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Anonymous
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Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

Can someone please explain the difference between QB for Mac and PC when it comes to the functionality and with which QB for PC version the Mac stacks up with?

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Rustler
Level 15

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

@Anonymous 

 

You can send an accountants copy for Mac to the accountant, but while he has it you can not work in the Mac version of QB.


Payroll is specific to Mac, you have to transfer over to something called Payroll for Mac Service


Apps are rare that work with QB Mac, the SDK does not, Webconnector does not


Inventory, there are no assembly items or unit of measure


No multicurrency in Mac

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Anonymous
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Anonymous
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Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

Seems like it's similar to Pro but any idea on exact differences between each other?

Anonymous
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Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

hi @Anonymous ,

We have an article in our blog for your question. Unfortunately you will need Google Translate to understand. Otherwise, you could find many articles comparing both version in internet. I would say it would be better for you to install the trial license of both version to get the real picture.

Rustler
Level 15

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

@Anonymous 

 

You can send an accountants copy for Mac to the accountant, but while he has it you can not work in the Mac version of QB.


Payroll is specific to Mac, you have to transfer over to something called Payroll for Mac Service


Apps are rare that work with QB Mac, the SDK does not, Webconnector does not


Inventory, there are no assembly items or unit of measure


No multicurrency in Mac

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Doc75
Level 1

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

We are now an all Mac company....except for this darn PC that we use for accounting.  We use QB Premier Plus and only costs us $499 per year (unless we buy during special sales).  We use 6 QB files because my holding company has 5 other divisions with their own EIN.  Keeps things clean.  However, if I want to switch to QB Online (pick a version....not sure which one is equivalent to QB Premier Plus), then they want to charge me per file per month.  Doesn't seem fair.  So we have kept the PC for now.  I'm even considering Account Edge, and they don't charge me per month per file, but I have no idea if that is a good solution or not.  I'd really like to know if their is a true solution for us here at Intuit without significantly increasing our costs.  

RCV
QuickBooks Team
QuickBooks Team

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

I can share some information about the difference between QuickBooks Online (QBO) and Desktop version, Doc75.

 

The main difference between QBO and the Desktop version is its accessibility. You can access QBO anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. While Desktop version can only be accessed on the computer or network where the file is installed. Though there are hosting services you can use to access the file remotely.

 

To learn more about which product best suits your business needs, you can check out this article: Comparing Quickbooks Online to the QuickBooks Desktop versions.

 

You can also check out this link for the feature comparison of both products: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/move-to-online/.Then, go to this link for more details about QBO plans and pricing: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/pricing/.

 

If you have some other product questions, feel free to reach out to our Sales Support Team. They can provide you detailed information with your inquiries. Just see the phone number on the screen beside the Sign in link on the website I've provided.

 

We appreciate you for doing business with us. Please reply to this post if you need anything else in QuickBooks.

EGFS_Mgr
Level 2

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

Thanks for participating, but the question of this post had nothing to do with the difference between QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop. The question is about QuickBooks Mac and QuickBooks PC (as shown in this post title). If you're going to respond, please respond to the actual question. Otherwise it just pollutes this post with potentially irrelevant and confusing info.

EGFS_Mgr
Level 2

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

@RCV 

Thanks for participating, but the question of this post had nothing to do with the difference between QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop. The question is about QuickBooks Mac and QuickBooks PC (as shown in this post title). If you're going to respond, please respond to the actual question. Otherwise it just pollutes this post with potentially irrelevant and confusing info.

EGFS_Mgr
Level 2

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

@Doc75 

This is exactly what we are trying to figure out as well. QuickBooks Online is completely unrealistic. We have a similar situation where we have multiple divisions that our accounting person prefers to keep as separate EIN to keep things clean. The cost increase to go from QB Premier Plus to QB Online is $3,700 MORE per year, that's even if we updated QB Desktop every year, which we typically don't. That is greed and robbery, in my opinion. There a lot of companies that have moved from retail box to online subscription model and almost all of them are more expensive as a result. But I cannot think of one that is actually gouging us over 800% cost increase in the process!?

