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1. QuickBooks Pro 2005
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $299.95
our price: $238.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AJOO
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit QuickBooks Pro 2005 - Complete Product - Financial - 1 User(s) Complete Product - Standard - PCQuickBooks: Pro 2005 includes all the financial management features of Basic, plus improved tools and customization options to help you work more efficiently. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIntuit 284178 - QUICKBOOKS PRO 2005 WINand all other Intuit Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • Exchange data with Microsoft Excel and 325+ other software applications
  • Track employee time and job costs; compare estimated costs to actuals
  • Financial management software for small businesses
  • Easily pay bills, print checks, track expenses, and much more
  • Customize 100+ pre-designed forms to create a unique look

Reviews (33)

1-0 out of 5 stars Dont Buy- this is why;
I've used QuickBooks for 11 or 12 years. I can't wait until there is a reasonable alternative that will allow me to import my QuickBooks data and stop using QuickBooks.

The QuickBooks software is generally user friendly and does a reasonably good job of simplifying small business accounting transactions. However, Intuit has a very poor attitude toward its customers as demonstrated by their business practices. With every upgrade, they force the customer to buy the next version by making it impossible to productively use the old software. They make a lot of money on upgrades.

With every new version, they extract more money out of the customer through other means as well. For example, QuickBooks originally allowed manual payroll accounting, but with every new release it became more difficult to do manual payroll. Now, there is NO manual payroll accounting. There are instead a few options for their payroll accounting services, which start at $200 per year for a company with one employee. That cost has increased steadily, so check for the actual cost to process payroll. The charge seems steep for downloading publicly available payroll tax tables. Intuit obviously sees their customers as captives and they are doing everything they can to squeeze money out of them.

Your accounting data in the proprietary QuickBooks data format is used to keep you upgrading as they shake you down for more money each year. Remember when you'd purchase software? Now you lease software, and it costs more each year. It feels like the software owns me.

Here's another aspect of leased software. I tried to buy a used copy of QuickBooks. This wasn't some pirate deal where you get a CD and nothing else. I purchased the original CD with the user manual, packaging and authorization code. It wouldn't register. I called Intuit and they told me it was already registered. I told them I bought the software from the original owner. They said I couldn't do that, and I needed to buy the $250 shrink wrapped version. QuickBooks is tightly integrated to their online services and won't work without their official approval. Can you think of any other item you purchase that can't be sold as a used item? What would you think if Toyota told you that you couldn't sell your car, or you couldn't buy someone else's car, and the only way to buy a Toyota was to buy a new one from the dealer? You can buy and sell other intellectual property such as books, CDs, and DVDs. Why not QuickBooks? Even after spending a lot of money, you don't own QuickBooks. It's a $250 annual software lease, with other attached leases for payroll services, multiple user licenses, etc.

The large amounts of money paid to Intuit on a yearly basis are bad enough, but you'd at least think that you'd get some customer service. Nope. Their customer service call center is in India. You deal with the language barrier, and generally have people with no direct understanding of western accounting, payroll or taxes. You get the usual call center "support" deal, with a person reading from a troubleshooting sheet that never seems to have anticipated your problem. If it isn't in the manual, it probably isn't going to be answered by the overseas call center either.

If you are just starting out, find another small business accounting solution. I don't have any experience with the others so I can't recommend any of them, but they must be better than QuickBooks, because Intuit believes they own their customers. They essentially act as a non-government agency levying a tax on small businesses. Avoid the QuickBooks tax.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep up with Technology in your Accounting Software
I am very sad to read so many insults against Intuit and the "Need to update their software".What people must consider is with each "Update" there are many new features that can be put to use immediately. As for Payroll and the necessary features and updates, we can all thank our current tax system. We have a complicated taxing system, yet Intuit Payroll (especially the Enhanced version) simplifies payroll by populating the many federal and state forms required of the small business person.Should you have an accountant overlook your system?I would say YES, regardless of WHAT system you use. Having a trained accountant, or if you are using Quickbooks, a Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor. The assurance that your system is setup properly AND you are using all the features are worth the expense.Also, if you have the right accountant you should be getting tax advice and tips. All in all, keeping up with technology should be an integral part of your business plan. I have used many types of software and as an accountant I found QuickBooks is geared for the small to average business and requires minor accounting knowledge. However, saying that I will admit a trained accountant should review the system periodically for accuracy and compliance issues.

Diane Offutt
Woodstock, Georgia

2-0 out of 5 stars No Customer Service Cost Us $$$
Even when Intuit's customer service was located in the United States, I received conflicting information and instructions which caused our company to lose $214.35 with no refund in sight. One representative said we had to purchase another copy of the program in order to have an additional license. Then a different representative said this was incorrect and to send the copy back without opening it. I did this and they refunded the shipping. That's it. No one ever told me that Intuit does not refund extra license fees, they just kept taking my information and promising a refund. Then they changed their customer service to India who have no idea who these people were that I spoke with, but also promised a refund which never arrived. Warning---do not purchase an extra license just on their say-so.

2-0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to part with a lot of money!
Don't run your business with this software if you are careful with your money - as most small businesspeople are.

Every few years you have to upgrade in order to maintain the ridiculously expensive payroll tax update.I wish I had never upgraded from the early 1990's version.

You used to be able to manually enter the federal and state withholding infomation in the earlier versions, which makes sense for a very small business like ours.But you can't do that anymore. In order to even OPEN the payroll window, you MUST subscribe to the payroll update service!I seem to recall that it's almost $200 per year now, and increases annually!

It is now May, 2005, and I just received a notice that Intuit will no longer be providing tax tables for the 2003 version.I dread opening mail from Quickbooks, because notices like this are not uncommon.

I am looking for a different software program for 2006.

1-0 out of 5 stars OK Software - Customer Hostile Attitude
I've used QuickBooks for 11 or 12 years. I can't wait until there is a reasonable alternative that will allow me to import my QuickBooks data and stop using QuickBooks.

The QuickBooks software is generally user friendly and does a reasonably good job of simplifying small business accounting transactions. However, Intuit has a very poor attitude toward its customers as demonstrated by their business practices. With every upgrade, they force the customer to buy the next version by making it impossible to productively use the old software. They make a lot of money on upgrades.

With every new version, they extract more money out of the customer through other means as well. For example, QuickBooks originally allowed manual payroll accounting, but with every new release it became more difficult to do manual payroll. Now, there is NO manual payroll accounting. There are instead a few options for their payroll accounting services, which start at $200 per year for a company with one employee. That cost has increased steadily, so check for the actual cost to process payroll. The charge seems steep for downloading publicly available payroll tax tables. Intuit obviously sees their customers as captives and they are doing everything they can to squeeze money out of them.

Your accounting data in the proprietary QuickBooks data format is used to keep you upgrading as they shake you down for more money each year. Remember when you'd purchase software? Now you lease software, and it costs more each year. It feels like the software owns me.

Here's another aspect of leased software. I tried to buy a used copy of QuickBooks. This wasn't some pirate deal where you get a CD and nothing else. I purchased the original CD with the user manual, packaging and authorization code. It wouldn't register. I called Intuit and they told me it was already registered. I told them I bought the software from the original owner. They said I couldn't do that, and I needed to buy the $250 shrink wrapped version. QuickBooks is tightly integrated to their online services and won't work without their official approval. Can you think of any other item you purchase that can't be sold as a used item? What would you think if Toyota told you that you couldn't sell your car, or you couldn't buy someone else's car, and the only way to buy a Toyota was to buy a new one from the dealer? You can buy and sell other intellectual property such as books, CDs, and DVDs. Why not QuickBooks? Even after spending a lot of money, you don't own QuickBooks. It's a $250 annual software lease, with other attached leases for payroll services, multiple user licenses, etc.

The large amounts of money paid to Intuit on a yearly basis are bad enough, but you'd at least think that you'd get some customer service. Nope. Their customer service call center is in India. You deal with the language barrier, and generally have people with no direct understanding of western accounting, payroll or taxes. You get the usual call center "support" deal, with a person reading from a troubleshooting sheet that never seems to have anticipated your problem. If it isn't in the manual, it probably isn't going to be answered by the overseas call center either.

If you are just starting out, find another small business accounting solution. I don't have any experience with the others so I can't recommend any of them, but they must be better than QuickBooks, because Intuit believes they own their customers. They essentially act as a non-government agency levying a tax on small businesses. Avoid the QuickBooks tax. ... Read more


2. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard
by Adobe
list price: $299.99
our price: $267.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00069E7JA
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Sales Rank: 52
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Transform PDF files into Intelligent Documents

Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard software is the simple way to create and share more secure and reliable Adobe PDF documents. Generate Adobe PDF files that accurately represent the original document, and take advantage of robust tools for sharing information and commenting on electronic files.

Features:

  • Create Adobe PDF documents from Microsoft Outlook Collect, convert, and organize Microsoft Outlook e-mails into searchable Adobe PDF documents. Include attachments, links, and bookmarks sorted by sender, date, or subject. (Windows® only)
  • Enjoy improved performance With improved performance you can quickly convert, collect, and organize Adobe PDF documents.
  • Use enhanced headers, footers, and watermarks Easily add headers, footers, and watermarks.
  • Enjoy improved attachment capabilities: Easily attach source files such as spreadsheets and images to an Adobe PDF document.
  • Organize Adobe PDF documents: Quickly find Adobe PDF documents you have recently opened. See them as thumbnails, and drag and drop files into related collections.
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Features

  • Assemble documents—create a single Adobe PDF file from multiple sources—including Web pages and e-mail—to deliver one professional document that anyone can open using free Adobe Reader 7.0 software.
  • Protect sensitive and confidential documents—control documents inside and outside the firewall, online and offline.
  • Easily create Adobe PDF files—create PDF documents with one-button ease from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Windows users can also convert to PDF from Access, Internet Explorer, Outlook, and Publisher.
  • Enjoy improved performance—with improved performance you can quickly convert, collect, and organize Adobe PDF documents.
  • Create Adobe PDF documents from Microsoft Outlook—Collect, convert, and organize Microsoft Outlook e-mails into searchable Adobe PDF documents. Include attachments, links, and bookmarks sorted by sender, date, or subject.

