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Andrea
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      02-18-2004, 07:55 PM
I've been searching through the alt.comp.software.financial.quickbooks
newsgroup for reviews, thumbs up/thumbs down on the new Quickbooks
Professional upgrades.

I work for a small confectionary manufacturer in dire need of a system
to
help us track inventory, processing orders, processing shipping
(generate
packing slips, tracking #'s, etc.), and invoicing/bill payment. We
currently
run our business on MACs and have been using Quickbooks Pro 4.0 (for
MAC, of course

I looked through the official Quickbooks website. There appears to be
a new Quickbooks: Premier Manufactoring & Wholesale edition 2004
upgrade that would serve many of our needs. Only problem is - its for
Windows... Any idea if the MAC version will soon include any of the
add-ons or generating packing-slips, or inventory management in the
near future??

We're looking for an economical/creative solution - so we're open to
any suggestions. Would one find it wise to invest in a PC computer to
run the new Quickbooks Windows software? Any idea if Virtual PC could
handle running a large Quickbooks account?

Or better yet - does anyone know of any other good resources where I
can find candid
reviews of the benefits and pitfalls of these new Quickbook versions?

Any and all advice is very much appreciated.

Many thanks,
Andrea
 
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Ira Gershenhorn
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      02-19-2004, 07:56 AM
I tried out the "new" Mac 6 version which supports importing from /
exporting to QB Windows.
I found it to be deficient in areas I was counting on. I'm using QBPro 2002
(windows) instead. I needed support of emailing statements. The Mac
version new nothing about email. I just upgraded from 2002 to 2003 then
2004. 2003 seems slower than 2002, but 2004 may be better than 2003. The
filesize is smaller.
It has alot of really useful import/export features never before available.

I think the functionality of QB is worth investing in a cheap PC. Don't run
in virtual mode. Unlike the Mac world, you can get a PC for $400 that's
pretty awesome. Add a $300 flat screen monitor and your golden.

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> I've been searching through the alt.comp.software.financial.quickbooks
> newsgroup for reviews, thumbs up/thumbs down on the new Quickbooks
> Professional upgrades.
>
> I work for a small confectionary manufacturer in dire need of a system
> to
> help us track inventory, processing orders, processing shipping
> (generate
> packing slips, tracking #'s, etc.), and invoicing/bill payment. We
> currently
> run our business on MACs and have been using Quickbooks Pro 4.0 (for
> MAC, of course
>
> I looked through the official Quickbooks website. There appears to be
> a new Quickbooks: Premier Manufactoring & Wholesale edition 2004
> upgrade that would serve many of our needs. Only problem is - its for
> Windows... Any idea if the MAC version will soon include any of the
> add-ons or generating packing-slips, or inventory management in the
> near future??
>
> We're looking for an economical/creative solution - so we're open to
> any suggestions. Would one find it wise to invest in a PC computer to
> run the new Quickbooks Windows software? Any idea if Virtual PC could
> handle running a large Quickbooks account?
>
> Or better yet - does anyone know of any other good resources where I
> can find candid
> reviews of the benefits and pitfalls of these new Quickbook versions?
>
> Any and all advice is very much appreciated.
>
> Many thanks,
> Andrea



 
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      02-19-2004, 12:53 PM
As a Mac-only user, you are likely very happy with your QBP for Mac. The
newest 6.0 has a couple of updated features from the 5.0 version (primarily
being able to convert back & forth between Windows and finally being able to
export reports to Excel). However, as a long-time QBP for Windows user who
recently had to start using the Mac version, I am disgusted with both 5.0 &
6.0. The menu items are limited, the options & customization also limited
(no page layout designer), its harder for me to navigate, quick reports on
customers don't include cash sales, only invoices, and the list goes on. I
love QBP for Windows (I'm using both 2001 & 2003) and will never switch so
yes, I'd highly recommend being able to run Windows-based program. You may
find after doing so that your Mac version is sorely lacking though. I've
just ordered MYOB AccountEdge to replace the $400 worth of QBP for Mac I
recently purchased because I'm *that* dissatisfied with it.

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Tara


 
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