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1. QuickBooks Pro 2005
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2. QuickBooks Pro 2005 for Mac
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3. Checkmark Payroll
$180.49 $14.94 list($199.99)
4. Peachtree Accounting 2005
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5. Timeslips 2005
$37.99 $36.70 list($49.99)
6. Simply Accounting 2005 Basic
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7. EZ-EFT - Collect Customer Payments
$82.28
8. G7 PRODUCTIVITY Versa Check Platinum
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9. Checksoft 2005 Home & Business
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10. G7 PRODUCTIVITY Versa Check 2005
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11. Simply Accounting Basic 2004 (Bi-Lingual)
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13. Bookkeeper2005
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14. QuickBooks: Customer Manager -
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15. Checksoft 2004 Home & Business
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17. AccPac PAYROLL 2004 BI-LINGUAL
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20. COSMI American CheckBooks Express

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. QuickBooks Pro 2005 for Mac
by Intuit, Inc.
list price: $299.95
our price: $244.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00062AJQ2
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit, Inc.
Sales Rank: 34
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit QuickBooks Pro 2005 - Complete Product - Financial - 5 User(s) Complete Product - Standard - MacQuickBooks Pro 2005 for Mac is all about working the way you want to work, including more customizable forms and easier ways to share data with QuickBooks for Windows users. And it takes advantage of more Mac OS X features, including iCal and .Mac. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIntuit 284186 - QUICKBOOKS PRO EDITION 2005 MACand all other Intuit Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • Transfer data from Quicken for Mac or QuickBooks for Windows
  • Takes advantage of more Mac OS X features, including iCal and .Mac
  • Financial management software for small businesses
  • Easily pay bills, print checks, track expenses, and much more
  • Export reports to Microsoft Excel; customizable reports

Reviews (10)

3-0 out of 5 stars I can't believe there's no online banking support!!!!
This just blows my mind.My cheapo Quicken (actually bundled free) has had great online banking support for years, but pricey Quickbooks PRO does not?What is that?This is 2005 -- I can't fathom how they could possibly release this product without online banking support.It's not like they don't know how to do it.

Other than that I really like it.I'm using it anyway as there isn't really an attractive alternative in my opinion, as they must know...

1-0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised:MAC to PC problems.
If you are planning on round-tripping between your Mac and a Windows version (i.e. between your accountant or bookeeper's PC using a windows version of Quickbooks Pro- DO NOT PURCHASE this product! Unfortunately, there are two major flaws with Quickbooks 2005 7.0. The first and most dangerous is that the more you round trip the more corrupt your data will become.Secondly, if you have memorized reports you will have to errase them before round tripping and they will not be saved.
Unfortunately Quickbooks does not tell you this before purchasing- infact they advertise this easy conversion between Mac and PC as a selling feature for their product.
If you do not need to have your accountant or CPA manipulate your data on their PC, then the program is a good attempt to make a Windows style program into a MAC-like product.

1-0 out of 5 stars NoBooks Is More Like It
Don't buy it. If you're on Mac, spend your money on PC emulator and use the PC version of QuickBooks. The Mac version doesn't seem to be designed to be used as a bookkeeping system for a business. You can't print deposit slips. You can print a deposit summary, but the bank is funny about requiring an account number and a routing number.
QuickBooks won't do payroll updates for the Mac version, so you have to jump through more hoops to get signed up with yet another vendor, then you get the software vs. software argument: "It's not our problem, it's theirs." "No, it's not our problem, it's theirs."
And that's the first day. I understand it gets worse from there, but I'm not sticking around for the ride.
Intuit has kindly set up an online forum so users can "share creativity" for working around problems. I thought that was what programmers were supposed to do.I thought I was supposed to spend my time running my business and using the software, not "fixing" it.But hey, maybe someone will buy that line and believe it's her fault the program is a dog.
Intuit has taken a page from the Gates book and gone MS one better on the QuickBooks for Mac version.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not ready for prime time:more is less
Intuit has hyped this new release a lot, but it falls well short of deserving the praise.The 2005 QuickBooks for Mac would be a definite improvement if there weren't so many little glitches and annoyances in it.Most disturbingly, accounts and numbers pull disappearing acts - they simply don't display on the screen sometimes.How confidant can you feel when you're looking at a Profit and Loss statement that has no numbers on it?

