As a Mac user in both my professional and personal life, I often have trouble finding software built specifically for my Mac. It’s getting easier in the world of consumer software, but there are still precious few business software solutions designed from the ground up for the Mac operating system – Mac OS X.
Accounting software is no exception. Despite the fact that there are hundreds of accounting software solutions on the market today, only a handful cater to the Mac OS X. For buyers looking to run accounting software on their Macs, there are two options: web-based accounting software and traditionally installed Mac-based accounting software. We created this guide to help buyers in their research process.
Web-based Accounting Software
Web-based accounting software, as the name implies, is designed to be delivered via the web. A web-based system does not rely on any particular operating system. Rather, the vendor hosts and manages the software, and users can access the application with an Internet connection and a web browser. In the table below, we’ve limited products to those that support Safari, the browser of Mac OS X.
|AcumaticaDemoPrice||Monthly subscription||Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari & Chrome||Acumatica can support multiple vertical markets, including professional services, marketing, banking and hospitality. The system includes features for core accounting, fixed asset accounting, purchasing and more.|
|Intacct FinancialsDemoPrice||Monthly subscription||Internet Explorer & Safari||The software is best for mid-sized businesses in industries such as engineering, advertising, media and technology. As a cloud accounting solution, it is also a very popular choice for Salesforce CRM customers who want to integrate their CRM with a web-based financial program.|
|SAP Business ByDesignDemoPrice||Monthly subscription||Internet Explorer, Fireox & Safari||Released in 2010 as SAP’s first pure web-based system, Business ByDesign delivers the essential core accounting functions. It also supports billing and invoicing, purchasing, expense reporting and more. SAP also just released a ByDesign app for the iPad that allows workers to analyze sales and revenue data from anywhere, anytime.|
|NetSuite FinancialsDemoPrice||Monthly subscription||Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari & Chrome||NetSuite is a very popular cloud ERP solution that can serve most accounting verticals. It’s a fully integrated suite that comes with corporate compliance, financial reporting and payroll management. NetSuite recently opened a mobile app store called SuiteApp to extend more accounting features to mobile devices.|
Mac-based Accounting Software
For buyers not interested in going the subscription, web-based route, investing in a traditional Mac-based accounting system is the best option. Currently, the number of accounting software options built from the ground up for OS X is limited in number and functionality. While these solutions are engineered for OS X, they aren’t functionally robust enough to handle the accounting requirements of large, complex businesses. As such, they are best-suited for small businesses.
In the table below, we’ve listed Mac-based accounting products along with pricing specifications and a brief description of the product.
|AcctVantage ERPDemoPrice||License per user||Mac OS 9 or later||AcctVantage ERP is a good system for buyers that have maxed out the functionality of QuickBooks. The software includes features for AR/AP, general ledger and reporting.|
|AccountEdge Pro||Starts at $299||10.4.11 to 10.7||AccountEdge Pro has features for billing and invoicing, payroll and inventory management. Buyers that need multiple users to access the system will want to purchase the AccountEdge Network version.|
|QuickBooks for Mac 2012||Starts at $229.95||10.6.7 or 10.7||QuickBooks is one of the most popular systems on the market for small businesses. QuickBooks for Mac supports invoicing, payroll, expense tracking and more.|
|MoneyWorks Gold 6||Starts at $499||10.5 or later||Released by Cognito, MoneyWorks Gold includes basic features such as general ledger and accounts payable as well as more advanced features like job costing and time billing. The system allows companies to network PCs with Mac computers under the same Mac-supported system.|
Despite Apple’s resurgence in the consumer market, business environments are still largely PC based – as they have been historically. Therefore, much of today’s software is still created for Windows-based operating systems. As Macs become more common in the enterprise, however, we expect the availability of Mac-based accounting solutions to grow as well.
If you’ve had any experience with a Mac accounting solution, please leave your thoughts below. Also, if we’ve left a Mac OS X accounting software solution off the list, feel free to share your knowledge with us.