Peachtree Accounting 2002

The Good Excellent Web integration, including online access to some accounting data; powerful inventory controls.

The Bad No online banking; expensive support; costs more than QuickBooks.

The Bottom Line Have a hankering to sell online? Pick Peachtree: it has the most Net savvy of all the small-business accounting programs. But if you're not selling online, QuickBooks is a better choice.

Editors' Rating
8.0 Overall

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Review

Peachtree Accounting 2002

Peachtree Complete Accounting 2002 takes care of business, especially business on the Web. Compared to the other top small-biz accounting programs (QuickBooks and Accounting Plus, formerly MYOB), Peachtree has the most Net smarts, with a nifty online component that lets you access some accounting chores from the Web. Plus, Peachtree offers tight integration between your desktop accounting and your online store. Although Peachtree isn't the easiest accounting package to use, and it costs a bundle (QuickBooks bests it on both counts), it's the best choice for Web-minded small businesses.Peachtree Complete Accounting 2002 takes care of business, especially business on the Web. Compared to the other top small-biz accounting programs (QuickBooks and Accounting Plus, formerly MYOB), Peachtree has the most Net smarts, with a nifty online component that lets you access some accounting chores from the Web. Plus, Peachtree offers tight integration between your desktop accounting and your online store. Although Peachtree isn't the easiest accounting package to use, and it costs a bundle (QuickBooks bests it on both counts), it's the best choice for Web-minded small businesses.

Same old, same old
On the surface, Peachtree hasn't changed much. Installation and configuration are still tougher than QuickBooks. When you install the program, a too-short, wizard-style interview helps you set up basic business parameters such as fiscal year, but it doesn't give you enough assistance in making important decisions, such as whether to use the cash or accrual accounting method. After that, the Setup Checklist takes you to appropriate input screens for entering data on inventory, payroll, customers, and suppliers. Fortunately, if you're already using Peachtree, you skip nearly all of this, since version 2002 does a nice job of migrating data from earlier editions.

Lots of windows
Peachtree 2002 doesn't hit you with any splashy new interface tricks, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Peachtree 2002 retains the graphical, flow-chart-based navigation of last year's edition as well as the alternative, traditional menus at the top of the screen. The only interface twist is that icons now drop down from the toolbars of data-entry screens so that related tools, such as Delete and Void Check, are grouped together.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $170
  • Brand Best Software, Inc.
  • Category business applications
  • Compatibility PC
  • OS Family Windows
  • Version 9.0
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