Even though the menus are touted as being redesigned to closely match those in the PC version of QuickBooks, some things are still maddeningly hard to find.And too many basic features are still unavailable.Intuit should have kept this under wraps a bit longer and made sure it worked before they foisted it off on users eager for an improved product.Let's hope they address the bugs promptly in a maintenance update.

1-0 out of 5 stars Rebate is phony
The terms of the rebate aren't listed here but once you get the pakage you will see in the fine print that it is only for people who are UPGRADING from a previous version of QuickBooks. ... Read more


3. Checkmark Payroll
by Checkmark Software

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Asin: B000068CP1
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Checkmark Software
Sales Rank: 2515
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

CheckMark Payroll is a complete payroll system for companies with anywhere from one to 500 employees. It runs on its own as a standalone application, and also integrates with CheckMark MultiLedger, QuickBooks, and most popular accounting systems. Installation takes seconds and leaves users ready for any payroll challenge they can imagine.

Payroll lets users set up employees quickly with the employee template, and allows users to automate payroll calculations for each employee. It comes loaded with current tax tables for federal income tax and all 50 states. Using the MMREF-1 format, users can file W-2s electronically. CheckMark Payroll prints to a variety of forms, including checks, W-2s, W-3s, and the 941. It even has built-in Internet direct deposit capabilities.

Comprehensive management options are available: Payroll can distribute hours to departments or to jobs created in CheckMark MultiLedger. It can import employee hours from spreadsheet and time-clock software, and track sick and vacation time on a monthly, pay period, or per-hour-worked basis. Purchase of Payroll includes 60 days of free technical support. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with this software
As a payroll professional, I have used payroll software products that range from basic to high-tech.I bought this product to replace a basic one I had been using at home to process payrolls for several small businesses.Within an hour of opening the box, I was creating paychecks.It is remarkably easy to use, comprehensive, and contains features that many of the more expensive programs do not offer.AND you don't have to pay extra to get the current tax tables installed before you can use the product (like you do if you make the mistake of buying Quickbooks).Another great feature is that if you choose not to buy the annual updates after the first year, you can manually change the federal and state tax tables yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Saves me money
This payroll runs year after year and that saves me money. It prints the checks and tax forms, but not the state tax forms. After setup, running the checks takes a few minutes. And I can run a payroll anytime I want. Love the printed manual. ... Read more


4. Peachtree Accounting 2005
by Best Software SB, Inc.
list price: $199.99
our price: $180.49
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Asin: B00029QOYU
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Best Software SB, Inc.
Sales Rank: 284
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Peachtree Accounting 2005.Peachtree Accounting 2005 is the helpful entry-level accounting solution for small businesses transitioning from a manual or personal finance-based system. Packed with all the standard features G/L,A/R,A/P, basic inventory, payroll1 and over 100 customizable reports Peachtree Accounting offers the tools to help you automate your accounting with confidence. Peachtree Today the Business Resource Center helps you get an instant snapshot of your business financials, along with other functions that help you monitor and manage your business more effectively. Peachtree Accounting 2005 helps you get the insight behind your numbers. ... Read more

Features

  • New-company setup wizard; 20+ demos; multiple help options
  • Entry-level automated accounting for small businesses
  • Bill paying; check writing; invoicing; bank reconciliation
  • Basic inventory; payroll; 100+ customizable reports
  • Peachtree Today for an instant snapshot of business financials

Reviews (15)

1-0 out of 5 stars Peachtree Brings Down Visual Basic
We have VB6 and VB.NET installed on our machines. We installed Peachtree Accounting on one of these machines. The Peachtree product degrades VB6 and, since our business is creating VB6/.NET software it is a threat to our business. Example, everytime we start VB6 Peachtree Accounting goes into its install process, however, it is already installed! Another example, everytime we complie a VB6 application (that is everytime we try to execute it in testing) Peachtree Accounting goes into its install process! This is bizarre. To add insult to injury the customer must pay for Best Software's support. So here we are with defective software that comprimises our ability to do business and we have to pay to have Best fix what is their poor quality software!!??? Bizarre.

4-0 out of 5 stars Importance of Peachtree Software to end user
I have been using Peachtree Accounting and Quickbooks software for the past eight years and I think Peachtree is better in terms of presentation especiallyfor the financial reports.

