TABLE OF CONTENTS

1) General Business Accounting Programs

2) Law Office-Specific Accounting Programs

3) Cloud-Based Business Accounting


4) Personal Finance Programs

5) Cloud-Based Personal Finance

6) Check Printing Software


7) Inventory Programs

8) Payroll Software

9) Cloud-Based Payroll

10) Maintaining A Stock
Portfolio


11) Utilities

12) References

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  Macintosh Accounting Software

by

Randy B. Singer


Copyright © Randy B. Singer, 2019. All worldwide rights reserved.
Permission is hereby given to link to this site, but no other use is permitted without express written permission.

Macintosh accounting programs have been too difficult for users to find.  That's too bad, because even though the myth that “there are no accounting programs for the Macintosh” is prevalent, the truth is that this has always been one of the Mac's better covered areas. 

So, a while back I started cataloging all of the accounting software for the Macintosh.  It turns out that there are *a lot* of accounting programs for the Macintosh!  Here are all of the ones that I know of.

★★★ These applications/services have been especially popular with users and/or reviewers and might be worth extra consideration. Note that this is not a review site.  Products without this mark are likely to still be excellent, and any one of them might be the perfect choice for your needs.  Most offer a free demo.  Checking out the free demo of a few likely candidates is probably the best way to choose the right program for you.

(NOTE: Any discrepancies between the prices listed here, and the pricing on the developer's Web site, or the Apple Store, are irrelevant.  The price you should expect to pay for a product is the one that the developer asks you to pay, not the one listed here.)




1. GENERAL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING PROGRAMS

Quickbooks is the 500 pound gorilla in this category.  However, Intuit (Quickbooks' developer) is a company that historically has treated Macintosh users as second class citizens, and they are moving Quickbooks to a cloud-based model.  So many users have been looking at alternatives.


AbacusAccounts ($36)
http://abacusaccounts.net/Abacus_Accounts/Home_page.html

Accounted
($80)  ★★★
http://www.oranged.net/accounted/
prints checks
Can integrate with the excellent business management program Studiometry.

AccountEdge Basic
($149)
http://accountedge.com/mac/basic/

AccountEdge Pro
  ($399)
http://www.accountedge.com/mac/
Does Payroll
https://www.accountedge.com/pro/payroll/
Does Inventory
https://www.accountedge.com/pro/inventory/

Accounts ($30)
http://www.nano.com.au

AcctVantage
http://acctvantage.com/features/

Appgen's MyBooks
($79)
http://www.appgen.com/site/mybooks_professional.htm
http://www.appgen.com/site/screen_shots/mac_screen_shot1_pro.html

Banana ($135)
https://www.banana.ch/en
Resident software that works on all of your computers and devices with perfect compatibility.

BeanCounter ($60)  ★★★
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beancounter-pro-bookkeeping/id573015586?mt=12
http://www.tidalpool.ca/support/
http://www.tidalpool.ca/beancounter/index.html
A powerful yet easy to use professional bookkeeping, time tracking, and invoicing application. It has a simple one window user interface.
Free demo:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beancounter-bookkeeping-time/id557945049?mt=12&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Big Business  (priced based on features; highly customizable)
http://www.bigbusiness.com/about/
Does Inventory

Billings
http://www.marketcircle.com/billings/
Integrates with the personal information management program DayLite.


Book 'n Keep ($30)
http://www.teischl.com/booknkeep/

BusinessAccountingX
($250)
http://www.elsoldata.com/Software/Software.html
Based on Filemaker Pro.

Business Accountz  (Monthly pricing based on type of business)
https://www.accountz.com/pages/business-accountz

Clients & Profits X (Agency management software)
http://www.cnp-x.com
Job production and accounting software designed especially for creative  
businesses such as ad agencies, graphic design firms, and corporate marketing departments.

Connected Accounting (several versions based on size and needs of your company)
http://www.accountek.com/index.html

Corona ($65)
http://www.designersdomain.com/corona/
Does Payroll

EasyBooks (subscription price based on features)
https://www.easybooksapp.com/

Express Accounts ($80)
http://www.nchsoftware.com/accounting/index.html

4th QuarterAccounting
https://www3.technologyevaluation.com/research/solution/4th-Quarter-Accounting-Software.html

General Ledger (formerly EasyMoney) ($15)
http://ttpsoftware.com/generalledger/

Genesis Accounting
https://www.codence.com/products/genesis-accounting
Based on Filemaker Pro.

JobOrder
https://softwareconnect.com/construction/management-joborder/
For project-oriented service businesses such as advertising agencies, architects, consulting companies, design firms, and engineering firms.

