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Caution:This is an unashamed shout-out to the blogosphere (as some call it) for help. It contains exclamation marks. Here goes…

For the love of God, will someone please code a sensible accounts application for the Mac? I have tried so many, and they’re all shit. This is the best general accounts app I’ve tried, and it’s still annoying beyond belief:

Screenshot from Accounts.app

I get this every time I try any transaction (and before you ask, yes I’m familiar with the concepts of double-entry book-keeping). All I want to do is throw my sales invoices, receipts and bank details into a big black box of an app and sort stuff as and when. I don’t feel the need to “balance” my books every three seconds, I’m not that anal. I want to do this willy nilly, in any old order. I don’t mind setting up general accounts and so forth in advance (e.g. Expenses - travel, Sales - Client 1, Expenses - Software, and so on), but then, then please just let me throw my transactions into the system, any old how. I’ll provide dates, amounts and references, but I want you, oh lowly accounts system, to order everything, give me reports, and so forth. Is that so much to ask? Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do, accounting software?!?

Sorry for coming across all rant-y. I appreciate that there are accounting packages out there for Windoze too, but I’m only running Windoze for Notes and Domino… don’t need it for anything else. Frankly I’m buggered if I’m going to throw something as basic as my accounts in to Gates-land when everything else happens on the Mac. A native accounts application shouldn’t be too much to ask, surely? Just a nice wee accounts app on t’Mac? Someone must make one? Pretty please? (Maybe I need to learn Cocoa quick-smart and clean up).

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Comments

  1. I've been using Quickbooks for a while now, and it runs on Mac:

    http://quickbooks.intuit.com/product/accounting-software/pro-mac-business-finance-software.jhtml

    It took me a while to figure some of the bits and pieces out, but I didn't have an accounting background like you, so you might have an easier time of it.Julian Robichaux#
  2. Thanks Julian. Unfortunately, in the UK, not only do they charge a lot more for the product than in the US, they don’t make it available for the Mac. It’s a PC-only application over here.Ben Poole#
  3. That's shameful. What if someone in the USA bought it for you?
    ;-)Julian Robichaux#
  4. ;-) I suspect Intuit simply couldn’t face coding for the ludicrous bureaucracy that is the taxation system for small business in the UK.

    And to be fair, I can’t say I blame them!Ben Poole#
  5. Hi Ben - what are you using now? I run Quickbooks for windows (a 2000 version inside vmware fusion). It's a pile-o-shite but I refuse to upgrade to pay for a newer version that *might* be better than the current steaming dog turd (that I've already paid for). MYOB is pretty popular over this way, but since I hate accounting, I can't be arsed changing.

    ….now if only there was a simple web app for accounting newbs :-)Brendon Upson#
  6. At the moment all my accounts sit in a few Numbers worksheets. This is fine as far as it goes, but takes too much maintenance. I was thinking of checking out MYOB FirstEdge but am bothered about Leopard compatibility and the activation technology MYOB use for your accounts—I want my stuff accessible, not in a format that could end up locked!

    As my researches continue, this company looks interesting: http://www.cognito.co.nzBen Poole#
  7. Others have trodden this path, so I know I’m not alone:

    http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/looking-for-a-myob-replacement

    By way of a mini-update, so far so good re MoneyWorks (the cognito.co.nz solution). I will post again once I’ve used the beast for while; it’s not just an OS X app, so should be handy for plenty of people.Ben Poole#

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