In Quickbooks, anybody can use it in terms of compilation of books but the reporting is not presentable enough to impress the end user especially the big bosses,while in Peachtree Accounting it is more complicated to non accountants but the financial reporting is more impressive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Small business user...
I'm an engineer and normally I don't write review at all, except for this time. I started a new business a year ago and I've been looking for an accounting package to run the business. While searching, I'm using MS excel for a while. It's OK but I spend too much time to set it up weekly and enter daily expenes and sales journals. And I have not mention the time that I spend to maintain the customer, Inventory list and do payroll. To make a story short, I have another fulltime job and I can only work on the business book at night. Each night, I would spend at least 2-3 hours and I can't afford this because I have 2 small kids too.
Since I brought the PeachTree 2005, I only spend 15-30 minutes to to all the needed tasks and run all different reports as I could not do in the spreadsheets.
I have to admit that the software a bit confuse and hard to set it up in the begining especially for those who has no acounting backgroud. To start all I need is to import the customer list and the inventory then it's ready to use. Once you start use the software, and you can fine-tune what you need. Accounting is very principal but each business runs it differently.
Over all I'm very happy with the product although I'm still learning new features from it every day after using it for 4 months.

1-0 out of 5 stars Want a refund..............
I am totally disgusted with this Peachtree Accounting 2005. Bought it in December, have not used it yet cause it is so darn complicated. Been reading the "User's Guide" that comes with the software and finally made a call to the tech support (it was still free-not charging me yet)to ask them. Told them we were a small company, I wanted to know how to enter our employees and let ME figure their paychecks without entering tax tables or buying their tax service. The tech told me how and I asked him to give me a page number in the "User's Guide" so I could look it up and follow along. Well, guess what?? It is NOT in the "User's Guide"!!!Not sure what good a "User's Guide" does for me if the company only puts in instructions that benefit THEM-they want you to sign up for The Peachtree Payroll Tax Service, which of course, is NOT free. Also, talked to our personal CPA and he said you almost had to be an accountant to be able to use it. So I have given up!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Thanks, TextbookBiz
I'm glad I read TextbookBiz's warning regarding product registration.My friend uses PA 2005 and it seems easy enough, even though previously I had used Quickbooks (a few years back).I liked PA 2005's interface, so I came to Amazon to buy a copy for myself.There are people selling "new & used" for 1/5 the regular price, and I was naturally suspicious.After reading TextbookBiz's review I called up teh publisher on my dime and, indeed, they told me once a copy is registered, there's no way to re-install it, so you cannot install teh same copy on two PCs and you cannot transfer / sell the copy to someone else!

Of course, this is irksome for legit users, too.This is basically product activation, and you cannot use it on more than one computer.For $180 I really expect to be able to use this on all my PCs.I'd even be willing to send the company a picture to prove these are indeed my personal computers.

Thanks to TextbookBiz, I did not fall for the scams in the new & used section.I hope Amazon removes those listings. ... Read more


5. Timeslips 2005
by Best Software, Inc.

our price: $341.99
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Asin: B0002H9RQY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Best Software, Inc.
Sales Rank: 4534
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Product Description

Peachtree Timeslips 2005.Having an effective time and billing system is an essential part of successfully running a service business. Timeslips 2005 helps your business become more efficient and your billings become more accurate so that you can capitalize on every opportunity to turn more of your time into money. The powerful, well established feature set is presented in a user-friendly interface, making Timeslips 2005 an incredibly capable product that requires very little time to learn, especially when using the new built-in training videos included within the software. With new features such as Microsoft Outlook Integration and interactive bill preview, it offers the perfect combination of powerful functionality and ease-of-use. System Requirements:300 MHz Pentium II computer minimum, IBM Compatible 450 MHz Pentium II or higher recommended. Windows XP SP1, Windows 2000 SP3, Windows ME, Windows 98 SE or Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6a. Product will not operate in a Windows Terminal Server Environment using Windows Terminal Services. 64MB RAM Minimum, 128MB recommended ... Read more

Features

  • Improves every step of even the most complex billing cycle
  • Create alerts to keep from overlooking important information
  • Easily design professional-looking bill templates
  • Customizable control panel; 2-way integration with Microsoft Outlook
  • User-friendly interface; ideal for anyone who bills for their services

