New QuickBooks for Mac Grows with Your Business

Today we announced QuickBooks 2011 for Mac, and I’m thrilled to report that it includes a multi-user solution – our top requested feature from users! With the multi-user solution, which includes user permission controls, small business owners will be able to delegate important accounting tasks to others in the company, and really focus on driving their businesses forward. You’ll see that saving small businesses time was our guiding principle in the development of Quickbooks 2011 for Mac.

QuickBooks 2011 for Mac will be available for purchase on Sept. 27 (more information here). Here’s a sneak peek of what’s new:

Scale the Back Office as You Grow

  • Multi-User Access allows up to five employees to simultaneously view and edit QuickBooks data files.
  • User Permissions lets small businesses determine who can work in up to eight accounting activity areas. In addition, iChat integration allows logged-in users to communicate with each other using QuickBooks to avoid crossed wires.

Make Everyday Tasks Easier

  • Mileage Tracking enables users to log their job-related auto mileage for reimbursement on customer invoices and at tax time, giving small businesses a better understanding of job costs.
  • Register Sorting allows users to find specific transactions faster by easily sorting account registers by date, type, number, amount, and other fields.
  • Export Report Data seamlessly to either Excel or Numbers.
  • Little Square is a free, online magazine with videos, articles and other resources that helps users learn the ins and outs of QuickBooks for Mac.

Customize for Your Needs

  • Layout Designer offers improved, ready-made templates to give users the ability to create customized forms for estimates, invoices and more. New tools simplify image cropping and field alignment to create a unique, professional look.
  • Customize Reports allows users to more easily create custom reports with a modern look using familiar Mac-like tools.

I’m excited for you to get your hands on it and tell us what you think!

About Will Lynes

Will Lynes is a product manager for QuickBooks for Mac. His personal passion is music - he plays bass guitar and enjoys attending live music events.
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20 comments
Wm Levy
Wm Levy

Will;I am extremely pleased to report that Specialist Bhawna Shahi called me this evening and successfully helped me open the books for my second company! Bhawna was very professional and solved my file problem. I believe that the file which I had originally transferred was somehow corrupted. After updating the version of QB for Mac 2011 with the newest version I transferred a new copy of the file for the 2nd company and it opened perfectly.So migration from the old Quickbooks to the new worked as you suggested.Thank you and the Specialist in support for getting me up and running,Bill

vtrguy
vtrguy

Will,Big problem I'm having with Quickbooks for Mac. There's a bug that will not allow a change to a column in both the Estimate and Invoice. I have some screen grabs to send, but don't know where to send. Even when it's saved, it reverts back to the original information. It's a pretty big deal. Tech support says it's my issue, but there's a number of us all having the same issue. We try to make a change to a column from "Purchase Price" to even "X" and Quickbooks will not save it, even though it says it's saved. It'll make the change on the template shown, it'll say it's saves, but it won't really save it and revert back to the original.vtrguy@yahoo.comThank you,Chris

Will Lynes
Will Lynes

@ Richard on 4/10 Thank you for your feedback. We will consider adding the ability to pay bills electronically in a future version of QuickBooks for Mac. If this is a deal-breaker for your business, let me know and I'll help get you switched back to the Windows version of QuickBooks.Best, Will Lynes Product Manager QuickBooks for Mac

Will Lynes
Will Lynes

Hi Bill, I think our best bet at this point is to get you in touch with our customer care group. They can assist with converting your files. Please email me at quickbooksmac at intuit dot com with your contact information and I'll have someone call you.Best, Will Lynes Product Manager QuickBooks for Mac

Wm Levy
Wm Levy

When I double clicked the OBA Svcs image file, I got the following error message:QuickBooks has encountered an error that requires contacting Intuit Technical Support. Please use the following URL to contact Intuit Technical Support.http://www.quickbooks.com/contactsupport12.0f4060 (M=/Volumes/Build/QuickBooksBuildSystem/Stage/Projects/Diamond/QuickBooks/Code/QuickBooks/ci.mm, L=537, C=330, V=0 (0))

Wm Levy
Wm Levy

Will;One of my companies updated and opened without problems (at first glance). The second company started to update with files being read, stopped before completion and gave this error message:"The document "OBA Svcs" could not be opened. There was a problem converting this file."Both companies were created with the same QB program. For some reason the OBA program had another file called OBA Svcs image. I moved that to the desktop, tried again to open and upgrade with the same result: stop and error message.Suggestions??Bill

Richard Wesley
Richard Wesley

After many years of being a Quickbooks for Windows user, I've recently switched to Quickbooks for Mac. I was shocked to learn that the Mac version does not have the same level of features as the Windows version. For example, unlike the Windows version I can't write checks to pay my bills on Quickbooks and then upload them to my bank online for processing - as is possible in the Windows version. Instead, I must enter each online payment twice - once on my banks online banking website and once on my Quickbooks for Mac. How can a company like Intuit overlook such an important feature?