 

I was chatting with Intuit Sales about this, because I thought that maybe I was looking at things incorrectly. Surely Intuit wouldn't be trying to charge us over 800% more for the same functionality?!! The person I was chatting with had left reality. He pointed out that QBO is accessible for anywhere, because it's online. I informed him, yes, I'm aware of what being an online service means, but... did he 'really' think that being online provided 800% more value to the product to justify that cost increase?! If he was tasked with managing software for his company and had to tell his boss that he was going to increase his expenses by 800% to get basically the same value back to the company*, would he be comfortable and able to do that.

 

And here is where I knew the conversation was done. Without blinking an eye or any hesitation, he exclaimed, "Absolutely! It is definitely worth the 800% price increase! You bet!". I respectfully ended the chat at that point.

 

SO... if we want to get rid of this single PC in our entire Mac office, we seem to only have two choices. Either Intuit has a QuickBooks for Mac version that has feature parity enough to meet our needs OR we need to find a QuickBooks alternative. QuickBooks Online SHOULD HAVE been a no-brainer solution. I don't even mind paying more for it. I would even have been willing to pay 200% cost increase. But to GOUGE us with over 800% more cost?!! That is insulting.

 

If anyone has any info about how QuickBooks Mac compares to QuickBooks PC, I would definitely be interested.

 

* Online capability is actually NO increase in value from our perspective, since the accountant sits at a desktop in the same office, whether using an online version of a desktop version.

dstevick
Level 1

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

AccountEdge just announced they will not support macOS Catalina - ever

kgardner
Level 3

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

I think the Intuit response to Doc75, while a little off-topic, was nevertheless in response to his musings about the online version. I'm with you, though, that the intended audience for the QBO is not us. It's odd that they push it so hard; you cannot have a conversation on the phone with Intuit about buying any of the desktop products without getting a sales pitch for QBO. I suppose it's that 800% added cost you're talking about!

I just wanted to inject one consideration here though. Even if you're an all-Mac shop, except for that PC running Quickbooks... I'd suggest keeping it that way. There is no Mac version with "feature parity" with the Windows version. The Mac version is just not the truly professional product that the Windows version is. I've been trying to get certain things fixed for about a decade, and nothing ever really changes. And the inability to access the QB data in other programs – say, exporting to Excel to make some pivot tables – is just a real problem. As I posted in a comment on a similar thread earlier, there is a "memo" field at the check level and also at the line-item level. You can't export the detail at the line-level. So if, say, you're paying multiple invoices with one check, and those invoices are listed in the detail lines, you can't get that to show up in a report. Another: you can't tag multiple sales agents on a sale. I'm not going to go though a list here, but just the point I'm trying to underscore is that if you need to have a really professional and full-function bookkeeping system, you need to be on the Windows version. If you're interfacing regularly with an accountant on the outside, you need to be on the Windows version. If you are interested in using any apps which use an OPI to get to the data, you need to be on the Windows version. 

I have been able to slide by on the Mac version only because one of my partners is so Windows-averse, and that I have been able to develop a number of workarounds or workflows to make up for the shortcomings. But the shortcomings are real, and if there's not a real ironclad reason to do it on the Mac, I just think it would be a mistake to switch. That is my two-cents' worth.

JYcebu
Level 2

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

I have the same question. What's the difference between

Quickbooks for Mac vs Quickbooks for Mac Pro/Premier/Enterprise

Fiat Lux - ASIA
Level 15

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

@JYcebu 

QB Mac has features similar to QB Pro. You may run QB Premier/Enterprise on Mac by utilize a virtual platform (e.g Parallels) or deploy a private cloud.

DanOlsen
Level 1

Difference between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks for PC

I use a mac for my business and have been very pleased running QB desktop on my bootcamp partition.  Fairly simple and straightforward to setup.  I switch partitions multiple times throughout if I need to access QB.

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