6. Simply Accounting 2005 Basic
by Best Software, Inc.
list price: $49.99
our price: $37.99
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Asin: B0007919RC
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Best Software, Inc.
Sales Rank: 676
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Best Software Simply Accounting 2005 Basic - Complete Product - Accounting - 1 User(s) Complete Product - Standard - PCSimply Accounting 2005 Basic was designed for fast moving businesses. It's easy to learn and use, yet powerful enough to keep up with all your accounting needs. Whether you sell products or services, Simply Accounting Basic has all you need to run your business. It automates everything from making purchases to making sales and everything in between. It's even flexible enough to meet the most demanding payroll requirements. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theBest Soft SAB2005RT - SIMPLY ACCOUNTING 2005 BASIC FOR WIN 98SE/2K/ME/NT/XP and all other Best Soft Software - Misc ... Read more

Features

  • Track projects; over 100 industry-specific starter templates
  • Easy-to-use accounting tools for running a business
  • Manage customers and suppliers; run business reports
  • Handle employee payroll; generate checks and invoices
  • Productivity tips and advice for 100+ business types

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Accounting Idiot
I currently use Ver. 2004 and have not upgraded to v. 2005 but I can say that I love this software.It is inexpensive and does everything you need it to do.

I only took one accounting class (hated it) almost 15 years ago so I knew very little about how to keep my own books.I just started my own business and thought I should have some formal record of my financials even if my accountant would have to clean it up later.Simply accounting had wonderful tutorials on CD (included) and I was able to go directly to what area I needed help with.I have to admit that I had to start over with a new company a couple of times because I messed up some entries, but that was because I am not an accountant and didn't want a bunch of adjustments to correct entries.

I read the other review and yes, you do get a pop-up window that asks if you are sure you want to enter something older than 7 days, but you can change that in the options.I don't have a lot of paperwork yet so I probably enter documents in maybe once or twice a month and I have NO problems with these infrequent entries.

I even created my own personalized invoices, POs, receipts, etcthat match my letterhead.I can email or print these out for clients.It sends emails through Outlook.

The best part is the wizard.When you set up a new company, the wizard will ask you what type of business you are running and then develop an account list based on that.I was able to add and delete my own as I went along.

If you believe you can be taught accounting, give this program a try.

2-0 out of 5 stars Hard to use and unforgiving of errors
I've used Simply Accounting for my small business for 12 months. It is a decent basic accounting package with all the features you would expect. However, it is hard to work with and extremely unforgiving.

The first problem is that Simply Accounting assumes that you will always enter all transactions in ascending date order, and that you use the program at least every week. The root cause is Simply Accounting's concept of the "current session date". The program complains if you enter any transaction that is more than 7 days before or after this date. It also complains if you then try to move the session date to another date more than 7 days away -- as if this were some major accounting heresy. So if you are going through your paperwork catching up on your accounts at the end of the month, this gets incredibly annoying very quickly.

Secondly, if you ever have the temerity to enter one transaction that precedes any other, you get another warning that the earlier transaction will affect any reports you might have run. Gee, there's a surprise. There is no way to turn this annoying warning off. So you'd better order all your paperwork by date, or else suffer death by a thousand clicks to dismiss this warning message every time.

Thirdly, if you make a mistake entering a transaction, there is no way to go back and correct the transaction. You can reverse transactions, but this means adding a second transaction to back out the old one and a third for the corrected transaction. I understand that this is important for audit trail purposes, but make it possible to collapse the audit trail into a single transaction. If you're just fat fingered like me or forget to change the date from the last transaction (this happens to me a lot), your accounts become littered with incorrect transactions and their reversals -- three transactions for each mistake. If renders any kind of reporting on account transactions almost useless, because the debit and credit columns are swelled by (irrelevant) transaction errors and their corrections. I'm a one-man business -- I don't need an audit trail to show that I messed up the date of a payment or invoice. It obscures the view of how well/badly my business is actually doing.

The user interface compounds these problems. For most transactions, you want to enter the date, the payee or payor, the amount(s), and the account(s) to book the expense/revenue against. However, the forms are not laid out in this order on the screen. You'll need to navigate by mousing and clicking extensively to get to these fields and enter the relevant information. This is why it's so very easy to get the wrong date for a transaction -- not only is the date field not the first on the form, you need to press Tab more than 6 times to get there from the payee/payor field. To enter the account efficiently, you'll need to have memorized its 4 digit code. No, you can't start typing the first few characters of the name of the account and have the software auto-complete. If you click on the pick-list of accounts, they are ordered by account code and not alphabetically, which makes it vastly harder to find the account you want to use.