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars WOW Great program.
Review of "Adobe Acrobat 7 Standard"
by Randy Brandon.


Pros:Feature rich, and robust.Simple user interface.

Cons: No full manual.

What can you say about the Adobe Acrobat program?What you should be saying is WOW!

Who would have guessed that all of these years down the road that Acrobat would have become such a total industry standard. And that there would be no fewer than four Acrobat programs to work with; Acrobat 7 Pro, Acrobat 7 Standard, Acrobat Elements, and of course Acrobat Reader.

I have been an Acrobat user since way back in Version 3, and I still use some form of Acrobat at some time during every day.

What I still think is a bit odd, is that dozens of people that I consult with about their computers every day, still have no real idea as to what Acrobat files really are, or even how to create them.They know what they look like, and use the free reader to view them, but that is a far as most of them go.

So, with that thought in mind, here goes my very own explanation as to what Adobe Acrobat does.It is a graphics application program that bundles, and encapsulates graphic and text files together into a single file.Now this is an extremely simplified version of what the program ultimately does, but you get the gist of its main purpose, and function.

That usually begs the next question:Why do I need to bundle all these files together?
The short answer is that if you want to insure that the person receiving your file is seeing the file like it looked on your side when you sent it.

And, in their own words " Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard software is the simple way to create and share more secure, reliable Adobe PDF documents"




So, in its essence, Acrobat 7 is the great equalizer, and the supreme translator all wrapped into one program.Ever since the computer/internet world found its legs, there was a problem with people sending a combined graphics and text file.And when they sent it, the layout looked great to the sender.But, alas, when that file arrived on the other end, it was a mess with text over here, and photos over there, etc.

The solution was Acrobat. This application was built to convert all types of file formats into a singular format that anyone could view with a free browser on all computers.

In making this giant leap to Version 7 Acrobat from my ancient version 4, I am a bit star struck with all of the new features in Acrobat 7.

To start with, there are numerous programs out there which can now create PDF files via a one click feature.These include Office, Excel, Internet Explorer, and Outlook Express.
Several of these options are Windows only features, and we can only hope that the Mac mail and browser programs will soon be added to this list.

And here is a new twist;You can now attach a file to your PDF document. Sort of like putting an attachment to your attachment...

There are several improvements to adding headers, footers, backgrounds, and watermarks, and the process is much easier that it ever was.

As always , the usage rights that users issue with their PDF files can be even more customized than before.Added control of the end useris really the key when limiting that control is important.

Acrobat 7 now supports both static, and interactive forms. Those Interactive type of forms created with either Acrobat Professional, or Adobe Designer allow for digital signatures, and electronic form completion.

Passing documents for review back and forth from art director to client, and back again is what Acrobatdoes very well.All browser based reviewsdone with a Mac are performed through Safari.

So when a designer sends out an Acrobat file to a client for review, the PDF files arrives at the client side, and a commenting toolbar shows up(if sent in a managed review document).
The reviewing tools provided include;The Callout tool,Group markups, Dimensioning tool, Exporting of comments and markup,Tracking Reviews, and finally, Approving documents in 4 eastern languages.There is a lot of control here, and that is why designers like it so much.

New security features allow foreven more secure signature validation, plus revokable limits, and even secured attachments to your PDF files.

There are noticeable improvements to the accessibility features.There is extended language support, along with a much faster searching function that I personally use a great deal.

Acrobat 7 has now added an "Autosave" feature that can safeguard your data being backed up to another file name without messing up the original.


For the times when it is necessary to view some 3D content in a PDF file, version 7 can now do just that.

Version 7 can now create, and save "PDF/A" files for archiving,It can also scan paper documents directly into a searchable PDF file.Very nice.

One of the newest features in Version 7 is the new "Organizer", and is similar to Photoshop's Browser.Very easy to use, and well thought out.

There are lots of additional new features included with this version 7, but I will let you do the additional exploring for yourselves.Adobe has always been at the forefront in loading up their software with amazing features, and this latest version of Acrobat 7 certainly proves that point.The entire Acrobat family has grown to epic proportions in the scope of what it can do for documents, and their users.It's popularity in itself shows that the program works, and not only does what it is supposed to do, but does it beautifully.

Adobe Acrobat 7 steps up to the plate, and knocks it out of the park.Oh, did I mention that I am impressed?Now, some of my amazement could possibly stem from my shock at jumping from a much older version to this new version 7, but great software is a joy to use, especially when you need it.

Adobe Acrobat 7 is afeature rich, amazing, and quality product.There simply is no substitute.If you don't already own it, then you need to.

1-0 out of 5 stars Trouble with Acrobat, you must pay to get help.
Be warned: If you have any problems with Acrobat, their only interest in helping you is obtaining your credit card number. Then, MAYBE they can help you. I was unable to make pdfs from certain programs which have worked before, and which even work on an identical computer. Both computers are brand new. When I called, the person was rude, arrogant, and condescending. Unless I gave him my credit card number, he would not help me. He would not give his last name, allow me to speak with a supervisor or even give me his supervisor's name. I have Acrobat software which is useless to me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still the leader in document creation and protection.
The most immediate feature you will notice about Acrobat 7.0 from previous versions is the load time.Although still not the fastest program, the loading time is cut dramatically from 6.0.It also does a very nice job of converting webpages into PDF files.Great for sharing.

Some of the new features in 7.0:

Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard software is the simple way to create and share more secure and reliable Adobe PDF documents.

* Create Adobe PDF documents from Microsoft Outlook
* Enjoy improved performance
* Use enhanced headers, footers, and watermarks
* Enjoy improved attachment capabilities
* Organize Adobe PDF documents

The READER is still a free download if you don't need to create/edit docs. ... Read more


3. QuickBooks Basic 2005
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $199.95
our price: $189.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AJNK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 84
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit QuickBooks Basic 2005 - Complete Product - Financial - 1 User(s) Complete Product - Standard - PCQuickBooks: Basic 2005 has the tools you need to manage your business finances faster, with complete confidence. And now we've streamlined many features you use most. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIntuit 284172 - QUICKBOOKS BASIC 2005 WINand all other Intuit Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • Report Navigator with sample views and descriptions make selection a snap
  • New Learning Center tutorials show how to work faster, smarter, and better
  • Tools for managing business finances faster and more confidently
  • Locate customer and vendor records instantly; create invoices; track sales tax
  • Get key facts, forms, and resources, all in one place; easily manage payments

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Automated Payroll Processing Is Now an Add-on Charge
As the treasurer for a church with six employees, I have used QuickBooks for the accounting and payroll for the church for more than a decade.

I just upgraded the software used by the church to QuickBooks Basic 2005 this year and found that we can not use QuickBooks to compute the payroll tax withholdings unless we subscribe to one of Intuit's payroll services.This is a change in the way payroll is handled by the software from previous additions of QuickBooks Basic.

This additional subscription makes the cost of upgrading to QuickBooks Basic 2005 more than triple the published software price (...) because the least expensive of the subscriptions is $199 per year.

In response, I have developed a an Excel spreadsheet that can do the computations for our organization and I will not be subscribing to Intuit's payroll service.

The rest of the package seems to work as intended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Context is everything
I used QuickBooks, happily, for years -- until they stopped supporting tax tables for the Mac, about 1999. They migrated us to Aatrix TopPay -- a nightmare -- but at the time, the only company making payroll software for the Mac. I stayed with them, though their UI was ghastly, forms didn't work, customer support poor -- feeling it was better than going to a PC. Finally this year, my experience with their version 15 was so terrible that I gave up entirely -- bought QuickBooks -- and set it up on my PC. What ease of use! What intuitive, easy navigation! What joy! It took me very little time to set up my company, calculate payroll, and be on my way.

So -- compared to what I've had to deal with for the past 5 years -- this is magnificent.

1-0 out of 5 stars I would have given it a 0 star if I could.
Just do one thing. Try to create an invoice with British Sterling Pound symbol or Japanese Yen symbol.

It doesn't take many problems for a software to be obsolete. Just one problem that cannot be fixed.

If you have a global dream for your small business, this software isn't it.

What a junk. I am going back to Microsoft Money. ... Read more


4. Quicken 2005 for Mac [Track, Save, Invest]
by Intuit
list price: $69.99
our price: $63.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00029J1QI
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 89
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit Quicken 2005 for Mac - Financial Management - MacWhether you're managing your personal finances, investing for your future, or running a small business - or all three - there's a Quicken product that's right for you.Save, invest and track profits with tools that help you pay bills quickly, balance your checkbook, create a budget, plan for retirement, simplify taxes and manage your investments. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIntuit 283646 - QUICKEN 2005 MACand all other Intuit Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • Track home inventory and value; convenient iCal calendar
  • Save, invest, and track profits in minutes
  • Download banking, credit card, and brokerage transactions
  • Track spending; manage investments; prepare for tax time
  • Track portfolio performance; read news stories related to holdings

Reviews (32)

1-0 out of 5 stars I should have heeded the advise of the other reviewers
I have used Quicken since 1999.During a recent change to MAC from PC I purchased the Quicken 2005.I am very disappointed with the program.It is cumbersome and does not do many of the things that 2004 did and if it does I can't figure out how.I plan on going back to 2004.This was a total waste of money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Forget .QIF; there are more serious problems with this S/W
I didn't pay for this upgrade but rather got it 'free' when I bought a Mac Mini. Converting my old files seemed to go fine*, and I had no problems with downloads.

*I did notice that my cash balances remained incorrect until I clicked in every transaction and hit Return, thus slapping it upside the head to make it add/subtract the transaction (!)

