Intuit has announced that it will no longer develop or release new versions of QuickBooks for Mac (QBM) beyond the current version, 2016. This was not much of a surprise, given that a new version was not released for this calendar year.
QBM has always been something of the neglected step-child anyway. It has always lacked many features available in other versions of QuickBooks and developers have been blocked from developing for it as well. So what does this mean to you? If you are a current user of QBM 2016, it does not mean much in the short term. If you want to continue using it, then there is no immediate reason to make a change. QBM 2016 will continue to be supported until May 31, 2019. This means you can call or text support for help and they will continue to release updates to address bugs and incompatibility issues.
And of course, Biz Books Cloud will continue to support it and previous versions beyond that, if you continue to use them. If you are using an older version of QBM and want to continue using QBM, I recommend you consider upgrading to the latest version to maximize the availability of support and updates.
QuickBooks 2011 for the Mac has been updated to the R9 release. Here is a summary of the changes: Client Changes. Duplicate transactions will no longer be created if you edit an unrecorded check transaction in the account register. 1.0 out of 5 stars QuickBooks 2011 for Mac April 1, 2011 I was most unhappy when my new accounting firm required that I have to enter info into Quickbooks for them.
Not a lot has changed in the latest version. Mostly it does the things is already does with more reliability and efficiency. However, keep in mind that you need to be running at least MacOS 10.11 (El Capitan) to run the latest update of QBM 2016. Contact us if you have questions about this or need help upgrading. What if you are ready, like Intel, to dump QBM? You have a couple of options still within the QuickBooks family.
The first option is QuickBooks Online (QBO). This is QuickBooks in the cloud with a monthly subscription and is a fully-featured accounting program. However, it does take some time to get used to for QBM users, as the user interface is completely different.
You use QBO in one of two ways. First, you can download the QBO app for Mac from the App Store and install it on your Mac. The app runs just like any other Mac program, it just runs with your cloud data and keeps it up to date there. Or you can log in to QBO from your favorite web browser (Safari, Chrome, and Firefox are all compatible). You will find that QBO matches QBM function-for-function pretty well, unless you are using QBM to track inventory in your business. If you are, QBO may not work for you, though that is not always true. QBO also comes with some benefits not available in QBM.
The biggest one is that it can be used from ANY computer (Mac or WIndows) or smart phone or tablet (iOS or Android) from anywhere in the world day and night. This means you are no longer tied to the Mac where the program is installed to do your accounting. So you can invoice your customers, take payments, and even keep your books from anywhere with internet access. Stuck waiting for the doctor who is hours behind?
Get your bookkeeping done while waiting! You should know that if you have more than one company you track in QBM, each of them will require its own subscription in QBO, at least for now. Intuit is working on addressing this. Also, ask us about discounted pricing on QBO subscriptions. If you prefer to stick with a program installed on your Mac that uses the data locally only, then you still have a couple of options.
One is to switch to QuickBooks for Windows using a Windows installation on your Mac, most commonly via Parallels or VMware to run Windows alongside MacOS. Or you can switch to AccountEdge, which is another Mac accounting program that works on Mac and Windows.
See another blog article on this website to further explore these options. If you are comfortable with the idea of accounting in the cloud, but want other options than QBO, then Xero is a comparable option. Wave is another option, with fewer features, but free for basic use. There are many others, but those are the ones I would look at. If you choose to change your accounting program, your company file(s) will need to be converted, even if you choose another version of QuickBooks.
The conversion within the QuickBooks family is fairly painless, but is still best left to a professional, as there are many things to consider and do before converting. If you choose a program outside of the QuickBooks family, then conversion may also be fairly painless or may be quite involved and expensive. Bottom line, call us so we can explore your options and help you reach the best decision for your business.
Pros. Well-designed UI. Advanced features.
Ample accounting reports. Double-entry accounting. Mac-based. Cash-basis and accrual accounting Cons. No integrations.
Poor support materials. Limited users. Mac-only Overview As far as accounting software goes, QuickBooks Mac is a fresh pick from the Apple orchard. Like any good apple, QuickBooks Mac is clean, attractive, tasty, and nutritious. Okay, so, maybe this isn’t a perfect analogy, but you see what I’m getting at. It would be easy to assume that, since QuickBooks Mac is a locally-installed product, it must be identical or similar to the Windows-based QuickBooks Pro.
