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Accpac POS Enhancements to Accpac ePOS 5.3, for small to midsized retailers, include better inventory control and easier handling of returns and exchanges. The improved retail functions consist of multi-lingual capabilities, tracking sales promotions, and customer-loyalty programs.

The system can be run on a local network or via the Internet, connecting point-of-sale terminals to back-office accounting and inventory software.

Price: starts at $2,000 per license, plus $1,000 per register. Sage Software: (800) 945-8007.

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WordPerfect Small Biz

Users of the Small Business Edition of WordPerfect Office can access an email client that is included in the latest version of the Office suite.

Also available are email search, spam blocking, a contact manager, and shared calendars. Templates are provided for word processing, photo editing, and spreadsheets. There are also wizards and a task manager. The task manager lets all tasks be launched via one window. Word-processing features include the ability to publish natively in PDF.

Price: Starts at $179. Corel: (800) 772-6735.

SecureTide

SecureTide, an enhancement of AppRiver's anti-spam, anti-virus software, aims to reduce the amount of time required to identify a virus to within 90 seconds and to cut the amount of unwanted email by 97 percent.

The application also has content management tools to monitor and enforce email usage policies for employees. Web-based tools track key words and phrases in all addresses, headers, subject lines, and message bodies. The addition of LDAP Mirroring eliminates the need to manually update email server address changes.

Price: Free for AppRiver customers. AppRiver: (850) 932-5338.

Office Tracker 7.0

The Office Tracker 7.0 Web-based scheduling software can set up meetings, book conference rooms, and arrange transportation from remote locations. To set up a meeting with Office Tracker, the scheduler identifies a time, and clicks on the names of those invited.

Version 7.0 lets users on platforms such as Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Unix to share calendars, schedules, and information. Users can create Web versions of their Office Tracker calendars, select the type of schedule, and share these with other users. In addition, the package can handle scheduling of training classes and employee vacations.

Price: $995.00 for up to five users; $2,395 for 25 users. Milum: (800) 257-2120.

Kaplan CPA Test Prep

The "40-Question Testlet'' and "Navigate the CPA Exam" are the two new resources offered to help students prepare for the CPA Eexam.

The testlet has 10 multiple-choice questions for each of the four sections of the exam: auditing and attestation; financial accounting and reporting; regulation; and business environment and concepts. The online tool also gives immediate scoring and video explanations to the mock questions. "Navigate the CPA Exam" delves into the logistics of taking the test. The self-directed guide walks candidates through the required documents necessary to sit for the exam in the 54 U.S. jurisdictions.

Price: Free. Kaplan: (800) CPA-2DAY.

Business Objects Guide

Business Objects has a Web-based resource guide titled "Evaluating BI: The Definitive Guide," which is designed for decision makers examining their company's business intelligence systems.

The guide incorporates benchmarking tools to gauge an organization's requirements. A customized set of factors examines business intelligence principles, including architectural and vendor criteria; the business intelligence quotient compared with industry peers; and case studies that illustrate success stories.

Price: Free. Business Objects: (866) 681-3435.

My Financial Files

My Financial Files stores documents, such as clients' financial statements, tax returns, and living wills. Advisors as well as their clients can upload and download files.

Among the features in the financial organizer are email reminders and client bookmarks. My Financial Files Network utilizes technology from San Diego-based Schedule Online for its online organizer.

Price: $1,000 annually. FamilyOfficeNetwork: (866) 801-1553.

Doc-Link 2.2

Doc-Link 2.2 can search, retrieve, and route business documents, provide for remote approval, and offer workflow for business processes via the Web.

Version 2.2 can be used to review, approve, and re-route documents, and save them in its repository. Remote users must download a remote client application file in order to view documents. Doc-Link updates are installed automatically when users log into the system. It integrates with accounting packages from Sage Software, Microsoft Business Solutions, and SAP Business One.

Price: $14,000. Altec: (800) 997-9921.

Forefield Advisor

Forefield Advisor creates marketing materials for financial advisors that include sales presentations, marketing pieces, detailed case studies, and comprehensive sales presentations. The presentation center also offers customizable forms.

All documents can be branded for institutions, customized by advisors, and personalized for clients. There are 50 highly styled documents available as part of the center.

Price: Free. Forefield: (800) 550-6831.

CPAWorkpaper Manager

CPAWorkpaper Manager stores all documents associated with a working trial balance, listing all engagements, with default folders for assets, liabilities, and equity and income statements displayed in a tri-panel window.

It launches from the activities menu in CPAClient Write-Up, organizing and storing client workpaper documentation centrally. An add-on tool, Accounting Report Writer, integrates with CPAAccounting Manager to customize and format reports that are available in CPAClient Write-Up and CPAPayroll

Price: Accounting Report Writer, $395. CPAWorkpaper Manager, $695. Sage Software: (800) 272-7123.

Timberline Office Document Manager

Timberline Office Document Manager classifies, stores, searches, and retrieves documents for users, such as owners, contractors, homebuilders, and managers.

Document Manager integrates with other Timberline Office applications and features drop-down menus and real-time access to data in accounting, estimating, and property management; integration with documents using existing job numbers, costs codes, property, and custom fields; and quick document retrieval using keywords. Documents can be retrieved by document classification, user-defined key words, or multiple key words.

Price: $1,250 per user. Sage Software: (800) 628-6583.

HR Office Ethics Trainer

HR Office Ethics Trainer covers topics such a conflicts of interest, confidential information, and use of company resources to help employees comply with Sarbanes-Oxley and the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and stock exchange requirements.

Training is available online and employees receive a certification when completed. Program administrators' secure Web access provides numerous reports, including employees who have completed the training.

Price: $8,000 for up to 100 users. Ascentis: (800) 229-2713.

Vertex Reporting and Analysis

Vertex Reporting and Analysis 2.0 accesses individual invoices, creates summaries to reconcile tax calculated with filed returns, and also analyzes trends as part of an audit.

Designed to work with Vertex Q Series and Vertex O Series solutions, the software can also create custom tables by dragging and dropping data into defined rows and columns. It fashions reports with custom fonts, headers, footers, and graphics, and can export reports and charts into PDF, JPEG, or Excel formats.

Price: Starts at $5,000. Vertex: (800) 355-3500.

Web-based Raiser's Edge

The Web-based version of Raiser's Edge gives fundraisers instant access to data, such as financial, biographical, and demographic information, from online sources.

Users can launch or expand a prospect research program and identify every opportunity to align with donors. The first Web service offering is Wealthpoint for the Raiser's Edge, which is an integrated version of Blackbaud's prospect research tool that aggregates public information on major donor prospects.

Price: Starts at $5,000. Blackbaud: (800) 443-9441.

Timeslips 2006

Timeslips for Sage 2006 can print reports to Excel through a print-to option, enabling the users to perform custom calculations and create tables and graphs. There is also a new report design tool and the ability to drill down in all reports.

Unpaid bills can be reprinted in a single step and emailed. The software locates bills that are unpaid or partially paid and can sort them by the highest outstanding balance. A new print preview feature can show reports through a thumbnail display. Users can read a detailed description of each type of report and can launch full examples for review.

Price: $499.99 (single user); $799.99 (five-pack). Sage Software: (866) 308-BEST.

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