Checkout, a new point-of-sale application for Macs, has entered public beta.

The software lets store owners field Macs at checkouts. It offers instant search capabilities and a wide selection of keyboard shortcuts available through its clear interface.

"We were trying to find a new point-of-sale system for the store we worked at. Because we couldn't find anything good enough, we decided to create it ourselves," says Koen Bok, one of Checkout's creators.

As well as use at a checkout, the software can be used to deliver detailed personalised quotes, orders and invoices, along with stock and purchase management.

The software is scheduled for release by the end of the year.