Pros Simple to use with small amounts of data
Cons Sloooow if you have large amounts of data
Summary Intuit has "improved" the QB database structure so that those of us with large numbers of customers and sales transactions have to now wait long minutes just to get a simple month-to-date P&L or print a single mailing label. Everything you do in 2006 will take much more time, and your lack of productivity will make you want to cry.
The QuickBooks support solution is to "condense" your data, thereby losing all prior relevant details just so QB will run as fast as the 2003 version I recently upgraded from. The 2006 version will eat all of your computer resources even if you have only QB running and no other open applications.
So think long and hard before you upgrade from older workhorse versions, because there is no going back.
Pros Most basics are the same
Cons It still has bugs @ 3/1/06
Summary Not all data entry functions work correctly.
Not all industry specific reports work correctly. Some features in QB2005 have been eliminated. Backup is larger and slower.
At this time, I would say if you are using QB2005 and are happy with, stick with it.
"Slick interface, customer & vendor centers, SQL make this a Business Operations System"on by qbprofessor
Pros Handles inventory, assemblies, Sales Order with integrated Purchasing and Invoicing
Cons File size exceeds 500 MB
Summary There is a whole new menu dedicated to industry verticals, along with industry-specific reports. The same disc has all the versions, and one can upgrade to a Premier from within the Pro merely by entering a credit card to pay for the difference. Thus, there is no Oooops! factor - the work is not lost.
The 2006 is a quantum change from earlier versions - no more navigators, SQL database has the always-on audit trail, and the home page interface is slick. Estimates convert to Sales Orders, and QuickBooks saddles up for the ride - enabling single-click purchase orders and customer invoices. I also like being able to generate invoices on multiple clients based on employee time sheets.
There is a marked improvement in the ability to handle inventory and assemblies. There is a lot humming under the hood, but like any luxury car, you needn't know. The home page and the customer/vendor/employee centers enable people to complete all their functions within a single space.
The tutorials are very helpful. I counted 43 (maybe I lost track - I started watching!). This enables new employees to come up to speed in only a couple of hours, without damaging company data.
The extensive developer network has produced, and continues to produce, industry-specific software that integrates with QuickBooks. This positions QuickBooks as a Business Operations Software, at a very effective price-point.
Pros Great new layout with easy navigation...
Cons Color scheme could be better...
Summary I have used Quickbooks now for approximately fifteen years starting with ver. 1.0 release 9 and without a doubt this is their finest effort yet. You can be up and running in a matter of minutes without having to constantly refer to a manual.
Although I disliked the color scheme I still had to give it a ten rating because it was just that good. Don't just take my word, try it for yourself and see....
"Stable, but very hard to customize to your business. Try other software first."on by Screaminlizard
Pros Stable and reliable for basic accounting
Cons Features sound good on the box but lack real world functionality once you try to use them. Feels as though it was designed by people who have never run a business.
Summary This software seems like it will handle everything you need until you start using it. For pure accounting, it works well and is quite stable. For most everything else, it feels very much as though they added the feature without ever trying to use it themselves. Estimates, invoicing, customer info and tracking, all have a long way to go. I've been using this software for several years now and have finally given up on it. The vast majority of the time I spend in this software is in producing estimates, invoices, and customer management - all of which feel like they are ten years behind the times. You'll find that customizing estimates and invoices to suit your business is so limited that you'll likely end up using other software for that and then be faced with having to enter all the info into Quickbooks after the fact to balance your accounts. I would have switched long ago if not for the hundreds of hours required by my bookeepers to change everything over to another software. Sadly, we'll be doing that this spring.