Light
http://www.ccas.com
Government Contracts and Commercial Accounting Software

Loops (in German only)
https://www.computerworks.ch/software/loops.html

MacFreelance
($50)
http://www.macxware.com/site/products/MacFreelance/overview.html

Mac HaBu (shareware)
http://mcrichter.de/Seiten/Englisch/Programme/HaBu.html

MoneyWorks  ★★★
(multiple versions available based on business requirements)
http://www.cognito.co.nz/
When you register MoneyWorks, they will send your accountant a free copy!
prints checks
Review: "Best":
http://www.macworld.com/article/2141440/the-best-mac-accounting-apps.html
Free video tutorials:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykjTkR3XwF8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPh3svtjqR4

MultiLedger
https://www.checkmark.com/multiledger.php

Home Accountz (£39)
https://www.accountz.com/pages/home-accountz

QuickBooks  ★★★
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/mac/
Quickbooks has begun pushing users to their online product.  But their desktop product is still available:
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/products/#QBDT

Small Business Tracker Deluxe ($249)
https://productivity-software.com/sbtracker/index.html
Keeps track of your billable time, materials, inventory, income, expenses, schedules and more.

TinyBooks ($79)  ★★★
A simple, flexible, non-bloated, single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system. TinyBooks is designed for Sole Proprietors, home and other small businesses.
http://www.tinybookspro.com/
http://www.winograd.com
Prints Checks

Vision X
http://www.logisoftinc.com/products.html
http://www.logisoftinc.com/visionx/visionx.html

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2. LAW OFFICE-SPECIFIC ACCOUNTING PROGRAMS

Brief Accounting
http://www.brieflegal.com

TimeNet Law
http://www.applesource.biz/software/timenet-law/

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3. CLOUD-BASED BUSINESS ACCOUNTING
Some users prefer cloud-based programs (i.e. software accessed via the Web and resident on a vendor's server) and some really don't care for the concept.  There are some noteworrthy advantages and disadvantages to cloud-based accounting programs that one should consider:

Advantages of a cloud-based accounting solution:
• Available anywhere you have internet access
• Available on all computers and devices
• Synchronization between all computers and devices
• Automatic software updates

Disadvantages of a cloud-based accounting solution:
• Subscription payments (you are paying for the program in perpetuity)
• Your data resides on someone else's server (which is a security concern)

• Whenever and where ever you have no internet access, you have no access to your accounting app

• If the company disappears overnight, do you lose all of your data?

BillyApp
https://billyapp.com/

FreshBooks ★★★
https://www.freshbooks.com/
Chronomate for tracking time to use with Freshbooks.
https://www.freshbooks.com/addons/chronomate

Giddh
https://giddh.com/

Harvest  $12/month/person
https://www.getharvest.com/apps/mac
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/harvest/id506189836?mt=12&ls=1

LessAccounting
http://lessaccounting.com/

MoneyMinder
https://nonprofitcentral.biz/moneyminder/

Wave
https://www.waveapps.com/accounting

Xero (price varies by services offered)
http://www.xero.com/us/
Does Payroll

XTuple
http://www.xtuple.com/

ZipBooks 
https://zipbooks.com/

Zoho Books
https://www.zoho.com/us/books/

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4. PERSONAL FINANCE PROGRAMS
Quicken is the market leader in this category.  Prior to being sold by it's owner, Intuit, many Macintosh users only used Quicken only grudgingly, as it lagged behind the Windows version in features and Mac users were treated like red-headed step-children.  Many Mac users actively looked for a Quicken alternative from a more Mac-centric company.  Now that Quicken has a new owner, it has become a cloud based-only service with subscription pricing.  Since many users don't want to have to pay in perpetuity for their personal accounting software, and/or they don't want their financial information in the cloud, there is still a strong market for an excellent Quicken alternative.  Fortunately there are several.

Note that there are some fine free applications in this category, marked with:

Bankbook (free)
http://www.robertzprojects.com/programs.php

Banktivity  (was: iBank) ($70)
★★★
https://www.iggsoftware.com/banktivity/
prints checks
Banktivity Mobile (free)

https://www.iggsoftware.com/banktivity_for_iphone/
https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1277991350?mt=8

Buddi (free)
★★★  
http://buddi.digitalcave.ca/
Many users say that this free product is all that they need and that it is also easy to use.

