updated 09:35 am EDT, Wed September 7, 2011
Due September 26th
Intuit has announced QuickBooks for Mac 2012, the next edition of its business accounting software. The 2012 upgrade is said to include over 50 new features, such as better search options, which let people use keywords to find amounts, dates, contacts and transactions. Filters can be used to narrow results, and search criteria can be saved for later recall.
New customer and vendor history panels display details like notes and balances alongside open invoices, and forms such as invoices, expenses and receipts can now be browsed by date, customer and any other criteria. One of the most important additions may be batch online banking transactions, which allow people to import records from multiple bank and credit card accounts simultaneously; rules can be used to automatically match payees to QuickBooks names. The software also introduces the concept of "progress" invoicing, essentially the ability to spawn multiple invoices from a single estimate in order to bill over time. These invoices can be based on line items or percentages.
Intuit is also promising things like simple conversion of Windows data, and an hour of free phone support under a "Get Started Right" program. The new QuickBooks is expected to ship September 26th. A single-user license will cost $230, while two- and three-user bundles will be $440 and $600, respectively. After that point, any additional users should cost $210 each.