(I even had a QuickBooks representative tell me as much.) But this simply isn’t true. Instead—like a plumcot or a tangelo—-QuickBooks Mac is a hybrid fruit, created by grafting the best bit of QuickBooks Pro and QuickBooks Online. QuickBooks Mac is easy to use and feature-rich. In this one program, the capability of QuickBooks Pro is married seamlessly to the beautifully simple UI design of QuickBooks Online. Mac’s graphs look friendlier than Pro’s; its icons are easier to swallow, and there is less text to confuse your eye.
However, there is no real sacrifice of brains for beauty here. You still get access to key features like invoicing, bank reconciliation, job costing, inventory, job costing, class tracking, and 100+ functional reports. However (to push my fruit metaphor to its breaking point), there are a few hidden bruises and worms in this Apple. With no integrations available, limited upgrades, and some of the worse support services of any QuickBooks products (if you know anything about the company’s support reputation, that’s really saying something), it is easy to see that Intuit’s focus is elsewhere. But despite these drawbacks, QuickBooks Mac is more than worth looking into, especially if you have cultivated a taste for Apples. Continue reading to learn everything QuickBooks Mac has to offer.
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(Let’s be honest—if you’re into Mac products the need to constantly replace software probably doesn’t come as a surprise.) Fortunately, QuickBooks Mac can often be found at a discounted price at the or at a local office store like Staples. Intuit does offer a. If you are not pleased with the purchase, you can return the software for a full refund. Representatives usually point to this guarantee rather than offering a free trial of the software.
Don’t let that pressure you into purchasing before you’re ready, though; deep within the depths of the online QuickBooks Community, you’ll find access a. No credit card information is required for the trial, and you can uninstall the software at any time. Warning: Use of free trials may inhibit users from being eligible for software discounts upon purchase. QuickBooks Mac License. $299.95 (discounted price is currently $219.95). Track income and expenses.
Manage contacts. Send invoices and estimates. Manage and pay bills.
Track time. Live bank feeds. Job costing. Create budgets. 100+ reports.
Basic inventory Extra Costs. Payroll: automatically calculates tax, reminds you when tax forms are due, and allows you to pay employees and contractors with free direct deposit. There are two payroll plans, the only difference being that the enhanced plan adds automatically completed federal and state tax forms.
Both offer a. Basic: $25/mo (currently on sale for $20/mo). Enhanced: $39/mo (currently on sale for $31.20/mo). Additional Users: A second user is an extra $9/mo (so the software is $389.95/total). A third user is and additional $170/mo (so the software is $559.95/total).
Live Bank Feeds: Some banks charge a fee for working with QuickBooks. This fee can range from $10 to $15/mo. Upgrades: An annual upgrade costs $299. Phone Support: Phone support is $89/three months. This is the price advertised by QuickBooks, but some representatives claim there is a monthly and yearly phone support plan available. Call (877) 683-3280 for more details.
Hosting Service: QuickBooks partners with and provides online servers for companies in need of mobility. This service, however, costs and additional $749.95/year, and for that price, you may as well switch to. Web-Based Or Locally-Installed QuickBooks Mac is a locally-installed program, although internet is required for certain functions (like payroll and downloading the software without a CD). A QuickBooks license lets you install the software on three computers so long as there is only one user (you’ll have to manually shuttle information back and forth between devices). A is available at an additional cost. Hardware & Software Requirements QuickBooks Mac is compatible with OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and macOS Sierra.
Exporting data requires Apple Numbers (v3.5) or Microsoft Excel (2011), and email access is required for sending invoices. The following email programs are accepted:. Apple Mail. Microsoft Outlook for Mac (v15). Microsoft Outlook from Mac Office (2011) To check the compatibility of your Mac, go.
Specific Size Of Business QuickBooks Mac is designed for small businesses who have no more than three users. The software has the in-depth accounting features required to run most small businesses. The only exceptions are micro businesses who don’t need the excess of features and larger businesses who require integrations, mobility, or multiple users (for a more affordable price). Accounting Method Both accrual and cash basis accounting. Ease Of Use QuickBooks Mac really is incredible. As a mac user for 10-years, I found this software easy to use and understand.
It has a beautiful layout without sacrificing any of the ample features that made me fall in love with QuickBooks Pro. Set Up: Mac’s setup process is less arduous than that of QuickBooks Pro. It only took me about 10 minutes. After registering for a QuickBooks account, you’ll want to add your contacts, add your items, double check your chart of accounts, set up live bank feeds (if you so desire), and then take a good long look at the Customize section, where you can enable the features of your choice, including estimates, mileage, credit memos, a help button and more. If you can’t find a feature you’re looking for, it’s most likely under the Customize section. Also note that dragging an icon back into the Customize section will make it disappear from your toolbar and clear up space. Once your toolbar is designed how you’d like, you are ready to get to the ball rolling.
