As we’ve discussed in the past, I’m a Mac devotee and would like to choose the best Mac compatible accounting software possible. Quickbooks Pro 2007 for Mac is available but isn’t quite the same as the Windows version. The payroll looks expensive over time. MYOB has a cost comparisdon chart, http://www.myob-us.com/coo07/, that looks favorable and it’s reasonably priced. MYOB has been around a while and continues to have a substantial presence at MacWorld. They also offer a free copy of the software to your accountant. I have also been involved with Checkmark’s Multi-Ledger and Payroll, http://www.checkmark.com/, in the past and they were OK. Can you comment on any of this?
All of the programs you mention are, in my experience, basically fine. That said, I consistently find that clients on Multi-Ledger have better (more accurate, more readable, more consistent) reports than clients on MYOB.
Without a doubt, the worst feature of Quickbooks is how hard they try to sell you other services which you do not need. You do not need to purchase annual payroll updates from Quickbooks! You can look up the new rates and change them manually–five minutes saves you whatever they are charging for the update–but you do have to remember to do it–and if you get it wrong you could end up over or underpaying payroll taxes.
After further research I’m going with Quickbooks Pro for Mac. All of the bookkeepers and accountants I spoke with prefer it over any other program for small business. Feel free to refer an MacNuts to me and I’ll fill them in on my progress.