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MIP FUND ACCOUNTING 6.0 Version 6 of MIP Fund Accounting features a rewritten Budget module, more customization options, and enhancements to the report writer.

The Budget module incorporates the ability to create an unlimited number of budget scenarios, budget creation tools, and new reporting options. The Grant Administration module consolidates all grant-related information and documentation into easy-to-view profiles. It helps organizations simplify grant tracking and reporting processes, such as grant-related expenditures and budget position, directly through the MIP system.

Price: MIP Fund Accounting Intro starts at $1,295; Pro starts at $2,795. Best Software: (866) 308-2378.

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LASERFICHE VERSION 7

Laserfiche 7 manages high-volume paper, electronic, and email content.

Version 7 focuses on organizations with government compliance issues.

In turn, the software has additional records management tools, security capabilities, and the ability to function on the Oracle as well as the MS-SQL platform. The advanced audit trail includes a timer-like device that notifies system managers when records have spent the required seven years in the bank repository.

Price: Starts at $550 for a full user; $250 for a retrieval user. Laserfiche: (562) 988-1688.

ACCPAC PRO SERIES 7.3

Pro Series 7.3 automates routine processing functions, including bank reconciliation, intercompany transaction posting, and inventory forecasting models.

The inventory wizard has been expanded to include forecasting by item groups. Customers can select inventory by category and forecast the order points for all items in a category while using any of the forecasting methods specified within the wizard. The intercompany module allows customers to enter journal and payable transactions across any number of companies, distributing amounts to different accounts on either a percentage or a dollar-amount basis.

Price: Enterprise and Small Business Editions start at $995. Best Software: (800) 945-8007.

INTEGRATION DESIGNER 2.0

FRx's Integration Designer 2.0 accelerates the process of integrating FRx's financial reporting application with mid-market general ledger systems.

Version 2.0 allows users to limit the number of database objects such as tables or views, that are displayed during the GL-mapping process. The software includes a manual input of values. General ledger values that are needed in the integration-even if they are not yet available or do not yet exist in the general ledger-can be entered as part of the integration.

Price: $5,000. FRx Software: (800) 379-8733.

ELECTRONIC TIME SHEET 4.5

Carpe Diem Electronic Time Sheet 4.5 increases customization and improves usability for multiple-location businesses and multinational companies, including streamlined processes for managing multiple calendars and activities across time zones.

For timekeepers working in multiple geographic locations, CDWeb (Carpe Diem Web) automatically recognizes and supports time zone and regional settings on local workstations, making it easier to track time entries across time zones and locations. Also, the system manager can now customize multiple calendars, each with its own list of holidays, first day of the workweek setting, and fiscal year-end setting for each timekeeper in companies with several locations.

Price: $250 per timekeeper. Best Software: (800) 477-6763.

TABS3 TASKBILL

Tabs3 Taskbill supports more than 35 customized formats for more than 130 different companies and allows a firm to submit bills electronically to clients when using Tabs3 Billing.

Some large companies like American Express or Bank of America demand that bills be submitted to them electronically and in a specific format. Taskbill extracts billing information from Tabs3 and saves it in a file that is formatted accordingly.

Price: $500. Software Technology: (402) 423-1440.

SYSPRO VERSION 6

Syspro Version 6's forecasting module leverages available history to forecast future sales.

Predefined algorithms or a competition method can be selected wherein the system will use the mathematical formula best suited to an item's historical sales.

The Electronic Funds Module interfaces with Syspro Accounts Payable and Cash Book modules to facilitate the processing of electronic payments. Also, the Fixed Assets module enables companies to manage the tracking of assets, and includes extensive valuation methods and security options.

Price: Starts at $20,000. Syspro: (800) 369-8649.

WORKSHEET VIEW

The improved interface of CCH's ProSystem fx Tax includes a Worksheet View.

The new views allows users to input data directly onto worksheets and consolidate the information necessary to complete a government form.

