Peachtree 2007 - Am I the only one ?

I've just reviewed a trial version of Peachtree 2007. I can't but help think about the fable about the Emperor without clothes in reference to the 2007 User
Interface.
The user interface, and the fact that it doesn't seem possible to turn it off is enough to dissuade me from recommending users to upgrade. The only good feature about the 2004-2006 "Peachtree Today" was that at least you could turn it off.
It strikes me that Peachtree products are targeting the computer illiterate bookkeeping neophytes instead of seeking the real market of competent and knowledgeable existing and potential users.
Maybe I'm just getting old, and maybe in my younger years I was influenced too much by Alan Cooper's text "About Face", The Essentials of User Interface Design. Being credited as the "father of Windows", Alan Cooper's premise was that "If achieving the user's goals is the basis of ... user interface design, then the user will be satisfied..."
In my old age I think that Peachtree has failed miserably with Peachtree 2007 user interface. It's like the resurrection of their failed 1998 "Peachtree Office Accounting" all over again.
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I agree with your opinion of the interface. I absolutely HATE it...but the funny thing is, several of my clients who upgraded seem to like it! Go figure.....
Peachtree is trying to keep up with the Joneses or in this case, the Microsoft Small Business Accounting....
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On Wed, 19 Jul 2006 23:16:05 -0400, "Diane Koers"

They've been after me to upgrade (I'm still using 2004), and these comments are not encouraging. What really bugs me is the software appears to have had obsolescence planned in: recently every time I start it up I get a box titled "Peachtree Online Update" which says "The Online Update program files appear to be corrupt. Please reinstall your most recent version of Online Update."
This started happening on my laptop as well, so I think it's date-driven and meant to prod a user into buying a new version. -- Mike Koenecke http://macros.koenecke.us to e-mail, change domain to "alum.haverford.edu"
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Mike Koenecke wrote:

I'm still using 2004 and have not encountered this problem myself.
What I don't like is that with the new database engine in 2007 many of us can't upgrade because our computers won't run it. My laptop is only a year old and is not fast enough to run the program. I am not about to buy a new computer just to upgrade to 2007.
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I'm pretty sure that Quantum is the only product with a new database backend (Pervasive 9.1) . . . the other PT products (Complete, Premium, etc.) still use btrieve. Obviously this is the first step in Sage killing off btrieve (which is *LONG* overdue . . . active development on btrieve stopped around '94 . . . so we're still using a databackend that was designed for DOS & Windows 3.1 (which has been my major gripe with PT) I so wish they would just move to a Microsoft backend (SQL Express 2005) . . .
I completely agree about the interface - I hate it. I found Peachtree Today useful - but it was nice to be able to open it when I wanted to glance at everything, then close it when I was done . . .
As far as Diane's comment on keeping up with the Joneses (Microsoft SBA) - Peachtree would be better served to try to play catchup in the realm of 3rd party integration (a la QuickBooks) . . . SBA has not been catching on well (especially for the non-accounting types who can't understand why they can't delete transactions, etc.) And there are a lot of QuickBooks users who hate QB, but continue to use it due to 3rd party products that only integrate with QB. We're a prime example - I merged my business with another small business a couple years ago, and in the reorg I ended up being the technical lead and not handling the back office stuff any more. We're using QuickBooks there because of direct integration with our LOB app . . . (and God do I *hate* QuickBooks) . . . I'm trying to get us to convert to PT - but until I can find the time to build our own integration piece, it's not gonna happen . . .
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Actually Quantum is just another flavor of the Peachtree for Windows line. All the different flavors of 2007 use Pervasive 9.1, but none of them appear to be using it at the SQL level, which would add unnecessary overhead to accessing the data; they seem to continue to access the data at the Btrieve level.
All flavors including Quantum have essentially identical databases, although Peachtree has tweeked some of the Btrieve parameters for Quantum. This has done to get a little better performance at the expense of database size. Quantum databases are about twice as big as other flavors.
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Actually Quantum is just another flavor of the Peachtree for Windows line. All the different flavors of 2007 use Pervasive 9.1, but none of them appear to be using it at the SQL level, which would add unnecessary overhead to accessing the data; they seem to continue to access the data at the Btrieve level.
All flavors including Quantum have essentially identical databases, although Peachtree has tweeked some of the Btrieve parameters for Quantum. This has done to get a little better performance at the expense of database size. Quantum databases are about twice as big as other flavors.
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By the way, thanks Laura: you prompted me to delete and re-install on both machines, which fixed the problem. Durned if I know what caused it. -- Mike Koenecke http://macros.koenecke.us to e-mail, change domain to "alum.haverford.edu"
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RUN don't walk away from this software... 2007 is a FUCKING JOKE!
On Wed, 19 Jul 2006 10:08:32 -0700, Ted

about the fable about the Emperor without clothes in reference to the 2007 User Interface.

is enough to dissuade me from recommending users to upgrade. The only good feature about the 2004-2006 "Peachtree Today" was that at least you could turn it off.

bookkeeping neophytes instead of seeking the real market of competent and knowledgeable existing and potential users.

much by Alan Cooper's text "About Face", The Essentials of User Interface Design. Being credited as the "father of Windows", Alan Cooper's premise was that "If achieving the user's goals is the basis of ... user interface design, then the user will be satisfied..."

user interface. It's like the resurrection of their failed 1998 "Peachtree Office Accounting" all over again.

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