Sage Software has updated its FAS fixed assets software with new reporting and tax features that reflect the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. Version 2008.2 of Sage's FAS 50, FAS 100 and FAS 500 product lines include the Form 4562-FY forms and instructions needed for depreciation allowances in the act.

The latest version of the FAS Report Writer included with the three products is now powered by Crystal Reports XI, and includes new and updated features.

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NetSuite has added support for Google's new Chrome browser to its accounting, customer relationship management and e-commerce software.

Google introduced a beta test version of Chrome in early September. NetSuite said that Chrome would enhance the speed of several of its features, including list editing, type-ahead lookups, rich text editing, and drag-and-drop.

NetSuite said that its OpenAir subsidiary, which develops professional services automation software, would also support the new Google browser. The company is rolling out support in phases to customers, and the rollout was due to be completed this month. NetSuite cautioned, however, that since Chrome is still in beta, Google has not yet certified it for full release.


Accounting and auditing software developer CaseWare is protesting the Securities and Exchange Commission's recent introduction of its IDEA interactive financial-filing system, claiming the name infringes on the trademark of CaseWare's own IDEA software.

The SEC's IDEA system is intended to replace EDGAR as a place for companies to file their financial statements and reports, and for investors to retrieve them. The new system uses the Extensible Business Reporting Language, and CaseWare said that it, too, has been involved in XBRL development, and the confusion has led some of its customers to ask if the SEC is using its software.

CaseWare said that it and its predecessors have been using the IDEA name for over 20 years, and that it registered the trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2001.

"We are completely dumbfounded as to why someone at the SEC did not do even the most rudimentary trademark search before announcing such a major project, or even worse, did such a search, then chose to ignore the results," said CaseWare chief operating officer Bob Cuthbertson.

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