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    Quickbooks vs Pastel Accounting

    Moderator note: This QuickBooks - Tax Invoice thread refers. Rather than derail that thread, the banter between QuickBooks and Pastel fans has been moved here. (Don't take it too seriously, please - they're both good products )

    So then Dave A said

    And all the Pastel users are going "What? That easy?"

    And then the fun started...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    And all the Pastel users are going "What? That easy?"

    Ha! Quickbooks needs 4 steps to get the job done, whereas Pastel only needs 3 steps!

    1. Go to Setup...Customers...Documents
    2. Click on the Invoice tab
    3. Edit the name in the "Original Name" box.

    DONE
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neville Bailey View Post
    1. Go to Setup...Customers...Documents
    2. Click on the Invoice tab
    3. Edit the name in the "Original Name" box.
    Erm - Isn't that 3 steps in line 1 there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    Erm - Isn't that 3 steps in line 1 there

    Well ... actually ... there are no steps required as it has "Tax Invoice" already as the default.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike C View Post
    Well ... actually ... there are no steps required as it has "Tax Invoice" already as the default.
    How colloquial. That must go down a treat in parts of the world where an invoice is an invoice is an invoice, period.
    (Which reminds me - what's this period end stuff you have to do in Pastel? It just seems so unnecessary.)

    Rather than trashing this thread, maybe we should start a QuickBooks vs Pastel thread, with the proviso that it should be light hearted jousting rather than a serious duel.

    p.s. I'm quite happy to concede Pastel is ahead of QuickBooks when it comes to out-the-box compliance with the SA regulatory environment.
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    Good one Dave! Yes I agree that it should be light-hearted. Life is too short to make a big deal out of a preference. But isn't Pastel and Quickbooks both products from the same company -"Softline" (or now "Sage")?

    I will leave Neville to answer the difficult bits. To be honest I have never used Quickbooks so can't really compare. Pastel is very nice once you are all set up and trained, but can be very daunting for a person who just buys it off the shelf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike C View Post
    Good one Dave! Yes I agree that it should be light-hearted. Life is too short to make a big deal out of a preference. But isn't Pastel and Quickbooks both products from the same company -"Softline" (or now "Sage")?
    Yes, but this is simply because it is a local company representing 2 products under the same company banner. Pastel and Quickbooks are two separate software companies.

    I remember many years back when Pastel first came out, they reckon that they could import any data base into Pastel. When the company I was a director off purchased Pastell, it could not import, so had to be done manually. It was too late at that stage to get another package, and our auditors at the time insisted we use it. The only reason we purchased Pastell at that time was for the quick import of the data base.

    We did struggle for years with Pastel, can not remember what it was now.
    What irked me about Pastel then was the license fees we had to pay yearly, and pay for any support requested which was created by Pastell, something about the data base getting corrupt.

    When I started my own company, I decided to go the Quickbooks route.
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    When I started my own company, I decided to go the Quickbooks route.
    And are you happy with it? Is there anything that you could do on Pastel that you can't do on Quickbooks?
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