So I installed the new full CD version of Intuit QuickBooks, which is adware designed to get you to buy a lot of Intuit additional services disguised as accounting software. Now, if you’re like me, you’re not into the intricacies of actual accounting nor the myriad business rules that the various state and Federal governments change upon a whim, but you rely on software and a good accountant (or, sometimes, an accountant, although I’d like to add my current accountant is a good accountant unlike previous engagements who continue to bill me a small amount every year for simply having my address in their files).
Where was I? Oh, yes. I was talking about trusting your application, particularly one with complicated rules whose violation might result in a prison sentence. You want to trust that application, don’t you? So do I.
But I get the software installed and get into the mandatory registration (that is, give us personal information so we can target more in-application advertising pop-ups to you), and I get confronted with obvious slops on the design.
A couple missing lines and slurred text, probably caused by poor compression or sizing.
A stray bracket in the corner.
Man, oh man, I can’t wait to find out what strange punctuation marks it leaves in my figures.
Do I trust the application? Not so much. Which is why I don’t use it for much more than a glorified check register. And if it continues with its unrepentant, unrelenting barrage of “Collect credit cards with Intuit!”, “Print checks with Intuit!”, “Let Intuit have access to all your financial accounts!” banners popping up before I can pay my bills, I won’t have to trust it in the future, as I move to Microsoft Excel where it’s nice and quiet.