"CNET needs to review this again"1.5 starson by IanMas515
Pros: Newest version, tech support
Cons: Everything else.
Summary: We upgraded our version of 2005 QB for contractors for the 2008 QB for Contractors.
I know this review was for Premier but it is
basically the same as the contractor version.
The 2005 was fast it was not a system hog and it seemed to work very well. Our accountant insisted on us upgrading to the newest version of this program as Intuit would soon not be supporting the 2005. Ok fine. We went out and bought this program. It came with much less than 2005. Less documentation but more ads for the plethora of services that intuit offers the consumer/small business.
I can safely say that after running this on our work laptop which is an Alienware Area 51 laptop with 2 Gigs of ram and running on Win Xp, 2008 Quickbooks is the largest resource hog that I've ever dealt with. I run a pretty lean machine. With just quickbooks and a couple other programs on it. The machine drags like you wouldn't believe. And it is not spyware either because I've checked it multiple times.
To make matters worse intuit wasn't content with the password program they had in 2005 and decided to make the program ridiculous in that regard. Make up a password that is at least 7 characters and you need to include a capital letter and one number. Oh and you need to not forget it because you HAVE to change it in 60 days. If you need help you need to go online to get it. Which will not happen if you are at a client's house delivering an estimate and their wifi is down! Intuit I'm a small business I'm not the CIA I don't need the latest military grade password protection.
Lastly the program is too big for it's own good. I just wish I could find software like firefox where everything is solid and works. I don't need a thousand features if all I need to do is make simple estimates and enter payments. I think it is really outrageous that a person has to go to seminar after seminar to learn the ins and outs of the program which is the case for QB in general. Do they really need to reinvent the wheel every time they release a version of this?
I'm either going to revert back to QB 2005 or just chuck it and buy some other accounting software. And CNET needs to review this software over the course of a couple months instead of over a couple days to a week.