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I simply don't use my PC enough to warrant using the MS version, and if Quickbooks insists I have to, well then, I will look elsewhere.
Has anyone used the applications from AppGen? It is an accounting system for Unix systems.
I also looked at MYOB's AccountEdge for the Macintosh, but it is a bit on the pricey side.
I would recommend those for people already familiar with the environnement for v market developpement.
If you want to link bar code readers to inventory and orderforms or publish a online catalog then FM is good candidate.
Getting used to the current version of FM take some time and the statement that any one can costumise templates in a day is very optimistic. The demo version will alow you a maximum of 50 records and the real version costs around 200$.
You also can have pretty good accounting templates in XL.
Unfortunatly, I have no software package to recommend for a replacement.
Being not very well versed in accounting, I found the others to be very difficult to use, and I got lost frequently in them.
Mostly it comes down to biting the bullet and coughing up for a pacakged solution, or writing your own (with all the pain that entails)
You can find free packages, but they tend to be PC only, and single user, with limited functionality, stiff upgrade costs, and be very badly supported. If you aren't an accountant it can be hard going. Hey, its free, whaddaya expect?
You can find Mac stuff, but its kinda like gold dust (very limited market share of a/c s/ware market)