AccountEdge 2011 review

AccountEdge 2011 adds a number of small but useful features and expands upon the established feature set without compromising the interface existing users have long appreciated (going as far back as MYOB).

If your business is in long-term projects it’s common to have some form of progressive payment agreed. One of the new features in AccountEdge 2011 is Progress Billing – this enables you to issue a part invoice against a quotation and hence get money in before the end of a project.

TimeTracker is a new plug-in. It allows your employees to complete a timesheet remotely wherever they have an internet connection and submit it straight to the accounts package. Accessed via a Dropbox account it provides a very straightforward working method.

The new Enstore add-on enables you to automatically build an online store from your AccountEdge database. You can add products, descriptions and photos, and sync them with the website to automatically populate it. Enstore is still in beta, but performs well and didn’t cost extra at the time of writing.

AccountEdge’s clear, flowchart-based interface makes short work of keeping track of your projects

AccountEdge Mobile is a new complement to AccountEdge, a free download from the App Store for both the iPhone and iPad. It allows you to record sales, enter expenses, bill for your time when working at a job site, access contact information and synchronise lists from the desktop application so you have up-to-date cards, items, activities and jobs information.

Other minor improvements have been made, including Office 2011 integration, Action Menus on Sales/Purchases, Create an Invoice from a Purchase, a Read-Only File Setting, Expanded Notes and Description Fields, plus enhancements to the search functionality.

OUR VERDICT

Above all else, AccountEdge is easy to use with its friendly button/flowchart-based interface. The additions in AccountEdge 2011 only go to enhance this approach. This is certainly a worthwhile upgrade; even if the plug-in modules add a running cost.

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