I am now mere moments away from finally switching off my windows box and making the iMac our primary home machine.
The last hurdle was cleared this week when I found a replacement accounting package for the family treasurer to use and replace the copy of Quicken 2002 we have been running for many years on the PC.
The reason I took so long in finding a proper replacement was that I’d failed to listen to my stakeholder (my wife, Liz) on what her actually requirements were for the new package. I had investigated all sorts of shinny new software, from the free GNUCASH (that took me half a day to build) through to some fancy stuff from Igg Software called iBank. Everything I looked at seemed to do the the job (at least the trial versions allowed me to import the data) and looked good.
However, each time I ran the stakeholder demo I got the response ‘its too complicated’, or ‘I don’t want to learn a new package’, ‘I just want it to look and work like the old Quicken’.
Now Quicken isn’t the most fantastic piece of software, but it does a job, Liz knows how to use it and we’ve got several years worth of transactions in it. Its satisfied my stakeholder’s needs. So here I was trying to find something wizzy and new, when all Liz actually wanted was to have Quicken run on the iMac.
Unfortunately there isn’t a Mac version of Quicken (there was one, but they stopped it in the UK a while back and they’re promising one later this year), but in my searches I stumbled across an offering from Codeweaver called CrossOver Mac that claims it allows Windows programs (albeit a specially selected list) to run on a Mac. So last weekend I downloaded the trial version, installed Quicken 2002 and rebuilt all my transactions using a backup file and hey presto! we were in business.
After running the Mac and PC in parallel for a few days my stakeholder made the call to make the switch permanently. So we are now fully Mac’ed’ and I have a delighted treasurer.
Lesson learned, listen to what your stakeholder really wants, don’t assume you know better. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.
Now the only thing I have to crack is convincing my eldest that the Mac’s parental control really is a good thing!