Any open source alternatives to MYOB or Quickbooks?

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  1. eclipse macrumors 6502a

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    Hi all,
    any alternatives to MYOB that you can actually buy outright rather than rent?
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    The days of fully supported, one-purchase software are gone.

    The desktop (not "online") version of Manager is actually free for a single user. I've never used it so I have no opinion.
     
  3. ignatius345, Apr 20, 2018
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    Not quite. Omni Group still sells great stuff and supports it well on a normal purchase basis. I dearly wish they'd tackle a banking/budgeting app. There are others too. The Rogue Amoeba people come to mind, and honestly sometimes even Apple themselves do the job -- there have been many, many updates to Final Cut Pro X that all came free with a license bought years ago. There are lots of little one-off developers too.

    When it suits my needs, I'm very happy to support developers who have the decency to refrain from that "it's just a cup of coffee a month!" BS :)
     
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    Right….but I was trying to stay on subject, I guess.
     
  5. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

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    Sorry, I go on that rant waaay too easily :/

    YNAB is still very popular but they too succumbed to subscription fever a couple years ago. I wonder if they still sell the old standalone version?
     
  6. sgtaylor5 macrumors member

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    {The days of fully supported, one-purchase software are gone.}

    I get that; I really do. I've done years of research trying to get out of QuickBooks and stay "desktop" instead of "online", to no avail. QuickBooks 2016 is going to be EOL in 2019, although I've intentionally never used any feature of QB that can possibly be sunsetted, so I could keep using it long-term.

    So, seeing the actual reality of software these days, how do you keep an online financial accounting company from selling your data behind your back? That's my main objection to online accounting software, in particular. I'm not paranoid; it's simply my data and my company, and I'll choose who to reveal it to. Or do you have to roll your own accounting software? I don't want to switch to GnuCash and become a software developer to fix a problem I might have with it.
     
  7. eclipse thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, all valid concerns.
     

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