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Quickbooks Premier 2013

by Intuit, Inc.
Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / XP

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With QuickBooks Premier 2013, you can enjoy all of the features of QuickBooks Pro but with advanced reporting and tools for your specific industry. This software is simple to use and gives you an easy way to organize all of your accounting information all in one place. You can make better decisions with the business planning tools as you easily create invoices, track sale and expenses, and get complete and reliable records at tax time. QuickBooks Premier 2013 provides you with all of the important industry-specific information you need right at your fingertips.

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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars  65 reviews
109 of 110 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good revamp at all Oct. 17 2012
By P. Clough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
I have been using QuickBooks Premier 2010 quite happily for a couple of years now (and previous versions for 15 years before that) but I need to upgrade to a three user license - I thought that since I have to buy two more licenses anyway and they all have to be the same version, this would be the time to upgrade - I ordered one copy of the newly released Premier 2013 to try out.
I am glad I only ordered one - This is awful!
I just returned it today under the 60 day satisfaction guarantee and ordered Premier 2012 which, hopefully, judging by my research online, does not suck so bad. If 2012 works out when I receive it, I will snag two more copies before they are fully superseded.
The deal killer in 2013 is the 'new' interface - Everything else seems to work just like my 2010 version only illegibly. In other words, 'upgrade' only if you think your current interface is too friendly.
The first major disaster in this version is the light-gray text and icons on a dark-gray background which make you have to squint and lean into the monitor to make out.
The second disaster is the size of the font and text spacing on the sub-pages is HUGE. I have a standard 1920x1200 monitor and i like to keep my reminders window to no more than a screen size tall - In other words, I like to see all my current information in one all-encompassing view. After converting to 2013, I have to page down TWICE to see the exact same information as in my pre-converted 2010 version.
Aside from those two points, there are a lot of smaller things - Gray forms that make the text on them hard to read, awkward ribbon navigation which could be entertaining if you like to play hide and seek with your icons.

One other interesting thing another reviewer pointed out - If you look at all the people that give this version five stars and check out what they have reviewed in the past, most of them have only ever reviewed Intuit Quickbooks products and given them five stars. Coincidence???? Unlikely!

I know double entry bookkeeping has not changed hardly at all since it was first codified in the 15th century and Intuit has to turn out a new version of their accounting software every year and this disconnect must inevitably lead to some creative thinking on Intuits part but this is too much. Could they not just say "Hey! we cannot think of anything new this year so we will skip 2013 and hopefully, we will have some more positive ideas of 2014 - Thanks for your support".

Update - I did replace the hideous 2013 with 2012 - Way better - Not a compelling upgrade from my old 2010 but no negatives as far as I can see.
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Fixed the Color Scheme, See my Update, Where Else are You Going to Go? Nov. 11 2012
By Bob Feeser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Many reviews comment on the color scheme. At first I was skeptical about what they meant, but after using the program; yes it is a problem. I am going to cover that as well as several other points important to know.

Back up your company files right before loading the new version 2013. It only takes a second, and makes your test drive easily reversible.

You have a choice of jumping off of the diving board by loading the new version of QB 2013 by overwriting the old version, and then converting your existing company files but unconverting them, and restoring them is a major hassle. So the following is important to know.

You can run both versions of QuickBooks (in my case 2010 and 2013) concurrently/at the same time. So you are keeping your old version of QuickBooks intact while you try out the new one. (They currently have a 60 day return policy so take it for a test drive) This is important. When installing it asks you, "Do you want to overwrite your old version?" If you want to test it out and not go through the rigamarole of reconverting, or restoring your old version in case you want to send the new version back, say NO by choosing the option above it in order to write it to a new location. They already have a folder designated to do that when you choose that option and it is called "QuickBooks 2013". Don't worry about choosing your industry edition; you can always change it later from within QuickBooks. Note: If you install it on more than one computer you must install the same industry edition. This way you can try QuickBooks without over writing your existing version, OR converting your current company files over to the 2013 version either. So play with the sample file, or do as I did if you are creating a new company in addition to the old one. So with both version running and open, if I have an order from a customer from one company I can process it without having to open and close companies to access it. In plain words I have one click access to both companies. So both Qbooks versions are open, and both companies are open at the same time. That is something you cannot do if you only have one version of QuickBooks. You can however have two companies open if you install QB into a laptop also. (They allow you one other install but only if you use the same industry edition. So for example if you have a manufacturing company and a retail business they have different industry editions)

