We’ve prepared a short list of what we think are the most noteworthy new or improved features. Keep in mind it’s not an all-encompassing list. Here’s our top 10 improvements:
|Feature||Pro & Premier 2009||Enterprise Solutions 9.0||POS Basic 8.0||POS Pro 8.0|
|New company snapshot||Yes||Yes||-||-|
|Improved sorting in bank reconciliations||Yes||Yes||-||-|
|Support for larger numbers||Yes||Yes||-||-|
|PIN pad with signature capture||-||-||Yes||Yes|
|Improved sales tax reporting||-||-||Yes||Yes|
|New POS Webstores service||-||-||-||Yes|
|Improved inventory turn reporting||-||-||-||Yes|
|Improved re-order support||-||-||-||Yes|
With the economy becoming increasingly global, multi-currency support for all global currencies is a timely addition. Pro, Premier, and Enterprise Solutions automatically convert currencies into a designated “home” currency. A new report, “Realized and Unrealized Gains & Losses,” shows the impact of currency fluctuations. In addition, wire transfers can now be performed directly within QuickBooks.
For Enterprise Solutions, the maximum number of users in multi-user mode increased from 20 to 30; for POS, it doubled from 10 to 20. Pro, Premier, and Enterprise Solutions now allow a back-up to be performed and reports to be printed while in multi-user mode. An instant messenger feature is now included to allow users to communicate using the familiar QuickBooks interface.
Less dramatic improvements for Pro, Premier, and Enterprise Solutions products include a new company snapshot, column sorting in bank reconciliations, and support for larger numbers (11 vs 8 digits).
One negative: the Financial Statement Designer that was formerly included at no extra charge with the Accountant edition has been replaced with the Intuit Statement Writer at a retail cost of $149. The program is included with the multi-user versions of Enterprise Solutions, but most accountants will find themselves having to buy something that was previously included at no charge.
This is just a partial list of the improvements for 2009. Two features – multi-currency support or the multi-user enhancements – could tip the scales to justify upgrading right away. We’ve done an in-depth analysis of the new multi-currency features in QuickBooks in a post on our blog.
With the release of the 2009 version, QuickBooks 2006 is slated to become obsolete in April 2010. Time to upgrade! When you decide to upgrade, you can save by using the banner at the top of this page or you can review discounts on both QuickBooks and Quicken at our Buy QuickBooks page.
Hopefully, Intuit addressed more than a few items on your personal wish list.