Finally, the software assumes you are fluent in accounting jargon, terminology and practices. It claims to have a mode where it uses "non accounting terms" but this is more confusing than using the actual terms themselves. There's no help for novice business owners -- you'll need to get a basic grounding in account-keeping because the software and manuals offer little to no help. ... Read more


7. EZ-EFT - Collect Customer Payments
by Coastal Software & Consulting
list price: $395.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009KZ65
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Coastal Software & Consulting
Sales Rank: 6729
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Features

  • Create a NACHA formatted ACH Origination File ready to be processed by your Bank
  • Very easy to use - Menu Driven With Screen Prompts - No need to Import or Export data
  • Collect payments from an unlimited number of bank accounts at different financial institutions
  • Automatic Pre-Note Incorporation
  • Compatible with all Banks and Credit Unions that follow the NACHA standards

8. G7 PRODUCTIVITY Versa Check Platinum 2005 ( Windows )
by G7 Productivity

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Asin: B0002Q22YO
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: G7 Productivity
Sales Rank: 4866
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Features

  • Create and print your own custom business and personal checks -- including bank code number on the bottom
  • Manage your finances to view your net worth, upcoming payables and receivables, schedule your bill payments, exchange transaction files and synchronize your financial data and bank account information
  • Obtain your customer's bank details via the Internet, phone or fax to create a check draft for immediate deposit
  • Automatically collect recurring payments or service fees
  • Built-in payee database, address book and contact manager for keeping important information at your fingertips

9. Checksoft 2005 Home & Business
by Avanquest
list price: $39.95
our price: $37.99
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Asin: B0004F916A
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Avanquest
Sales Rank: 3903
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Features

  • Design and print checks for all of your business and personal accounts.
  • Easily setup your business and personal checking, savings and credit card accounts in minutes.
  • Import online bank data or existing Quicken®, Microsoft® Money and VersaCheck™ transactions. *
  • Manage your business and personal account transactions in one place.
  • Reconcile your bank statement in minutes.

10. G7 PRODUCTIVITY Versa Check 2005 Gold ( Windows )
by G7 Productivity
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0002Q22YE
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: G7 Productivity
Sales Rank: 1495
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Product Description

Create Checks and Manage Finances - For Home and Business! Works stand-alone and with Quicken, QuickBooks, Money and other accountingsoftware!

  • One-pass check printing from Quicken™, Quickbooks™ and Money®
  • Check Designer Pro™ - Unlimited Design Capabilities
  • Create drafts and checks by phone and fax
  • Checks sent by email feature!
  • Schedule your bill payments
  • Financial reports for home and business
  • Create personal and business-size checks
  • American CheckBooks templates & refills included
  • Includes 100 blank checks!
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Features

  • Manage your finances more efficiently - Schedule your bill payments, collect recurring payments or service fees, or create a check draft for immediate deposit
  • Track all accounts, check payments and receipts online from one location
  • Import records from financial software or print filled out checks directly through QuickPass
  • Send checks by email, or create new drafts by phone and fax
  • Draw from 300 hand-crafted images to add to your checks, with Check Designer PRO

11. Simply Accounting Basic 2004 (Bi-Lingual)
by Best Software, Inc.
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000VYKUK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Best Software, Inc.
Sales Rank: 2982
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Track projects; manage inventory; build a Web store; and more
  • An easy-to-use, complete accounting solution for small businesses
  • Get up and running in minutes using wizards
  • Over 100 industry-specific templates to choose from
  • Handle payroll in-house; prepare invoices; write checks

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Back it goes!
I bought this software because it's cheaper than Quickbooks, and actually rated better (or so it says on the box).Although I hate several things about Quickbooks, I will be returning this and shelling out for it.The description you read here, and on the box, makes it sound like converting from Quickbooks is a breeze.Not so!I was under the impression that you would back up your QB info and then transfer it to SA.Nope...you actually "export" every little file from QB onto a disk, then "import" it to SA...and that just includes lists and your chart of accounts, that doesn't mean that it loads an up-to-date Accounts Receivable or Payroll ledger.That's all stuff you get to do by hand!Sorry, but I just don't have that kind of time, and to be honest with you, this software doesn't even seem worth it.Now, if I was just starting up a business and had never used a higher-end software like QB, or if I had a few weeks to do nothing but enter info from QB to SA, that would be one thing, but please!Consider this more of a low-budget accounting software...and remember, you get what you pay for!

