Is there a QB file reader program?


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BETA-1800

Is there such a thing as a "QuickBooks file reader" program out there
somewhere? -- something similar to the free Adobe reader program?

I'm curious because I would like to simply be able to open and look at our
QB file, see a balance sheet or P&L statement, etc. without making any
entries or changes to the file.
 
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Leo Navoichick

BETA-1800 said:
Is there such a thing as a "QuickBooks file reader" program out
there somewhere? -- something similar to the free Adobe reader
program?

I'm curious because I would like to simply be able to open and look
at our QB file, see a balance sheet or P&L statement, etc. without
making any entries or changes to the file.
Nope, don't think so. But you could probably setup a user with read
only status.
 
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BETA-1800

Leo Navoichick said:
Nope, don't think so. But you could probably setup a user with read only
status.
Thanks. I'm the director of a nonprofit organization, but I'm not the
person who uses the software and enters information in QuickBooks -- only
one person in our organization does that. Since only one person really uses
QB, we have one user license.

All I really want to be able to do is be able to read our company file from
time to time to either look up some piece of information (a vendor address,
an employee start date, etc.) or view and compare financial statements such
as balance sheets, P&L, etc. The way I do this now is to just install
copies of the QB software on my work computer (our computers are not
networked so far) and my home computer and use those copies to look at a
copy of the company file I don't enter or change any of the information.
Since I am not the same person who regularly uses the QB software, I assume
Intuit could say that we should have a second user license for me to look at
our company file, but I think that would be silly.

But that started me wondering if there wasn't a QB file viewer program out
there.
 
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Barnabas Collins

Is there such a thing as a "QuickBooks file reader" program out there
somewhere? -- something similar to the free Adobe reader program?
There is...it's alled QUICKBOOKS.

Nohting will read it, it's a proprietary file format.

Now there are some options for import/export.
I'm curious because I would like to simply be able to open and look at our
QB file, see a balance sheet or P&L statement, etc. without making any
entries or changes to the file.
Print the file out? Get the full version of Abobe Acrobat and
you can "print" the balance sheet and other reports to a
acrobat file.
 
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Barnabas Collins

All I really want to be able to do is be able to read our company file from
time to time to either look up some piece of information (a vendor address,
an employee start date, etc.) or view and compare financial statements such
as balance sheets, P&L, etc. The way I do this now is to just install
copies of the QB software on my work computer (our computers are not
networked so far) and my home computer and use those copies to look at a
copy of the company file I don't enter or change any of the information.
Since I am not the same person who regularly uses the QB software, I assume
Intuit could say that we should have a second user license for me to look at
our company file, but I think that would be silly.

But that started me wondering if there wasn't a QB file viewer program out
there.
It is liscensed for one user on one computer. You would need a
second liscense to use it on a second computer and a second user.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
 
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scfundogs

Barnabas Collins said:
It is liscensed for one user on one computer. You would need a
second liscense to use it on a second computer and a second user.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
It is licensed to one user. The number of computers its installed on is
unlimited. Page 12 of the 2006 Quick Reference Guide states:

"You can install Quickbooks (single-user version) on the computers used by a
single individual. For example, if you bought one copy of Quickbooks for
your office, you can install it on your home PC or laptop as well. This does
not violate the software license agreement as long as you are the only
person using Quickbooks on both computers."

Now I'm not recommending that anyone violate the license agreement however
its worth noting that its currently impossible for anyone at Intuit to know
if the users of QB are the rightful ones.
 
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Allan Martin

I do not find software piracy silly. What is silly is all this negative talk
about making copies of movies and music. All I want to do is look at and or
listen to it.

Don't copy that floppy.
 
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Barnabas Collins

It is licensed to one user. The number of computers its installed on is
unlimited. Page 12 of the 2006 Quick Reference Guide states:

"You can install Quickbooks (single-user version) on the computers used by a
single individual. For example, if you bought one copy of Quickbooks for
your office, you can install it on your home PC or laptop as well. This does
not violate the software license agreement as long as you are the only
person using Quickbooks on both computers."
Not every software liscense allows you to install on a desktop and a
laptop.

In this casse it doesn't matter. The situation is one user on
one computer, a second user on a second computer.

Sounds like the laptop exclusion would not apply here.
Bear in mind with the laptop exclusion it allows one
user to use the software on his desktop and his laptop.
Now I'm not recommending that anyone violate the license agreement however
its worth noting that its currently impossible for anyone at Intuit to know
if the users of QB are the rightful ones.
Yes they do. You have to register the softwarey to use it.
 
