Quicken Essentials for Mac shows Mint.com's influence
As Ars Technica points out, this is the first new version of Quicken for Mac in 4 years, and it's coming out after blowing several previous deadlines. There's no online bill pay and there's no stock tracking (which might turn some users off), but there's also a big upside. The interface has been simplified and made more Mac-like (or, some might say, more Mint-like) and you can import and link financial data from thousands of banks and credit institutions.
The reason it's called Quicken Essentials, according to Patzer in a MacWorld interview, is because it delivers a nice implementation of the features which the majority of Quicken users consider, well, essential.
It does the things we liked about Mint, too: keeping tabs on your account, and giving an easy visual readout of your spending, by category. There's even a tag cloud. I'm not saying Quicken Essentials is perfect, or even complete, for all Mac users, but it's leaps and bounds beyond the previous version.