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REVIEW: Budget Software 2012

budget art newBudgeting has long been treated as at best a pointless exercise and at worst a waste of time and resources. Once management has decreed what it deems an acceptable increase for inflation, department managers simply plug that increase into the previous year's budget, add in any capital or expansion funding desired, and send the budget forth. Read more...

REVIEW: Invoicing Software

As Intuit continues to try to move more comprehensively into the cloud with QuickBooks, sites automating a subset of financial management - online invoicing -- continue to launch and, in some cases, flourish. There are dozens of them. Who are they aiming at? Any company that already uses an accounting software desktop product or website already has full accounts receivable functionality. Sole proprietors, microbusinesses and/or companies that don't need to balance debits and credits but who need to bill customers seem the likeliest target audience. And there are millions of them. Read more...

REVIEW; NitroPDF Pro 7 PDF Editor

nitro logoSince it entered the PDF reading and editing market five years ago, Nitro has consistently won praise among reviewers and users for its enhanced features and streamlined structure. That tradition continued with the release this month of NitroPDF Pro 7, a PDF editor authoring and editing tool that enables users to create, edit, secure, sign, and share PDF files. Read more...

REVIEW: Financial Planning Software 2011

Financial planning has always been a growth industry, and is no less so today in spite of the economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), based on its most recent data, there are 155,300 financial advisors in the United States, with the greatest number residing in New York, Texas, Florida, Illinois and California. This represents a drop in the number of financial planners since 2008, but the survivors of the economic shakeout are doing better financially, with a mean income of $91,200 per year. Read more...

Tax Planning Software 2011

By all rights, this should be a banner year for accounting firms that engage in serious tax planning. After all, with the economy still in the doldrums, clients should be looking for any way they can to increase their personal and business cash. Using an effective tax strategy is one of the key ways to do that, particularly for those who have exhausted most of their other options.

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REVIEW; A Trio of Mid-Market Accounting Apps

Mid-market solutions are right-sized for many businesses. These tools are the middle child of the accounting software space. Not simple enough to be used by many of the smallest businesses and not complex (or expensive) enough to even be considered by many of the Fortune 500, they are designed for that broad chunk of businesses sitting squarely in the middle of the market. Read more...

REVIEW: Fixed Assets Software

Why would a small to medium-sized accounting firm be interested in using a fixed asset program? It is easy to get stuck on the fact that most fixed asset programs cost a lot of money. After all, in a smaller firm that money comes directly out of your pocket. Read more...

REVIEW: QuickBooks Premier 2012 - Quiet Changes, Improved Workflow

QuickBooks Premier 2012As QuickBooks upgrades go, 2012 isn't a barn-burner. It does promise better and faster workflow, enhanced insight into your clients' financial information and the further centralization and accessibility of data. It does so through innovations in reporting tools, calendaring and the addition of new Centers. Read more...

REVIEW: Portable Scanners 2011

Document scanners were an early novelty in the computing market, a technology that melded the old document imaging used by fax machine with the newer, faster ability to transmit data digitally. In fact, the scanner helped to make the fax machine obsolete by taking over its ability to digitize paper documents. Read more...

REVIEW: NFP Accounting Software 2011

The not-for-profit sector is a bellwether of the economy. When consumer confidence is improving and the economy expanding, as it was through the second quarter of this year, donations increase and NFPs fare better. And that seemed to be the case, as Blackbaud and others showed donations tracking 10 percent or more above levels at the same time last year.

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