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PC vs Mac

Currently I have a PC and am running QB.  Am thinking about getting a MAC and am wondering if anyone can give me pros and cons.  All my other devices are APPLE and would like to have a MAC but not if I am just asking for problems.  Thanks for any input

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I've been running Parallels Desktop for ten years on my Mac which enables the Mac to run both MacOS and Windows applications.  I use QB for PC's within Parallels becasue it has some features not offered on the Mac version.

 

It works just fine.

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Love my mac, iphone, Ipad.....

 

Have a dell pc laptop to do conversions to qbo (need desktop qb).  Hate the pc.

 

Just my opinion.  But the apple products are so reliable.  No need to update every day!  :)

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I run Quickbooks Online on a Mac desktop at work and a PC laptop at home. Sometimes I even run it on a Chromebook. I see no difference in Quickbooks when I switch computers. Go for it.

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It's always depended on the Functions you need, and what is available on which platform.

 

Example: My spouse is a professional musician and I have done a video documentary. Apple products = Multi-media and Production tools. Our Cable Access studio is fully Appled.

 

Example: One of my clients requires me to connect to a Handheld Windows CE-based device, like you see the UPS driver or a meter reader using. That means their contractor needs a Windows Computer for their compliance.

 

Intuit has already announced that QB for Mac has reached end of life and won't be updated or supported, and ends May 2019. That means running VM Ware or Parallels and running a QB for Windows, if you need QB for the desktop.

 

Evaluate your desired tools, and their Specifications = requirements.

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In case of performance, MAC is better than PC.  but in case of support and usability PC is better and affordable and can be customised as per requirements. I run Kodi media player on my PC which is hard in case of MAC.

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I've been running Parallels Desktop for ten years on my Mac which enables the Mac to run both MacOS and Windows applications.  I use QB for PC's within Parallels becasue it has some features not offered on the Mac version.

 

It works just fine.

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Hey  @yosh01,

 

I'm curious, how easy is it to move files/data between the two programs on Parallels? Might be another good solution for accountants with a wide client base. 

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With Parallels the Mac runs both Windows and MacOS applications.  Each in separate windows, but you really can't tell which is which.  You can be running 5 different Windows applications and 5 different Mac applications, each in 10 differnt windows.  You can cut and paste between them and the files are all stored in the same folders.  You can put Windows application icons on the startup Dock just like Mac applications.  Windows uses the same printers.  It's nearly seamless.

 

I think Parallels costs about $75.

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Hey @yosh01,

 

Interesting, I am definitely going to check it out. Is there an equivalent for Windows to run a Mac environment? 

 

I am curious though, since QuickBooks Desktop Mac and QuickBooks Desktop Windows are inherently different programs which require "round-tripping" if you plan to transfer data between the programs, would Parallels offer any additional advantage for actually transferring files (for instance, if a client is changing computers and needs to run a new version of QuickBooks).

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I'm not aware of any Windows software that emulates a Mac.

 

I'm also not familiar with the file differences between the PC and Mac versions of QB.  When it comes to interchangeing them I suppose it would be just like you had two machines side-by-side.

 

There is another emulator called VMWARE Fusion that also works very well for running Windows on a Mac.

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Hi Bgc831,

 

I tend to find that QuickBooks Online works a little faster on my macbook. At work I have a desktop windows PC which is great if I need to work from two screens e.g. a reconciliaton however I have just discovered an app called 'Two screens' which you can download onto your iPad which works in the same way as my dual screen at work but at home with iPad/Macbook. 

 

I guess it just depends on personal preference but I am Apple all the way!

 

Kind Regards,

 

Emily

 

 

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@EmilyMockett, you have a powerful machine! Apples are great. 

 

I tried a "two screen" app on my Acer laptop when I was doing photoshop work, it was difficult because my screen space is ultimately limited. I am a big advocate of dual screens and desktops :). 