Budget ($30)
http://www.snowmintcs.com/

Budgeteer  ($20)
http://www.alegresoftware.com/#!budgeteer/cgt5

BudgetfM ($15)  (In German)
http://www.budget-software.de/

Cashculator ($30)
https://www.apparentsoft.com/cashculator


CheckBook/Pro  ($15/$25)
https://www.splasm.com/index.html
https://www.splasm.com/checkbook/index.html
https://www.splasm.com/checkbookpro/index.html

Checkbook Rec ($9)
http://www.cornerstonedesigns.biz/


Debit & Credit ($15)
https://debitandcredit.app/

Finance ($40)
http://www.yenco.com/finance/index.html

Finances ($40)
https://hochgatterer.me/finances/macos/

Finance 101 (part of a Filemaker Pro template package) ($199)
http://www.programs101.com/invoice101.html

General Ledger ($15) (formerly EasyMoney)
http://ttpsoftware.com/thankgoodnessWP/generalledger/

EasyMoney ($20)
http://www.ttpsoftware.com/Products/easymoney.html

Expense Detective ($20)
http://www.datastorm-solutions.com/products.html

Finance ($20)
http://www.yenco.com/
http://www.yenco.com/finance/index.html

Fortora Fresh Finance ($50)
http://www.fortora.com/

Growly Checkbook (free)

http://growlybird.com/checkbook/index.html

GNUCash (free and open source)

http://www.gnucash.org/
(GnuCash is both personal and small-business financial-accounting software.  Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.)
How to install:
http://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/MacOSXInstallation

Home Accountz (£39)
https://www.accountz.com/pages/home-accountz

Horizon ($30)
http://www.lucernesys.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/horizon/id411674311?mt=12

iCash ($50)
http://www.maxprog.com/site/index_us.php
http://www.maxprog.com/site/software/personal-finance/icash_sheet_us.php

iCompta ($27)
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1149778308?mt=12
http://www.icompta-app.com/
There is a mobile companion version of iCompta for the iPhone/iPad, which syncs with the desktop version. ($4)
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1149769928?mt=8

iFinance ($36)
http://www.syniumsoftware.com/ifinance/
iFinance Mobile for iPhone $9
http://www.syniumsoftware.com/ifinancemobile/
prints checks

JCash (free and open source)

http://sourceforge.net/projects/jcash/
Requires the installation of Java.

jGnash (free and open source)

http://sourceforge.net/projects/jgnash/
Requires the installation of Java.

Koku ($30)
http://www.fadingred.com/koku/

Liquid Ledger ($50)
http://www.liquidledger.com/

Money ($40)
★★★ 
http://www.jumsoft.com/money/
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/money/id1185488696?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&mt=12
Money for iPhone ($2
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/money-5/id1185487791?l=lt&mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Money for iPad ($5

MoneyBag ($15)
https://www.macappstudio.com/apps/moneybag
(nice interface!)

MoneyDance ($50)
★★★
http://www.moneydance.com/
prints checks
MoneyDance also has a number of extensions available for more esoteric and extended functions those can be selected from within MoneyDance under "Check for updates/extensions".
MoneyDance Mobile (free)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moneydance/id367748818?mt=8

MoneyGuru ($30 contribution requested)
http://www.hardcoded.net/moneyguru/

Money Plus ($10)
http://www.avarsoft.com/1/Home.html

Moneyspire ($30)
http://www.moneyspire.com/

MoneyWell ($60)  
https://moneywell.app
Review:
http://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/finance-reviews/envelope-style-budgeting-by-moneywell/

MoneyWiz ($25)
http://www.silverwiz.com/mac/

My Checkbook ($20)
http://www.surprisesoftware.com/
My Checkbook Remote ($10)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-checkbook-remote/id552707432?ls=1&mt=8

My Money Minder ($12.50)
http://www.benandruby.com/bens_software/mymoneyminder.html

Personal Accountz
(£39)
http://www.accountz.com/household.html

Pocket Cash ($22)
http://sockii.com/products/pocketcash.html

QuickFinance ($24)
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/4959
http://quickfinance-mac.com/

Savings ($10)
http://savingsapp.com/


SEE Finance ($30)
★★★
http://scimonocesoftware.com/seefinance/
(I'm told that this program does a particularly good job of importing data from Quicken.)
iOS app ($5)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/see-finance-2/id1316748798?mt=8

SplashMoney ($20)
http://www.splashdata.com/splashmoney/index.htm
Mobile companion ($5)
http://itunes.apple.com/app/splashmoney-personal-finance/id283035434?mt=8



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5. CLOUD-BASED PERSONAL FINANCE

Clear Checkbook
https://www.clearcheckbook.com/

Expensify 
https://www.expensify.com/

Finovera
https://www.finovera.com/

Mint  ★★★
http://www.mint.com

MoneyStream
https://moneystream.com/

Quicken  ★★★
https://www.quicken.com/
Quicken Purchased from Intuit by H.I.G. Capital
http://tidbits.com/article/16307

Wave Accounting
https://www.waveapps.com/

YNAB (You Need A Budget)
http://www.youneedabudget.com/
YNAB for iPhone $5
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/you-need-a-budget-ynab/id372076250?ls=1&mt=8
Review:
http://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/finance-reviews/learn-to-budget-with-you-need-a-budget/

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6. CHECK PRINTING SOFTWARE
(Check printing software allows you to create blank checks for use with other finance software that doesn't include this feature.)  

