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The best Mac accounting apps

Jeffery Battersby | April 11, 2014
You might think this is a category where Intuit's QuickBooks is king, but on the Mac, QuickBooks has some stiff competition—and it don't keep up.

While this business accounting application has made it easier to get your data to and back from your accountant, it is still incapable of working in mixed Mac and PC environments. Sad, but true. But that doesn't mean that it's a poor accounting application. QuickBooks for Mac will take good care of your business finances, as long as you understand its limitations.

A new user interface gives QuickBooks a look and feel similar to Intuit's Mint.com and the new Web interface for QuickBooks Online. This new look gives you a great overview of your financial status at a glance. While not everything you might want, QuickBooks for Mac 2014 still gives you what you need to take care of business.

Bottom line
Color me surprised. While AccountEdge remains an excellent application for managing your business finances, and remains one of my personal favorites, MoneyWorks Gold offers all the accounting features you'll need in a package that's considerably less expensive than AccountEdge. And while it doesn't offer any true accounting features, BillingsPro is the only invoicing application available that allows you to create invoices from time billing information you collect. For me, that's a necessary feature missing from all of the other applications. QuickBooks, while good, still lags behind the others because it lacks the cross-platform capabilities necessary for any fully networked cross-platform business environment.

 

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