Organization: The organization of QuickBooks Mac might seem a little confusing at first, especially if you aren’t used to QuickBooks Pro. But the software really is laid out well.
The customizable toolbar mentioned above runs across the top of the screen. Above that is a file bar that reads File, Edits, List, Company, Customers, Vendors, Employees, Banking, Reports, Window, and Help. Each feature opens up as an individual window that can be moved around and resized. Instructions & Guidance: When you first open QuickBooks Mac, a Guide Me feature will explain any icon or function in the software if you let your mouse hover over it.
(You can close this help option whenever you’d like). Other resources include a detailed, the, and the (I would visit them in that order). If those don’t work, there is always phone support but it does cost extra. Problems: Overall I had a very pleasant experience with QuickBooks Mac. I just got a new PC last month and this was the first time I actually missed my old Mac computer—the software is that good.
While I was mostly pleased, I did encounter a few problems and setbacks:. Excess Windows: The fact that each feature opens as a separate window is both a blessing and a curse. It’s nice to be able to move features around and have multiple windows open at once. But if you forget to close windows, the software runs at an incredibly slow pace and it can become difficult to find the features you are looking for. It’s also a bit annoying to see your desktop screen through the software. Small Navigational Annoyances: I encountered a few minor annoyances while using the software. For example, if you press the enter key while adding an item or customer on an invoice, the invoice disappears.
The information is all saved, the invoice just closes out and you have to go back into saved invoices to search for what you were working on. Not a deal breaker, just annoying. Far Behind QuickBooks Pro: This is a bigger problem—one that I can’t shrug off. While I enjoy the functionality of QuickBooks Mac, it is still far, far behind QuickBooks Pro in terms of features. There’s really no validity to the claim that QuickBooks Mac is just the Mac desktop version of QuickBooks Pro; there are no letter templates, no calendar, limited time management, no tax support, limited imports and exports, and hardly any customer service options. No Integrations: My biggest issue with QuickBooks Mac is that there are no integrations.
This could be a big problem for most businesses. Not Scalable: QuickBooks Mac is not a scalable solution for larger businesses. There can only be three users, and even then, the price paid for those users is outlandish, especially considering all of the extra costs Intuit tries to force on you in the form of phone support, payroll, and upgrades. Features The best way to understand the full breadth of QuickBooks Mac’s features is to use the software yourself. You can find a list of key features on the I’ll go into more of the minutia in the list below, but after all, this is a QuickBooks product; if I were to list every feature available, I’d end up with a novel. So here is a quick summary of the best QuickBooks Mac has to offer. Dashboard: You won’t find a typical dashboard unless you click on the snapshot button found under the home screen.
You will then see your normal dashboard with graphs and charts galore to help you see the financial status of your business. Invoices: Creating invoices is relatively simple. You just input your customer name and QuickBooks will automatically remember and fill in the customer information and any default messages.
You can share invoices through email or print the invoices (and print envelopes to accompany them). There is only one invoice template, unfortunately, and it is not very appealing. (This is surprising considering how nice the invoice templates are in QuickBooks Online.) You can customize invoices to a degree, but there’s not much you can do to make them stand out.
If you want to accept payments directly from invoices, you can use QuickBooks Payment (but no other traditional payment gateways). My favorite part about the invoicing feature is that when you save or send an invoice, the software makes a cha-ching! Noise, which I find oddly satisfying.
Estimates: You can create estimates in the same way, and converting estimates to invoices is simple. Be sure to go to the Customize feature at the top of your QuickBooks toolbar to enable estimates. Note: When sending estimates and invoices, you have to manually send by using the email button at the top of the page in the toolbar.
The software is designed to automatically save invoices and estimates, not automatically email them. Contact Management: Much like QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Mac has one of the most extensive contact management features around. Not only can you add general contact information, you can also add credit limits, to-do lists, assigned representatives, default sales tax, customer credits, and even maps and directions. Each contact also gets their own little dashboard complete with current bills and past history, which makes seeing who owes you what much easier.
Accounts Payable: You can create bills and pay them directly from QuickBooks. Expense Tracking: QuickBooks Mac has a designated transaction feature which is one of my favorites. This section shows you all recent transactions. You can categorize transactions by class and easily track where your money is going. Bank Reconciliation: You can enable live bank feeds or manually import bank statements. QuickBooks Mac will automatically match some of the transactions, but you will have to manually categorize the rest.
Here is a detailed, step-by-step for extra help. Job Costing: I was very pleased to see a full job costing feature in QuickBooks Mac, especially since this feature doesn’t exist in QuickBooks Online. You can create projects under customers and there are at least a dozen job costing reports that help you analyze your profit and loss.
