updated 01:45 am EDT, Wed April 6, 2011
Improved interoperability, better navigation
Cognito Software has given its flagship product an efficiency makeover with MoneyWorks 6, a cross-platform, internationally-friendly accounting and business management system that is sold in four different editions for different needs. Version 6 brings a number of general improvements, ranging from a new customizable dashboard for instant statistical analysis to greater interoperability with other programs like iWork and Daylite.
MoneyWorks 6 sports over 100 improvements in various areas, including native PDF generation in Windows, a more efficient Navigator and a Welcome page that lists recent documents, network connections and a to-do panel. There is a new "modeless" transaction entry, customizable auto-fill and original document storage, as well as custom validation lists and multiple open transaction entry windows.
The program now feature sticky notes that can be attached to transactions, names, accounts, jobs or items, as well as (in MoneyWorks Gold) the ability to add product images to quotes, invoices, labels, reports and so on. The software sports a new Preview window that can compare multiple documents and saves invoices or other forms as PDFs which can be copied and pasted into iWork programs or Microsoft Office files.
MoneyWorks Express and Gold both offer a much-improved forms designer with zoom, auto-alignment guides, barcodes, fractional line widths, automatic optimization of placed images, signatures and much more.
New in v6 (all editions) is built-in email sending, multiple instance preferences (the program will either work on one document at a time or run multiple instances so users can work with multiple files), improve stocktake and stock receipting and dozens of user-suggested changes, such as being able to receive payments in a different currency from the invoice, and the ability to re-do bank transactions. The Mac version specifically now recognizes long unicode file names, and now supports the OS X Address Book and also supports the built-in dictionary in text-entry fields.
Unlike some other accounting and business programs, MoneyWorks is identical on both platforms -- meaning users can freely exchange files between platforms without compatibility issues. In addition, v6 brings a few changes specifically geared to non-US countries, including Canada and New Zealand. Compatibility has been improved with other programs, including FileMaker Pro, Billings Pro, Microsoft Office, Daylite and Apple's iWork suite. There have also been improvements to MoneyWorks DataCentre, along with scripting and Teamviewer.
MoneyWorks is sold in four different editions for flexibility: MoneyWorks Cashbook is aimed at single-user, cash-based businesses; MoneyWorks Express for small businesses, which adds Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable to the general ledger and sales tax functions; MoneyWorks Gold for small-to-medium sized businesses, which features multiple currencies and business-management functions like quotes, sales orders, job costing, time sheets and more; and MoneyWorks DataCentre for large-scale enterprises, a multi-company server product. All editions are sold in US and non-US versions, the different being the lack of GST/VAT type taxes outside the United States.
All the products share the same format, allowing for seamless upgrading as needed, and pricing starts at $99. Trial versions are available.