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TURNINGPOINT 4.0 TurningPoint Version 4.0 has expanded reporting capabilities and enhanced invoicing and order-entry benefits.

Reporting has been improved in the accounts receivable, order entry, and inventory modules. New cost-of-goods sold tracking has been added to the Sales Category set-up. Reports include commission, aged receivables, pick tickets, packing slips, and inventory stock status reports. A new salesperson selection range enables individual salespeople to produce personalized sales order reports.

Price: Starts at $895 per module; $4,495 for the suite. Red Wing Software: (800) 732-9464.

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SAGE TIMBERLINE

Sage Timberline Office Estimating now interfaces with MAS 90/200, permitting its users to create construction project budgets.

Data can be transferred from the MAS job cost module directly to Timberline Office Estimating. Users can send their Timberline Office estimates directly to their Job Cost modules. From there, project budgets can be pushed to and from modules that include accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchase order, timecard, and the payroll general ledger. Jobs, cost codes, and cost types automatically synchronize between the two systems.

Price: Starts at $2,200. Sage Software: (866) 308-2378.

CCH CERTITAX

CCH CertiTex, a Web-based sales-and-use-tax suite, links to Great Plains, Axapta, and Solomon, while a software development kit makes possible integration with other accounting software pages.

A Web-based sales-and-use-tax calculator combines software with a database of sales taxability rules and rates. The suite includes CertiShip, an address verification module; and CertiCalc, a sales tax calculation engine that plugs into the user's accounting system. CertiTax Web Services are compliant with Microsoft's .Net design.

Price: Starts at $560. CCH Tax and Accounting: (800) 630-2218.

ENVISION ACCOUNTING

Envision Accounting Software handles business management needs for small and midsized firms including financial accounting, project management, client management, time and expenses, billing, payroll, and budgets/forecasts. It also provides real-time reporting and Web enablement.

The line is available in three editions: the Small Business Edition, for up to five users; the Standard Edition, for up to 100 concurrent users; and the Enterprise Edition for more than 100 concurrent users.

Price: Starts at $2,475 with free maintenance and support for one year. EmeraldKey Technologies: (425) 882-1290.

JOBOPS SP1

Version 4.05 SP1 of JobOps, a job-shop tracking suite, has five new Crystal Reports, 20 enhancements, and 200 program corrections.

The program, designed for small manufacturers, manages project-based and service-repair company operations, workflow, and job-costing projects. Its modules, which interface with Sage Software's MAS 90/200, include Job Shop Quoting, Estimating and Configuring Orders, and Scheduling. The 4.05 SP1 release is available only via download for existing JobOps resellers.

Price: Starts at $3,500. Synergistic Software Solutions: (800) 815-8485.

ALERE ACCOUNTING 4.1

The new Data Browser in Alere Version 4.1, which provides access to accounting data, remains displayed on the screen while the user drags and drops records.

The browser can also directly access all related information for an item, regardless of where the information is located in the application. Advanced searches can be performed, using any combination of multiple criteria, including searching within strings of text. Advanced/Easy Budget combines a stand-alone internal budgeting package with integrated Excel functionality.

Price: Starts at $1,800; ranges up to $10,000. TIW Technology: (610) 258-5161.

SUREPAYROLL SURECHOICE

SureChoice, a Web-based turnkey payroll system, gives accountants the option of referring clients to SurePayroll for payroll services, or offering their own private-label payroll service.

Small businesses can enter payroll data via the Web. If clients do not have Internet access, they can phone or fax in their payroll and the accountant can enter it online. SureChoice performs all calculations automatically, and also automatically makes all required tax deposits. Clients' employees can access payroll stubs online, while the system lets businesses print checks directly. Direct deposit services are also available.

Price: Starts at $16.15 for a weekly payroll plus $1.35 per employee. SurePayroll: (877) 954-SURE.

JOURNYX TIMESHEET 7.0

Version 7.0 of Journyx Timesheet sports a redesigned user interface that provides cascading tab navigation with branding and color-scheme options.

The interface also has a customizable toolbar that incorporates an interactive calendar and timesheet status data. There are scrolling and single-day views for "wide" timesheets that cover long periods. The system automates leave request approval and offers more audit-tracking options for changes to approved timesheets. There is also support for international character entry. Many reports are consolidated under the main Reports tab, while improved search, select, and assign capabilities are available for many settings.

Price: Free for companies with 10 or fewer users. Journyx: (512) 834-8888.

BUSINESS PLAN PRO 2006

The latest versions of both Business Plan Pro 2006 and Business Plan Pro 2006 Premier offer options that encompass exit strategies, financial risks, and contingency plans.

New features include SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis).The software also incorporates more than 9,000 different industry profiles to give users an understanding of how their businesses compare to similar companies. Premier offers sales forecasting, personnel planning, profit and loss statements, and a 10-year financial history.

Price: Starts at $99.99. Palo Alto Software: (800) 229-7526.

PROFITCENTS FOR NONPROFITS

Sageworks' ProfitCents for Nonprofits calculates dozens of metrics to compare against industry norms and gives managers an overview of their organizations' fiscal health.

The software offers comprehensive analysis, including text, graphs, and ratio analysis before distilling it down into a six-to-eight-page report. The package computes metrics such as operating margins. It also details measurements unique to the nonprofit area, such as program and fundraising efficiencies.

Pricing: Free as part of the ProfitCents suite. Sageworks: (877) 724-3967.

SAGE MIP 7.0

MIP Fund Accounting 7.0 introduces new default financial statements, a Form 990 worksheet, allocation improvements, and payroll enhancements.

Through its built-in default financial statements, users can customize and produce presentation-ready, FASB-compliant financial reports without any additional configuration. Report-writer enhancements offer the ability to view the affect of un-posted transactions on Statement of Revenue and Expenditures prior to posting. The 990 worksheet enables users to set up, map, and produce IRS-compliant worksheets that reduce time and expenses.

Price: Starts at $3,000. Sage Software: (800) 647-3863.

ADVICEAMERICA ADVISORVISION

AdvisorVision 5.0, the latest version of AdviceAmerica's financial planning software, offers post-retirement income planning.

Financial advisors using the Web-based application can produce "life-bands" to reflect the changes in a client's portfolio rate of return for their retirement.

The suite's modules address asset allocation, retirement, education, life insurance, disability, and long-term care. Integrated stock option and disability insurance planners have been added, while a what-if tool allows advisors to compare multiple side-by-side scenarios for retirement, education, and estate planning.

Price: Starts at $1,000. AdviceAmerica: (510) 824-3777.

SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING

Small Business Accounting 2006, available as a stand-alone offering or as part of Office Small Business Management Edition, can reuse data entered in other programs, such as Excel or Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration.

A customizable company home page gives owners a view of company information, such as daily reminders, cash flow, bank account summaries, overdue customer accounts, and vendor lists. Up to five users can use the program at the same time, with support for high volumes of transactions and no limits on the number of records.

Price: $179 (estimated retail price). Microsoft: (800) 642-7676.

LUCIDLINK WIRELESS CLIENT

LucidLink Wireless Client software eliminates technical terminology, detects set-up problems, and permits the same client to be used on office networks and public hotspots and business networks using LucidLink Wireless Security program.

The plug-and-play wireless security system can operate as a stand-alone utility or as part of Version 2.2 of LucidLink Wireless Security, which enables businesses with up to 250 wireless users to protect themselves against hackers. It can be downloaded to any Windows XP or Windows 2000 PC from www. lucidlink.com.

Price: Free. LucidLink: (800) 328-2276.

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