QuickBooks 2013 will be on its' way sometime this fall if the past is any indicator of the future with Intuit.
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- Details and discounts on QuickBooks Pro 2013, QuickBooks Premier 2013, QuickBooks for Mac 2013
- QuickBooks Enterprise 2013 - details and discounts
- Make the "press Enter key" preference turned on by default! This will help thousands of new QuickBooks users avoid getting instantly frustrated. Unless they know about this magic preference, most users just hit the Enter key assuming it will move them to the next field. Wrong! They lose what they are working on and begin to mutter obscenities under their breath. It doesn't have to be this way.
- Set a default class for customers, vendors or items. Why force the need to enter the class manually for each transaction? Many businesses using the class tracking feature of QuickBooks would benefit significantly from this capability!
- Add some early warning notice about list limits and file sizes! As I have found in working with hundreds of QuickBooks users over the last decade, a very small percentage are even aware of the 14,500 list limits in the Pro and Premier versions or QuickBooks. Nor are they aware that there is a point in time when their data file gets too big for itself and causes heartburn and headaches. Needless to say, they get pretty angry when they find out about these limitations of QuickBooks the hard way. Give your users some advance notice about these issues.
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- Include the PO number field in the "customize fields" option on the customer screen. When a business is calling about the status of an order, they reference their own purchase order number and don't care what number is being used by QuickBooks to track it. Give businesses the opportunity to easily see that field in this list.
- Provide the ability to drilll into open purchase orders related to a customer from the customer center. If a purchase order has been tagged with a customer or job, why not allow that to be cross-referenced in the transaction portion of the customer screen?
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And here are five more improvements on my wish list for QuickBooks 2013:
- Make it a lot easier to "unhook" the QuickBooks web connector and Intuit Data Protect from a QuickBooks installation. Thousands of businesses have no need for the web connector and thousands more have found a better alternative to the QuickBooks Online Backup service. Don't force them to get into the msconfig option of Windows to make them go away.
- Actually display the custom fields that exist for items. Most businesses have monitors that are far bigger than those that came with the TRS-80, so let them take advantage of that and be able to see the item custom fields without having to click.
- Allow the "to do" items to be either unique for each user or global for the entire company. Why muck up the list with every to do from every user? A tweak to the setup of to do items would certainly make this area of QuickBooks far more functional.
- Revise the report customization tools in QuickBooks. As I said in my wish list for QuickBooks 2012, this area of QuickBooks has received no noticeable improvement that I am aware of for the last ten years. It's time for an overhaul. It is great that third party report customization tools like QQube for QuickBooks exist, but many would benefit from some greater functionality right within this area of QuickBooks.
- Overhaul the budgeting features and capabilities in QuickBooks. Somehow, I think this functionality of the software has totally fallen off the map with the developers. We've seen nothing new in this area either for many years. It is well overdue.
These are my suggestions for QuickBooks 2013.
Weigh in with your own wish list in the comments box below!