Will Lynes
Will Lynes

Hi Bill, Those sound promising. Yes, all your data is contained within those files--no need to export the chart of accounts, lists, etc.Best, Will

Wm Levy
Wm Levy

Will:Remembering that I am upgrading from version 4, M12, I have found what I think are company files for the two companies I wish to migrate to QB for Mac 2011: each has a QB logo with a name: ie Accounting-Levy Family (st2001); logo with OBA Svcs. I assume these are the files to which you are directing me.Are these the only files I need to copy to my new iMac with the new QB program?Do I also need to export from the old programs, then import: chart of accounts, customer list, vendor list, etc.? Or will this information be included in the company files?

Will Lynes
Will Lynes

Hi Bill, "Company files" are where QuickBooks stores all your financial data. If you've ever moved a QuickBooks file around or backed one up, chances are you were moving a company file. If you're still not sure where they're located, open the desired files in QuickBooks and go to the Product Information screen. In recent versions of QuickBooks, this can be found under the Help menu or by holding down command-1. Just look for File Location on that window.Let me know how that works.Best, Will Product Manager QuickBooks for Mac

Wm Levy
Wm Levy

Will; I have ordered QB for Mac 2011. In preparation for following your instructions I went to my old QB for Mac program to identify the "company files" which you instructed me to transfer. I am not sure what file or files those are.Would you please identify for me exactly the name and location of the file/files for each of the two companies which I want to migrate to my iMac and new QB for Mac 2011?I am hoping to transfer all the accounts and transactions from the old companies to the new program.Thanks for your continued help.

David Paisley
David Paisley

Will, shouldn't your customers expect to have the same functionality set whether they use QuickBooks for Mac or for Windows? The feature you're missing is kind of like saying "Well, TurboTax for Mac doesn't accept 1099 forms, sorry!" I am equally frustrated that there is no SDK for QuickBooks 2011 for Mac--and so I have to make double entries in order to use my NEAT scanner and software. Yet there IS one for Windows... what a crock!

Will Lynes
Will Lynes

Hi Bill, Copy the company files you want to transfer to the USB stick, just as you would with any other file. Then copy the files from the USB drive to your iMac, anywhere should do but the Desktop or Documents folders are common destinations.Launch QuickBooks 2011 and go to File>Open and navigate to the company file you want to upgrade. QuickBooks will automatically upgrade the file, leaving the original intact.Best, Will Product Manager QuickBooks for Mac

Wm Levy
Wm Levy

Just found the release listed on the CD: 12a.Would you outline the steps for migration using a flash drive from the eMac to iMac?Many thanks.

Wm Levy
Wm Levy

I just found the original CD. Serial #268447560. Date 5/26/00.

Wm Levy
Wm Levy

Will;Where do I look to find what release of QuickBooks Pro v4 I have?? When I bring up the "about" screen, it shows only "version 4."Thanks.

Will Lynes
Will Lynes

Hi Bill, Thanks for your comment--I'm impressed the eMac has soldiered on for all these years!QuickBooks for Mac can upgrade files as old as version 4, provided you are on release "M12." USB drives are a great way to do this, just be sure to copy the file to your Mac's hard drive before you attempt to upgrade it. You can migrate as many or as few of the company files as you'd like, but you may want to upgrade all 3 to be safe in case you ever need to refer to the records in that third file.Let me know if you have any other questions.Best, Will Product Manager QuickBooks for Mac

Wm Levy
Wm Levy

Will;I have been using QuickBooks Pro v4 for a number of years on old eMac via OS 9. I now have a new iMac running OS 10.6.4. I would like to upgrade to QuickBooks for Mac 2011. I have three separate companies. I would like to migrate two of the three (one company is no longer in business).Can I : 1)migrate from QBPv 4 via a flash drive to my new iMac; and 2) can I migrate the two companies which I still use or must I migrate all three?Thanks in advance for your help.Bill Levy

Will Lynes
Will Lynes

Hi Kevin, I apologize for your frustration about the lack of multiple ship-to functionality in QuickBooks for Mac. As your comment suggests, this feature is available in QuickBooks for Windows, but the two are different products with different feature sets. We will consider this enhancement for a future release.As it sounds like this is critical for your business, you might consider taking advantage of our 60-day money back guarantee and continuing to use QuickBooks for Windows. I can help with that if you have any questions.Best, Will Product Manager QuickBooks for Mac

Kevin Martinsen
Kevin Martinsen

I bought Quickbooks 2011 for Mac and it is unusable. I don't understand how you can put a product on the market without having an option to pick a ship to address for my customers when I create a PO for my vendor!(something you can do in the windows version). How hard can it be to create a drop down menu to choose a different ship too address. I don't understand how quickbooks cannot get this right. Awful!!!!