As I have written earlier, I somewhat recently upgraded to Lion on my Macintosh and dumped my ancient version of QuickBooks for iBank. One feature missing in this otherwise fantastic piece of software is the ability to create and print an invoice. I sampled several invoicing apps in the Mac App store and debated even trying this rather inexpensive app simply called “Invoicing” but am really quite happy with it. For an application that is less than $5.00 USD, this thing is an incredible bargain and does all I ever need an invoicing program to do.
The latest version, 3.01, has plenty of features for my small business needs. I can quickly enter line items, apply a discount if needed, bill for partial hours, customize which columns are displayed and choose from a few different templates for look and feel. The app also has some reporting tools, which honestly I don’t see using, but they may be of value to others. The application did not get a very good rating for its earlier versions and as such, is still rated only 2 out of 5 stars in the Mac App Store. I’m glad I decided it was worth more than just a glance, it’s a great little app that does exactly what I need it to do.
I finally upgraded to Lion — I got Snow Leopard just to make the upgrade, having not even bothered with that update either — and spent a fair amount of time researching and analyzing replacement software for programs I either didn’t want to pay to upgrade (Photoshop) or ones that simply won’t work any longer on this modern OS that is tuned to run on the Core Duo 2 chip set. This post is for one of the programs that falls into that latter grouping – a replacement for QuickBooks.
My copy of QuickBooks for Macintosh was actually not supposed to be run on Leopard but I had determined several work arounds to keep it alive, but it was a pain. I really wasn’t a fan of QuickBooks either and wanted something that would not only replace this so-called “business standard” but be better to use, too. Simply put, I never even liked QuickBooks. It was clunky, had reports I didn’t want or need, and was difficult to use. I got it because it was what seemed to be the “standard” in business. It was time to think differently about that.
For about a week, I researched and when possible tried out different Lion capable accounting software packages. Some were good, and several were better than QuickBooks, but it was iBank that really fit all of my needs.