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CrossOver Office: Cutting to the Quicken - page 4

Mixing Windows, Linux, and Metaphors

  • August 29, 2002
  • By Brian Proffitt

I cannot report quite such good news about the Quicken 2000 Home and Business application I installed on the same machine. Notice I wrote "installed," so there's not surprise ending: Quicken is indeed up and running on my Linux system.

When Quicken 2000 is installed, it uses the ubiquitous InstallShield application to handle the process. I thought that this might go more smoothly than that overblown Office installer. Well, in terms of interface, this was certainly true; no font display problems here. Unfortunately, something else bungled what should have been a smooth install.

Like most Windows apps, the InstallShield uses a multi-dialog step-though process to proceed through various choice points of the installation. This was also true here, except that instead of proceeding on to the next dialog after clicking Next, nothing would happen. On a whim, I minimized the dialog and then restored it--and only then did the next dialog appear.

This was not a single occurence--none of the dialogs would move until I had minimized/restored the dialog at each and every step of the way. A tedious process to be sure.

Once this was done, though, Quicken started up and almost ran as it was supposed to: if you could live without the presence of the SmartTabs.

SmartTabs, though nifty little window navigators in Quicken, were present when I ran the application, but the text was absolutely invisible. If you like SmartTabs, get used to doing without for now. Don't worry, there are other fast methods of switching from account to account.

What was more problematic, at least for me, was the awful rendering of the wizard-like dialogs used to set up things like, say, new accounts. The text and fields were a jumbled mess, and in many cases pushed off the right side of the dialog box to the point where you could not read the text.

In terms of functionality, the program worked fine. Accounts, reconciliation, reports, and graphs all functioned as they should, though there are tiny font glitches throughout that made me wonder what some element on the screen was. It was almost as if some of the custom Quicken fonts were not getting displayed properly.

Despite these glitches, I think a reasonably technical-savvy user could put Quicken to work on the Linux box with this tool and be happy with it. I would not sell this to a non-techie, though, until the interface issues were cleaned up.

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