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In the case of the reports, you are correct, Quicken is geared at a user that has no formal accounting experience or knowledge.

I can understand the addition of fluffware because of user requests. Unsophisticated users will request dumb things, and those dumb things translate into obnoxious wizards.

But that doesn't explain breaking things that formerly worked. In this thread, we have the example of the "exclude all" flag on the reports. It worked in Q99. It doesn't work in Q2004-2008, which is a pretty long time to leave a bug unfixed. At a minimum, the flag should have been removed; preferably, it should have been made to automatically check and uncheck the appropriate categories.

Then there's my pet peeve, the balance adjustment. From Quicken 2.0 through Q99, I could balance adjust a cash account and it defaulted to the current date. Starting with Q2004, it defaulted to the last date a balance adjustment was done. I have a hard time believing that's a request by a user, even by an unsophisticated one. It's a bug that got introduced.

Stuff like this is why Intuit is losing its embedded customer base. I'd grumble but accept paying $30 every three years to keep the ability to download. I can live with bugs not getting fixed, once I get used to the workarounds. I'd grumble but live with the gratuitous changes in user interface. But when you throw in random breakage of stuff that used to work, it's not worth it. I'll live with what I've got for as long as it works, and deal with not being able to download.

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