To learn more about what job-costing is and if you need it, check out this. Time Management: You and your employees can track time and create timesheets. You can also attach billable time to invoices and use progressive invoicing, which is a way to invoice projects as each step is complete rather than all at once.
Budgeting: This is one of the places QuickBooks shines the most. You can create new budgets manually or base them off the previous year’s budget. You can also run reports to see if you currently are on target to meet your projected budget.
Inventory: In QuickBooks Mac, you can create basic item descriptions. You can also attach each item to a designated account and mark as taxable. To use the actual inventory feature rather than just having an organized items list, make sure you go to type and click “inventory part.” You can also create sub-items under each item, which comes in handy.
Reports: QuickBooks Mac provides over 100 reports. There are some that have everything you could ever think of, and then there are some that have everything you never dreamed of but realize you absolutely need as soon as you see it—that’s QuickBooks Mac. To– Do Lists: This is my favorite aspect of QuickBooks Pro so I was ecstatic to see it in QuickBooks Mac as well.
This feature allows you to create a to-do list for each customer. You can even run a to-do list report to compile everything that needs to be done into a single place.
Sales Tax: You can set as many sales taxes as you would like. You can also assign a default sales tax for contacts and items. Customer Service & Support Initially, finding support for QuickBooks Mac was difficult.
Intuit has put very little attention or care into their Mac product, which reflects in the limited customer service resources and the lack of desktop features (see Negative Reviews and Complaints section for more details). QuickBooks Mac offers 24/7 phone support, which is a nice touch for an accounting software. In the past when I’ve reviewed other QuickBooks products, hold times have been ridiculous—I’m talking waiting-for-up-to-an-hour-to-talk-to-a-representative ridiculous. I was pleasantly surprised this time that twice I got through without being put on hold at all. The only kicker is that this support is not free. You can talk to a sale representative for free at any time, but you must buy phone support to talk to software representatives. To make matters worse, the is almost impossible to navigate and the live chat feature is just a glorified sales tool.
Intuit has recently gotten rid of its help form, and y can’t even find YouTube tutorials of the software either. Despite these things, my biggest issue with QuickBooks customer service is that if you call three different representatives, you will get three completely different (and contradictory) answers. You also can’t talk to a single representative (whether through the phone or online) who doesn’t push buying QuickBooks Online down your throat. The one saving grace is the. If I were you, I would use nothing else.
I found this source after having set up and used the software extensively, and I wish I would have known about it much sooner. Phone Support: Contact support at (877) 556-4324.
Contact sales at (877) 683-3280. Live Chat: There is a live chat feature on the, though representatives are strictly there for sales. Community Forum: The main form of supported offered is a. It is incredibly difficult (and annoying) to filter through the surplus of QuickBooks questions and answers, and it is even more difficult to find questions pertaining specifically to QuickBooks Mac.
(I used to think it was hard to find QuickBooks Pro information, now that seems like a walk in the park compared to searching for QuickBooks Mac information). I usually gave up the search, bit the bullet and waited until my own questions were answered by Intuit employees and fellow community members. Typically, I received quick responses (within 1-4 hours). The answers themselves didn’t always resolve my question, though they were helpful more often than not. Little Square: is a magazine for QuickBooks Mac users. It features tips and tricks for getting the most out of your software, provides much-needed video tutorials, and even has a complete user guide that covers everything.
You can download the ebook version of the guide. Training Video: There are no classes available for QuickBooks Mac, but you can purchase a 2 ½ hour long demonstration of the software for $179.99. QuickBooks Blog: QuickBooks has a, but again there is no separating QuickBooks Online from other QuickBooks products. Articles revolve around recent updates and ongoing giveaways more than anything else. Social Media: Intuit has a combined page for all its QuickBooks products. This page features updates, helpful advice articles, and a few customer comments which are generally responded to within 24 hours. Responses are usually helpful and always kind (despite a few incredibly angry customers).
There are no specific accounts for QuickBooks Mac like there are with QuickBooks Pro. Negative Reviews & Complaints The issue with finding QuickBooks Mac reviews is that all QuickBooks products tend to be lumped together—Pro, Online, Mac, etc. Distinguishing between each software becomes a hassle and it’s hard to judge any one program individually because star ratings are almost always shared. ConsumerAffairs features the biggest collection of negative QuickBooks reviews with the software receiving only. However, most reviews are not about Quickbooks Mac, and user experiences are split fairly evenly between negative and positive, with a slight lean toward the positive. On, QuickBooks Mac receives a total of 108 critical articles and 122 positive ones.
