Platform: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000
An upgrade from other, more simplified versions of Peachtree Accounting software, we found Peachtree Complete Accounting 8.0 to be a wide-ranging and intricate selection. With sophisticated features like multiuser capabilities, job costing, payroll, and audit trails, Peachtree Complete Accounting 8.0 can be instrumental in streamlining the finances for midsize businesses of any size.
We had Peachtree Complete Accounting 8.0 running in under five minutes, as it essentially installs itself. User-instruction inserts for general and payroll setup are extremely helpful cheat sheets for those who do not want to delve immediately into the 1,000-page manual. In addition to the short sheets, there is a small, auxiliary Getting Started manual and a Fixed Assets User's Guide.
Getting on track from the startup menu is a simple process, even for a first-time user or novice to accounting software. The first step is to start a new company profile. This prompts the user to select from 87 different types of template companies, import a preexisting template from another version of Peachtree or another accounting program, or entirely customize a new template for an original business. After setting up a sample company, the software incorporates checklists with recommendations for procedures that facilitate financial management.
More notable features of Peachtree Complete Accounting 8.0 include reporting on accounts payable; customizable reports; payroll; 401(k); printing W2, W3, 940-EZ, and 1099 forms; and inventory.
With its enormous User's Guide, Peachtree Complete Accounting 8.0 can seem initially to be a daunting thing to learn; indeed, it is no small task. However, if one is willing to invest the time and effort, and possesses knowledge of accounting, Peachtree Complete Accounting 8.0 can be comprehensive and extensive. In the end, once it has been mastered, this accounting software can prove to be a financial manager's dream come true. --Kendra Hayden
Peachtree Complete Accounting 8.0 includes all the features of Peachtree Accounting plus advanced screen-level password security, audit trail, change item prices globally, in-depth job costing, a time and billing system, and fixed assets.
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