OT-Reading Old Quicken Files

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 14:25:06 EST 2018

Dunno anything about this at all: but, as it says in the Gospel of 
Thomas, "If you have eyes you should look",
so . . .

poking about on the internet I found that

"The /old format/ was called QIF (/Quicken/ Interchange Format).
The new format, called OFX (Open Financial Exchange),
makes it much easier to activate accounts ... "

and further along, so to speak, I found out 2 interesting things:

"A QIF file is an ASCII <https://techterms.com/definition/ascii> text 
file generated by Quicken financial software. It contains a user's 
financial liability and cash accounts in a text format that can easily 
be read by other programs, including text editors. QIF files are used to 
transfer data between different Quicken data files or from a financial 
institution's website to Quicken software."


The QIF format was originally developed by Intuit, but it is now 
supported by several financial and accounting programs. Some of these 
programs include *Microsoft Money*, *Corel Quattro Pro*, and *GnuCash*. 
*You can import a QIF file in Quicken by selecting* File → Import → QIF 
file, navigate to the location of the file, and choose the account to 
which you want to import the QIF file."

I wonder if you have tried File → Import → QIF, that might be all that 
is required.

Best, Richmond.

On 4.12.18 г. 21:14 ч., William Prothero via use-livecode wrote:
> Folks:
> I’m just curious if anybody has tried to use Livecode to read pre-2004 Quicken files. They are in binary, and the current Quicken, and Quicken2007 (which I have) will no longer read them.
> I’m trying to recover archives of old transactions and checking whether it’s even feasible.
> Best,
> Bill
> William A. Prothero
> http://earthlearningsolutions.org
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