QuickBooks Review Summaries

 

Quickbooks Desktop 2015 (Updated October, 2014)

 Read below for our reviews of QuickBooks Desktop software. These versions have been developed and expanded from the original QuickBooks software. They are the most widely-used, complete, and versatile small business bookkeeping software products on the market. Click here to compare all QuickBooks products.

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This version is great for:

  • All small business owners who want a complete bookkeeping software and don't have the need for sales and expense forecasting, grouped tracking by class, or the ability to create a business plan with their bookkeeping software.
  • Anyone who wants a robust bookkeeping software for their small business, but does not need remote access to their books online.
  • Businesses that need inventory tracking and want to be able to set levels of inventory that will alert you to order more of that product  
  • Companies that need to track international sales in various currencies

Conclusion:

QuickBooks Desktop Pro is for those who want the comprehensive features of the best bookkeeping software for small businesses, but do not need the ability to forecast sales and expenses or create a business plan within the software. Desktop Pro includes more than 100 detailed reports and creates a copy of your business’ books on your desktop for easy access. Also, unlike the Online versions, this software will save a local copy of your books to your hard drive, which users will find especially valuable if your Internet connection gets disrupted or the Intuit website goes offline.

2015 Product Updates: Quickbooks Pro offers several improved and one new feature in their 2015 edition. The new Homepage Insights (replacing the "Company Snapshot") gives you an easy way to view your main financial indicators like profit and loss, income and expenses, and top customers. Quickbooks Pro has also made improvements to their reporting formats, customization, commenting and sharing options. For people who use the Intuit Payment Network, the 2015 Quickbooks software isn't currently compatible- this is apparently being worked on, but the solution hasn't been released.

New for QuickBooks: QuickBooks Desktop software now lets you see invoices, billing dates, and other scheduled tasks in an integrated calendar view. They have also added the Document Center which will let you scan and attach receipts, estimates, and other documents to invoices and customer files. Another addition is a "Lead Center" that allows you to manage valuable business leads and transfer them easily into the "Customer Center" with a single click. Also with this new release, all Desktop software comes with Industry-specific report templates created by other QuickBooks users that you can populate with your own financial data in one click of the mouse. Keeping your exported reports in Excel up-to-date has been made easier as well. By connecting these files with your QuickBooks software, all you have to do is refresh the Excel file and your reports are automatically updated every time you need it. A few more additions to the QuickBooks software are covered in the detailed review.

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Desktop Pro Features

Price

$249.95

Number of User Accounts

1

Free Trial

No, but

Unlimited Customer Support

$299.95

Ease of Use

Managerial Features

Extensive

Number of Reports

100

Online Access

N/A

Prints Checks

Creates Invoices

Uploads Bank Files

Tracks Inventory

Helps Create Tax Forms

Industry-Specific Reports



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This version is great for:

  • Small businesses that need the ability to do just about anything with their bookkeeping software except access their books online
  • Anyone who wants all of the bookkeeping features of QuickBooks Pro, plus the ability to forecast sales and expenses, create a business plan, and use industry-specific reports, accounts, menus, and charts
  • Business owners who have some experience with QuickBooks or plan on hiring someone to help set up their books

Conclusion:

QuickBooks Desktop Premier is one of the most extensive QuickBooks products offered by Intuit. This bookkeeping software is truly all a small business could ask for with its robust feature set, including more than 150 detailed reports, industry-specific files, menus, and accounts and the ability to create sales and expense forecasts and business plans. An advantage of this software over the Online versions is that the Desktop versions will save a local copy of your business’ financials on your hard drive, which users will find incredibly useful if their Internet connection gets disrupted or the Intuit website goes offline (which happens on rare occasions).

2015 Product Updates: Quickbooks Premier offers several improved and one new feature in their 2015 edition. The new Homepage Insights (replacing the "Company Snapshot") gives you an easy way to view your main financial indicators like profit and loss, income and expenses, and top customers. Quickbooks Premier has also made improvements to their reporting formats, customization, commenting and sharing options. For people who use the Intuit Payment Network, the 2015 Quickbooks software isn't currently compatible- this is apparently being worked on, but the solution hasn't been released.

New QuickBooks Features: QuickBooks Desktop software now lets you see invoices, billing dates, and other scheduled tasks in an integrated calendar view. They have also added the Document Center which will let you scan and attach receipts, estimates, and other documents to invoices and customer files. Another addition is the Lead Center that allows you to manage valuable business leads and, once they become a customer, transfer them easily into the Customer Center with a single click. Also with this new release, all Desktop software comes with Industry-specific report templates created by other QuickBooks users that you can populate with your own financial data in one click of the mouse. Keeping your exported reports in Excel up-to-date has been made easier as well. By connecting these files with your QuickBooks software, all you have to do is refresh the Excel file and your reports are automatically updated every time you need it. A few more additions to the QuickBooks software are covered in our detailed review.

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Desktop Premier Features

Price

$379.95

Number of User Accounts

1

Free Trial

No, but

Unlimited Customer Support

$299.95

Ease of Use

Managerial Features

Complete

Number of Reports

150

Online Access

N/A

Prints Checks

Creates Invoices

Uploads Bank Files

Tracks Inventory

Helps Create Tax Forms

Industry-Specific Reports