1-0 out of 5 stars Be Ware
After purchaing this software to change from Quickbooks, I learned the information in Quickbooks is not as easy to convert, and only converts names, etc. Also the customer service is also non-existant.After sitting on hold forever.I could get the software to work, kept giving me errors, keeping me in a continual look to keep entering information and than giving me an error.I sent the software back since I was unable to use and was unable to get the software update and tax update refunded.Be careful

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Quick Books
Beats Quick Books hands down at a much lower cost. ... Read more


12. Professional Invoices: Get Paid Now!
by ValuSoft
list price: $24.99
our price: $23.74
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Asin: B00079PMT8
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: ValuSoft
Sales Rank: 6974
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13. Bookkeeper2005
by Avanquest
list price: $29.95
our price: $28.49
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Asin: B0004F8Z3A
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Avanquest
Sales Rank: 1637
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars AWFUL PROGRAM DO NOT BUY
I bought this because it was only $30 and WAY cheaper than Quickbooks Pro.However, after only 5 minutes of trying to use it, I realized that I can ONLY pay my payables by cutting a CHECK!I pay most of my bills using my credit card and debit card! (Who pays by check anymore?)

This program is CHEAP and CRAP and if you want to call their tech support, they charge you $20 just for the CALL and additional $ for each minute.

DO NOT BUY THIS PROGRAM DO NOT BUY THIS PROGRAM -- Spare yourself the agony and get Quickbooks Pro.Even the grafix (and desktop icon included!) are awful. POOR POOR POOR

1-0 out of 5 stars too many defects
I'll be returning this software back to the store. It seems that it is not fully tested - it generates SQL errors, and shows the actual SQL. (thanks - it is very "helpful"). The support is not free. Very disappointed. ... Read more


14. QuickBooks: Customer Manager - New Version
by Intuit
list price: $79.95
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Asin: B00019TMTU
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intuit
Sales Rank: 4301
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Intuit Quickbooks Customer Manager 1.0. ... Read more

Features

  • Customer information system for small businesses
  • 1-click access to customer data and project management tools
  • Respond quickly and accurately to customer needs
  • Integrates with QuickBooks and Microsoft Outlook
  • Easy to set up, learn, and use; FAQs on every screen

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible ... don't waste your money
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But the really major problem is that it now hoses my computer any time I launch the software. I have uninstalled and reinstalled. The problem gets worse and worse. At this point, I have not used Customer Manager in over a month because of the lock-ups, yet I still have data tied up in there that I can't even get to. I've tried three times just today to launch Customer Manager to get ONE customer record I need, and I've had to power down my computer just to get out of the lock up. It is a horrible program. I can't believe Quickbooks would put their name on something this bad.

And wouldn't it figure that my problems started approximately 75 days after I bought it, just outside the 60-day money back guarantee offer from Quickbooks.

4-0 out of 5 stars It worked for us
We are using Customer Manager, to build out customer database. We all submit customer contacts names, titles, phone numbers, and e-mail address. We have not experienced any of the bugs the other have mentioned. One thing is Intuit provides automatic update to the software in the same fashion as it does for Quickbooks. Meaning, as corrections are made you get them uploaded.

I periodically take my copy of the database file, and update our Quickbooks file.

Like Quickbooks only 5 users can share one database "file". But Unlike Quicbooks, the database file called the "depot.file" is a community file which each user syncs and updates to in order to get the other community memember additions; one at a time.

You can also use Customer Manager to set-up To-do's and set assignments and for other users. It track of open and closed jobs, set deadlines, provide alerts etc.

You can customize the data your keep by adding fields to track customer by.

You can also group what you are managing, just not customers. You can group by customer, vendor, supplier, employee, etc.