Worksheets are grouped by categories, topics, and sections. Related data, including common federal and state information, are grouped together to reduce the number of screens. Users can select the federal or any state return and navigate to specific sections in the worksheet via a slide-out panel.

Price: $2,850. CCH: (800) 739-9998.

MONEY MATTERS 2005

Drake Software and Crown Financial Ministries have released Money Matters 2005 personal budgeting and finance software, which is designed to help individuals and families manage their income and expenses to reach a reasonable budget with biblical principles in mind.

The package offers the capability to print checks, track investments, download bank statements, and view reports. Financial advice is available, along with articles and frequently asked questions to help individuals make decisions with their money.

Price: $60. Drake Software: (828) 349-5999.

DISCOVERY CRACKER 4.5

Discovery Cracker creates litigation databases with associated images, full-text files and metadata from email systems and electronic files including Microsoft Office, Lotus, and WordPerfect.

New to Discovery Cracker 4.5 is the inclusion of Intelligent Color Rendering of color TIF images, distribution, reprinting of documentation in SQL databases, and a SQL-housed content Export/Import feature for client review and selective image rendering. An updated Excel Tool Kit to remove blank rows and columns in Excel spreadsheets, an enhanced Report Writer, Outlook email monitoring capability, and Microsoft Office 2003 compatibility.

Price: Starts at $3,000. Doculex: (863) 297-3691.

CLIENT BOOKKEEPING SOLUTION

CSI's Client Bookkeeping Solution offers online bill-paying features, the ability to complete intra-bank fund transfers via the Internet, and an enhanced user interface.

CBS automates day-to-day record keeping and checkwriting, provides an ongoing snapshot of cash flow, and checkbook information is better organized and immediately accessible, helping clients manage their businesses more effectively.

Price: $25 per month for CBS ASP. Creative Solutions: (800) 968-8900.

BUSINESS PLAN PRO 2005

Business Plan Pro 2005 includes new help features such as the step-by-step Table Wizards and an enhanced PlanReview Wizard.

Users can fine-tune numbers and customize them to match their business model. The software offers breakout tables for managing inventory and cash flow in more detail. It also exports tables, charts, and graphs to PowerPoint. Users can use templates to quickly put together presentations.

Price: $99.95. Palo Alto Software.

INTELLIMANAGER

IntelliManager enables professional tax preparers using Orrtax's Windows- based products in multi-office, service bureau, or franchise environments to manage, administer, process, and report from a central location.

Preparers using IntelliTax for Windows can set-up, submit, and manage location information for remote offices. They can also open, edit, and efile tax returns prepared by remote offices, configure RAL bank information for remote offices to download, establish and re-use multiple billing schedules for both federal and state, configure tax preparation options, and send them to remote offices, and report on all remote office IRS efile, filing center, and bank product activity.

Price: $4,995. Orrtax: (800) 377-3337.

VERTEX SALESTAX RATELOCATOR

Vertex Sales Tax RateLocator, a sales tax management subscription service, is now available for MAS 90, MAS 200, and MAS 500 customers.

The application provides constant access to the sales tax rate data, giving businesses the tax information they need to help ensure tax compliance. It includes taxability charts, state contact information, and special jurisdictional rules, as well as non-standard and special tax rates. Users can access pertinent tax information by name, drop-down jurisdiction, or postal code in the U.S. and Canada, and can access frequently used taxing jurisdictions, via a historical look-up feature.

Price: $1,000 per year. Best Software: (800) 854-3415.

ABLE2EXTRACT

Able2Extract version 2.20 converts material from PDF to Word and Excel.

Tabular data converted from PDFs into Excel is placed into fully formatted spreadsheets. Data transferred into Word retains the look and feel of the original PDF document. Able2Extract also allows users to open the original PDF document, highlight the elements they need converted, and accomplish that with the click of one button. The data to be converted from the PDF document can be as little as one line of text, a page, multiple pages, or even the whole document itself.

Price: $89.95. Investintech: (416) 920-2539.

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