For this week I thought I would review Intuit Quickbooks Pro 2011. I just bought this for around $169, since I was an existing Quickbooks user. They gave me a slight discount, which is not bad considering they’re telling me I have to upgrade. The install went smoothly over my Quickbooks 2008 install and updated my company file with little effort. I did backup everything before doing the upgrade, just to be sure.
One of the best things I like about Quickbooks Pro 2011 is the startup times. I don’t do a lot of accounting, so I don’t keep Quickbooks up all the time, so when I go to launch it, I want to it hurry up so I can finish what I’m doing. Quickbooks 2011 starts really fast, much faster than Quickbooks 2008 or 2006. I’ve noticed the older versions take longer to startup, regardless of hardware on the computer, but this new version loads quick.
Something I didn’t like was the fact that Quickbooks started putting “You can pay online at…” with a url for quickbooks payment processing, without my approval or even my consent. This is not cool, Intuit! You can advertise to me all you want, but keep my customers off your marketing list. I was able to turn off this “feature” to which the program protested, but it is possible.