of an updated Quicken 2007 that will run on Lion.   A bit of a hassle but after trying iBank for a couple months I decided the hassle was worth it.  I just could not get used to the different approaches iBank uses and it was a struggle to reconcile my account.  I can hardly wait for the "new" Quicken 2007.  Oh yes, I tried "Quicken Essentials" also and its a nightmare!

  • Lanny Level 5 (6,949 points)

    If they actually do update it, shouldn't it be called Quicken 2012 in lieu of Quicken 2007. Is their plan to simply make a 5 year old version of their software work in OSX Lion or is it to have parity with the current Windows version, Quicken 2012?


    SInce, they haven't been willing to, or are unable to, update Quicken Essentials to parity with Quicken 2007, I don't see how anyone can believe that they will succeed. 

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,982 points)

    Lanny wrote:


    If they actually do update it, shouldn't it be called Quicken 2012 in lieu of Quicken 2007.

    Don't give them another reason to delay it

  • Lanny Level 5 (6,949 points)

    Right, I don't want to jinx it.

  • Mini-Mac Level 3 (810 points)

    Actually I used Quicken 2006 (Q06) until Lion. 


    I was really worried about updating to Lion (because of no support) so I purchased Quicken Essentials (QE) and ran it along side Q06 in Snow Leopard until I got use to it.  The change from Q06 to QE was difficult at best....all sort of bugs and UI problems.  But after several months of use and several Quicken updates I decided I was ready for Lion and so was QE.  NOW I actually prefer QE over Q06 but that's me. 


    I also tested MoneyWell (got it for free a while back) which sucked (IMO) and MoneyDance which was great (IMO).  I would have keep using MoneyDance but I'd already purchased QE.


    If I were you I'd download MoneyDance ( and give it a try for free.  I believe you have to go there web site to get the demo version, which is a fully functional version I think for 100 transactions, and you can import Quicken 2007 and 2006 files. 


    BTW you can get Quicken Essential from the App Store, but at least test MoneyDance first.

  • regfoster Level 1 (0 points)

    I too postponed switching over to Lion for months, because I am utterly dependent on all the functionality in Quicken 2007, the stuff that is missing from Essentials.  I too researched all the alternative apps (which all fell short), and even considered switching to the PC version.  Setting up an external drive was not a great alternative for me, since I move around alot with my laptop, and I didn't want to lug around another drive.


    My other problem is that although Intuit has promised the fix this Spring, given their track record of the last few years, who knows when it is going to show up.  So, I needed a solution that I could run indefinitely, independen of Apple's OS update cycle.


    But OTOH, it was getting increasingly urgent to upgrade to Lion, get rid of MobileMe and plunge into iCloud


    So, here's what I did (which has been running happily for a month now):

    1. Use Parallels to set up another OS10 enviroment
    2. Install OS 10.5 Leopard Server on Paralells
    3. Install Quicken 2007, plus all updates
    4. Copy over my latest qdfm file into the Paralells enviroment
    5. Open the qdfm file with Quicken 2007 and voila:  I have Quicken running in a window on my laptop, happily co-existing with Lion.
    6. Upgrade my laptop to Lion and move into iCloud


    All the normal Quicken functions run happily and transparently within the Parallels environment.  The only occasional glitch is that Parallels loses track of where the local printers are, but this is fixed by turningi printer sharing off and on in System Preferences.


    There is only one disadvantage to my approach.  While Parallels is fairly cheap, OS 10.5 Leopard Server or 10.6 Snow Leopard Server are NOT cheap (Paralles won't run your old, regular version of 10.5 or 10.6).  So, if you don't already have one of these, you need to track down a friend with an extra copy he/she is not using anymore.

  • Lanny Level 5 (6,949 points)

    You know, if Quicken 2007 if so indispensable to everyone, perhaps they should just consider buying a cheap Windoze PC and running Quicken 2013. It's bound to have a better feature set than the Quicken 2007 Mac version.

  • dougdilg Level 1 (0 points)

    For those who haven't heard, Quicken finally has released the Lion compatible upgrade for Quicken 2007:


  • joeuu Level 5 (5,075 points)



    Did not see earlier link. Message was edited by: joeuu

  • Doctor Don Level 1 (0 points)

    Intuit now has an updated version of Quicken 2007 for Lion.  I installed it on my iMac 27 and was very pleased with the results...until I tried to print checks.  The program quit as soon as I hit the "print" key.  So far Intuit's tech support has been unable to solve the problem. DJR

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