QuickBooks 2007Intuit has released the 2007 editions of its QuickBooks line, with both a host of new accounting features, and a number of intriguing new services made possible by an alliance with search engine giant Google.
Among the accounting enhancements are a simpler set-up process; easier customization of forms; enhanced payroll and inventory functions; and a new "Dividing Date" function that makes it easier for you to go into a client's books to fix their old mistakes, while they continue to make new ones on a day-to-day basis.
The Google services include Google AdWord credits, for purchasing keyword search terms; the ability to create a free, updatable business listing in Google Maps; and the integration of Google search functions directly into QuickBooks. (For more, see article on page 22.)
Price: Simple Start Edition - $99.95. Pro (three-user pack) - $499.95. Premier (including the Accountant Edition) - $399.95; five-user pack - $1,499.95. QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 7.0 - starts at $3,000.
Open source BPM
Business performance management solution vendor Adaptive Planning has introduced Adaptive Planning Express Edition, a BPM application that it claims is the first of its kind to be open-source. Users can download the app for free at www.sourceforge.net/projects/adaptiveplan. Like Adaptive Planning's subscription-based Corporate and Enterprise Editions, the Express Edition provides capabilities for collaborative budgeting, reporting and analysis, and has an intuitive spreadsheet-style interface.
We here at New Products are suckers for the oversized, so you can imagine our excitement when presented with Magnatag Visible System's YearMaster and Giant-Year 365 Day Calendars. If, like us, your schedule isn't neatly divided by months, and if you find thumbing through all the sheets of your desk calendar annoying, then these mammoth magnetic whiteboards are for you. They make it easy to see the big picture and to break through the thoroughly artificial barrier of seeing only one month at a time, and to plan projects that span more than 30 days. Think of them as wallpaper you can plan with.
Price: YearMaster (with write-on tools) - $599. Giant-Year (with write-on tools) - $819.
Magnatag Visible Systems
AccuFund has added a Grants Management module to its AccuFund Accounting Suite for nonprofit and government organizations, giving users a single location to manage all their grant information. The screens and drop-down lists can be customized as needed, and scanned images of grant reports, filed forms and other documents can be attached to grants for online viewing and inclusion in reports.
Price: Standard - $1,295; Professional - $1,695.
Asigra has added new continuous data protection functionality to its Televaulting agentless back-up software. When enabled, CDP monitors a specified data source, and automatically backs up data when it detects a change. Have we mentioned recently how sexy we think back-ups are?
Price: Starts at $11,250.
New and improved!
Fusion Software (www.fusionpos.com) has released Fusion Retail Lite, a point-of-sale solution for small retailers.
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