So now onto the three pound monster; the color schemes. In 2012 you had the option of choosing an assortment of color schemes. You don't have that option in 2013. That wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fact that they chose colors that create headaches; well at least in some people. I love the way 2010 looks. It is reminiscent of Outlook 2007 with its soft blues and grays. It is pleasant to look at and easy to read. 2013 has the same icons and choices (how are they going to improve on something in any major way that has been through a zillion years of tweaking to make it Intuit-ive?) BUT they changed it slightly with the biggest problem as I see it (no pun intended) is they included black backgrounds with reversed out white letters. Our eyes get adjusted to that, and then on the same page they have these super soft letters on a bright background which is a seismic shift. I can see what they mean that this could give you a headache after awhile. So I thought I would convert it some by minimizing the left side navigation pane, which is easy to do with one click of the mouse, but the problem is that when you use any one of the features such as invoicing, credit memos, estimates etc up comes those screens with the same black header reversed out and you can't change that. On a cerebral-vision basis it is not conducive to reducing the workload, but rather increasing it. Your eyes and vision set have to constantly readjust depending on which part of the page you are focusing on. As soon as you open the program and spend a few minutes with it, you immediate feeling will be how do I change the black headers only to find out you can't. The headers also give you a feeling of the old DOS days; it is real basic and the level of graphics is Neanderthal. The rest of the work area is fine. I don't have any problem with soft lettering, or the nicely colored icons; just change the headers, and/or include some color scheme changes.
What else is there?

I have been using Intuit products since the DOS days in the 80's. Easy to use, intuitive, and great for small businesses. There is no way they are not going to fix this. There are too many people complaining about it. It will have a devastating effect on sales. Intuit is the best and I am sure they will be updating by re-creating the color scheme choice like they had in 2012, or at the very least go back to the pleasant default color scheme in some earlier versions. If they don't hold onto your 2012 version because they are going to become more and more valuable especially if Intuit stops making the 2012 version.

UPDATE: Okay I am going to have to tip my hat because Intuit did "correct" the problem. Why do I put quotes around correct? I don't want to nit pick but I have to be critical. What they did with R6 free update (R9 is out now) is "Company File Color Scheme" option is introduced in the "Desktop View" preference to allow users to change the color of the title bar and the border of QuickBooks windows for a particular company file, which will help users to differentiate between multiple company files. This preference will be replacing the "Company Color Flag" preference introduced in R4 release. We are offering 14 different "Company File Color Scheme" options to apply on various company files. This is a user level preference, which essentially means that various users connected to the same company file can select different colors. (R6)

That was a copy and paste from Intuit of the improvement. What it means is that the title bars have been made adjustable into some really nice colors. My main concern was how the large black background area with white text was creating an eye set, if I can use that expression which was pretty bold, and then you had to re-adjust your eyes in order to see the fine print in lighted out gray in the forms etc. So it was a headache waiting to happen. At first I dismissed others comments but then saw exactly what they were saying, and had to agree with them. So what did Intuit do? They did not get rid of the large black background to the main menu on the left, BUT you can minimize that so it is a small border on the left side of the screen. Then they gave you this option to change the title bar color options with some beautiful colors, while at the same time changing the title bar titles themselves into all caps to help balance the visibility out. All in all it is very useable now.

In all fairness in my 2010 version the invoices for example have black backgrounds with white letters in the inner title bars but the black bars are a lot thinner. 2013 has large black bars still. BUT with the other changes it is very manageable, and I would now have to say that I give the whole program a triple thumbs up and 5 stars. I also must admit that the left main menu is easier to read with a black background and white letters, rather than a lesser contrast option so they did good. The fact that you can minimize that whole window, and then you are working almost exclusively in your color choice (and the ones they give you are beautiful) makes this a top drawer program. I am once again in love with Quickbooks, yes even the 2013 version.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away from Quickbooks - From a longtime user. Dec 27 2012
By PellaCPC - Published on Amazon.com
I have been a longtime Quickbooks user, but would warn anyone who is considering purchasing Quickbooks to look elsewhere. As has been said, the company is horribly mismanaged. If I ran my business like Intuit, I would be out of business. I suspect the only reason they can sell their product at all is that people have been using it for years and are reluctant to switch to a different program and try and transfer their data. If you never need support, you might be OK, but the day WILL come when you need to call Intuit, and then you will regret your decision. Read the other reviews...

I have been trying to activate my 2013 payroll subscription all day. I have been transferred and transferred and now am being told that they do not support Amazon purchased products! What kind of nonsense is this? Who made the decision to not support products sold by the worlds largest retailer?!! This is a factory sealed, new box manufactured by them! Every time I call customer "service" I get someone who can hardly speak english, and have to repeat myself over and over. As a person who owns multiple businesses, Intuit has the worst customer service of any of the hundreds of companies I deal with regularly. They charge for everything, and there are irritating pop up ads where they try and sell you on additional services. If you don't keep up to date on releases, possibly only because you don't like the new versions, they cut off your ability to download transactions. Planned obsolescence with an end to generate more money.