There are Very Basic Errors in this program that drive me crazy:
1.) It's very difficult to enter stock purchases with a purchase price other than that which Quicken has in mind... You have to bash it over the head again and again.
2.) You will get basic math errors, only some of which could charitably be attributed to rounding, and will end up with a trail of adjusting .o1 entires here and .00045 shares there...
3.)It does not handle stock spinoffs with more than one spinoff-ee.
4.)It does not handle capital gains correctly for stocks that have had spinoff-ee (see Quicken's own forums for this).
5.) For some reason beknownst only to them, the portfolio accounts are horribly crippled compared to the checkbooks.. so.. NO copying of transactions in case you make a mistake, NO scheduled transactions, NO calendar, NO memorized transactions (yeah, I was thrilled to enter 15 years' worth of monthly dividends by hand... I loved typing "$17.11" one hundred and sixty-something times..) uhmmm this is a COMPUTER? right?

Downloading transactions - four stars
Checkbook - four stars
Investment functions - negative ten stars

I have been using Quicken since 1992, and have kept waiting for new versions to address some of the things, like memorized xactions, before plunging in and entering all my old statements. I started anyway with this 2005 version and am sorry I did!

Some smart programmer somewhere should be reading this and firing up his compiler.. The World Deserves Better Software Than This!

1-0 out of 5 stars Ditto, ditto, ditto... a complete waste of time and money
Balancing your accounts with pencil and paper is easier than using this program. I have a bank account at Bank of America, investment account at TD Waterhouse and a retirement account at Fidelity, hardly obscure institutions. I cannot download transactions directly from ANY of these accounts. I can download my Bank of America and Fidelity transactions as a file to my desktop and then import them: i.e. navagate to the web site, sign in, go to "accounts," select the account I want to download, find the "download" button, select "location" to download to, switch back to Quicken, select "import" from the menu. Let's see now.... one step on the Windows version versus EIGHT on the Mac version. From what I can tell, there's no way at all to import my TD Waterhouse transactions.

I can't believe that Quicken has the audacity to charge money for this. I can't believe Apple includes it already loaded on new Macs (which is how I got mine): doing so will only reinforce the perception that the software that most of the world needs to use just isn't available for Mac. I've ended up buying VirtualPC and using it to run my Windows version of Quicken on my Mac.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy Quicken 2005
This product is a waste of time. You can not get MAC support from Quicken and Quicken is trying to hold users of Quicken 2002 hostage by disabling the down loading feature from financial institutions. Stop using Quicken now - why pay an extra $10 for the Mac version for an inferior version. Buy Moneydance instead, its only $30.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless
I recently switched from Microsoft to Mac and found that this is just about the only financial software written for Mac.I have found it to be very buggy.Some "features" don't work and customer support is non-existant.Downloading account information is just about as difficult as setting up online features.I really do not trust this software.Each week I sit with a calculator and double check the figures.Often Quicken has made "adjustments" for my accounts and I have to fudge figures to get them correct.Next year I will be going back to Microsoft and one of my first software puchases will be Microsoft Money! ... Read more


5. Quicken 2005 Deluxe [Plan, Save, Take Control]
by Intuit
list price: $59.95
our price: $54.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00029J1SG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 24
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit Quicken 2005 Deluxe - Financial Management - PCQuicken 2005 Deluxe makes it easier than ever for you to find out what you have and where it's going by helping you with paying bills, saving more money and planning for your future. Quicken 2005 includes over 100 customer driven enhancements, making it easier than ever for you to manage your finances. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIntuit 283650 - QUICKEN 2005 DELUXEand all other Intuit Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • Plan for financial goals by viewing net worth over time
  • Over 100 feature improvements on popular tools
  • Connect instantly to bank, credit card sites, and 401(k) providers
  • Manage finances by setting up automatic transactions
  • Quickly and easily track investment holdings

Reviews (103)

2-0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware!
I have used quicken for years, mostly just to manage my bank account and household expenses. In the past I have encouraged others, including my own children, to buy and use Quicken. But no more! They have taken a wonderful, easy to use product and turned it into a nightmare of captive registration, popup advertising and other annoyances. I hope the managers at quicken read the Amazon reviews and get a clue. They certainly don't make it easy to give them feedback on their web site, so I don't really think they care what their customers think. Potential buyers should note carefully the fact that quicken has only a 1-1/2 star rating. There is a reason for this. Buyer beware. I gave them a two-star rating because once you get everything installed and working, the product does it's job nicely. It is the installation, captive registration and advertising that I objected to. Captive registration? I absolutely could not use the product until I had "registered" on their web site. This was really outrageous! I had already paid my money. I didn't want them to have my name and address email and phone number. But I had to give it to them or the product didn't work. This was not a polite rquest for registration. This was an in your face, you can't get out of this screen until you fill it out ... correctly... registration. Then they tried to force me to keep my data on their web site. No way! Ads would pop up during installation; they dropped commercial icons onto my desktop without permission. I had to remove them. Maybe some folks would appreciate these "features" and use the services of lenders, etc whose icons they conveniently dropped on my desktop. But I didn't appreicate it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor customer service
I have been using Quicken for almost 10 years now and the most recent 2005 really has been a headache although I have used it successfully until today.

The back up system was perfectly fine until this version and now I have my head spinning.Luckily I have managed to wade through that part.

Today I was entering 401k transactions manually as I have done for years and everything was going smoothly until I noticed my balance in the account was double what it should be.I looked over all the transactions and nothing was entered incorrectly.So I deleted them and the balance was still double. HUH!!!???

So I decided to restore from my back up copy and it was back to normal.So I then reentered all my bank transactions and backed it up.:)Then started manually entering each 401k transaction for each of my investment accounts.I got through 6 of the 7 Investments and on the last page I put in the info and everything was accurate and hit enter and bam the balance was double again.I deleted that transaction and it still remained double.ARGH!!!!

I then decide to call Customer Service and chat on line and was informed he was not trained in Investments and I would have to call them for $24.95.I was not happy about having to call for something that was obviously a bug in their own program.

I ended up calling and during the call I explained I didn't want to pay the $25 and she told me I could chat and it wouldn't cost and I informed her that he was unable to help me and told me I would need to call.I decided I was not willing to pay the $25 and now will be looking for other options for my banking.

2005 sucks!!! There is just too much added for someone who wants it for everyday living.



1-0 out of 5 stars Found a GREAT Alternative to Quicken
MoneyDance 2005 - www.moneydance.com

After years of using an end-of-life proprietary product from my bank, I finally had to breakdown and move from it due to it's lack of interoperability with XP Service Pack 2.I had delayed doing this for years because of the negative reviews I had seen here for Quicken, especially all of the embedded adware.I didn't trust Intuit (or Microsoft either) that a hidden online access point wouldn't be putting my valuable personal financial data at risk in order to promote it's online banking features.And then I found out that I was out of luck, because Quicken 2005 doesn't support .qif anymore *grrr*.

I searched Amazon, and found Moneydance and liked it's customer reviews, although they were a few years old.I went to it's website www.moneydance.com, and discovered that the product is still available and up to date.It also included a free trial, which I immediately downloaded and liked the software so much, I bought the full license within an hour.

If all you want is a reliable banking application with online bank access and NO ADWARE, this software is absolutely for you.The online component is not included by default, so no worries about the software taking you to a proprietary online banking site like quicken's or microsoft's.However, they make it VERY easy to add-on online banking features and support both .qif and Quicken's new .qdf formats.

All of my data transferred over (my old software was able to export to .qif), although I did have to spend a little time re-organizing things.Whether that is a quirk of Moneydance, or the legacy software I was transfering from, I don't know.The software has support for investment accounts, although I've never tracked mine using my banking software, so I haven't tried it.

Another big plus for the software is that it is Java based, and will install on any Java-enabled platform.No more being locked into Windows.

1-0 out of 5 stars Screwed Over by the Upgrade
Like a dufus I bought Quicken2005.

BIG MISTAKE

The first thing it did was convert all my data to a new format that doesn't work with Quicken2002.Then, I discovered that it stopped support QIF imports.Now I cannot import data from my bank accounts.

So the big improvement after 3 years of work on this product is that you can now manually type everything into Quicken2005.

Wonderful.

So now I've gone back to Quicken2002, after uninstalling Quicken2005, searching backups to recover the data from Quicken2002, and losing all my data for this year.

Gee, to think that I *paid* for this downgrade.

Note: I chose not to spend $24.95 to call Quicken and ask for their help.Funny how every other software company I've used provides phone support for free.Maybe if these guys actually talked to their customers they would know what a colossal mistake they've made.

3-0 out of 5 stars No problems
It has always amazed me that improvements in Quicken are so slow, the last update worth purchasing was in 95, with Quicken 6. Did all their programmers quit?

That being said, I had none of the problems of the other reviewers. Quicken 2005 installed with no problems, all 5 of the accounts I download, downloaded with no problems, and after a week of use everything works as should.

Quicken is the best home finance program available. If you do not own it, buy today, it will make you money much easier to manage and probably save you money. If you are currently a user, I would recommend you not update until Quicken forces you to! 5 stars if you are a new user, 3 stars if updating. ... Read more


6. QuickBooks Pro 2004
by Intuit
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000EI9UM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 669
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Offers advanced tools for businesses that want to manage their finances more effectively and efficiently. Includes tools that help boost productivity and give you more control of your spending, your data and your business forms and much more! ... Read more

Features

  • Customize reports, prices and more
  • Automatically track information for taxes and reporting
  • Financial management system for businesses
  • Import data from popular office software
  • Easily manage accounts payable and receivable

Reviews (50)

5-0 out of 5 stars Pocket Quickbook
Quickbook is really a fanastic product although there is much disapprovment on the review site. Quickbook is great, just that Quickbook is trying too hard to squeeze evey cents from the existing customer with their distractive advert. Whatever, Quickbook is one of the best buget accounting software in the market. If you use it enough, you may find something missing in Quickbook. Its usefulness is limited to the office. Now you can extend your Quickbook to PDA such as PocketPC.

If you are in a retail business, Pocket Quickbook enables you enter bill and receive your inventory. You no longer confined to your desktop to use Quickbook. You have the convenience to scan a product and know immediate how many you have sold last night, last week or even last month. And you then make a purchase order. Easy? You can be as information productive as 7 Eleven even if you own only 1 outlet!

