Software Woes

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Load Quicken Home Inventory Manager files on 64 bit Windows

I wrote earlier about Attic Manager, a program that is able to load QHIM files so that you can keep using your home inventory on 64-bit Windows 7 (and Vista). Apparently, Intuit has decided to cut further support for this line of products, and since there is not way to export data, you would need to enter all data manually into a new product. Except for Attic Manager, which is the only product on the market that is able to import data from Quicken database.

Recently, a new version of Attic Manager has been released. Version 2.50 supports loading from both .MDF and .QHI files. If you have .IDB file from Quicken Deluxe, it can also be converted to .MDF format before importing. New import of files with .QHI extension works even on 64 bit computers where Quicken Home Inventory is not installed.

Beside this compatibility with more operating systems (Attic runs on Linux too), Attic Manager has other advantages: it's much faster, even if you have thousands of items in database it does not slow down. And it stores item pictures in full quality. This makes it much easier to backup and copy the database around, since everything is stored in a single file.


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