Looking for bookkeeping program that writes checks

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Tue Sep 29 12:21:38 UTC 2015

On Tue, 2015-09-29 at 01:24 -0700, Tony Baechler wrote:
> On 9/29/2015 12:58 AM, Tony Arnold wrote:
> > You could take a look at GnuCash.
> Yes, but is it simple to use?  I had two people try it and they both said 
> it's confusing, but I haven't used it.  Also, the package description does 
> not mention this feature.  It says it imports QIF files, but doesn't say if 
> it supports a really ancient version of Quicken or not.  I'm not ruling out 
> your suggestion, but I want to make sure it's either really simple to use or 
> similar enough to Quicken to avoid much of a learning curve.

It is not remotely similar to Quicken, except in that all accounting
programs are sort of similar to each other. Support for the QIF format
does not mean it "supports Quicken", it can just import QIF files. To
find out if it supports the version of QIF that you need, create a QIF
export from Quicken and see if you can import it into GnuCash.

GnuCash is real double-entry; Quicken faked that with "categories". It
is simple to use, but probably not in the way you mean. Your friend
would have to work out how to do the things she wants to do with it;
after a few repetitions those would be "simple" too.

No non-trivial software is without a learning curve.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)

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