If you are in a service business, Pocket Quickbook enables you to issue invoices to customer away from the desktop. Be it at your showroom, your customer site or your favourite Starbuck! Get instant information on your customer payment, balance and contact out in the field.

Visit http://www.doitech.com/member.htm to download the trial version now! It is free. If you like most customer who beg for a similar accounting software but without the "hazard" of Intuit, then write an email to sales@doitech.com They have a accounting software that could import most of Quickbook data. You can tell them what you use most often on your Quickbook. What are the necessary functions that you need. Your input determine the new accounting software that uses your old Quickbook data without all the advert service and priced at only US$49/-. Importantly it make Quickbook PDA convenience...

Thank you...

4-0 out of 5 stars Improved over 2002 version
For the most part, there has been some negative sentiment and reviewsfrom users regarding their purchases of Quickbooks Pro 2004. It was enough to concern me to think whether I should purchase the program or not. Those reviews were not regarding installation problems or conflicts on their computers. They were complaints regarding Intuit designing the newer programs with traps in the program that would require you to purchase additional services. It is true that there are fees for running payroll annually but I don't use it so no $$$ lost. Actually there are two problems I have come across. The first: when making payments, an icon appears right alongside your payment that wants you to order checks from Intuit. You cannot eliminate this option but have to dig through help and look in a very hidden location to place a proposed check number when you want to be reminded again. I put in 9999 so I probably won't hear from it for a long time. Of course many may find this reminder helpful. I suppose I will, but personally I become offended when I can't turn on or off the preferences. The second problem is inemailing forms and reports. This is another option my 2002 version did not have. The problem is that when you click on emailing the report, a quickbooks browser opens and takes you to an intuit site where you have to login and before things got worse, I disconnected. They should allow you to simply attach to outlook express if anything. What is a plus with this update version is that reports can be saved in pdf format (adobe acrobat) and you can manually email these attachments yourself. I like and have used this option!

This program is a very helpful tool in our real estate business where I can keep track and make reports of all properties. For those not familiar with the software, when you desire to enter an expense, a screen will appear that looks like a check. This check can either be printed on the intuit or third party checks or you can unclick "print" and write out your own check and just use this area to enter the expenses. You enter the payee, $$$, date and information in the lower section of the amount(s) from that same check that you want to enter into one or more categories or across many classes. For example, if I want to pay John the handiman $500 for work on properties, I can allocate $200 to "accounts" for electrical, $100 for painting and $200 for roofing, any accounts which you can personally set up. Further, if a portion of the payment is for another property address, I simply click on the appropriate property I have originally entered way back under "class" and separate the $$$ proportionately. Another column is available for entering the "job" so I can keep track of a specific project. Virtually every conceivable option is available for keeping proper track of expenses. When I deposit rent checks, I simply click on "make deposits" and enter the click on the tenant's name in the dropdown list and allocate the payment to the "class" or property. Again easy to keep complete track of expense and income. At the end of the year, I email the backup program to our accountant and he finshes the tax forms. Bank account balances can be kept and basis for properties for the long term.

Of course, if you are using this program for the first time, you enter a lot of information on various introductory screens to customize the program for your type of business.

As far as installation, I already had Quickbooks Pro 2002 installed. The instructions say to install right over top of the old program so the old information can be converted over. Screens appear that comfortable tell you what is going to happen. I would recommend backing everything up prior to upgrading. All went well.

I am very satisfied with the program. I was reluctant to try Peachtree since they say you can't keep more than 2 years of information readily open to see or modify prior to archiving (there seems to be no limit here unless your backup file gets too big- I'm at 600kb and climbing right now). I will give this rating 4 stars since I am satisfied with the program. If there would be more useful and exciting changes, I would have given it a perfect rating. Feel comfortable in purchasing this program.

2-0 out of 5 stars Quickbooks 2004 Pro
QuickBooks 2004 Pro is modest improvement over the incredibly lame version that QB2000 was. The problem with the preceding statement is that Intuit is finally, albeit very slowly, brining QuickBooks up to the level of functionality that most professional grade software has had 3-4 years earlier. Given the price they charge for the package one would assume a very polished, professional level package which in my opinion is not the case.

Moreover the requirement of having to integrate with Internet Explorer and the corresponding reduced security settings makes it a significant security issue particularly in professional and business settings. As a professional IT consultant I need a basic package to track my business and have adopted QuickBooks by default early on believing it to be a good package given the popularity. A condition that has proved largely false unfortunately. The best I can say is that the package does get the basics I need done and given at the moment I don't have the time to review and test other alternatives I'm stuck with using this.


Lastly, as others have indicated, I really don't care for the constant self promotion Intuit has integrated into the package. I wouldn't object to something perhaps in the help area that lets on see other offerings etc. by choice. The inclusion of self promoting links within the package that appear as possible links to help areas is both annoying and modestly deceptive.
Intuit has garnered a large market share in the lower end accounting arena. They would do a good service to their longer term prospects and to their clients by making significant improvements in the package and COMPLETELY ELIMINATING the need to integrate with Internet Explorer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Rebate Info--Don't Be Fooled
Note that the $100Rebate is for UPGRADES only.It is a bit deceiving when you purchase your QuickBooks, it is for those who had previous versionsof QuickBooks only.

1-0 out of 5 stars Run! Run!! Run for your life!!!
I used this product back when it was in its 1.0 for DOS days. Back then, it was a great application. Designed to make double-entry accounting accessible to those of us who don't really know a credit from a debit, it did everything I needed it to do, simply.

It is now mostly an advertisement for add-on products. It still comes with the basic features, although many are no longer so simple, but so many of the feature buttons just take you to a web-based, "You can buy this add-on here now!" type site.

It's no longer intuitive either. The design is such that many common features (i.e. Receive Payment) are not available on the myriad buttons all over the screen. (Those are reserved for add-on products.) You have to navigate around things to find the simple functions you need.

Finally, gone are the days when you could get some level of decent free support for the software. I'm not talking about, telephone support, or significant hand-holding. I'm talking about things like Newsgroups. Places where people can ask questions and get ideas from other people. Microsoft has that. Intuit doesn't. Instead, if you want to ask anything beyond, "how do I install this?", you have to pay for a freakin' service plan! And it's not just a one-time $100+ fee either. After that, you have to pay them a monthly too!

I'm not sure what I'm going to switch to, but this product just bites. I'm getting out. In short, my advice is stay faaaaar away from these guys. ... Read more


7. Quicken Rental Property Manager
by Intuit
list price: $99.99
our price: $88.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00078UK2I
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 174
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Designed for rental property owners; ideal for fewer than 10 rental properties
  • Easily organize rental income and expenses in one place
  • Two-step set up; simply install and enter basic property information
  • Details property performance; instant answers to questions about profitability
  • Schedule E category list shows what's deductible.

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars User Unfriendly
Poor program.It is not compatable with any other quicken software, and does not allow for any bank/ccard downloads.You need to enter each item individually, making it very time consuming.This is no better than a simple excel spreadsheet. ... Read more


8. Quicken 2005 Premier Home & Business
by Intuit
list price: $89.95
our price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00029J1TK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 28
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit Quicken 2005 Premier Home & Business - Financial Management - PCQuicken 2005 Premier Home & Business includes exclusive features to help you manage your business finances, plus everything in Quicken 2005 Premier. See how your business is doing, track multiple jobs, send out customized invoices, track your taxes, and generate business reports. Over 100 customer-driven improvements make it easier than ever to get what you need out of your Quicken software! Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIntuit 283652 - QUICKEN 2005 PREMIER HOME & BUSINESS and all other Intuit Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • Includes all features in Quicken 2005 Premier
  • Powerful tool for managing business and personal finances
  • Create customizable estimates and invoices
  • Generate business reports and graphs, including Schedule C
  • Track accounts receivable and payable

Reviews (26)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not so bad
Having read all the bad reviews and forced to upgrade from Q2002, I had to take the leap in order to continue with my porfolio dounloads and mgt.I knew I didn't want MS Money from an earlier try about 2 yrs ago.Anyway, I use it for checkbook entries/family expense management and investments/portfolio management.It converted everything from Q2002 without a hitch and I haven't had any problems.Unlike some other problem areas, I do not use the bill pay portion of Quicken.I can't download my bank transactions since they still use QIF, but I knew this ahead of time from all the Amazon reviews.In order to get the same functions as Q2002 deluxe, I had to get the Premier Home and Business.One of the other reviewers hit the nail on the head regarding the underhanded way Intuit tries to get our money.I just wish there was another competitor other than MS Money.....maybe there will be soon.

2-0 out of 5 stars Massive feature creep AND buggy online banking
Like many of the other reviewers, I've been using Quicken for quite some time. I was perfectly happy with Q2002, but Intuit wanted more of my money and started turning off all my online access unless I upgraded.

Q2005 has added any number of useless new "features" and you cannot seem to turn them off. Further, they insist on displaying a number of these "features" on the main register screens, cluttering up the display. I can no longer have my banking browser window open along with Quicken because the Quicken screen has all this extra junk around the register.

Add features fine. But let me ignore them, please. Don't clutter the screen with buttons and panes that I don't want to use. The technical term for this is "feature creep" where a good program is ruined by too many features. This program is becoming as unwieldy and impossible as Microsoft Word.

***One glaring bug***

When I schedule an online payment (using my bank's online banking), the scheduled payment appears in the register's "Num" column WITH A CHECK NUMBER. In my case, this check number happens to be a duplicate of previous check numbers (it's about 200 less than my current check number). Since I write many more online checks than paper ones, it will eventually march through my paper check numbers, creating all sorts of confusion. To fix this, one has to manually change the "Num" field (and can do so only after the payment is sent) to EFT or whatever you usually use to indicate an online (numberless) payment.What a royal pain!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good update, no problems here

The bad reviews given to this product almost made me decide against upgrading from my older version (2002). But I decided to do it anyway, and I'm glad I did.

I encountered no problems and everything works pretty much the way it always did. I don't see any great improvements, and I don't like change, so I wish I hadn't been forced into upgrading (they discontinued support for the old version, including updating).

