I wanted to share several special offers, free webinars and other new resources for CPAs, Accountants, Bookkeepers, QuickBooks ProAdvisors and QuickBooks users.
Special 50% off on QuickBooks Accountant 2013 until May 28
If you are an accountant, bookkeeper, tax professional or QuickBooks consultant, then you really should get QuickBooks Accountant and you can save 50% if you order before May 28. Details here: http://intuitaccountants.com/MichelleLong
QuickBooks Accountant 2013 has the following unique features and tools to help accounting professionals be more efficient and productive. Read more
Please Join Me at the Ultimate Accounting vCon — it will be a GREAT conference you won’t want to Miss!
It is exciting to see so many CPAs, accountants, bookkeepers, QuickBooks ProAdvisors, consultants and others who have already registered to attend the Ultimate Accounting vCon next week (May 16 and 17). Sandi Smith Leyva and I (Michelle Long) have been finalizing the presentations and materials and all I can say is WOW! We have soooooo much great information, resources and ideas to share with you that will help you grow your business and serve your clients better that it is amazing! It’s not too late to register to join us and you will be glad you did! All the sessions are recorded so you can listen to them later as needed. Hundreds of your peers have already registered — don’t get left behind! Read more
Time Sensitive – If you want to Grow Your Accounting or Bookkeeping Business, Do Not Miss This GREAT Opportunity!
We’re thrilled that many of you have already registered for our Second Annual Accounting vCon on May 16 & 17. You now have immediate access to some amazing case studies, a BONUS checklist, a BONUS “Dear John” sample letter for clients you need to fire (will be posted ASAP), hundreds of motivated and upbeat peers, and that’s all before the conference even starts!
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Having your own business is hard work, but there is a smart way to serve clients well and make the income you want without putting in hundreds of hours per week. The skills and tools you need to move from one level of income in your practice are different from the ones it took to get where you are. Stop relying on peers who are at or behind your level of income and start relying on mentors like Michelle and Sandi who have already been where you want to go and are fully dedicated to serving the accounting profession. Read more
Numerous people are reporting that they cannot see fields in QuickBooks 2013 particularly since the R6 update. For example, in the write checks window people indicate they can no longer see the column for class, customer:job, the billable box and that these fields are missing. Additionally, some people indicated that it may not affect all company files (i.e. things look ok in one file but not in another file). Keep this in mind if you or your clients have missing fields or display problems and refer to this post for details on how to fix it. Read more
Intuit invests in input and feedback from QuickBooks users and accounting professionals to help with product development and enhancements. They strive to help us save time, improve productivity and delight us with QuickBooks. They do a lot of research, beta testing, and even visit businesses and accounting offices to learn more about what we want and need.
However with millions of users and accounting professionals, it is inevitable that Intuit cannot please everyone all the time and sometimes they may not get something quite right. That appears to have happened with some of the appearance changes in QuickBooks 2013. In another blog post, I discussed several of the changes in appearance to QuickBooks 2013. Many people commented here, in my Linkedin Group (now with 24,000+ members), Intuit Community Forums and elsewhere about things they did not like in QuickBooks 2013. Again, Intuit listened to our feedback and in the R4 update we were able to add color to the icon bar and a flag to differentiate different data files as explained in this blog post.
Intuit didn’t stop there. Many people said the flag was too little and didn’t help differentiate files enough. Now, with the R6 update, differentiating company files with color is back in QuickBooks 2013.
As excerpted from the blog post by Jacint Tumacder (Intuit Product Manager):
With the launch of QuickBooks 2013, we made many thoughtful choices around the use of color to improve navigation. For example, we used darker colors to recede particular areas, and introduced color contrast and font size differentiation to help you know where to focus and navigate through the workflow. While many of you told us you like the new visual design in QuickBooks 2013, a number of you also told us that you have the following issues:
- The black & white icon bar is hard to read
- Can’t use color to differentiate company files
- The prominent use of black has too much contrast
Well, you spoke and we listened. In QuickBooks R6, we’ve re-introduced color schemes. If the default colors QuickBooks uses have too much contrast for you, you can now choose from 14 color schemes to find one that better suits you. Customizing the color scheme in QB 2013 changes the color frame for ALL windows in QuickBooks, including the program window frame making it even easier to differentiate between companies, especially when you have two companies open at the same time.
Here’s what it looks like.
BEFORE … QuickBooks with the Black & White Icon Bar and Default Color Scheme
AFTER … QuickBooks with the Colored Icon Bar and Blue Color Scheme
Where to Find the Preference for Switching to the Colored Icon Bar and Changing Color Schemes
After updating your file to R6 go the menu bar and select Edit, Preferences, Desktop View, and the My Preferences tab.
Thanks Intuit for listening to us and giving us back color to help differentiate data files!
Other Changes in R6 Update
- Resolved QBW32.EXE Fatal Application Exit error (Unrecoverable Error 02700 80318)
- Improved performance.
- Added Windows 8 support for the QuickBooks Attach Documents scan manager.
- Added Monthly payroll item limits.
- Click here for complete details on the R6 update.
- Click here to read Charlie Russell’s comprehensive article about the R6 update.
Display issue with Classes
After updating to R6, a few people indicated they could no longer see the class field (and some couldn’t see the customer:job column too) on forms like Write Checks. Intuit investigated and determined it was an issue with the DPI settings for the screen resolution. Details on how to fix it are in this support article.
Additionally, on the sample file (Rock Castle Construction) I discovered that all transactions became unclassified for some reason. However, I haven’t heard of anyone else seeing this problem so it must be something weird with my computer and/or file. Let me know if you encounter it too and/or submit a bug report (under Help > Send Feedback Online > Bug Report).
Quick Survey on QuickBooks 2013
Considering the latest changes included in the R6 update, please answer this quick question. I will share the results of the survey in a future blog post. Feel free to include your comments in the survey or in the comments for this blog post.
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8 Simple Steps to Accelerate Your Accounting Practice, Free CPE, and Final Call for Accountant’s Accelerator 2013
- Are actively growing your accounting practice, starting a practice, or repositioning your services
- Struggle with time management and how to get everything done even though you’d like new clients
- Want to develop your business management skills so you can move from being a technician to a business owner
- Feel uncomfortable or lack confidence when it comes to marketing or selling
Then I’d like to invite you to a complimentary webinar on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 full of simple and low-cost tips, answers, and ideas to help you in these areas.
“8 Simple Steps to Accelerate Your Accounting Practice” Read more