Desktop software: B

Review CriteriaAstraBig BusinessBig Red Book PlusBookkeeper 2012Business 2 GoBusiness-ware
Year End RollbackNo?YesYesYesYes
Windows/ MacBothInterchangeableWindowsWindowsWindowsWindows
Multi-userYesYes NoYesYes
Tax CompliancePoorPoorGoodGoodFairGood
PayrollYesNoAddonNo(US only)NoNo
How is the software paid forProprietoryProprietoryProprietoryProprietoryProprietoryProprietory
Drill downYesYesYesYesYes, but not on reportsYes
Ledger BasedYesYesYesYesYesYes
NetworkableYesYes ?YesYes
Hosted versionNoNoNoNoNoNo
Import/Exportn/aYesYesYes, CSV, Quickbooks, PdfYesCSV
Multi currencyYesYesNoNoYesYes
Work from SAL templaten/aNoYesYesYes?
Links to other softwaren/aNoExcel, CSVExcel, Email, US Payroll, Excel, EmailExcel, Email
Moving datafilen/aNoYesYesYesYes
Datafile usable offsiten/aNoYesYesYesYes
Partner SchemePartialNoNoNo
AdvantagesLarger scale Mac alternative to AccountEdge. Strong networking.Appears to cover most ledgers available in MYOB. ODBC add on.Addon modules to extend functionality such as CRM, Stock. Excellent for small and medium size business. Built in inventory, sales and built in workflow coach for novice users. Inventory, sales, and purchasing. Promising piece of software with inventory and sales. Very cheap.
DisadvantagesNot amendable. Looks too much like a database.Comprehensive but irritating. Several features appear clumsy. Tricky to use and expensive.Windows 95 style screens. Difficult in and out ledger based layout. Look and feel very similar to Excel.Limited to single dollar currency and single user. Reports won’t download to Excel. No Bank Register.Unpost onlyNo mac version. No built in payroll. Not amendable.
Websiteastraaccounts .co.ukbigbusiness.combigredbook.comavanquest.comquest2go.combusiness-ware
Cost excl VATFrom £120$595 per user€ 799$39.95$99 Small Bus Edition $199 Standard VersionFrom £89