As in any program upgrade, there appear to be many things they changed for change sake, rather than for improved performance, but these were minor and just take a bit of getting used to.

Perhaps I just don't use the functions that caused problems for everyone else, but I use the portfolio, invoicing, scheduled payments, etc., plus the retirement and savings modules, etc. I do not sych to the Quicken website and use the update feature only to update prices on my portfolio.

Since everyone uses and needs different functions, the problems that other people encounter may not affect you at all. Like me, you may find it a perfectly satisfactory upgrade.

5-0 out of 5 stars I actually like Quicken 2005....
Ok, I see a ton of bad reviews for Quicken 2005 PH&B, but I actually like it.I think the big difference between me and a lot of other people here is that I have never used Quicken before (or any other Quicken-type software).So I never had to go through an upgrade process or deal with anything like that.If you are starting fresh, I'd have to recommend Quicken 2005 to you.Now, I understand that Quicken is using the new OFX format.My credit cards are using this format, but my banks are not.So I have to enter some stuff in on my own.That's fine with me.Most of my stuff comes through the credit cards anyways.

I've never experienced any bugs or incorrect calculations.The first thing I did after installing the software was update it to Release 3 so maybe that's why.I'd suggest that everybody does the same.

Quicken 2005 is very powerful and very organized and I enjoy using it.

1-0 out of 5 stars More glitches from Intuit
I'd already purchased Quicken 2005 when I read these reviews, so I put it on my laptop so that it wouldn't mess up my previous versions on the desktop machine.It synced perfectly with my bank--once.Now it says "invalid PIN" for my bank, although the PIN is not invalid; it's still the same one with which I can access the account otherwise.

Chalk up another glitch for this program, and beware: it may work once, but it won't work again.Sigh. ... Read more


9. Wizcom QuickLink Elite Pen Scanner (E04087)
by Wizcom

our price: $141.54
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002MPVEQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wizcom
Sales Rank: 2474
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The QuickLink-Pen Elite is the latest version of the very popular and successful QuickLink-Pen, providing users with new and improved electronic note-taking capabilities: reads notes and definitions aloud; beams to Smartphones, as well as to PDAs and PCs; includes English dictionary definitions; USB connection to PC.Used just like a yellow highlighter, the QuickLink-Pen Elite allows the user to collect, electronically, notes from any printed text - anytime, anywhere!The QuickLink-Pen Elite is ideal for students, doctors, business people, or researchers who need the ability to quickly and easily take notes whenever and wherever they might be - in a library, on a plane, or in a business meeting. ... Read more

Features

  • USB and IrDA infra red ports, PC compatible
  • Stores up to 1,000 pages of text; text-to-speech software
  • Supports English, German, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and French
  • Exports data to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer
  • 97% OCR accuracy, recognizes 6-22 point font sizes

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with OS X
I want to like this thing, but I can't, for it does not work at all with OS X.

So, if, like me, you run Apples, just pass on by this page because the thing will not work for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the C-Pen 800C
I'm measuring, first and foremost, ease and precision of scanning. Speed of scanning and ease of installation on the computer are, in my mind, about the same for both this, the Wizcom QuickLink Elite, and the C-Pen 800C. They differ sufficiently, however, in the primary question of ease and quality of scanning. For the record, I bought both at the same time, with the intent of keeping the better of the two. You can just go ahead and buy the C-Pen 800C.
I have had one horrible experience with a pen scanner by Siemens, the "Pocket Reader." It was truly useless. It scanned so poorly that I just put it aside. By the time I though to return it, Siemens was no longer making it, and I couldn't get customer service here in the U.S.
The Wizcom QuickLink Elite is not so bad. It's serviceable. I don't think it lives up to its 95% accuracy guarantee, but perhaps meets a 90% threshold, measured impressionistically. It's interface is also reasonable and satisfactory.
However, the C-Pen 800C is even more precise, truly approaching 95%. Moreover, if you discount errors in spacing from this accuracy percentage, its precision is even higher. Whereas the Wizcom is just as likely to make a content error, misread letters, etc., the 800C's errors are more likely to be the absence of a space when there should be one. A rare missed space doesn't make you puzzle over the text when you come back to it two months later.
C-Pen is also lighter, and it's rechargeable, so while it's more expensive, in the long run, you'll save on batteries.
Both have comparable single-language dictionaries, though Wizcom has more built in or for free (C-Pen allows you one free dictionary, including bilingual ones). Wizcom is a only a bit slower on the uptake, but significantly more likely to warn you "Scan too fast." I've never had that from C-Pen, and again, the precision at any speed is appreciably better with C-Pen.
Both have comparable PC and PDA compatibility capacity.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too much capability can be a bad thing....
I chose this device over the competitor products based on (1) ergonomics, (2) local device controls, and (3) independent operation from the PC.Unfortunately, the device software has fallen prey to the age-old issues of any device that tries to perform "smart" syncing operations.It gets confused...

My goal was to use the pen as a remote scanning device and then be able to upload the scanned text to either my home PC or my laptop.I installed the desktop application on both machines with no apparent problems.However, after successfully syncing with one machine, a subsequent attempt to sync with the second machine failed miserably.One such failure caused me to permanently lose 2 hours worth of scanned input.I was horrified.

I need a scanning pen that is exactly just that.A scanner.I don't need a smart device that wants to 'remember' what I've done or what I want to do.I don't get this type of behavior with my digital camera or my flatbed scanner, so I don't expect it from a pen.When you perform an alleged upload operation, the software tries to write information back into the pen.If I'm "uploading" then I don't want anything to be "downloaded" into the pen... period.This is the bane of my tests and the failures.

There are certainly other factors that affected decision to return the equipment to the manufacturer for refund, such as sluggish processing times between scans, and extremely poor ability to read Times New Roman (note: all their samples are in Arial, but find a textbook that isn't TNR!).I could still have lived with these ideosyncracies if it weren't for the high risk of data loss.This was intended to be a time saver, but it simply wasn't.

My rating here is based on the hardware.This device could be vastly improved with a change in software philosophy.Just upload the data and don't second-guess the operator.

4-0 out of 5 stars Portable, useful, and easy to use
I received QuickLink Elite pen today and have been testing it for the past 6 hours. Now I am finished, I would like to share my thought about this device with you. The box came with the content as described by Amazon. My surprise was that the 135 page color manual, I thought those were extinct! That is in addition to the PDF one in the CD.

Installation on Windows XP Pro. SP2 (Tablet edition) went smoothly, the instructions on the self run CD were easy to follow. You basically install the driver for the cable [serial at the device connector to USB (II in my case) at the PC end], then you install the desktop application which is a very basic utility that lists the files on your pen, and allows you to communicate, change settings, transfer data, and add software to your pen. Once you install the software, you will be asked to connect the device to the computer to start the communication. Initially I had a problem connecting to the device because it conflicted with Bluetooth serial ports. So I disabled the Bluetooth serial ports and removed some extra unused serial COM ports from the computer device manager. I reinstalled the pen drive from the CD, restarted the computer but before I connect again I did one more IMPORTANT step that is not mentioned anywhere. You Baud rate on the pen (go to settings, communications, baud rate) must be the same as your computer COM port (go to device manager, right click on the new COM port), choose a rate, in my case 57600 worked best. After that I managed to exchange files, install software to the pen. In addition, It tried the IrDA with my laptop, the text file was transferred instantly. PDA (iPAQ) recognize the device but transfer of files needed third-party software (Peacmaker $15). In their website, they say there will be an upgrade where third party will not be needed.

After that scanning the text went smoothly, I also scanned small image ( max 8 mm wide), installed the tables software on the pen, scanned directly on the PC ... all went very well. I scanned a type font 10 textbook, out of the total 543,24 were mis-recognized (some missing one letter, some had capital letter in the middle, while others were just a mess). That is about 95.5% accuracy, not bad, considering that I get about 85% with a flatbed scanner. It takes me about 5 to 6 seconds per line (about 5 minutes per page), so this is truly for text snippets rather than a whole page scanning. Image scanning is useful for signatures, Greek letters, etc. Quality is just OK, you can also scan tables, business cards (to outlook), URLs (get sent to favorites) with the included add-ins on the CD, and bar codes (additional downloads from the wizcom website). All in all I will recommend this device for students, researchers, & people who type slow or rather collect different set of texts from books, journals, etc. It fits 1000 pages internal memory, besides scanning directly to your word processor. It has built in English dictionary, good for language students. It also read aloud any text that is scanned (I do not see the use of this one) but the pen comes with earphone with volume controls.
All in all, this pen turn out as it was described and I think it is a keeper. Thanks for reading this long review and I hope it helped someone.
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10. QuickBooks Premier 2005
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $499.95
our price: $398.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AJRQ
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 357
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Product Description

Intuit QuickBooks 2005 Premier - Complete Product - Financial Management - 1 User(s) Complete Product - Standard - PCQuickBooks Premier 2005 includes all the features of Basic and Pro 2005 plus business planning tools to help you meet more specialized needs.Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIntuit 284469 - QUICKBOOKS 2005 PREMIER WIN - and all other Intuit Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • More easily apply payments, such as overpayments, underpayments, credits and refunds.
  • More easily merge QuickBooks data into Microsoft Word [2000, 2002 or 2003] letters and envelopes for quick, professional mailings to customers, vendors or employees.
  • Create a forecast of income and expenses for the year ahead, based on your existing QuickBooks data with the click of a button.
  • Build a professional, accurate business plan more easily than ever.
  • Track inventory assemblies and finished goods.

