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VERTEX O SERIES

Vertex O Series users can create unique taxability categories and define and apply their own sales tax rules.

The platform supports all major tax types, delivering an integrated suite of solutions that share a common user interface. Deployed in a Web Services environment, the XML interface provides a single users integration point to one or more ERP, e-Commerce, financial or billing systems, which helps users reduce costs associated with tax processing.

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Price: Starts at $25,000. Vertex: (800) 355-3500.

FAS 2004.2

FAS Asset Accounting 2004.2 features an improved reporting system, including simplified customized reporting, report distribution and analysis, and a Monthly Budgetary Projection Report. It also includes an audit advisor, the ability to print images directly from image tab, and enhanced history tracking.

The FAS Asset Inventory 2004.2 has an updated Express Start panel, and an enhanced Helper Wizard.

Price: FAS Asset Accounting starts at $2,245; FAS Asset Inventory with FAS Report Writer starts at $2,805. Best Software: (866) 308-2378.

PROSERIES BASIC EDITION

Intuit's ProSeries Basic Edition is designed for the smaller tax preparer who specializes in 1040 and state individual tax returns.

Basic Edition offers all forms and worksheets needed for 1040 and individual tax returns, a way for navigating the return through checklists, and step-by-step, in-product guidance to help complete client forms.

Price: Starts at $250. Intuit: (650) 944-6000.

SALESLOGIX 6.2

SalesLogix 6.2 introduces flexible sales process enhancements, improved opportunity management, and increased customization options.

SalesLogix Customer Service also helps users track tickets to efficiently manage customer issues and requests. It tracks contract details including service level, price, and time or incidents remaining. Customers can be given access to a Web portal containing archived data.

With Opportunity Management, users can view snapshot summaries of opportunity details and generate proposals automatically.

Price: $1,795 per server and $795 per user for the standard version. Best Software: (866) 803-2378.

PORTFOLIO DIRECTOR

Portfolio Director helps professionals manage multiple accounts, offering reports, updates, portfolio yields, allocation reporting, and benchmark comparisons.

Reports include subtotals and grand totals for grouped items, pie and bar charts from data in reports, reports to Web page format for posting to Web sites or emailing to clients or colleagues, and customized grouping of report entries.

Also, trade information includes the ability to track short sales, splits, mergers, dividend earnings, reinvestments, deposits, withdrawals, interest fees and earnings, reverse splits, commissions, and SEC fees.

Price: $795 for one-time purchase or $70 per month. Portfolio Systems: (888) 700-3715.

INTUIT NETWORK MONITOR

The Intuit Network monitor lets IT managers and network engineers continuously monitor network health and performance in order to ensure maximum availability of mission critical applications and network resources.

The Standard Edition provides a visually enhanced interface that enables users to customize the network map to match physical and logical network topology. Object Maintenance takes devices offline on the map to stop monitoring and notification immediately or for a set period of time. Windows NT operating systems services and process monitors the NT operating system and can restart a failed service or process.

Standard Edition, $495; Professional Edition, $995. Intuit: (800) 557-6970

NUMBERCRUNCHER 2004

NumberCruncher couples numbers, Windows graphics, and client-ready explanatory text for each of its many programs.

Planners can use NumberCruncher on a stand-alone basis or "cut and paste" any calculation, graph, or report into a Word, WordPerfect, or other client presentation format. The NumberCruncher Manual is built into the program for assistance.

Estate planning tools compute price-to-earnings ratios for publicly traded securities to determine the price per share for closely held business interests, determine the value of a corporation's common stock by subtracting both liabilities and the par value of preferred stock, and the combined adjusted book value approach and capitalization of earnings.

Price: $395 (CD and download); $790 for site license 10-user pack. Leimberg Information Services: (610) 924-0515.

PFP NOTEBOOK 2004

PFP Notebook, which provides personal financial planning in a practice, consists of a client section, financial data, risk management, investments, retirement planning, estate planning, education funding, and income tax.

Drag-and-drop selection allows users to drag various calculation reports, graphics reports, and report text paragraph selections from the left side of the screen to the right side. All the text can be modified and variables can be merged at any point into the text.

Price: $595; Financial Planning Data Gatherer, $199. Brentmark: (800) 879-6665.

TOTAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE 3.1

ATX's Version 3.1 of Total Accounting Office bundles Quick Write-Up, a comprehensive Payroll module, and an enhanced version of e-Bridge, a data import tool that interfaces with ATX's Cash Command.

Quick Write-Up presents a real-time, centralized data entry screen that allows users to enter, edit, and delete checks, deposits, after-the-fact paychecks, and journal entries for clients. Users can enter all records within one screen set, without having to open different program modules to enter transactions.

The Payroll System allows users to prepare their own payroll, process payroll for clients, and do after-the-fact payroll record keeping.

Price: $700, with an option to add Write-Up for another $250. ATX: (877) 728-9776.

TIMESHEET VERSION 5.6

Journyx's Version 5.6 of Timesheet enables customers to take up-to-the-minute snapshots of the current costs of their projects.

With Project Tracking, users can create additional, reportable project fields, tie a project into a list of tasks with Project Dependencies, and provide estimates of project completion. It also includes total cost reports, MS-Project server integration, import tools, and rate manager enhancements.

Price: Free for up to 10 users. Journyx: (800) 755-9878.

EQUITRAC OFFICE 3.0

Equitrac Office 3.0 integrates with an organization's existing print server architecture and gives businesses the ability to measure document output across its total enterprise environment and manage document activities.

It provides flexible rules to route individual jobs to the most appropriate device or hold them for secure document release, based on size of the job, device capacity, per-page cost, and other document attributes.

Price: Starts at $2,295. Equitrac: (800) 327-0183.

ACCPAC FAXSERVE 7.0

Accpac Faxserve users can send and receive fax documents through their company network infrastructure rather than relying on local fax machines.

Faxserve includes such features as fax retrieval, imaging, and annotation, and also gives users the option to use either fax hardware or hosted, Internet-based faxing. An email integration option is available to extend the email inbox to include fax. Version 7.0 allows users to send and receive faxes through Microsoft Outlook in the same manner as handling email.

Price: Starts at $995 for a five-mailbox license. Best Software: (800) 945-8007.

MYOB SUREPAYROLL

Businesses that use MYOB's AccountEdge, FirstEdge, and Plus software products can automatically import payroll processing information into their applications with MYOB SurePayroll.

Employers have the option to provide direct deposit of employee checks or to print checks and pay stubs locally. Users have complete access to payroll information history as well as current payroll. Employees receive email notification confirming that their pay has been deposited into their bank accounts.

Price: Starts at $30. MYOB: (973) 586-2200.

ACT 2005 PREMIUM

Act 2005 Premium for Workgroups is aimed at sales teams, small businesses, and corporate workgroups of up to 50 users.

The database collaboration tools help forecast sales, generate quotes and reports, and manage customer relationships.

The Act calendar makes sure meetings are linked with contacts, and history is automatically created once completed.

Price: $399. Best Software: (877) 228-2005.

DROP-SHIPMENT TAXATION

Drop Shipments, Taxation, Compliance and Planning from CCH catalogs each state's rules with reference to the statutes and regulations defining the area of drop-shipment taxation.

This book resulted from a CCH research project that surveyed the 45 states with a sales tax. A typical drop shipment situation occurs when a manufacturer ships the product sold by a distributor to the consumer. The book discusses common questions such as whether this is one transaction or two, what documentation is necessary to prove a purchase, and which state's resale certificate should be accepted from the distributor.

Price: $149. CCH: (800) 248-3248.

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