MAS 90/200 4.05

Three key areas - job costing, payroll and accounts payable - have been significantly strengthened in the latest release of Best Software's MAS 90 and MAS 200. Version 4.05 of the accounting and business management software boasts particular enhancements in job costing, with an array of reporting and usability improvements, including the ability to retrieve and review historical information from the new perpetual job history file. Users can also re-open previously closed projects.

In payroll, there are enhanced validation and default options, voluntary deduction postings, and unlimited earnings codes by department, while in accounts payable, you can now filter payments based on several new parameters. The updated version is free to those with a current client care plan for MAS 90/200.

Price: 10-user system - starts at $15,000.

Best Software

(800) 308-2378

Easy EDGAR filings

Bowne Financial Print, which offers complex financial printing and filing services, is now offering a self-service solution for filing Forms 6-K and associated amendments online. Bowne 6-K Express makes it easy to create and file the less-complicated 6-K filings, such as press releases, and lets users access templates and archive previous filings to make later ones a snap.

Price: $150 per live, accepted SEC filing. Annual subscription with unlimited filings available.

Bowne Financial Print

Schedules and budgets

You have some money, and you have some things you need to spend it on at certain times. Matching them up should be relatively simple, right? As anyone who's done even a modicum of budgeting knows, however, it's a fiendishly difficult task - one, moreover, that has enormous implications for your business. Wind2 Software's Resource Scheduling and Budgeting is a solution that helps professional services firms bring their projects in on time and on budget, with a wide array of planning and management tools for creating and monitoring budgets, tracking staff schedules and utilization, and managing resources.

Price: Contact vendor.

Wind2 Software

(800) 779-4632

The hardest part about being self-employed (apart from the occasional bout of loneliness) is the lack of a purchasing department - to say nothing of a billing department, a receiving department, a customer relationship management department, and so on. While those of us blessed with such corporate infrastructure may sometimes curse its creakiness, it is nonetheless enormously useful., a start-up currently restricted to the Chicago area, but with expansion plans, aims to provide that kind of infrastructure to small businesses and independent contractors through an online community. Members subscribe to the Web procurement portal, and get access to a trove of software resources for all sorts of business processes that they couldn't provide themselves - as well as business advice and a sense of community that may help with those bouts of loneliness.

Price: Monthly membership - $25.

ActusTech Inc.

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