11. Palo Alto Business Plan Pro 2005 Premier
by Palo Alto Software, Inc.
list price: $199.99
our price: $182.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002EBGCU
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Palo Alto Software, Inc.
Sales Rank: 986
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Product Description

Business Plan Pro 2005 Premier Edition ... Read more

Features

  • 2 expert business and marketing planning books included
  • Business-planning software with helpful collaboration tools
  • 400+ sample plans; expert instructions and examples at every step
  • Easily exports to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF
  • Built-in Plan Review ensures bullet-proof financials

12. TurboTax Premier 2004 Win/Mac
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $69.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AKWK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 326
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit, Inc (292582) TURBOTAX PREMIER V2004 WIN/MAC $20 IN-BOX REBATE, OFFER VALID FOR PURCHA ... Read more

Features

  • Maximize 401(k) contributions without decreasing take-home pay
  • Tax preparation software with step-by-step guidance and free electronic filing
  • Help and advice for investments, Schedule C businesses, and rental property
  • Extra guidance on business asset depreciation and home-office deductions
  • Assistance with reporting stocks, bonds, and mutual funds

Reviews (32)

2-0 out of 5 stars Intuit Customer Support Lacking
Received TurboTax Premier disc from Amazon.During installation, kept getting different installation errors.Intuit website posted SEVERAL options as work-arounds.Spent too much time trying to fix what ended up being a defective disc.On-line chat w/ Intuit rep was frustrating, at best.Intuit would not ship replacment disc direct since Amazon is not an "authorized" seller.Amazon shipped replacement disc (took too many days, Amazon).
Response on Intuit's website about TurboTax completely unacceptable.Defective product and not ready for market.Have used TT for 15 years - won't be using it next year.

1-0 out of 5 stars turbo tax premier 2004
Bummed I couldn't find the home and business (guess their not making it anymore) This program wouldn't allow me to import information from previous years. I've always been able to transfer from last years Turbo tax home and business forms. I had to re-type everything manually. No prompt to do it and when I went to the pull down menu I couldn't prompt it to import data. Not user friendly, it used to be better.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother...
I think this program was written by a 12 year old; the interface and style of the program are poorly done.Furthermore, this program installs spyware on you're computer, which causes the computer to crash when you switch between useres.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but gets the job done
This was my first year doing taxes for myself.I've always been skeptical about using software to get them done, so I usually pay too much to a CPA to do them for me.After a lot of encouragement from friends I decided to give this a try.Other than some ESPP sales, my return was pretty simple.I bought the Premier version.

What I liked:

- Nice interview process.Of course, it helped that I had prior year returns that had been prepared by a professional, so I kind of knew what the questions meant.
- Easy import of W2 and 1099 information.
- A check to make sure the return contained no errors.
- Online support from Intuit was very prompt.

Some things I would have liked to see:

- There's a screen where it tells you how much you can contribute to a Roth IRA, but it doesn't put the information on the instruction sheet when you print the return for filing.That would be useful.

Bugs that I encountered:

Basically lots of printing-related bugs.
- When I tried to print from the file->print menu, and asked it to print a return for filing, it only printed the federal return.I had to go to the "print" tab and print return for filing to PDF, and then it printed both federal and state.
- I had the same problem when using the file->print menu to print a copy of the returns and worksheets for personal records.So I just printed the federal portion using this.
- The method for printing the copy for records (including worksheets) to pdf was not as straightforward as when printing the return for filing.I couldn't figure it out so I used Intuit's online support.However, even thought I followed the instructions from them, I found that it did not print all of the worksheets.I contacted them about this and was told to just print to paper.So I have to live without a pdf copy of my return containing all the worksheets.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Well and is Easy To Use
I purchased TurboTax Premier and the state software. I was able to do a joint tax return of moderate complexity in one afternoon. The prompts and other messages were very helpful. I recommend this software. ... Read more


13. TurboTax Business 2004
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $99.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AKZ2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 216
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit, Inc (292594) TURBOTAX BUSINESS V2004 WIN $10 IN-BOX REBATE, OFFER VALID FOR PURCHAS ... Read more

Features

  • Comprehensive Business Tax Library; checks for accuracy
  • Software for corporation, partnership, and fiduciary income taxes
  • Step-by-step guidance; easy-to-understand language; simplified navigation
  • Prepare and print W-2 and 1099-MISC forms for employees and contractors
  • Automatically import and easily edit QuickBooks data for 2003 or higher

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Itworked just fine for me!
Frankly, I'm surprised by the naysayers that reviewed this item on Amazon.com.
This is the second year I've used TurboTax products, and I'm quite satisfied. Having switched from Mac to PC when I opened my business, this is one of the few things that actually made me like using the PC.
In total, I've purchsed three TurboTax titles and can honestly say that they are easy to use and worth purchasing.

5-0 out of 5 stars JUST LIKE TURBO TAX - PERSONAL
I read the reviews about TurboTax Business and they are all lies.I took my chance and WON.I've NEVER done Corporate Taxes for my Business and this made the process as easy as my Personal Taxes.It answered every question I needed to know (even my penalties).I can only assume that the reviews were done my Tax Accountants who don't want to lose business to TurboTax.

The software is EXACTLY like the Personal Edition but with different questions and descriptions relating to Corporate Taxes.Now that I understand which forms to fill out and what I can deduct I can better plan for 2005.When you have a question about a segment, click the 'Get Answers' Button and it gives you more information.I'll be using TurboTax for 2005.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save Your MONEY!!! -- NO VALUE ADDED!!!Shame on INTUIT!!
If I could give it 0 stars I would!

This was the first year that I tried TurboTax for Business.I had very high hopes.I needed some hand holding through the complexities of Corporate Income Tax reporting.

In the past, I have been very pleased with the PERSONAL version of TurboTax and thought that the business version would be comparable if not better given the price that was nearly 3 times as much as the personal version.

Boy was I wrong!This software is the biggest piece of rubbish I have ever purchased.I was hoping to get a little extra insight into the actual calculations and be guided clearly through some of the deductions, income, and myriad other data input requirements.This product was nothing more than an automated IRS form.Literally, the software goes through the 1120 form and asks the same questions in the same order.If you are confused by the IRS form, you will get no help from TurboTax.When you need more clarification, the HELP button basically duplicates the words from the IRS Publications/Instructions.Heck, the program doesn't even automatically determine whether you file the 1120 or the 1120A (Short form) based on your input.Something that would be quite simple to do.If you wish to change later to the short form, it won't even transfer the data to the condensed form.You have to reenter everything.(Assuming you can find where to select the 1120A -- I haven't found it yet.)

Bottom line:THERE IS NO VALUE ADDED BY THE PROGRAM.

I am completely capable of reading the IRS forms and following their instructions.I didn't need to spend $100 on a software package that makes me do the same thing.

Somewhere in the halls of Intuit, a marketing executive is making a tidy bonus because year after year he gets suckers like me to buy their "Business" tax software.They certainly know that they are playing off the good name of their personal tax software and duping people into thinking the Business version will be just as good.Believe me when I warn you, "It's NOT!"Save your money!Do it by hand or hire an accountant.You will be much happier.

Shame on Intuit!Now I am off to rethink my choice of TurboTax for my personal taxes. The goodwill is gone!Kiplinger/HR Block will get my business now on.

Burned and Hurting

1-0 out of 5 stars never again
A horrible, buggy, user-unfriendly program.First, you spend several hours fighting with the installation and update process trying to get the program to work.Then, you spend more time (much more time) triple checking the calculations and having to override turbotax's calculations in order to get the correct values to appear.

1.If you don't have a decent understanding of the underlying tax rules and aren't familiar with the tax forms, you're playing with fire if you go through the interview and think that turbotax is going to output a proper tax return.If you don't know what you're doing, see an accountant.

2.If you do know what you are doing, then save yourself the time, money, and aggravation and just do your it by hand - use the free fillable PDF forms that you can download off the IRS and state websites.That's what I'll be doing next year.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor programming, worse support - greedy
I have been using Turbotax business for years.Never was too happy with it, but it was OK and a good value compared to having a tax accountant do my return.
This year they reached lows that I did not think possible:
1. Program does not work unless it updates itself after installation.However, it was unable to connect through my firewall and just froze.I had to reboot every time.
2. Called the "tech support".Since I don't speak 'Indian', and he spoke a barely legible English, we had a hard time understanding each other.His solution was to turn off the firewall.This is not possible since it is built into the router.He gave up.Asking for supervisor was useless.After 30 minutes on hold I was disconnected. That was espeially bad since other programs, including Quickbooks, have no problem connecting to updates through the same firewall.
3. I gave up and went to search their website for answers.Took me almost 30 minutes to go through a convoluted search and reach a download site that had the needed update.
4. Preparing the tax return itself was easy enough.
5. When I came to the State Tax Return I found out that it was not being sold at retailers.I could only get it directly from Intuit website.A link fron Turbotax took me to the website where I was told that it will cost $39.99 for the State.I went through the purchase process.ONLY AFTER they got my credit card number they informed me that price is actually $59.99.No explanations.They got me in a corner and wanted more... I tried to get to a live person to straighten this out - FAT CHANCE.Ended up paying and swearing that next year I will go with anybody but them.
6. When is Microsoft coming up with their version?I never thought I would be rooting for microsoft on anything, but I would go to a great length to get rid of Quickbooks and Turbotax.Not because these are bad programs - only because of Intuits attitudes and incompetance.

Longest review I have ever written.Really really upset... ... Read more


14. Quicken 2005 Basic [Track, Balance, Budget]
by Intuit
list price: $29.95
our price: $27.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00029J1Q8
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 128
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit Quicken 2005 Basic.Whether you're managing your personal finances, investing for your future, or running a small business or all three there's a Quicken product that's right for you. Quicken 2005 Basic for Windows includes over 100 customer-driven enhancements that allow you to accomplish what you need with a lot less work.See your complete financial picture in minutes! Find out what you have and where it's going, pay bills, plan for your future, help save more money, and take control of your finances. System Requirements:IBM or compatible Pentium 200 (Pentium II 300 recommended)Windows 98/2000/Me/XP32 MB RAM (128 MB RAM recommended)100 MB Hard Drive Space, plus 45 MB for Microsoft Internet Explorer if IE 6.0 or higher is not already installed (IE 6.0 included on CD-ROM)Double speed CD-ROM (4X or higher recommended for multimedia) ... Read more

Features

  • Quickly and easily create a personalized budget
  • Powerful, easy-to-use tools for managing personal finances
  • Track checking, savings, and credit-card transactions in one place
  • Reconcile bank statements and balance checkbook in minutes
  • Write and print checks or pay bills online

Reviews (23)

1-0 out of 5 stars Less than one star - terrible!!!
I've been using excel to track my money for years, and just bought quicken to streamline it.The only way to get any of my historical information in is to type each entry individually!If your bank is not a participating institution (if they didn't pay Quickn/Intuit additional charges) the only way you can enter your transactions is by typing each one individually!What's the point in automating asystem, if you can't automate it?It's not even something you can upgrade - no imports from excel or any other format in any 2005 quicken!Not a good deal.

