Intuit on Monday released Quicken 2006 for Mac, the latest version of its finance software for Mac OS X. The update offers data back-up through a .Mac account and a Smart Payee feature that enables users to rename a payee in a downloaded transaction, which often contains cryptic merchant codes, and automatically use that information every time a similar transaction is downloaded. Quicken 2006 for Mac will also apply the Smart Payee name to all historical transactions in the account register.
Other changes to the software include more options for scheduling upcoming bills and transactions, flexible account registers that allow longer check numbers and custom transaction types, the ability to download accounts with different customer IDs from the same bank and better functionality and support for printing new ANSI format checks, including assurance that self-printed checks will meet new government banking standards.
Quicken 2006 for Mac is available only as a full version of the software. Pricing is US$69.95, with a $20 mail-in rebate available until Nov. 30, 2005. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.8, v10.3.9 or v10.4.1 or higher, 128MB RAM, 40MB hard drive space (100MB to install) and a 56kbps or faster Internet connection to access online features.