Intuit announces QuickBooks for Mac 2013

Small businesses can master financial management and work more productively with QuickBooks Zen, the code name for the 2013 edition of QuickBooks for Mac® from Intuit Inc.

New features in the 2013 edition bring Zen simplicity to help small businesses save time by getting started quickly, getting records organized, and simplifying common tasks. The product is scheduled to become available on Sept. 24.

“As the Mac gains wider use among small businesses, we’re investing more resources in developing QuickBooks for Mac,” said Dan Wernikoff, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Financial Management Solutions division, in the press release. “The 2013 code name reflects the even greater simplicity we’ve brought to the product to help small businesses save time managing their finances. It’s easier to get started and delivers new or improved features that existing customers want most.”

Get Started Quickly

The latest release helps small businesses new to QuickBooks for Mac get up and running faster and reduces the learning curve. Updates include:

• Data Import. Populate contacts and products or services bought or sold by importing contacts automatically from the Address Book, or by copying and pasting contact or item information from spreadsheets. Data Import speeds up and simplifies the process of getting key information into QuickBooks.
• Improved New User Experience. Learn how to use QuickBooks fast. Helpful tutorials and tips, including video how-to’s, offer in-product guidance when the user needs it.

“When I first checked out QuickBooks for Mac, I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to start and didn’t feel like I had the time to learn the program,” said Abhijeet Kumar, owner of Rendewoo in Redwood City, California, in the press release. “The improved 2013 edition has turned the tide for me. The Guide Me feature is intuitive, informative and really helps me learn QuickBooks as a first time user.”

Organize Records

Small business owners will have the information they need right at their fingertips with the new Document Attachments feature, which attaches contracts, proposals, receipts and more to related records for easy reference.

“When I’m on the phone with a customer, I need all relevant information in the customer’s record handy so I can be prepared to answer questions and be on top of what I need to complete the job,” said Joseph Kovalck Jr., owner of Parkhurst Properties in Brooklyn, Conn. “Document Attachments has helped me get a lot more organized, and has even helped me improve customer service.”

Simplify Common Tasks

Eliminating steps on common, and sometimes repetitive tasks helps save time and reduce errors. New features simplify common tasks, including:

• Batch Invoicing. Streamlines the process of invoicing multiple customers for the same service by creating a template and invoicing all customers simultaneously.
• Intuit PaymentNetwork. Enables small businesses to get paid faster. It provides a way for a small business’s customers to instantly pay their invoices electronically. Payments easily sync with QuickBooks. Bank payments cost the small business owner 50 cents each.
• Improved Reconciliation. Helps minimize errors and easily identify discrepancies through optimized filters and searches when reconciling QuickBooks data with bank statements. Users can view previous reconciliation reports for snapshots of their businesses over time.

“I love the convenience of Intuit PaymentNetwork. I run a lot of payments remotely, meaning the customer is not in front of me with a card, and often they don’t offer their information over email or phone,” said Michael Sonntag, owner of Studio C Artists in Hollywood, California, in the press release. “The option to pay directly online not only saves me the trouble of running the payment manually, but also means that I get paid faster and give my customers that added sense of security by putting them in control of their sensitive information.”

Pricing and Availability

QuickBooks for Mac 2013 is scheduled to be available directly from Intuit at www.quickbooks.com/mac or by calling 888-729-1996 beginning Sept. 24. It is expected to be available at Apple retail stores, Apple.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Costco.com, Fry’s, MacZones, Office Depot, OfficeMax and Staples on Oct 7.

Suggested retail prices are:

1-user: $249.95
2-users: $499.95
3-users: $749.95
4-users: $999.95
5-users: $1,249.95

QuickBooks for Mac is part of a family of financial software and services from Intuit that includes:

• QuickBooks Online.
• Intuit QuickBooks Pro and Premier.
• Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions.

Source: Intuit Inc.

29 Comments

    1. I waited forever for a multi-user Quickbooks for my office Macs. A year and a half ago, I moved the company into AccountEdge NE. Intuit only offered Mac multi-users that online cloud crap at the time. Now Intuit is reading the writing on the wall? Idiots!

    2. Does not even say if it includes a payroll module, which was always missing from the Mac version. I could never understand that. Maybe they believed that companies that ran on Macs never pay employees. That is despicable.

      MYOB Account Edge was always preferable to QuickBooks. It always included a payroll module which my Apple dealership used exclusively. The program has been consistently upgraded and they are always looking for user input. My wife, who has little accounting training, was able to jump right in and use it. It doesn’t appear to be the same in QuickBooks.

