updated 09:15 am EDT, Thu October 5, 2006
Intuit today announced a Universal version of QuickBooks program for Mac, its flagship business application. Developed to run natively on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs, QuickBooks Pro 2007 for Mac also includes a new Layout Designer feature that allows users to easily create customized, professional templates for invoices, estimates, purchase orders, statements, sales receipts and credit memos: users have full control over placement of logos and text on the form, and can format borders, colors and background colors any way they like on a variety of business forms. The company said that templates customized in prior versions of QuickBooks for Mac can be used with the program but cannot be edited (and that QuickBooks for Windows templates are not transferable). Other new features including the ability to create and print deposit slips, streamlined application of single payments to multiple jobs, a customizable toolbar, improved help, and a new, interactive Tutorial Center.
The new Tutorial Center offers insight on completing key tasks and gives upgraders a tour of the new features. The company also said that QuickBooks also continues to improve the ability for Mac users to share their data with Windows users, such as an accountant, by making it easy to exchange data with the latest versions of QuickBooks, QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Premier Accountant Edition 2007. Additionally, the software sports integration with .Mac, iCal and Address Book.
QuickBooks Pro 2007 for Mac will ship in mid-Octoberr for $200 and includes free callback support for 30 consecutive days after product registration. A QuickBooks Pro for Mac training CD-ROM is available for $40.