1-0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF MONEY
If I am not sure, I play it smart and buy the program used.In short I was not satisfied with what I recieved.If the anecdote, "You get what you pay for." was applicable in this case, this program would be worth it's price, but it's worth less than I paid.Amazon low price of 13 some odd dollars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product...great price
I've been using Quicken for 5 years and think it is a great product. I just bought this new version to replace Quicken 2000. The new version has a number of improved features. It was really easy to transfer the data from my old computer/old version of Quicken to 2005. I used online chat and found them to be very helpful. Not sure why this product gets such a bad rap.

1-0 out of 5 stars I thought it would be better than Quickn 2002.I was wrong!
I was perfectly happy with my older deluxe version of Quicken, but found that a)I didn't use most of the deluxe features, b)had several years worth of transactions that I couldn't archive due to a bug, and c)due to a bank change, I could no longer get transaction downloads.So, I bought 2005 basic.BIG MISTAKE! This "new improved" product is so cumbersome and confusing, I've practically stopped using it.When I start it, there are "messages" about my accounts, but I can't read them in the basic version. All I can do is delete them.The "home" page has 8, count them, 8 "Cash Flow Services" options that actually take you to sign-up pages touting for-fee additional services, many of which my bank already provides for free.And there are buttons to quicken.com EVERYWHERE that you have to work to get rid of. (Hellooooo.If I'd wanted to use quicken.com to pay all my bills, I would not have purchased Quicken.) This product is like one of those teaser game CDs that cost $5.00 but only gives you one level.And I don't really want the other levels.All I want is a product that does what it did before in a way that avoids making me relearn everything!

Ok, on the up-side, it does do a pretty good job of keeping track of my bank transactions and it seems like you can tailor it to suit some specific financial priorities, but it's just so incredibly painful to have to relearn EVERYTHING just because the banking industry changed download file formats. Microsoft may be trying to take over the software industry, but at least they don't want to be my bank so much that they totally screw up an otherwise good product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good at what it does, but doesn't help to get out of debt
I find Quicken to be good at what it's supposed to do -- track and manage expenses, creating reports to see spending trends, and paying bills. But, I found it was lacking in providing me direction on how to get out of debt. I found this direction, however at www.onepaycheckatatime.com. This web site has interactive that guide you through the process of targeting and paying down debt on a paycheck by paycheck basis. I use it in coordination with Quicken to guide me on which bills to pay, when and how much. Try it! ... Read more


15. TurboTax Deluxe 2004 Win/Mac
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $39.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AKK2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 79
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

TurboTax Deluxe software includes all the features of TurboTax Basic, plus even more help to maximize your most important deductions, including mortgages and charitable contributions. Plus, it delivers the help you need - when you need it - from official IRS publications and expert video advice. ... Read more

Features

  • Double-checks return for accuracy; compares last year's deductions to this year's
  • Tax preparation software with step-by-step guidance and free electronic filing
  • Extra help for mortgages, charitable contributions, and other important deductions
  • Assistance from official IRS publications and expert video advice
  • Updated life events planner; medical expense expert; complete tax library

Reviews (112)

1-0 out of 5 stars CALCULATES DIFFERENT TAX EVERY TIME I OPEN PRGM.
HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS PROBLEM?THERE IS NO "CALCULATE" BUTTON, AND EVERY TIME I CLOSE & REOPEN TURBOTAX, IT CALCULATES A DIFFERENT TAX--SOMETIMES IT SAYS I HAVE A REFUND, AND AT OTHER TIMES IT CALCULATES A "TAX DUE"!UNBELIEVABLE!

1-0 out of 5 stars What is this? Only the name remains the same
- Could not efile the Federal extension form - always could before!!!Had to print and seach out a last minute post office with a late collection !!!

- No way to use the State version to file the VA state extension form - found a technote on the website that says "choose States from the navigation bar" - surprise THERE is no "State" on the navigation bar

- Started my federal return and IT WILL NOT TRANSFER INFO from my 2003 Return!! I can see this on the File drop-down menu but it is greyed out.

- Where is the familiar friendly Question and Answer interface???

- Had to pay over $70 at Best Buy to buy Deluxe and State version. Premiere was not even available. I absolutely refuse to waste my time on mail-in rebates that just get refused or ignored (years of experiences with these scams).

- Download updates didn't work until the 3rd try

-I have no confidence in the quality of this year's Turbo Tax.Am considering buying another tax software product today.

1-0 out of 5 stars Last year for TurboTax
As a 7+ year TT user, I've got to say that 2004 will be my last year. After collecting $40 for Deluxe, they fleeced me for $30 more so that I could complete the ESPP section of my taxes. This was previously included in Deluxe, but no warning was given that they made this change (fewer features for the same price). Plus I'm tired of the terrible support and the annual rebate game they force me to play to get my $10 or $30 back. Will check out TaxAct and TaxCut next year.

1-0 out of 5 stars The most over-rated product and biggest rip-off ever
Bought this when a friend recommended it every so highly.Should've known better.This product is DREADFUL!I honestly wish I'd have seen the reviews on Amazon before I made my purchase.Support is non-existent.The downloading just doesn't happen.I've already wasted 2.5 hours on this, the mirror site download would've taken over 6.5 hours.I'm going to file manually (thank GOD something told me to try this a day in advance of 4/15), and demand a refund from TurboTax.I'll never buy this again.If I could give it less stars than one, I would.

1-0 out of 5 stars 2004 TurboTaxDeluxe
FAILURE. The program would not complete my return because of two updates, which would never download to my computer. The updates necessary were on form 8863 and merely included items on lines which differed from one form to another, but were successfully placed on the form from Turbo Tax. Since the update would not download, Turbo Tax Deluxe would not progress beyond the Error check function. I had to manually print and send the forms myself. I had to download a form 8863 from the IRS site itself, put all the figures in the correct boxes, and file that form from them. What a FAILURE OF A PROGRAM. ... Read more


16. Peachtree Complete Accounting 2005
by Best Software SB, Inc.
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00029PCKM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Best Software SB, Inc.
Sales Rank: 2733
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Best Software Peachtree Complete Accounting 2005 - Accounting - PCPeachtree Complete Accounting includes the robust, multi-user ready accounting features you want, and helps provide the valuable insight you need. Better manage your accounting and business with advanced features such as in-depth inventory, job costing, time and billing and fixed assets. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theBest Soft PCW2005RT - PEACHTREE COMPLETE ACCOUNTING 2005 and all other Best Soft Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • New-company setup wizard; multiple help options
  • Robust, automated accounting features for small businesses
  • Bill paying; check writing; invoicing; payroll solutions; audit trails
  • In-depth inventory; over 125 reports; customizable forms
  • Peachtree Today for an instant snapshot of business financials

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars Best Software Has Destroyed Peachtree
The "old" Peachtree and Peachtree Complete were good products.They allowed for essentially unlimited departments in the general ledger and multi-department payroll.Best's Peachtree calls these "segments" and forces you to purchase the too expense Peachtree Premium to get just FIVE departments.Their fixed asset system is limited to 200 assets...totally unacceptable....They are trying to force an upgrade to their MAS line of products.

It's a shame that they seem to want kill it.I've used Peachtree for nearly 20 years.The earlier versions were much more user friendly.I used to use Peachtree for a 300 person, multi-department payroll and for public accounting, departmentalization, and multi-company consolidation.I wouldn't recommend that anyone attempt this with Peachtree's current versions.Peachtree used to be the go to company for small business accounting....through Best Software's greed, they have been eclipsed by Intuit's Quickbooks.

Avoid Peachtree/Best Products at all costs.

2-0 out of 5 stars Use with Caution.....
Unless your a bookkeeper geek, Peachtree is not something you can do alone.For those who enjoy bookkeeping and have assistance from a some-time Accountant, it is sufficently flexible to handle your needs.It's not cheap and to evaluate properly consider: training, 3rd party charges and Best Software nickel and diming you for every little thing. For example, this upgrade is totally unnecessary, except to obsolete their earlier versions.One finds very little changing and what does change, is unimpressive -- most items on the above feature list are not new.

1-0 out of 5 stars Full of Bugs and Slow
We are forced here to give it one star - The program deserves NONE!

We couldn't agree more with the comments below. The product is
extremely unreliable and slow. We have been struggling with this for several years now and the last upgrade seemed to have made things even worse. We will have to look for another program.
Not recommended

1-0 out of 5 stars There are better software out there!
Please look around and be more futuristic.
Peachtree has lots of unfixed bugs and is out dated. I tested some software and found some really good, with reasonable price: BusinessWorks, Small Business Manager (microsoft.com), Quick Business Manager (bisaim.com),Vision Point 2000 (ACCPAC), BusinessVision 32 (Softline).

Good Luck in your search.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hard Har Har, Very complex!
We are not in an industrial age any more! We want better software, much easier to use, and better interface.Why Peachtree is that hard? Remember DOS? How hard it was when Windows came about? Now peachtree is like that if you have used better software: Old tech.

