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ALERE V. 5.2 Alere Accounting v5.2 can utilize customer numbers to enter sales orders or invoices, while enabling users to apply three traits to a single item number for items that have the same cost but differ in characteristics.

Also pending general ledger entries can be saved, rather than posted, useful with entries that are incomplete, complex, or are part of a whole series of entries. Other enhancements include lot inspection, which releases only lots that pass inspection, and lot expiration, which assigns expiration dates for material with a limited shelf life. Lot costing tracks actual costs as lots are received into inventory.

Price: $1,995 per module (LAN version). TIW Technology: (610) 258-5161.

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UBCC 940/941 EFILE

Self-Directed 940 and 941 eFile from Universal Business Computing Co. to electronically file the 940 and 941 Federal Tax returns directly with the IRS.

Product enhancements enable the service bureau to upload all employer 940s or 941s to the IRS site in a single batch.

Price: Part of single user basic payroll processing, which begins at $2,800. UBCC: (800) 827-8610.

GRUNTWORX

GruntWorx now incorporates one-touch optimized scanning to facilitate the capture and classification of client tax source documents.

The feature helps produce high-quality scanned documents via the Web-based application so that users can scan, identify, organize and bookmark tax documents with greater than 90 percent recognition accuracy.

Price: Typically $1 per return. (800) 291-2136.

INLATTICE

InLattice, a Web-based vendor portal for QuickBooks, provides invoice processing with online approval and direct posting to QuickBooks. Purchase orders and payment information can be distributed to vendors on the Web.

The portal supports attachments and notes and can resolve invoice discrepancies with online notes.

Price: $12 for 50 transcriptions (monthly). Infonics: (847) 397-6020.

Total 3.0

Version 3.0 of the Total Planning Suite sports an updated format and layout that lets users customize their interface.

The new “Simplified Report” delivers presentations of the detail found in Golden Years, MoneyTree’s cash-flow planning program. Other new features include planning for future loans and simplified handling of asset accounts, while new data communications lets users tap into client information, asset details and other data from a variety of software packages.

Price: $1,495; $700 (annual renewal). MoneyTree: (877) 421-9815.

ACT FOR PALM OS 3.0

Act for Palm OS 3.0 runs as a native application on Palm OS handheld devices and provides a linked calendar and task list, contact record access from scheduled appointments, and the ability to view customer interactions and sales opportunities.

Users users can attach notes or history to multiple contact records without having to enter the same data multiple times. A custom field view creates a snapshot of the 10 most critical data fields that a user regularly accesses. Application graphics, activities and calendars appear in color.

Price: $99.99 (suggested retail price). Sage Software: (866) 333-0990.

CCH AUDIT PROGRAM

Knowledge-Based Audits of Governmental Entities, a module in the CCH Accounting Research Manager, helps professionals comply with risk assessment standards.

The tool helps perform financial state audits of state and local governments in accordance with GAAS and GAAP, and contains more than 175 practice aids and a descriptive overview.

Price: Available for $249 annually, only to ARM subscribers. CCH: (888) 224-7377.

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