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I love showing clients this trick; sometimes even longtime QuickBooks users don’t know its there.  In both QB for Mac and QB for Windows, if you are in any number field, you can turn that field into a mini-calculator, simply by using one of the  math function symbols: – +/* Simply enter the first amount […]

Basic Manufacturing Process for QB for Mac

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QuickBooks for Mac is not really designed to handle accounting for goods in a manufacturing environment.  It doesn’t have Assembly items, which QB uses as a Bill of Materials.  However, it is possible to account for a simple manufacturing process, using some workarounds, to produce Bills of Materials to move costs from Raw Materials to […]

QuickBooks for Mac 2012 R4

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  Release 4 for Quickbooks for Mac 2012 was released this week.  Here are the highlights of the changes.  I’v added some comments (in italics) to some items.  If you have experienced any of these issues, you’ll be glad to know that they have been addressed.  As always, if you are running QB in Mulit-User mode, […]

Don’t rush in to the Lion’s mouth…

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The much anticipated release of Mac OS 10.7, aka Lion is today.  Many Mac users being the early adopters they are, the App Store will probably get clogged as they rush to download it for the unbelievable price of $29.99. But I’m advising my clients to wait at least a couple of weeks.  Why?  Those […]

Parallels and Quickbooks, Part II

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QuickBooks, Finally Okay, now you have a Virtual Machine (VM) all set up.  Think of it as a Windows computer that actually co-exists happily with a Mac, much better than it does in the “real” world, actually.  You are ready to install QuickBooks and get working. First a brief note:  Intuit does not officially support […]

Parallels and QuickBooks™, part I

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I love my Mac. And QuickBooks for Mac 2011 is the best yet, but it still lags way behind its Windows counterpart, QuickBooks Pro 2011, in a lot of features.  Plus, there is no option to upgrade to the Premier or Enterprise level program, let alone have access to the Intuit App Center, or the […]

Why can’t Intuit do this?

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I wish  Intuit would notify users  when they schedule maintenance, whether it be to the Sync Services website, QuickBooks Online, Merchant Services or Payroll.  I think users would be a lot more understanding if they knew ahead of time there was a possibility of outages or slowness.  They are the only “online” company I deal […]

Mac vs MAC

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let’s call this my Monday rant: In the QuickBooks world, I often see new Mac owners and non-Mac users refer to the machines and OS as MAC.  Just to reiterate what many have done before me… MAC = Media Access Control.  It represents an unique ID for each piece of hardware that accesses a network.   […]

The Road to the Cloud…

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…is full of potholes “The cloud” is the future.  I believe that, and I’ve moved many of my personal, business, and client services to the great beyond.  But it is still a work in progress – some examples: At the Scaling New Heights conference last month, The Cloud was the topic of every keynote address.  […]

Quickbooks for Mac 2011 R9 Released Today

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Important! If your accountant is working on your file, wait until you get the file back before you upgrade. If you’ve sent your data to your accountant, wait to upgrade to R9 until after you’ve restored your file with your accountant’s changes using your current copy of QuickBooks. Once the file is restored, choose QuickBooks […]