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Barnabas Collins

Thanks. I'm the director of a nonprofit organization, but I'm not the
person who uses the software and enters information in QuickBooks -- only
one person in our organization does that. Since only one person really uses
QB, we have one user license.
The laptop exclusion would not apply here.

You would need anther liscense.
All I really want to be able to do is be able to read our company file from
time to time to either look up some piece of information (a vendor address,
an employee start date, etc.) or view and compare financial statements such
as balance sheets, P&L, etc. The way I do this now is to just install
copies of the QB software on my work computer (our computers are not
networked so far) and my home computer and use those copies to look at a
copy of the company file I don't enter or change any of the information.
Since I am not the same person who regularly uses the QB software, I assume
Intuit could say that we should have a second user license for me to look at
our company file, but I think that would be silly.
Maybe be silly but the copyright holder is Intuit, the are within
their rights to insist on a liscense for each user.

Just because you feel it is silly does not give you the right
to steal the software from Intuit.

And if you have more than one user using it on more than one
computer you're stealing the software.

Do the right thing, buy a another liscense/seat.
 
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scfundogs

Barnabas Collins said:
Not every software liscense allows you to install on a desktop and a
laptop.
All of my QB licenses, both Pro & Premier, allow it.
In this casse it doesn't matter. The situation is one user on
one computer, a second user on a second computer.
Right. I was just pointing out that QB licenses *do* allow for multiple
installations.
Sounds like the laptop exclusion would not apply here.
Bear in mind with the laptop exclusion it allows one
user to use the software on his desktop and his laptop.
Yes, that's what I typed out.
Yes they do. You have to register the softwarey to use it.
QB or Intuit cannot tell if you are really the same John Doe that registered
the license on another computer.
 
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Barnabas Collins

I do not find software piracy silly. What is silly is all this negative talk
about making copies of movies and music. All I want to do is look at and or
listen to it.

Don't copy that floppy.
Bear in mind you're not buying the movie/music/software program
itself. The copyright holder retains that. What you are buying
is a liscense to watch the movie/listen to the music/use the software
program. The program remains the property of Intuit.
 
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Allan Martin

Barnabas Collins said:
Bear in mind you're not buying the movie/music/software program
itself. The copyright holder retains that. What you are buying
is a liscense to watch the movie/listen to the music/use the software
program.

You do realize that I was being sarcastic about the movies and music. It
does not matter if you steal software, music or movies. There is only one
hell for those that do.


The program remains the property of Intuit.
 
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BETA-1800

Barnabas Collins said:
There is...it's alled QUICKBOOKS.

Nohting will read it, it's a proprietary file format.
True. But Adobe PDF files are also in a proprietary file format, and Adobe
provides a free Adobe Reader program to read PDF files. I assume they do
that with the idea of making PDF a widely used file format. And, the more
widely used and widely accepted the PDF file format is, the more people who
will want to or need to buy Adobe file creation software. Of course, PDF
read-only files are really just static information, whereas even read-only
QB files contain more complex information.
 
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Allan Martin

Brian said:
Why pay for the full version of Adobe Acrobat when you can get CutePDF for
free?
The full version of Adobe Acrobat does have a tad more features than the
CutePDF writer.
 
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Brian

Allan said:
The full version of Adobe Acrobat does have a tad more features than the
CutePDF writer.
True; but, to print QuickBooks reports you don't need the extra features.
 
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Allan Martin

Brian said:
True; but, to print QuickBooks reports you don't need the extra features.

Well you don't need mustard on your hot dog but many find it tastes better.
By the way I have been a user of the CutePDF products for many years.
 
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Brian

Allan said:
Well you don't need mustard on your hot dog but many find it tastes better.
By the way I have been a user of the CutePDF products for many years.
While we are confessing, I also have the full version of Acrobat;
although, I rarely use it since someone told me about CutePDF.
 
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Barnabas Collins

All of my QB licenses, both Pro & Premier, allow it.
But not every software liscensee allows it.
Right. I was just pointing out that QB licenses *do* allow for multiple
installations.
But it is one user on his/her own desktop/laptop. You can't install
it on your desktop and the desktop of your 40 closest friends.
QB or Intuit cannot tell if you are really the same John Doe that registered
the license on another computer.
But they know that your copy of quickbooks (the serial number) has
already been registered.

They let you register tha serial number once on a desktop. You may
even run into trouble if you have to replace your
hard drive.
 

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