New York (Aug. 26, 2004) -- Best Software chief executive Ron Verni was on hand in New York as the company unveiled new versions of its contact and customer management software in Times Square.

The company debuted two versions of Act 2005 to a roomful of Act users, certified consultants and business partners in Times Square Studios Tuesday. Act 2005 is designed for individuals and teams of up to 10 users, while Act 2005 Premium for Workgroups will support database collaboration for workgroups of up to 50 users.

Enhancements in the 2005 version of Act, which was first created in 1987, include the ability to track relationships with company records, to apply advanced group management, to customize user databases with advanced field types and activity types, and to integrate with office applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook. Act 2005 costs $299.99. Act 2005 Premium for Workgroups costs $399.99.

Verni stressed the Best “Degree of Connection,” which includes Act, Accpac and SalesLogix CRM Suites. “The CRM market is like a mosaic and we have every piece to complete it. We deliver CRM products and services that customers can grow with,” Verni said.

Following the product demonstrations and customer presentations, attendees were treated to a free concert featuring The Bacon Brothers Band.

Best noted that it made Act 2005 and CPAPractice Manager available to Best Software Accountants' Network members by adding both to the BSAN software library.

-- Carly Lombardo-Bohach

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