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Hi, I've just been volunteered to be on a church finance committee. I know nothing about accounting but I'm good with spreadsheets (for statistics and
other data crunching). The church uses OWP ver 4.? (I think 4.6, but not sure). The church has it installed on one computer but I'd like to get a copy so I can learn it at home (can't find original disks).
I'm just wondering if anyone knows 1. can I get an old copy of OWP? 2. will a new version be compatible? 3. would a newer version offer more report writing for budget and EOY, etc? 4. any chance Peachtree might donate a package to a small church?
Thanks in advance, Scout
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Peachtree is a good program. I've used, supported & installed it with much success. But, it does require some bookeeping accounting knowledge.
Peachtree versions are downward compatible. That is if you have ver 4 & you copy/backup the data & transfer it to a computer that has a newer version, it can read the data. But it doesn't work the other direction.
I can't honestly reccomend that you use such an old version of the program at this time. And I wouldn't hold my breath hoping for Peachtree to give a freebee.
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One Write Plus is no longer being produced by Peachtree (Sage) as of 2005: http://www.peachtree.com/onewrite/owpretirement.cfm
The current versions of Peachtree CAN convert OWP version 8 so you need to find a copy of that program and upgrade to version 8. Then you can decide if you want to upgrade to a currently supported version of Peachtree.
Alternatively you could start with your Trial balance from OWP 4 and create a brand new company file. Staples frequently has a rebate program for Accounting Pro that gives you the program for free. Many of these copies are currently up on eBay. Depending on how up to date their computer is PT 2007 may be too much for their computer to handle so you probably should look for a copy of Accounting Pro 2006.
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Thank you Laura (and Benjamin), After reading your advice, I think I should suggest a complete break from OWP and perhaps go with Accounting Pro 2006.
Do you know if Accounting Pro would be able to give us line item breakdowns for income and expenses (sorry if my terminology is wrong) so that I can distribute these reports to various committees for budget proposals? For instance, would I be able to print out just the expenses, line item specific, for the Property Management Committee? And would it be able to produce a report that I could use to present to a congregation that would include a list of Accounts with Budget and Actual figures?
Again, I thank you so much for this help! Scout
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You can create customized Income statements that would suit your needs. Not that difficult.
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Laura, This may be a dumb question, but does the fact that AP is a Canadian product make it less usable in the US? Scout
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Peachtree aka Sage produces Peachtree accounting Pro here in the US. I'm wondering if you are looking at a different product if you are seeing it being a canadian product. Here's a link to the home page: http://www.peachtree.com/
I would normally suggest downloading their trial version but it will be for 2007 and not 2006. You might try posting a message on the Peachtree user forum to see if anyone has a trial version of 2006 available. http://www.peachtreeusers.com/.forums/index.php I think the Peachtree/Sage consultants get trial versions as part of their software package each year.
You might try calling Sage directly but I suspect they will only have the 2007 products available. Maybe if enough people call and inquire about 2006 products because their system requirements now exceed the older computers still in operation they will wake up. The condo association that I support are in the same situation. We are still on win98 so upgrading to 2007 is out of the question.
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Scout,
although I know it is a considerable investment,and being a church treasurer, I truly understand that :) , you might want to consider the quickbooks for nonprofits.
http://quickbooks.intuit.com/product/accounting_software/nonprofit_industry/
it offers many of the reports and features that you will probably need.
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