      Intuit, I’ve written you off many years ago. I hope that others will continue to do the same.

    1. Not feature complete compared to Windows. Intuit would give a Windows version with the same features as the Mac version away for free, just to try to get people to upgrade to the real version. But the reason for it is that there’s only so much one guy with a 2006 MacBook Pro can do, particularly since he’s also responsible for updating Quicken as well.

      And that also leads into point 2, it’s not in the App Store because Intuit can’t afford the 30% cut for Apple. They already can’t afford any other developers to help on the Mac version, he even has to do the QA for it himself. They would have to double the price just to break even if it were in the App Store.

  1. Intuit has promised for years to make a feature-compatible, data-file compatible version of QuickBooks for Macintosh.

    If it’s not compatible with the version they sell to accountants, it’s useless. And this version won’t be.

    Anyone who buys this product is a fool. Anyone who recommends it is somehow making a profit from doing so.

    1. A long time ago, Intuit might have said this, but not anytime recently. For at least the past 5 years, they’ve been trying to sell us that “Mac users demand that we produce a custom Mac-specific version, that uses Mac-specific features, but doesn’t have all features of or compatibility with the Windows version. And they want to pay the same or more then the Windows version.”

      And yes, unless you are one of the ten to twenty people who need this exact feature set, you are a fool to buy it.

  2. Left Intuit back in 1998. A year ago we switched back to Intuit due to 2 factors.

    1. My CPA moved his office to Quickbooks (all PC office of course, but that’s another post).
    2. My company grew to enough employees that I fell under the government reporting standards that requires electronic reporting, amongst other changes.

    Quickbooks lets my CPA access the files better than other options.

    I don’t like Quickbooks, but at this time it is a necessary evil.

    1. WTF, this is an indictment on the Quickbooks competitors. They have also had plenty of time to figure out how to add the features you’re talking about. Intuit is not the only one at fault here. There would be no reason to use QB’s if there were a full featured competitor out there. Fortunately, most don’t need all of QB’s features. Or can use two aps to partly compensate for the other deficiencies. Still, Intuit and everyone else should have already gotten everything together Mac people need.

  3. The last time I looked, Intuit insisted on updating the payroll tax information periodically, or the program would not process payroll. Does anyone know, or care, whether this remains true? The “rent” to use the payroll function was pretty high for a small business.

  4. They abandoned Australian users years ago and this recent release is only because users that were using Quickbooks were upset when their program stop working after updating to Lion and then Intuit (Intwit) decided to charge them $15 for a fix.

    I have successfully moved over clients to iBank 4 $59.95 by exporting a .qid file from Quickbook, although later versions including the Pc australian version may not have this export feature.

    Now just need a fix for quicken and i would not consider MYOB either as they are like so many other companies that started as a Mac product but sold thier souls to the Pc market.

    Just take a look at the new Adobe software, you can tell it has been developed on a Pc, ugly and some bright spark wrote the licensing engine into the Applications/Utilities folder not the library/applications support resulting in issues deploying Cs6 into education and enterprise.

  5. We recently looked at QB for Mac for one of our divisions and when we found out you couldn’t put a unit on an inventory item (each, lb., square ft, etc) that stopped us.

    The Mac version is hobbled too much to be a real business solution.

  6. BFD!!! Been using Quicken since 1990, and QB a few years later. Have been a Mac fanatic since 1984. Intuit has been neglecting and even abusive to Mac users on and off for YEARS!!!!

    I still use both because I am too lazy to try something new, my uses are fairly insignificant at this point, and it does get the job done. I use a version of either until I absolutely can’t go on without upgrading because most of the time, the cost of an upgrade in problems, far outweighs the benefits for my use (that’s true for a lot of publishers).

    I am about to upgrade to Mountain Lion (I usually wait until bugs are ironed out before I upgrade any software) and am hopeful I will be able to keep my old Quicken 2007 and QB 2009 functioning. I don’t need a lot of heavy duty features, and the on-line interference that a lot of companies are adding are annoying to me. (advertising/trying to sell new features, linking your use to their oversight, etc.)

    One good thing I can say is Intuit offered some level of a solution for a token price and I took it – will be installing it when I upgrade my system. Will keep my fingers crossed. I hope they do the same for QB 2009!

    Clearly the product offers a solution or I wouldn’t have kept using it for so many years, but I REALLY resist upgrading. The cost is a lot for a very small business. Not a big deal for a larger company because it does offer a good accounting solution. Another fear I have is that a smaller competitor may or may not be there in a year or two, and I have a lot of years invested in this product. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks, but only if you have the patience, and offer the incentive to make them want to learn!

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