For the price it worth exploring.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just awful...
The feature which allows one to sync between different running versions of Customer Manager is cumbersome and full of bugs.The software uses a 'sync depot' to share information.Each copy of Customer Manager shares any changes it made with the 'sync depot.'Each other version then receives any changes from the sync depot and sends its own changes back to the sync depot.Each sync must be initated manually, and it is a bit slow.Customer contact information often get corrupted via this sync depot, usually resulting in Customer Manager crashing.According to Intuit Customer Service, they are still working out the bugs in the sync system, and a new release won't be out until next year.

Customer Manager also allows you to keep track of 'projects.'However, it would be nice if these projects were imported from Quickbooks' Jobs list.Instead, one is left with double the work of typing project information.

There are many other quirks with this particular software, but they are too many to list here.

The idea behind this software has a lot of potential (i.e. sharing information with Quicbooks).However, it seems more like a beta release, and the programmers at Intuit have a lot more work ahead of them.I would steer clear of this one for now.

1-0 out of 5 stars Skip It
This product has great potential but nothing more.

It's basic to say the least and while the project management and notes-keeping capabilities are useful if you don't want something at the other end of the scale like Act! or Maximizer, it's probably going to serve your needs if you're running an even moderately busy business.

I bought Customer Manager because I found everything else I tried (see above) to be overkill and frankly cumbersome. Customer Manager seemed to be (from the product information on Intuit's site) exactly what I was looking for, a lightweight contacts database with the awesome bonus of synchronising with Quickbooks.

The reality is that the database leaves much to be desired as far as organising contacts and my version of Quickbooks Pro 2003 does NOT synchronise with it because it's the Canadian version. Intuit's Web Site still does not specify that only the US versions of Quickbooks are compatible and I have never even had the courtesy of a reply from Intuit about it, despite three very polite requests for an update.

1-0 out of 5 stars LOL ...it doesn't do anything!
I have used ACT! and Qbooks for years.I needed an upgrade to ACT! but received very poor reviews for ACT! 6.0.Intuit always gives a quality product so I bought This Customer Manager.

The advertising makes it sound so powerful but I cannot find much to do with it.It is like Intuit sold a shell they were developing to recapture development costs.

Its kind of funny in a sick sort of way .. but I can't find much functionality in this product at all.It really doesn't do anything except list your customers and... nothing! ... Read more


15. Checksoft 2004 Home & Business
by Avanquest
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0001GJBYY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Avanquest
Sales Rank: 7907
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Works with Checksoft Home and Business, Quicken, Microsoft Money, and QuickBooks
  • Balance checkbook, organize finances, and print custom checks
  • Create and manage checking, savings, credit card, and money market accounts
  • Monitor spending; track cash flow; print business and payroll checks
  • Reconcile bank statement in minutes; see all account balances at a glance

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as Bad as the others say - but could be better
While looking for a different deposit slip template (it only comes with one) I ran across a couple reviews here saying how bad this software is.
I've been using this for my office for the last year or so, and I gotta say that I don't have any serious complaints. While I haven't called the overpriced tech support, I was ableto figure out how to format a check pretty much however I want it to look.I'm sure it could be made to be MUCH easier, but it works if you put in the time (TOO MUCH in my opinion to set it up) and know some computer/word processing basics.Once it's set up, it works fine though.I haven't had a problem with day to day use.
HOWEVER, I had actually forgotten what a PITA this program was to set-up until today.I just changed banks, and needed to set-up my new accounts.The set-up problem is that unless you want to use the sub-par templates, you need to design your own template - for EACH kind of check stock you use.You can't copy and paste between templates either, so you have to do each one seperately.Even with just basic type setting it took me over an hour to do one kind of check stock (3 to a page)I still need to do the 1 to a page/voucher checks.Of course, you also have to do one style to print a blank check, and another style ("compatible") to do Quicken compatible checks. So I have 3 more check styles to design. :(
The best thing I can say is that once it gets set up, it works. (you just have to select the "Check Designer" driver as the printer you send the checks to in Quicken, and if you use more than one acocunt, you need to be careful to select the right account when "Check Designer" gets called up)
Since this is the only check design software I've used, I'm not sure if other brands would be any better.However, if I had it to do again, I'd probably spend a few extra bucks and get a more widely recognized brand and hope it was more user friendly.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Total Waste of My Money
After purchasing this product, I couldn't get it to successfully install the font that is required to run the program.I uninstalled, rebooted, reinstalled until my patience ran out.I figured "no bid deal, you can always call customer support to get help."Then I found out you have to pay per minute to speak to customer support because as the company explained, "tech support has not been figured into the price of the product."Well, not wanting to pay more money than I already have into this product, I resorted to ordering my checks from the bank.