Intuit, if you're reading this, you have to make changes. In this electronic society, unhappy customers have a voice that can be heard everywhere though product reviews.

To everyone else, do yourself a favor and choose another company.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Installation Hiccups, Same Unfixed Problems But a Little Faster Than 2012 Version Nov. 3 2012
By SanjeevP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I have been a QuickBooks user since 1992. When it came out, it was a nifty product, relatively inexpensive at about $59 and did business accounting well. But, every time I upgraded the product after 1999, I ran into serious problems-like not being able to open the data file, download the transactions from the bank or get the payroll to work. And getting technical support from QuickBooks is almost impossible.

QuickBooks always found a way to force the upgrade and I had to upgrade from QuickBooks Pro 2006 to QuickBooks Pro 2009 because they stopped downloading the bank transactions. As a user you got the impression that company that produced nifty products has been taken over by crooks who fleece their customers. Intuit just abused its monopoly in business accounting software. So I stopped upgrading QuickBooks, unless I absolutely had to.

Then I got QuickBooks Premier 2012 [OLD VERSION] through the Amazon Vine program and with some trepidation, I decided to give upgrade a try. I was pleasantly surprised! For the first time in 13 years, the QuickBooks upgraded without major hiccups. Over the last one year, QuickBooks Premier 2012 has worked fairly well.

This time again, I got the opportunity to order QuickBooks Premier 2013 from Amazon Vine program. The installation process for QuickBooks Premier 2013 was very slow, took 12 minutes on an i7 computer with SSD and 8 Gb RAM. But it found and upgraded my 2012 QuickBooks data file after backing up.

Then there were some glitches. During the installation, QuickBooks Premier 2013 insists on an email address and then offers to sync the company file with Intuit servers! Even if you already have a QuickBooks account, clicking on "Validate" does nothing. When you click "Learn more about syncing" it takes to the blank page!

The upgrade to QuickBooks Premier 2013 is not as painless as the upgrade from QuickBooks Pro 2009 to QuickBooks Premier 2012 was. The registration process is long and cumbersome as if I'm a completely new user, even though I have been registering QuickBooks since 1993 with the same email address. You have to input your information all over again, as if you are creating a new account. Terrible.

QuickBooks Premier 13 starts quicker though. And it has a completely new look, in some ways, it is less cluttered and cleaner but the black icon bar is a rather jarring, at least to me. And you cannot change the color of icon bar, if you can, then I have not figured it out yet. Many personal preferences have to be reset again. Many of the problems are still not fixed, for example, you have to create new alias every time you download payments from certain payees like Square credit card. PDF printing is still a nightmare. Unless you can "Save as PDF" from file menu, printing anything to PDF printers like Adobe, Scansoft PDF Create, etc does not work. Technical support is nonexistent. Help topics are incomplete. Improvement compared to QuickBooks 2012 premier - it is faster.

QuickBooks 2013 comes in 4 versions: Online, Pro, Premier and Enterprise. On Intuit website, there is a table which compares the features of 4 versions. For most people, QuickBooks Pro 2013 version should be good enough and most cost effective, it works with QuickBooks payroll. Features of Premier version like creating business plan, consolidating reports from multiple company files, finding and locating inventory tasks etc. are not useful and worth extra money to me.

When it comes to business accounting software with the ability to do payroll, QuickBooks for Windows is pretty much the only game in town. Unfortunately QuickBooks Mac version is not as robust and lacks many of the features of Windows version.

Quickbooks Premier 2013 has some installation glitches, personal preferences have to be reset again, and some problems remain but it is a little faster. So if you already have an older version of QuickBooks, and it's working well, then you will probably gain very little by upgrading to QuickBooks 2013. For most people, QuickBooks Pro 2013 version should work and provide most buck for the bang.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Qbooks Arrogance Oct. 29 2012
By Norm Barbera - Published on Amazon.com
I have also been using Quickbooks for a long time - at least 12 years. The fact that newer versions are not backwards compatible is completely contrary to industry standards to begin. Downloading and activating the 2013 software took about 2 hrs as it did not work the first time. It also wiped out my 2010 version without providing me an option. When I called for support, installations told me it was a tech error and tech told me it was an installation error. I have an account w/ Qbooks but cannot access it because they're revising THAT system as well. While their target audience is the small business, they ignore our comments, insist upon irrelevant upgrades and bounce us back and forth between support areas.

The product includes the support, including direct and response to customer stated needs. The replies posted here by the company are typical of their other support - they politely ignore the problems.

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