updated 12:20 am EDT, Wed September 30, 2009
Intuit unveils QuickBooks 2010 for Mac
Intuit has unveiled Quickbooks for Mac 2010 with built-in credit card processing, access to the company's new payroll service and several enhancements designed to improve ease of use. Also included is My Time, a new standalone application for time tracking and billing.
The company says its made over 40 enhancements to QuickBooks 2010, many aimed at new users. Intuit claims to have significantly reduced the number of set-up screens users must complete to get the software up and running. New "Guide Me" on screen hints help users through critical tasks, such as filling out invoices.
The Company Snapshot feature -- a quick-access dashboard for key company data -- can now be customized by the user. Intuit says it's also worked to simplify the interface throughout the application, reducing the number of steps required for routine functions such as printing and sending batch e-mails.
One feature new to the just-released QuickBooks 2010 for Windows -- but missing in the Mac version -- is a new "app-store," allowing users to purchase modules to add functionality to the program. An Intuit spokeswoman tells MacNN the company will consider adding similar support for the Mac version if enough customers request it.
The addition of payroll processing follows Intuit's recent purchase of online payroll startup PayCycle in June. Now called Intuit QuickBooks Payroll for Mac, the service works with data from QuickBooks to provide paychecks, tax forms and related services for a fee based on the number of workers.
QuickBooks 2010 for Mac also adds credit card processing from within the application, again using a service owned by Intuit. The company sells a USB-based credit card reader that lets merchants complete a sale without having to manually enter transaction data into QuickBooks.
A completely new feature this year is the addition of MyTime, a standalone time tracking application that integrates with QuickBooks to simplify billing for hourly labor. The application allows users to keep track of billable hours without opening QuickBooks.
Quickbooks for Mac 2010 works with Intel Macs running OS X 10.5.7 or above and will be available in late October for $200. The company does not have an upgrade program for users of previous versions. Credit card processing and payroll services are available at additional monthly cost.