|24 Nov 2006||I have been using Account Pro for about a week now and am
getting used to it. I like the simple uncluttered presentation of account
sheets and statements - I can make sense of them. I have been using Quicken (various
versions) for several years and am still confused by it. On importing
transactions from Quicken, a number of accounting errors became glaringly
obvious just by the way they were presented in Account Pro - isn't this what a
good accounting package should do?
J. McM by mail
|14 Jun 2006||"...Your program is an excellent accounting program. Unlike most other
accounting programs I have come across it gives the user complete freedom to amend or delete
entries at will and view entries made. It is powerful but uncomplicated. It does exactly what
I want it to do, rather than me having to do what it wants me to do."
C. W. , United Kingdom
|14 Jan 2005||"P.S. This has been a great accounting package to use over the last year.
It is unfortunate that we only started using it during the liquidation of one of the largest
accounting firms in the world and not before.... I reccomend it to other accountants at every
opportunity I get."
D. F. , Switzerland
|30 Dec 2003||"I have used the program for 15 days, and I'm really surprised by the way
it has simplified my accounting work. For that reason I want to buy it..."
A. Y. , Mexico
|9 Oct 2003||"Thank you for all your assistance and cooperation. I have successfully entered
the registration code. I would like to take the opportunity to express my appreciation and surprise
that you have provided me with the support I needed and with a quick response..."
T. S. , Canada
|6 Jun 2003||"It is hearting to know that there are software
developers such as yourself who are as responsive to suggestions as you are.
This is one reason why I prefer to use programs developed by smaller
companies rather than the 'big guys' like Intuit. I have a copy of
Quickbooks that I don't use, mostly because Quickbooks is so 'Americanized'
and user unfriendly for non-American businesses like mine who need to
operate with different currencies, languages and tax systems. The
versatility of Account Pro puts it several steps above any other accounting
software I have found. In particular, the language capabilities of your
software are brilliant ....the perfect solution for a business such as ours
who's employees use several languages."
J. W. J. , Chile/USA
|14 Jan 2003||
"I upgraded to a faster machine about six years ago with my first experience of Windows and looked for a suitable accounts package for my personal use. I did, at that time, download a trial copy of Account Pro. Shortly afterwards, though, I received a free copy of Quicken on a magazine cover. In retrospect, I think that was unfortunate.
Quicken tries to make life easy for the non-expert. Unfortunately, though they do succeed, it leads to some fairly major complications as you start looking for its more advanced features.
The main criticism is that it is not a full double entry system. They have accounts which, as far as I can see, represent all the Balance Sheet accounts. Transactions between these, naturally, use double entry. However, Income and Expenditure transactions are recorded as a single entry in an account which is then marked with a category. (Interesting if you want to make a transfer between two categories - you have to make two equal and opposite transactions in an account or a single, zero--value, split transaction in an account).
Although it has many good features, since I first met it, Quicken has, like so many others, got increasingly bloated. More and more features are added - many of which I would never need. They do have simpler versions, but one or two aspects of the more expensive make it advantageous. This, however, is now becoming more difficult to argue. Furthermore, I have discovered that in the interests of copy protection, they are now including elements which, at least potentially, may be a threat to the overall security of the system and I have decided to call it a day.
Before that I was reaching this point anyway for one other essential feature and, to be honest, I have only continued with it as long as I have in the hope that they would improve this. The problem is its handling of international currencies. They have provision for foreign currency accounts. However, there is no provision for foreign currency categories. These always appear in the system currency (here, the pound). They also only provide for one exchange rate per currency. This means that every time the rate changes, every single transaction made in that currency is revalued during the entire time covered by the data. Since they don't encourage proper closing of accounts every year, this means a fairly meanings significance to historic figures. I have worked out a workaround for this, but it is really time-consuming.
In addition, features such as an instant balance sheet and income and expenditure report which I expect to be instantly available with a system, together with instantly available balances on every account (or category) require the generation of a report - in the case of the latter, a rather more cumbersome procedure of selection than it need be.Thank you for the return of reason :-)"
J. U. , United Kingdom
|9 Oct 2002||
"... I'm indeed also interested in downloading the final Red Cross version.
I'm actually training some projects and government institutions in
computerised accounting and I find Account Pro an excellent product to get
started. I will make sure the benificiairies will formally subscribe when
they have accepted it."
F. van D. , Zambia
|6 May 2002||
"As the president of our local Rotary Club I had to act as a stand-in for the new
treasurer of our association, who could not fix the annual balance with his home-made
spreadsheet single entry bookkeeping system. Well, I could not fix it either, so I decided
to start from scratch from the previous and approved balance and do all the entries from
six months back myself. I was in search of a good and easy to use program. Thanks to Google
I ended with the dutch version of your Account Pro program. The Handleiding was useful,
but it was particularly the enclosed VOORBEEL.acc that helped me to set up a series
of accounts and to check on the logic of double entry bookkeeping.
I wish therefore to extend my compliments to you for a very useful and well balanced program!"
