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CCH TAX RESEARCH NETWORK The FIN 48 Manager serves as an online resource for professionals looking for FIN 48 support materials to help them ensure compliance, offering answers to 80 common questions, official documents and practice aids as part of the CCH Tax Research Network.

Roughly 30 State Smart Charts chart state tax issues in single or multiple jurisdictions. Topics include apportionment rules and tax rates going back 10 years. Tools include compliance and tax position checklists, client evaluation forms, implementation actions plans, decisions trees.

Price: $595 (single user, one-year subscription). CCH: (800) 449-8114.

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TRAVERSE 10.5

Flags on the Check Batching feature in Traverse 10.5 allow for posting without printing, an Aged Trial Balance report contains interactive-style drill-down features, and users can email, fax and print invoices.

The General Ledger contains unlimited budgets and forecasts and each user can be assigned unique roles.

Sales Order entry now has drilldowns to provide the ability to see transaction details. A Landed Cost feature in the Purchase Order module distributes indirect costs to inventory.

Price: Starts at $500. Open Systems: (800) 328-2276.

ACT FOR FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS

Act for Financial Professionals 9.0 centralizes client data in a single database and captures key contact, account investment and financial planning information.

The system also offers dynamic labels that track information most important to users and clients, and label it accordingly. It also flags and updates missing information for each contact by providing a quick view of fields that require more data. Complete fields are automatically updated on the contact record upon exiting the missing info screen.

Price: $519.99 suggested retail price. Sage Software: (888) 855-2222.

ADAGIO FX

Classes and sub-classes from QuickBooks are automatically available for departmental reporting in version 8.0 G of Softrak's Adagio FX software.

Users also can retrieve last year's data from Simply Accounting if the current data has been rolled forward. Accounts missing account numbers are alerted when retrieving information from QuickBooks. Dragging and dropping on a ColSpec row freezes the top rows of statements within the Financial Reporter and act as a statement header to print on every page.

An ExcelDirect button forces values in a financial statement to an Excel spreadsheet.

Price: $199 (single database); $475 (multiple database). Softrak Systems: (800) 663-9798.

RED WING TURNINGPOINT

TurningPoint Version 5.0 expands the accounting system's reporting capabilities, improves sales order processes, simplifies the vendor check-writing process and adds additional security to check writing.

Version 5.0 offers the ability to combine customers and vendors in Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Inventory. In-Process status for sales orders show which orders are filled but not yet posted.

Expanded Hold status excludes orders from the posting and auto-fill process. Serial numbers and inventory labels can be generated automatically. Bank Reconciliation sorting and General Ledger posting processes have been improved.

Price: Starts at $895 per module. Red Wing Software: (800) 732-9464.

SAP BUSINESS ONE ENHANCEMENTS

A series of downloadable enhancement packages for SAP Business One help deliver customers faster and more frequent access to new functionality, best practice tools and maintenance updates. Availability is planned for multiple times a year between major application updates.

The first package provides General Ledger reporting and document printing capabilities. Content for future packages will vary according to the needs and priorities of customers based on monitoring from SAP and its channel.

Price: Free downloads. SAP: (610) 355-2699.

NITRO PDF PROFESSIONAL

Version 5 of Nitro PDF Professional provides tools for commenting, text editing, form filling and authoring and digital signatures. It also includes advanced PDF-to-Word conversion in one click from Microsoft Office as well as a ribbon user interface, similar to that of Microsoft Office 2007.

Hyperlinks can automatically be created and freehand drawing tools help with documenting security permissions. Password-based PDF security lets users encrypt files.

Tax offices also can load the PDFs onto CDs for clients. These changes were made to address the needs of companies looking to reduce paper waste.

Price: $99: Nitro PDF Software: (925) 846-4876.

LINK MAESTRO FOR QUICKBOOKS

Link Maestro imports data from QuickBooks into Centage's Budget Maestro so companies can compare actual numbers against plan.

The integration tool transfers information from the 2005 to 2007 editions of QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise. Budget Maestro generates integrated financial statements, balance sheet and cash flow reports so QuickBooks users can measure the impact of their business decisions on their cash position in real time.

Besides measuring actual numbers, the system also can reforecast, and supports contingency and what-if-scenario planning as well as financial and management report generation.

Price: $995. Centage: (866) 423-6824.

CABINET NG FOR PEACHTREE

Cabinet NG, a document management system and workflow application to integrate, is now available with Peachtree integration.

Users can open a range of documents and scan images directly from Peachtree by clicking on the CNG-SAFE icon, allowing them to enter vendor bills, customer payments and credit card statements in their original formats. Built-in workflow lets them share documents with others within their organization. It also contains enhanced content search, the ability to convert, scan and export to PDF and email alerts notifying employees of tasks they need to perform.

Price: $995. Sage Software: (866)-308-2378.

DYNAMICS PAYABLES

Dynamics Payables aims to help Accounts Payable departments gain efficiencies through its automated invoice recognition capabilities, workflow prioritization, process controls, audit tracking and real-time expense visualization.

It integrates with most business management applications but is designed for the Microsoft Dynamics Platform. The tool matches invoices to purchase orders for payment reconciliation, enables accurate coding, approval and transaction processing and stores electronic images of all invoices and supporting documents for direct retrieval through Dynamics.

Price: $50,000 to $150,000. 5280 Solutions: (877) 677-5280.

DYNAMICS GP

Dynamics GP 10.0 focuses on ease of use through a familiar Microsoft Office environment, enabling users to more easily perform role-specific tasks. A workflow engine provides straightforward, flexible workflow automation and can be tailored to customers' needs based on SharePoint Server technology.

Business intelligence capabilities enable people across all areas of an organization to gain insight into the areas for which they have responsibility. Advanced search capabilities help find data faster using both structured and unstructured business information.

Price: Starts at $2,250 for a single user (Business Essentials); $3,980 per user (Advanced Management). Microsoft: (888) 477-7989.

DOCUDESK PDF CONVERTER

Docudesk's deskUNPDF convert tool shows users how documents will look with their settings applied using its Accutext rendering engine.

It allows for slight adjustments so that the PDF content can be used for other purposes and includes features to specify how images, text and line art are converted. Accutext placement technology determines the best font, size and other parameter impacting appearances and allows files to be dragged onto the conversion icon or opened directly from Word from within deskUNPDF. PDFs can be saved as .doc or .text, rotated and prompted for passwords.

Price: $39.95 (single user). Docudesk: (888) 808-DESK.

PROSYSTEM FX KNOWLEDGE TOOLS

Accountants implementing the American Institute of CPAs' Risk Assessment Standards can utilize CCH's ProSystem fx Knowledge Tools to support the audit process. It is available as an integrated module for ProSystem fx Engagement or as a standalone application.

The Knowledge-Based Audit methodology feeds results from each stage of an audit into a Communication Hub, which enables audit team members to view summaries of significant findings. KBA documents contain steps and procedures required by GAAS standards.

Price: $795 (five users); $50 each additional user. CCH: (800) 739-9998.

OFFICE TOOLS PRO

Office Tools Pro can now synchronize data with Microsoft Outlook. This includes the ability to synchronize basic content and event information so that the data be used in the two programs and with any supported mobile devices.

All contacts, calls, to-dos and calendar information are handled by the new feature. Office Tools can also import data from Outlook.

Price: $250 for sole proprietors. North 40 Systems: (888) 667-8840.

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