BankCheckPrinter ($1)
http://ricks-apps.com/osx/bankcheckprinter/index.html
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bank-check-printer/id851778218?ls=1&mt=12

CheckBuilderPro
  ($40)  
http://checkbuilderpro.com/
http://checkbuilderpro.com/product-info/

ezCheckPrinting ($39)
http://www.halfpricesoft.com/mac-check-writer/check-printing-software-mac.asp

Just Checking ($15)
https://www.justapps.com/index
https://www.justapps.com/about-checkbook-software-mac.html

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7. INVENTORY PROGRAMS

InStock ($15)
http://ttpsoftware.com/instock/

inventory tracking.Inventoria
($129)
http://www.nchsoftware.com/inventory/index.html

Inventory Tracker Plus ($199)
http://inventory-tracker.com/

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8. PAYROLL SOFTWARE
Offers payroll features to complement accounting programs that do not already include these features.

Aatrix
https://www.aatrix.com/solutions/mac/

CheckMark Payroll
($499/$429)
https://www.checkmark.com/payroll.php
From the makers of Multiledger for accounting.

Connected Accounting Payroll

https://www.accountek.com/payroll/
From the makers of Connected Accounting software.


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9. CLOUD-BASED PAYROLL

Gusto
https://gusto.com/
Works with Xero, FreshBooks, Quickbooks, and Quickbooks online

Paychex
http://www.paychex.com/



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10. MAINTAINING A STOCK PORTFOLIO

Finance Platform
http://www.wolfram.com/finance-platform/?source=nav

Hotline (several versions)
http://www.trendsoft.com/
http://www.trendsoft.com/HotlineX/main.htm

Investor R/T
http://www.linnsoft.com/

Portfolio Analysis Review
http://churr.com/par.shtml

PowerTicker
http://www.powerticker.net/

Pro Analyst
http://www.trendsoft.com/

ProTA
http://beesoft.net/

Stock Investment Guide

http://churr.com/features.html

Stock Spy
http://www.stock-spy.com/

TradeManager
http://www.dsgtradewise.com/

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11. UTILITIES

QIF Master $19
http://thewoodwards.us/sw/QIFMaster/
Allows you to manipulate QIF files and imports/exports QIF and CSV files
which might be useful for users switching to/from Quicken or other
personal accounting apps.

MoneyWorks MYOB Converter (free)
https://www.cognito.co.nz/resources/converting-from-myob-or-accountedge/
Converts your MYOB or AccountEdge data into a MoneyWorks file.


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12. REFERENCES

15 Personal Finance Apps for the Mac
http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/finance-roundups/15-personal-finance-apps-for-the-mac/

MacInTouch: Applications: Accounting and Bookkeeping
http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/applications/topic4468.html

Macworld: Feature: 8 Great Quicken alternatives
http://www.macworld.com/2007/08/features/money_alternatives/index.php

Tidbits: Finding a Replacement For Quicken
http://tidbits.com/article/12392

Tidbits: Follow-up to Finding a Replacement for Quicken
http://tidbits.com/article/12503

Tidbits: Your Favorite Mac Personal Finance Apps (2016)  
https://tidbits.com/2016/02/29/your-favorite-mac-personal-finance-apps/
Biggest vote-getters were Moneydance and Banktivity.

Tidbits: Vote for Your Favorite Mac Personal Finance App
https://tidbits.com/2016/02/17/vote-for-your-favorite-mac-personal-finance-app/#comments_30043
Comments section is worth looking at.

Top 10 Best Mac Money Apps To Replace Quicken part 1 & 2
http://mac360.com/2010/02/top_10_best_mac_money_apps_to_replace_quicken/
http://mac360.com/2010/02/top-10-best-mac-money-apps-to-replace-quicken-pt-2/

Top Ten Reviews
Best Personal Finance Software of 2019
http://www.toptenreviews.com/money/accounting/best-mac-personal-finance-software/

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Other Web pages by Randy B. Singer that might be of interest to Macintosh users:


• Macintosh Routine Maintenance
http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html

• Macintosh Slowdown Solutions
http://www.macattorney.com/sd.html

• Macintosh Beachballs!
http://www.macattorney.com/rbb.html

• Macintosh Word Processors
http://www.macattorney.com/wp.html

• Upgrading To The Latest Macintosh OS
http://www.macattorney.com/upos.html

• Free Or Inexpensive Macintosh Software
http://www.macattorney.com/free.html




If you have any additions to this Web site to suggest
I would very much appreciate hearing your suggestions.
Send them to:
Randy B. Singer
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About The Author Of This Web Site:

Randy B. Singer is:

The head of the MacAttorney User Group
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with, at this writing, close to 10,000 members!

A co-author of The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th and 6th editions);

Author of the ABA publication:
The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office



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