Accounting software for Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by jkeithh, Nov 27, 2004.

  1. jkeithh macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2002
    I have a friend that is looking into switching his small business over to a Mac. Currently he uses Peachtree Accounting, but I can't seem to find Peachtree Accounting for Mac. Does anyone know of any good alternatives to Peachtree that he can use on a Mac? If so, any that would be able to read his data from his PC version of Peachtree?
  2. thecow macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2003
    Timonium MD
    MYOB is good but I don't know if it will work with Peachtree. It can import Quicken files, so if Peachtree can export to a Quicken file, it will work.
  3. mplssign macrumors newbie


    Feb 3, 2004

    I have a small business (all mac) and have been using Quickbooks since 1995. Since Intuit makes Quicken and Quickbooks, importing Quicken files is not a problem. And you can save your file in a Windows format for your accountant. Aatrix makes the payroll addon for it called TopPay, which i wish was built in.

  4. asif786 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2004
    London, UK.
    I use Sage, which unfortunately does not come for Mac..although:

    When I was at the expo in paris there was a Sage stand, and I think they had it running on the macs but I'm not too sure. Does anyone have any insight about this product? Is it being ported to Mac?

    Sage is one of the most popular accounting packages here in the UK, lots of accountants use it.
  5. zoetropeuk macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2002
    Oxford UK
    Sage is absolutely abysmal. Lots of people use PCs, doesn't make them any good though does it. Only really choice is MYOB I've been using MYOB for about 6-7 years now and it is rock solid and can be used to run a large company if needed. MYOB makes a beginners accounts package and will allow you to apply the cost to upgrade to a better package at a later date.

    MYOBs tech support is awsome, they will spends hours on the phone helping you set things up for FREE.
  6. asif786 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2004
    London, UK.
    Sure, I'm not excusing sage or saying it's a good piece, but Sage for Mac would help a lot of people who want to switch. A friend of my parents' runs a large accounting firm and they've been talking to me about switching to Mac. They cant wait to order some iMac G5's, but the sticking point is sage. It's too expensive for them to retrain all the staff and convert all the accounts to something else, so the only option for them is Virtual PC.

    If sage for mac was available, this would save a lot of people's dilemmas. I was looking at MYOB in the apple store the other day, and it looks cool. Will have to take a more detailed look into it :)
  7. panda macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2004
    accounting software

    seriously suggest looking at myob.

    i've used it for the last 4 years and can totally recommend it.

    i run multicurrency with stock management. it is good and is getting better all the time.

    ask me if you need more info from me :)
  8. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    Hi, sorry to hi-jack, but I´ve been wondering about this:
    I live in Norway, can I use MYOB here? That the program is in english no problem, but I wonder if you can set your own VAT rates etc (as these are different from country too country)?
  9. JOD8FY macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2004
    United States
    So does anyone know if MYOB can import Peachtree files? Or can the Peachtree files be exported as Quicken files? I would be interested in knowing this also.

  10. jalagl macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2003
    Costa Rica
    The thing that annoys me of both Quicken and Quickbooks is their lack of support for multiple currencies. Once they have that, I'll start using it in a second, since I was used to using Quicken on my PC.

    Does anyone know if the latest versions support multiple currencies?
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    The switch from OS 9 to OS X was rather ugly (they lost multiuser support) -- but they're back and running.

    I'd also suggest looking at them, especially since they offer a free trial download of the software.

    And they're one of the oldest financial package companies publishing software for the Mac.
  12. CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    VAT rates

    I'm another long time MYOB user, for a couple of small corporations in Calif. - it's a decent program, though some with little accounting background complain that it is not user friendly enough.

    Regarding your VAT question - when you are entering sales in AccountEdge (the current program of theirs), you arrive at a pull-down field called "Tax". It holds MANY different rates (since here in California tax rates vary by CITY and COUNTY, not just state. So this state alone must have 30-40 different tax rates.)

    You just open a "Tax code list" and create a new rate - not sure if you can name the taxes, but I assume you can.
  13. CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    I did the shift a number of years ago, and don't seem to remember it being very easy at all. But Peachtree was heading no where, so MYOB was the only way to go.

    Just try to make the switch on some logical date (start of new fiscal year, etc)
  14. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    That's the biggie, it's more of an accountants/corporate software package than a home-users package.

    But there is a big difference in capabilities between it and Quicken Home Edition.

    In the home edition packages people would rather have the software balance the checkbook and operate in single entry mode (enter the check only vs. the bill and the payment), in business: doing that introduces a fraud rich environment.

    Isn't really difficult at all, if you have somebody with some accounting background run you through setting thing up -- even then it's better to have somebody help.
  15. BigBroMan macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2005

    Sage is great. It's simple to use, produces clean and tidy reports, and certain versions can even handle EPOS machines.

    From what I've seen, Sage is definately the most popular piece of software for book-keeping and payroll purposes.

    Then coming onto Accounts Production and Taxation software; is there ANY for professional use at all for Mac? Not that I've seen of. If there was, I have no doubt many practices would switch to Apple.
  16. BigBroMan macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2005
    Actually I have read through the MYOB website and that does taxation software etc. too. It's not really as common place as the likes of CCH software and IRIS. It would require a lot of training to make the switch to get used to the new software.
  17. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    While no good for small or medium businesses, SAP do have a Java client for those people who use a Mac at work, and need corporate SAP access.

    Here is a link to the client if anyone is interested
  18. CalfCanuck macrumors 6502a

    Nov 17, 2003
    I seem to remember that MYOB used to supply free versions to accountants. (Registered users could write i their accountants info for the latter to be sent free copies).

    If you're thinking about checking it out and can find a client who uses the software (from your post you sound like a professional) then try that route.
  19. j_maddison macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2003
    Nelson, Wales
    What about using a thin client of some sort? Thats what I did in my last job. The software sat on the server, and I used a thin client to access our customer database. I gave my windows laptop back to one of the directors and never had to use the thing thankfully!

  20. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    My advice would be to stay far, far away from Top Pay. It is the buggiest, most poorly designed application I have seen in almost a decade.

    And support is a fortune, even when the problem is the buggy application.

    And to boot, it isn't free. Expect to spend hundreds of dollars on tax tables. Oh, if you want to print the government forms, that'll cost you extra too.

    Aatrix, the software publisher, is an absolute disgrace for releasing such a program.


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