H. H. , Belgium
|27 Apr 2001||
"As a Dutch citizen, resident permanently in Spain, I had to find a new accounting program when my old Dutch & DOS program refused to do anything about the year 2000. In search of a simple and cheap successor, I surfed the Internet and downloaded about 30 Very Imposing Programs, which I tested superficially if they complied with my status as absolute layman about what is debit and what should be credit. To make a long story short, 50% was inmediately dumped because they did not work at all, 25% I did not understand and 25% I did not like for any reason whatsoever.
By chance I stumbled upon the website of the German computer magazine Chip and from there I found your Account Pro. Believe me, it is an absolute hit and you may quote me! It not only fulfills my simple needs but it contains also many extras to satisfy even professional accountants; although I really hate administration, I love working with it! For me personally it is a gem that I can set up and do my bookkeeping in Dutch - and to print out everything in Spanish for my accountant. Secondly it is great that I can make direct corrections instead of the laborious correcting contra-bookings that always end up on the wrong debet or credit side and thus need contra- repair-bookings also always showing up on the wrong side. Also, compared to so-called professional commercial programs, its registration price is very affordable.So believe me, I think you did a great job."
W. van D. , Spain
|6 Jan 2001||
... By the way, I want to tell you that your program is the best that I found.
The ideas to make two entries in one operation and the automatic VAT are
N. S. , Israel
|4 Jan 2001||
"I have succsessfully installed my copy of Account Pro, and have used it for
some time. I became a registered user on 7 Jun 2000, with the registration
number... . In particular, I am very satisfied with the
possibility of handling different foreign exchange when I am on travel
Ø. N. , Norway
|13 Jan 2000||
"I have loaded up an evaluation version of your accounting program "Account
Pro APWIN95" which I got from ENSIGN SYSTEMS in London. I tried it and found
it very easy to set up and use."
H. L. , Finland
|30 Nov 1999||
"I am a Consulting Engineer, helping small companies to get things in order.
I downloaded 5 accounting programs and rated them according to specific criteria, like:
1) available in spanish (I think it is a surprisingly good translation)
2) local currency (pesos) and at least one foreign currency (US $)
3) user friendly, with few accounting jargon
4) exportable data, at least to Excel
5) to be able to manage all the information (payables, receivables, etc) in the program itself My selection to make the real test on was Account Pro. I will try test for 2 months in a company that produces and export premium wines. It has no more than 20 clients and 50 suppliers. If everything is OK I will be very happy to pay for the program and establish a relation with you." [He did]
R. G. , Chile
|27 Oct 1999||
"Many thanks for your patience and guidance in helping me learn Account
Pro. Our Student Council and our Bank's customers have given your program
You have a very powerful program that is user friendly! Your Account Pro
has made it easier for our Student Council Bank to track the financial
activities of our classes and clubs, and you have helped me teach students
about basic accounting."
J. B. , USA
|29 Jun 1999||
"I am a registred user of your AccPro for a few years, and am very satisfied with the program.
I am bying shares, which of course means that the value is changing rather often. I would like
to be able to insert the amount of shares and keep this as a fixed number, but be able to
change the value rather often (just like the value of foreign currencies), can I do it
in AccPro?" [The answer was yes]
P. B. , Denmark
|21 Nov 1998||
"I have to congratulate you. After using Account Pro for about 6 months for our badminton club,
I am very pleased with it. It is simple, yet powerful, and you can see everything you need
at a glance. I especially like the cost centres: it is a simple way to incorporate some
analytical bookkeeping in your normal books. I also got compliments from the other members
of the board for the seamless transition to Account Pro and for the nice tables
and income statements they can see every meeting. Between you and me: the switch was
actually a piece of cake, and Account Pro decreased the amount of time I always had
to spend to track errors. Working with Account Pro is fun and the books of our club
are always 100 % up to date now."
W. De W. , Belgium
|14 Sep 1998||
"I am very pleased with the high quality of your account pro program, and I try to implement it.
However i have one question. The figures of the date of an account are only the two last of the year.
Will the program then sort correct after the year 2000?" [The answer was yes]
P. K. , Denmark
|5 Aug 1998||
"The JS Group from India jointly with Vogel Verlag from Germany has launched India's best
Computer Magazine in English called 'CHIP - The Best Guide to Computing'. CHIP appears with
a CD every month (the CD is FREE of cost to the reader). This CD includes a lot of freeware
and shareware. We would like to include your software "Account Pro 95 ver 6.76" in our CD
for June. We feel that it is an excellent product and the Indian market should be
introduced to it."
C. B. , India
|4 Mar 1998||
"... On the other hand, I find your program practically tailor-made for my purposes, and I am now fully fluent in using it, I have been in the handbook 3 or 4 times, that's all. So I really have to commend the program for being user-friendly. And the outputs are also very friendly to a non-accountant. Seems to be easy to keep track of budget/consumption performances, and it is going to be interresting to see how it will work when we come to the next years budget planning.I am still working on our Head Office to get the program on their side too, but in any case, even if we just keep it here and send the documents by courier (like we do with our existing system) we will still be able to slim down the papervolume by kilos, due to the rational way to present the figures. So, thank you for this program."
P. E. , Singapore