1-0 out of 5 stars QuickBooks compatibility
This product claims compatibility with QB but doesn't deliver. QB will not export data in a format acceptable to Checksoft; Checksoft will not import data from QB. Tech support is a joke ... $25 for first 10 minutes ... forget it.I spent too many hours this week trying to get this to work and it just isn't worth it. ... Read more


16. Checksoft 2004 Express
by Avanquest
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B0002HQWFS
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Avanquest
Sales Rank: 7626
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars beware - you'll get your money's worth
Very dissapointing software, cumbersome to use.
1. Endless login screens: every time I attmept to print checks - either in native window or from Quicken, I have to go thru a series of login screens, even if this is within the same Quicken session. In the software native window, the "back" button logs you out (unexpectedly) and you have to login again.
2. The apperance of printed checks is different from what you seen in check designer - text ismisaligned, extends beyond printable boundary etc.
3. Using paper with 3 checks per page, be prepared to waste the whole page even if you print just one check: the software prefills another check on a page with your personal info, byut without the rest of checkgraphics, making it unusable for either future printing of manual writing
4. worst of all - every time you quit the software (e.g., finish printing), the computer is frozen for half a minute

There is only one good think I can say about it- 30 day money back guarantee. I bought the software yesterday and today I am going make use of this policy! ... Read more


17. AccPac PAYROLL 2004 BI-LINGUAL ( 10-21-181-80C00 )
by Accpac

our price: $59.99
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Asin: B00012IIVU
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Accpac
Sales Rank: 14612
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Product Description

Accpac Simply Accounting Payroll 2004.Complete, stand-alone payroll solution for small businesses.All the tools and function to run your payroll #34in-house#34. Affordable, and no limits on the number of employees you have. Tracks and prints pay cheques and all year-end payroll tax forms. Completely integrates with QuickBooks, MYOB and Simply Accounting (version 6.0 - 9.0) Includes all 2004 provincial and federal tax table upds. Payroll 2004 is a complete, stand alone payroll solution for small business. It can also be integrated with Quickbooks as a cost effective solution for payroll tax tables needs. All tax tables are include, with no hidden cost.System Requirements: Pentium, 100 MHz or Higher, 32 MB RAM, 80 MB Hard Disk Space, MS Win 95/98/2000/ME/NT version 4.0 or higher or Windows XP ... Read more


18. Checksoft 2004 Premium
by Avanquest
list price: $69.99
our price: $56.99
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Asin: B0002HQWGC
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Avanquest
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Features

  • 30+ comprehensive reports for better decision making
  • Easily manage business payables and receivables
  • Create bank-approved personal, business, and payroll checks
  • Generate custom invoices, estimates, and customer statements
  • Manage purchase orders and product inventory

19. Checksoft Premium
by Avanquest
list price: $49.95
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Asin: B000083XPC
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Avanquest
Sales Rank: 6785
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Simply Doesnt Work
Worked fine on Windows 98, but when loaded into WindowsXP, it wouldn't launch. The developers don't provide any support, so they were no help either.

It's unfortunate, because it did the job that needed to get done, it just didn't do it on a computer newer than 1997.

1-0 out of 5 stars buy something else
i bought this kit to make my company business checks, but this software is poorly made by a visual basic intermediate-level developer, probably, and it is somehow impossible to arrange address name payee etc boxes nicely as i want."MyCheckBook"database is not well connected to "BusinessDesigner"database, all graphics are dated(feels like using 90's software). My recomendation is you better buy pre-printed business check by mail order and use Microsoft Money to print out decently. ... Read more


20. COSMI American CheckBooks Express 9.0 ( Windows )
by Cosmi

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Asin: B00080RCQM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cosmi
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Features

  • Print & create bank approved checkbooks in minutes
  • Makes checkbooks for all U.S. and Canadian banks
  • Includes many different customized templates
  • Customize checks and covers with included clip art or use your own personal images and photos
  • Supports digital check security certificate for automated check clearing

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