Peachtree Complete Accounting 2007 is an impressive upgrade of Sage Software's respected small-business bookkeeping program. Similar to last year's face-lift of Intuit QuickBooks 2006, Peachtree Complete's dramatic new look makes its predecessor and other rivals from last year look downright dowdy by comparison. Peachtree 2007 incorporates bright flowcharts with colorful icons and a left-side navigation column for quick access to customer, vendor, inventory, and other key modules. (Old-timers can still use the pull-down menus along the top of the screen.) Behind the scenes, its database also has been revamped. The new Business Status Center provides a 30,000-foot view of your daily operations, including account balances, year-to-date revenues, and so on. Sure, some of this is borrowed from QuickBooks. But so what? It works here.
This application demands Windows 2000 SP3 or XP SP2 on a system with 256MB of RAM (512MB is recommended), but Mac users are out of luck. Installation took about 10 minutes in our tests on Windows XP. We found the setup wizard handy, but exporting data from other programs demanded more attention than starting with a blank slate.
It takes less time to find information in Peachtree 2007 than it does in last year's edition, and the use of lists is vastly better. The Customers & Sales, Vendors & Purchases, and other modules, for instance, display scrollable customer lists that would have taken several mouse clicks to find in version 2006. With Peachtree 2007, you click the View Detailed List link in the upper-right corner, and a complete list of records (for example, Employees) pops up in a separate window. Searches are easier too, thanks to a handy search box near the top of the screen.