 

@EmilyMockett, is QuickBooks Desktop for Mac popular in the UK? I am curious if @yosh01's Parallels program would make transferring data between the Mac and Windows version any easier. 

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I currently have a PC and I’m thinking of getting a MAC. The only thing holding me back is that all my clients have PC’s. I work from home and transfer data back and forth. If I get a MAC and use the Quickbooks desktop for PC’s and the Parallels, will I be able to transfer data to my clients PC?

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Parallels on a Mac lets you install Windows on the Mac so you'll need a Windows license.  Once installed, you can start a Windows session either full screen or as a separate window.  It's fully compatible with all Windows software because it is real Windows you are running.

 

When running Windows as a window, you'll have separate windows on your Mac and you can cut and paste between them.  

 

It's the best of both worlds.

 

Be advised that QB recently set a limit on the amount of a check that can be issued to $2,999 using the Bill Pay feature of QB Pro for Windows.  This was done on July 6th with only a day warning.  I bring this up only because it's a huge deal for a lot of QB small business users.

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Would I have to purachase and install a separate windows  Microsoft office  to export excel sheets from quick books? Or would they be able to export through the Mac Microsoft  office?

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All you need is Office for Mac.  Excel files for Windows and Mac versions are the same.

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Since I can't figure out how to ask a question, maybe this thread can help!

I have Quicken 2012 data that needs to be converted to QuickBooks Premier 2019. The converter says success but it is converting to MAC format which is useless. I downloaded the converter for 2019 from the desktop site, but it only converts to .QFX files which the new program doesn't recognize. About to ask for my money back and to say goodbye to Intuit and just use Microsoft Access which doesn't insist on my signing up online and giving away private information to that company. Intuit you are really invasive.

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I just bought a new MacBook Prop (laptop) and a Desktop PC. I bought separate versions of 2019 for QB but am not able to get them to work together on the network. Ho do you get "Parallels Desktop" for the Mac? That sounds like the answer to my problems. Is there any downside to using it? 

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This information is not quite correct. While it may be true that support for some version (named according to the year released) ended in May 2019, it is NOT true that Intuit is ending support for Mac in May 2019. That is to say: Yes, there is a Quickbooks 2019 for Mac, and a Quickbooks 2020 for Mac,  and presumably will be a Quickbooks 2021 for Mac. The support for each version usually goes for a couple of years, so you don't necessarily need to re-up every year (though they would love it if you did!); I usually do it every three years or so. 

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Quickbooks Online is an entirely different animal. It's a browser-based system, so you can run it on any platform. The original post indicated she was running QB on Windows currently and wanted to start using a Mac. Most responses are showing how she can continue using the same (Windows) version on a Mac, due to her presumed familiarity with the look and feel of the product. Things like Parallels, VMWare, Virtual Box, etc. let you do that. But understand, that means you're supporting an entire Windows environment, on your Mac, so that when you're running QB, your computer is in some sense pretending to be a Windows PC. This costs system resources, and will not be as fast and responsive as running it on a PC. 
The alternative of course is to switch to the Mac version of QB and not have to do the PC emulation at all. This "sounds good." But the Mac version of QB really has a lot of holes in it, particularly if your functions include analysis of the data in something other than QuickBooks (e.g. exporting it to Excel to do further processing.). QB for Mac just does not export its data nicely or completely (for example, there is a "memo" field at the check level and also at the detail line level. The fields have the same name, and the line-level detail cannot seem to be exported. This is as of my 2016 version which is where I last checked it. If it's been fixed, kudos! It was on a 20-item list of enhancement requests I sent in probably 2012 that have seen no action at all since then, so I'm doubtful). 
The Mac version is very definitely a "lite" version of what people think of when they think of Quickbooks. If you're interacting with financial professionals, accountants, etc., the expectation is that you're going to be using the Windows version. Every time I upgrade to the latest version I go through this "should I?" process. But one of my partners is so completely Windows-averse, I never do it. I've struggled along with the Mac version for over a decade, and it is what it is. More or less gets the job done.

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