Financial software and service company Intuit announced Monday it will offer a version of its QuickBooks accounting software tailored for Apple Computer's Mac OS X, another milestone for the operating system. Intuit said in a statement that QuickBooks Pro Edition 5.0 will go on sale in the first quarter of next year.
Support from third-party software makers is seen as crucial for Apple in encouraging Mac users to adopt OS X. While many applications serving Apple's core market of graphics professionals, including Photoshop from Adobe Systems, have made the transition, important programs such as Quark's Xpress page-layout software are still missing from the OS X roster. Intuit, whose chairman, William Campbell, is on Apple's board of directors, already makes an OS X version of its Quicken personal finance software.