Hello again volunteer advisors and beta testers for the new Software4Nonprofits ACCOUNTS program.
I am excited to tell you that I have a very preliminary version ready for you to do your first testing on! It contains what I consider to be the absolute minimum features worth testing, namely setting up your chart of accounts, and entering journal entries. (No register windows or reports yet – soon!) But I think I should get something out there sooner rather than later, to make sure I am on the right track. (I have called this version number 0.20, because it is only one fifth done – probably much less!)
Other features that are already in this first beta version include the ones copied from DONATION, like all of the backup/restore functions, a program entry password, email sending configuration, and checking for updates (which will work with the beta version).
In ACCOUNTS, you can create additional databases for additional organizations, and switch between them, with new File -> New and File -> Open menu options. The file naming is very different from DONATION, instead using a more Word-like metaphor, of having each organization’s filename based on its Organization Name, with “.S4A” (Software4nonprofits Accounts) as the consistent file extension.
You can also adjust what different accounting entities and reports are named (like Equity vs. Fund, Income vs. Revenue) with the Maintenance -> Entity Names window.
You can get this version from the following web page: http://www.software4nonprofits.com/accounts/pretest.htm
If you have a little bit of time, please download and install it, play with it, and let me know your reactions (good or bad), with as many details as you have time to send me!
- Don’t bother putting much data into it (i.e. don’t enter your whole chart of accounts!) because some future beta versions will not be compatible with the current database structure, and you will have to start over entering data from scratch. (Mind you, some future versions may also allow you to import your chart of accounts from existing program.)
- There is nothing on the main window yet, only a menu, because I have not yet decided what should go there. (Ideas are welcome.)
- Only the pretest.htm page on the new sub-web-site for ACCOUNTS (under http://www.software4nonprofits.com/accounts/…) is there, so some hyperlinks in the program, like to show you the Pricing page if you are requesting a license key and you say you haven’t paid, won’t work.
Speaking of which, feel free to request a license key for any organizations/databases you set up in the program. (No payment required!) I will send you one that is good to the end of this year.
The Help for the new features (and ones adapted from DONATION) is pretty much all written, so another thing that would be very “helpful” <grin> would be any reviewing you want to do of the Help. There’s even a Help page on Accounting Concepts, that certainly needs a good review.