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QuickBooks 2009 features enhanced Mac interface

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Thu September 18, 2008

QuickBooks 2009 for Mac

Intuit has formally announced the latest version of its small business accounting software, QuickBooks 2009 for Mac. The user interface has been redesigned for improved organization and efficiency, with a home page that shows the structure of required tasks, and notification badges to draw attention to high-priority items. The most common tasks can also be accessed from the home page, including invoice preparation, timesheet tracking, and bill payment.

Intuit has further integrated customer, vendor, transaction, and report information onto one page. Data can be searched and filtered as needed, and users can find balance sheets or profit and loss statements in the Report Center, all organized for browsing through Cover Flow.

A real-time look at business performance is offered with Company Snapshot, a feature that gives updated information regarding income, expenses, accounts, vendor/customer balances, and reminders.

A new Online Banking Setup Assistant is claimed to make banking integration easier, allowing users to import bank statements and credit card data from thousands of supported banks through Direct Connect or Web Connect. E-mail functions have been improved with batch send, and support for editing in Mail or Entourage.

iCal integration has been enhanced, allowing sync of due dates and other reminders. Lastly, retail stores can import data from their point-of-sale machines into QuickBooks using Xsilva's LightSpeed POS. QuickBooks 2009 for Mac will be available for $200 through Intuit at the end of September, or in early October from other resellers.





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  1. BDLatimer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    What about Quicken?

    I'd love to see an updated version of Quicken for the Mac, with an similarly-enhanced interface, better integration with the rest of the OS, etc.

    Intuit seemed to have been ignoring the Mac for quite some time. This announcement is a great one - but I hope the same attention is being paid to the personal-finance side of the equation - as the "Quicken Online" approach simply doesn't work for most people.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Still not multi-user

    If it is still not multi-user that is a total joke. REAL business users want networking capabilities and access to data by more than one person at a time.

    Very clearly what QB doesn't need is Cover Flow.

    Intuit continues to think Mac user's needs for financial software are fundamentally different than PC user's. Guess what? They're not!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Re: What about Quicken

    Intuit doesn't ignore Quicken users. They just give Quicken users worthless features, call it an 'update', and want you to pay $60 for it.

    h***, one year they added some nifty new features to the Windows version, and on the Mac version the biggest change was "Added support to automatically backup your Quicken database to your iDisk". Oooooh! With the current I think they've also added iCal integration. Aaahhhhh!

    And just so you don't get lazy in your "What I have works for me!" mindset, they set up their software to stop all online banking abilities 3 years after its release.

    Of course, they also charge the institutions money to allow Mac connection as well as Win connection, although its the same files with the same format and everything. Which is why so many don't work with Macs.

  1. BWhaler

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Intuit is a total joke.

    Let's be honest:

    Intuit is a total disgrace in their lack of support of the Mac platform.

    And unfortunately for Intuit, they totally bet the wrong way. They bet that the Mac platform was dying and Mac people had no choice.

    So Quickbooks has been a buggy sub-par product with expensive upgrades every year.

    Quicken, the crown jewel, has a 2006 copyright date on it, and the new version is a total joke.

    Plus, banks are now charging to use Quicken. So, that's another 50 bucks a year.

    Clearly the Windows platform has been getting all the attention.

    The problem is the Mac platform is growing--and growing fast. All of these switchers coming over and they are learning they don't need to pay the Intuit Tax any more.

    Online services, similar, simpler and often better products from small publishers are available on the Mac.

    I love Quicken. I would LOVE to buy a new version which gives me the features the Windows version has.

    But I have seen-ahem--the joke that is Quicken Financial Life. It is not a substitute for Quicken. No, I don't need coverflow, idiots.

    I will stay using the old version of Quicken until Intuit screws up and makes me upgrade to keep downloaded statements. Then I'll switch to Mint.com.

    It's so sad since I used to buy every new version of Quicken. I used to love that product. But after years of buying annual updates which added 1-2 new features and had tons of bugs, the love affair is over.

    I hope Apple puts a Quicken killer into iWork. Now THAT would rock.

  1. David Esrati

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    "parity"

    I'd love to move back to a mac for accounting- but- the damn program has lagged behind on the mac for years.
    Now they say "The new version is much closer to functional parity with QuickBooks Pro 2009"
    what the h*** does that mean?
    Any one know where there is an exact rundown- and can tell me what I'll gain/lose by ditching my PC for my office manager?

  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Alternatives?

    Totally agree with you David.

    Just curious what the world is using out there as an alternative to the Mac version of QB. Using the PC version via Bootcamp/Parallels? Another software program altogether? An abacus? I'm in the market and have been waiting to pull the trigger, and QB unfortunately has the invoicing/timesheets that I need--I've used iBiz for three years and it's become a 750mb slow resource hog.

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Well,

    I can only say that the new version is the closest I've seen to the PC version in years.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    oh

    And yet, lest we forget, Intuit's CEO Bill "What's a Mac?" Campbell is on Apple's board. Why, no one knows. Why Apple can't apply pressure or kick him out? No one knows (well, except he's probably good friends with all the others on the board, and who wants to kick out a friend).

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Alternative

    Lack of credit card billing and networking sinks QuickBooks for Mac and the only alternative is MYOB. It shouldn't be hard for QB to speed ahead of MYOB's glacial networking when more than one client is logged in. However, QB for Mac has been missing this for years and they still have no clue that it's essential and seem to be intent on only adding fluff to the new version.

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