After spending some time exploring QuickBooks 2011 and Enterprise Solutions 11.0 to discover the new features and changes, we came up with this table summarizing what we found. Most of the items in the table are links to articles in our KnowledgeBase.
We’ve broken down the changes into our opinion on the different levels of importance:
- Blockbuster – a major addition whose absence could be a deal-breaker for some firms
- Enhancement – a significant improvement but probably doesn’t rise to the level of Blockbuster for most firms
- Tweak – a subtle improvement
- Marketing Gimmick – an effort to sell more Intuit products or services
- Cut Back – a reduction to the level of service in the prior version
Unfortunately, we didn’t come across any features that we’d characterize as blockbusters. Having been forced to give users ways to shut off some of the Marketing Gimmicks introduced in QuickBooks 2010, Intuit smartly decided not to overdo the Marketing Gimmicks in the new 2011 version.
|Applies To||New Feature / Change||Importance|
|All||History tab on selected customer & vendor transaction windows||Tweak|
|All||Stamp on paid customer invoices shows date paid||Tweak|
|All||Batch invoicing capability to send a invoice to a group of customers, such as billing for a membership fee||Enhancement|
|Premier, Enterprise Solutions||Balance Sheet By Class report to support fund accounting, commonly used by non-profits or government entities||Enhancement|
|Pro||Reduce the maximum number of users in a multi-user configuration from 5 to 3||Cut Back|
|All||Online forms customization tools||Marketing Gimmick|
|All||Intuit Data Protect service replaces Online Back-up to backup to Intuit's secure servers||Tweak|
|All||Attached Documents replaces Document Management to attach documents to lists & transactions within QuickBooks||Enhancement|
|All||Collections Center to facilitate sending bulk emails to customers with overdue or pending invoices||Enhancement|
|All||Support for web-based email services to send forms||Tweak|
|All||Removal of support for QuickBooks E-mail unless you subscribe to extra-cost services||Cut Back|
|Premier Accountant only, Enterprise Solutions||Ability to work in 2 QuickBooks files from the same version -- but only applies to narrow range of products||Enhancement|
|Enterprise Solutions||Track inventory in multiple locations using the extra-cost Advanced Inventory online service||Enhancement|
|All||Addition of new Shipped From Address to allow tracking different "remit to" and physical locations||Tweak|
The columns are sortable, so you can find what we think is important and what applies to your configuration by clicking on the appropriate column.