Here are some of the most common criticisms:. Crashes & Glitches: Reports of software crashes and glitches are common across the board. Forced Updates: Many users are frustrated because they are forced to upgrade their “one-time” purchase after support ends for their version of QuickBooks Mac. Between paying for updates, phone support, and extra users, people are not happy with how quickly the costs add up. Far Behind QuickBooks Pro: One of the most common complaints is that QuickBooks Mac does not compare to the capabilities of QuickBooks Pro for Windows.
While QuickBooks Pro is much more developed, QuickBooks Mac is much easier to learn and is organized more intuitively, so there is a tradeoff. The real question becomes, why does there have to be such a trade off? Why doesn’t the company simply raise the standards of QuickBooks Mac to match QuickBooks Pro?. IOS Compatibility: Quite a few users report issues with the compatibility of their Macs which were running on Sierra. In four cases, the matter has not been resolved.
Learning Curve: While QuickBooks Mac is generally easy to use and appealing to the eye, a few users found the software hard to learn, particularly if they had no previous accounting experience (these complaints are far fewer than those regarding QuickBooks Pro’s learning curve). Positive Reviews & Testimonials QuickBooks as a whole receives on GetApp (based on 1,490 reviews), and QuickBooks Mac specifically receives 7.4/10 stars on Trust radius (based on 40 reviews). There is also a found on the QuickBooks site. After sifting through countless reviews to see which pertained to QuickBooks Mac, I compiled a list of the aspects people seem to love most about QuickBooks Mac.
Easy To Use: For a lot of users, ease of use is the most important aspect of accounting software; this is why people tend to shy away from Quickbooks. Luckily, the steep learning curve doesn’t apply to QuickBooks Mac. Users are surprised and pleased by how easy QuickBooks Mac is to use. Users also enjoy the UI and organization of QuickBooks Mac. Simple Data Transfer: While there is a complaint or two about transferring from QuickBooks Pro to QuickBooks Mac, most users are satisfied by their transfer experience and find it easy to manage their accounts still. Good Feature Selection: There is a lot of positive feedback about the features available with QuickBooks Mac, especially things like recurring invoices, budgeting, and reports. Significant Updates: Quite a few customers comment that the software has improved greatly over the years and are looking forward to the day when QuickBooks Mac becomes even better and as fully featured as its Windows counterpart.
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Here is what a few users are saying about the software: “I use QuickBooks for Mac to manage all of my finances for my consulting company. It’s incredibly helpful to organize receipts and invoices with the multiple clients I work alongside.” – Spud Marshall CEO of the co.space “It’s QuickBooks, it runs on a Mac, now my life is complete.” – M. Bontrager “Best of all the bookkeeping and accounting programs I have used, they have thought of everything. I continued to use Quickbooks even after I sold my business. It works great for your home accounting.
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I couldn’t balance my checkbook without it.” – Jonniepop Integrations & Add-Ons One of the biggest downfalls of QuickBooks Mac is that there are no integrations. Intuit has been pushing their QuickBooks Online product like madmen, to the point that you can’t speak to a sales representative without them steering you away from your question and toward buying QuickBooks Online. And while the company focuses the majority of their integrations effort on QuickBooks Online (which has over 400 integrations), QuickBooks Pro still has a good offering of 117 integrations.
This is yet another place where QuickBooks Mac lags behind its PC counterpart. The only integrations users have available to them are and (which is the only way to accept credit card payments directly from customers straight from their invoices). Interested in accepting online payments from your customers? Read to learn the pros and cons of popular providers and see which payment processing option is best for your business. Security With locally-installed software, data security is primarily up to you; this is even more the case for QuickBooks Mac users.
QuickBooks Pro provides automated back-ups and data encryption to Windows users at an extra cost. Unfortunately, this service is unavailable for Mac users. QuickBooks does offer wonderful for learning about protecting your computer. You can also check out this on ensuring maximum data security for your QuickBooks account. Read our article for more information on protecting your data. Final Verdict QuickBooks Mac is a full-featured accounting solution with ample capabilities and a beautiful design.
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Job costing, class tracking, contact management, to-do lists, reports, and expense tracking are only a few of the many features this software has to offer. For companies looking for true accounting, expansive features, and Mac-specific software, QuickBooks Mac is hard to beat.
Business owners looking for multiple users, integrations, multiple invoice templates, strong customer service, and affordability, however, might want to look elsewhere. Take advantage of the to see if the pros outweigh the cons before deciding if QuickBooks Mac is a good choice for you.