Intuit Quicken 2003 Deluxe

The Good Revamped interface is easier to operate; Account Bar shows a live ticker of cash totals, investments results, and debts; integrates with new online Quicken Brokerage; available for Macs.

The Bad Few new tools for noninvestors; substandard financial planning tools; phone support desk not available weekends or evenings.

The Bottom Line Quicken's new, improved interface makes it Microsoft Money's equal in the financial planning arena. Upgrade if you're using Quicken now, and switch from Money if you're a big-time investor.

Editors' Rating
8.0 Overall

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Review

Intuit Quicken 2003 Deluxe

Intuit has finally given its personal finance program a makeover. Quicken 2003 Deluxe's $60 (before a $20 rebate for upgrades) updated interface is easier to navigate and delivers even more information without cluttering your screen. In fact, Quicken's interface looks significantly cleaner than Money 2003's. All said, both apps do a stellar job of tracking your finances, but Money's superior service and support make it our Editors' Choice. Current Quicken users should seriously consider upgrading to 2003 if only for the new interface, and sophisticated investors should head for Quicken's Premier edition. Intuit has finally given its personal finance program a makeover. Quicken 2003 Deluxe's $60 (before a $20 rebate for upgrades) updated interface is easier to navigate and delivers even more information without cluttering your screen. In fact, Quicken's interface looks significantly cleaner than Money 2003's. All said, both apps do a stellar job of tracking your finances, but Money's superior service and support make it our Editors' Choice. Current Quicken users should seriously consider upgrading to 2003 if only for the new interface, and sophisticated investors should head for Quicken's Premier edition.

New look gets our vote
Last year, we mentioned that Quicken needed a major overhaul, and we got what we wanted. Quicken 2003's interface finally looks streamlined and up-to-date. Gone are the ancient Quicktabs. Instead, Quicken's Account Bar pane shows on-the-fly totals of your cash and investment assets, as well as your loan (a mortgage, for instance) and debt liabilities, along with a running total of your current net worth--a nifty, if potentially depressing, detail.

As before, you can also access any of your account registers for, say, your checking account, by clicking the account's name in the Account Bar. New tabs in each register account offer quick analytical views, such as a bar chart for income vs. expenses. Longtime users may find this new interface disconcerting at first and may have trouble finding things on occasion. Stick with it, though; in the end, you'll appreciate this cleaner, sleeker Quicken.

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  • MSRP $60
  • Brand Intuit Inc.
  • Category home / entertainment / lifestyle applications
  • Compatibility PC
  • OS Family Windows
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