Quickbooks 2004 for MAC vs. PC

Discussion in 'Quickbooks' started by Andrea, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. Andrea

    Andrea Guest

    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
     
    Andrea, Feb 18, 2004
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  2. 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.

    "Andrea" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > 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
     
    Ira Gershenhorn, Feb 19, 2004
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  3. Andrea

    Tee Guest

    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.

    --
    Tara
     
    Tee, Feb 19, 2004
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