MWNY: MYOB AccountEdge for Mac OS X demoed

MYOB is offering a sneak peak of MYOB AccountEdge 2, its accounting and financial management system for small businesses, due this fall, at this week's Macworld New York. The company is also presenting its first public demo of MYOB AccountEdge at the expo.

Version 2.0 is designed to make AccountEdge easier and faster to use, Tom Nash, MYOB director of product management, told MacCentral. One new feature will be a new bank register, that's designed to make keeping control of your checkbook and credit card accounts easier than ever, he added. Not only does it give users a bird's eye view of immediate account status, including a running balance, it also lets you enter and edit transactions right from the register. MacCentral will run an overview of MYOB AccountEdge 2 closer to the product's release date.

"We're pleased to have chosen Macworld Expo as the venue of our first public showing of this exciting product," Cynthia MacKewicz, general manager of MYOB, said. "Our company history is deeply rooted in the Mac, having first developed our products for the Mac back in 1989. So we most enjoy demonstrating our latest products to the Mac enthusiasts at Macworld Expo."

The Carbonized version of MYOB AccountEdge works on Mac OS 8.6 and 9.1, as well as Mac OS X. It tackles such duties as job tracking sales management, time billing, inventory and payroll. It includes invoice and check registers. MYOB AccountEdge also inherits the signature features of other MYOB products, including inventory and payroll, multiple currency accounting and professional time billing.

AccountEdge for Mac OS X takes advantage of the new operating system's key features, according to MYOB spokesperson Jennifer Lee. Behind the scenes, this includes Mac OS X's memory management, she said. More center stage is the new look and feel of AccountEdge on Mac OS X, as it makes full use of the simple and elegant Aqua user interface, Lee added.

The product's Card File holds info on customers and vendors, and integrates with Checkbook, Sales and Purchases, automatically filling in the customer or vendor specific information including: printed and on screen sales and purchases layouts, item prices, account numbers, payment terms, tax code and shipping method. (You can have up to five different ship-to addresses.)

AccountEdge remembers a customer's e-mail and Web addresses and lets you just click on the Send To button to e-mail an invoice, a bill or a report as an Adobe PDF file. You can also create e-mail right from the card file to quickly send a note to customers, using common e-mail programs. Plus, you can create a log of the e-mail, or any other communication, with a re-contact date that will appear as a reminder in the To Do List.

AccountEdge includes Quotes and Orders as well as Invoices and Bills. It also includes a Sales Register and Purchases register, which house all the status information on sales and purchases in one location. This lets you make changes on the spot. You can e-mail or mail a Quote to a customer, send it as an Order to the warehouse, and change it to an Invoice when the sale is complete by clicking a "change to order" or "change to invoice" button in the register window.

The app is designed to facilitate accepting and tracking customer payments from credit cards, cash or checks. It lets you decide how to group customer payments on deposits. AccountEdge users can fill in the source of a sale in the Referral Source field on a sales invoice, quote or order and generate a report of the results.

What's more, it automatically interfaces with Microsoft Office for the Ma. There's one-click integration with Microsoft Word and Excel (from Office 98, as well as Office 2001).

MYOB also offers a free conversion assistant that converts data files from QuickBooks Pro Version 4 for Mac to any AccountEdge product in five steps. The MYOB Conversion Assistant is available on the MYOB Web site.

Registered users of MYOB AccountEdge are being notified by mail that their free update to AccountEdge for Mac OS X is now available for download as a single user product. Additional information on AccountEdge for Mac OS X is available on the MYOB site.

MYOB AccountEdge can be bought for US$249 directly from the MYOB Web site. Current MYOB customers can upgrade for $99. A free trial version is also available on the product Web site.

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