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17. Quicken 2005 Premier [Invest, Monitor, Prosper]
by Intuit
list price: $79.95
our price: $75.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00029J1RW
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 320
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit Quicken 2005 Premier for Windows - Financial Management - PCQuicken 2005 Premier includes everything in Quicken 2005 Deluxe, plus exclusive tools to help you manage your investments. Over 100 customer-driven improvements to the most-used Quicken features make it easier than ever to get what you need out of Quicken!Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIntuit 283651 - QUICKEN 2005 PREMIERand all other Intuit Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • View average annual return for entire portfolio and individual accounts
  • Optimize investments, monitor worth, and view complete financial picture
  • Instantly connect to bank and credit card sites with a push of a button
  • Easy-to-use investment area looks just like a broker statement
  • Track investment holdings; intelligent and tax-smart investing insights

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars it works fine...
I was still on version 2001 when I received an email notice from quicken saying they were discontinuing support for this version, including the download of quotes to my portfolio.

I was rather upset by that, as Q 2001 worked perfectly for me... and also rather impressed. I will suggest this method to my company, i.e. tell to client they have to upgrade version of our applications, because soon we won't send data any more to old versions... that's a very good business model... for the seller anyway.

Having read all the negative reviews about Q 2005, I was a bit anxious when I did the upgrade... But Everything worked fine... the new version managed to import without any problems all the data from Q 2001.. Having move from 2001 to 2005 in one jump, I found that the user interface is drastically better... I like the possibility to call the report directly from the toolbar. and also to rename/aggregate easily vendor names into a single name, as I am using a few online vendors which keep changing their denominations/names...

All in all, a very good product...So far, the only thing missing is the lack of capacity for donwloading/accessing quote/historical price for non US stocks.

1-0 out of 5 stars Quicken & Quicken support have gone down hill
Quicken used to be an easy product to use but over the last few years each successive upgrade has become more user unfriendly.Methods of entry are changed without notice and with little or no help support.The product is becoming more oriented to Intuit's online businesses and basic, simple features are disappearing.Menus and online pages offer to sell you more Intuit services.

Year-over-year updates delete or change features and leave it to you to figure out what they have done.User support is inadequate and confusing.They even go so far as to label self-serving product changes (capability deletions) as enhancements.A good example is the removal of the QIF format import/export capability for investment data without providing a comparable capability.This results in the loss of an ability to transfer or merge investment transactions.Quicken says that using a QIF file was a "poor customer experience".They changed the product to only use a format that works with their online download despite the fact that it also deleted the ability to move transactions about on your PC. It appears their "poor experience" with having a feature with some cross-product capability was traded for a "feature" that limits you to Quicken at the expense of leaving you a "no capability experience".

Detailed documentation, particularly of changes, is lacking.Online chat user support is limited; personnel are untrained on items and recommend that you call for live telephone help.You quickly find out that live telephone "support" is a profit center at $24.95 a call.Paying them $24.95 to explain that they deleted a useful feature because they didn't think it was needed is a typical Quicken experience.

2-0 out of 5 stars Every release worse than the last.
I've been a Quicken user from day one.Prior to 2002, I used to upgrade virtually every year.I've done this reluctantly because with each upgrade, some feature or report I use frequently gets axed in the new and improved version.In the last 4 years I've returned two releases (2003 and 2004) because of my disgust with Intuit's penchant for making the program more difficult for me to use.I read most of the reviews posted for Premier 2005 and agree with the consensus that Intuit just can't seem to get it right.

All Intuit seems to have done in the last 4 or 5 releases is to change the look and feel of the software at the expense of ease of use.There's nothing materially "better" in this release but entering investment transactions became a downright pain in the behind.

examples:
Can't cut and paste inside the check writing window (admittedly, not a frequently used feature, but gone).

Stock transactions now pop up a much less user friendly entry window.The older 2002 version of register based entry was much easier to use.

Want to reconcile that brokerage account?You really gotta hunt for this command.Why, for Pete's sake, isn't there a command, button or icon anywhere on the window with the register?

Done reconciling and want to check the account value for the date of your statement?In 2002, you were sent to the portfolio view after reconciling with the "As of" date of the view set to the statement date you used in the reconcile.Not anymore.Now you are sent back to the TOP OF the register.Were you needing to enter another transaction, you would have to scroll down to the bottom.So, you click to the Summary Page instead.This displays the current date in the "As of" the Holdings window.You must change the date to go to your statement date.Also, the Holdings window in the Summary Page is annoyingly small and won't allow you to expand it, forcing you to go back to the Portfoio Window anyway to easily see what you need to see.

I'm so heavily entrenched into Quicken that I'm stuck (Money tells me if finds conversion errors - but won't specify what they are).I will have to live with 2005, but would have stayed with 2002 to keep the simplified register based entry for stock transactions.

I could go on and on but you'll see enough complaints posted here.

Prior to 2002 I bought the upgrades every year.Now, I'll stick it out for as many years as possible to prevent further erosion of features I've grown accustomed to.

If you're a casual user and only need to cut checks, get the basic version - or try MS Money.If you're a power user, hold off until the tone of these reviews improves.

Caveat Emptor

4-0 out of 5 stars Upgraded from Quicken 2002 Deluxe
Since online banking updates were no longer going to be supported past mid-April 2005, even the loyal Quicken customers had to upgrade to the latest version.I can understand it in my case.I needed to upgrade.I upgraded directly from Intuit and supposedly got $20 off (for current customers).All I know is I paid the same price everyone is buying it for here on Amazon.

I've been using Quicken since it's original days in DOS.I have been completely satisfied with the program all these years.The new 2005 interface will take some getting used to, but so far I like it.It was a painless upgrade of my data files from 2002 to 2003, then to 2005 data file version.I have about 10mb in data files and it works flawlessly.I refuse to do a "year-end" each year and start with a new data file.

If you're on the 2003 or 2004 version, I would not recommend upgrading yet.If you are on 2002 or earlier, you'll have to upgrade by mid-April 2005 if you want to continue using account downloads via the Internet directly into Quicken.This is something that I could not live without, so here I am running Quicken 2005 Premiere.

1-0 out of 5 stars A very flawed product--DO NOT BUY!!!
I had been a very happy camper with Quicken for many years...until Intuit forced the upgrade to the 2005 version.What used to work flawlessly (Quicken 2002)in terms of bank and stock data downloads now would not work.Four calls to the support line got nowhere, with much fumbling around about Quicken not working well on networks, having problems with firewalls and on and on...no solutions.I finally had to just demand a refund and will now spend the money on MS Money...at least one should expect that to work with Windows XP.I guess Intuit has just gotten too greedy and/or too big...beware... ... Read more


18. QuickBooks Pro 2004 5-User Value Pack
by Intuit
list price: $749.95
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Asin: B0000EI9V7
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 2860
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

QuickBooks Pro 2004 5-User Value Pack includes everything in QuickBooks Basic, plus advanced tools for managing your business finances. Includes estimating, time tracking and integration with over 100 business applications. QuickBooks Pro 2004 5-User Value Pack is multi-user capable, so up to five people can work on the same file at the same time.Some of the new and improved features for 2004 include: More professional form designs - choose from over 100 ready-to-use, professionally designed, invoice, estimate, statement and other form templates.More form customization options - now you can add things like color text, shaded boxes and multiple text comments, logos and images, anywhere, in a variety of sizes. Automatically create a budget - automatically create your budget using actual income and expense data.Advanced backup options - enjoy greater flexibility and confidence when backing up your data. Improved customer statements - print the statements you need with the information you want. ... Read more

Features

  • Financial management system for businesses
  • Import data from popular office software
  • Easily manage accounts payable and receivable
  • Customize reports, prices and more
  • Licensed for five users

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars "Multi-user"??
I have a small business where 3 people need access to Invoices, POs and inventory. It seems, If you want to do anything of any impotence, you have to go to single user mode. For example; importing customers, anything with inventory, anything with vendors. All anyone can do in multi-user mode is create invoices and POs. It was a waist of money for us as we still find ourselves in single user mode most of the time. Oh, and the there are tuns of "OK" buttons to press. Every time you tell it to do something, expect to press at least 2 "OK" buttons before it will do it. Don't tell me "QB is now ready to..." do something, JUST DO IT. All in all, it's pretty much the same thing as the QB Pro. If you are like us, and need more people to access information, I suggest upgrading to something else. ... Read more


19. Peachtree Premium Accounting 2005
by Best Software SB, Inc.
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00029PMMK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Best Software SB, Inc.
Sales Rank: 3489
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Product Description

Best Software Peachtree Premium Accounting for Manufacturing 2005 - AccountingWhether you're a smaller job shop or a larger make-to-stock manufacturer, you face many of the same business challenges: efficient management of the assembly process, constant optimization of inventory levels, and fulfilling customer orders - all while maintaining a firm grasp on key financial details.Peachtree Premium Accounting for Manufacturing 2005 combines powerful assembly and inventory management tools, advanced operational reporting and the rock-solid core accounting features that have made Peachtree the choice of hundreds of thousands of small businesses. The result - an accounting solution tailor-made for the challenges of operating a profitable manufacturing business. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theBest Soft PPA2005RT - PEACHTREE PREMIUM ACCOUNTING 2005 and all other Best Soft Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • Crystal Reports for Peachtree included
  • Robust, automated accounting features for small businesses
  • Compensation management; over 140 reports; customizable forms
  • Serialized inventory and departmentalized reporting
  • Multi-user options; new-company setup wizard; multiple help options

20. Peachtree Premium Accounting 2005 - Multi User Value Pack
by Best Software SB, Inc.
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B00029PMLQ
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Best Software SB, Inc.
Sales Rank: 5369
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Product Description

Peachtree Premium Accounting 2005 5 User .Peachtree Premium Accounting 2005 Multi-User Value Pack is the advanced, accounting solution todayâs forward-thinking business owner needs to manage their growing business(s) more effectively. Now you can have up to five users handle complex tasks such as company consolidation, compensation management, and comprehensive budgeting and forecasting. Crystal Reports for Peachtree is included, offering even greater opportunities for more effective decisions. Additional features such as serialized inventory and departmentalized reporting help make this an even better value for those business owners who know that understanding their accounting is crucial to their success! ... Read more

Features

  • Crystal Reports for Peachtree included
  • Robust, automated accounting features for small businesses
  • In-depth inventory; over 140 reports; customizable forms
  • Serialized inventory and departmentalized reporting
  • For up to five users; easy setup wizard; multiple help options

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