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Instant Accounts v11

by Sage
Windows Me / 98 / XP / 2000
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Bank and Cash Book
  • Sales and Purchase Ledgers
  • Customer and Supplier Records
  • Invoicing
  • VAT Return
  • Credit Control,Audit Assistant
  • Accountant LinkFull MS office Integration
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Instant Accounts 2012 (PC) Instant Accounts 2012 (PC) 4.0 out of 5 stars (41)
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Me / 98 / XP / 2000
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • ASIN: B0007KOQ30
  • Release Date: 14 Feb 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,356 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Accounting Complete VAT management Detailed customer/supplier records Comprehensive invoicing Powerful reporting Links to Instant Payroll Internet ready Simple to upgrade Includes euro exchange rate calculator to accurately convert euro transactions 64111

Manufacturer's Description

Sage Instant Accounts is the UK's best selling accounting and bookkeeping software for small businesses including sole traders and business startups.Sage Instant Accounts makes bookkeeping a straightforward task for small businesses, letting you record, control and examine your finances quickly and easily.Sage Instant Accounts products have all of the usual accounting ledgers and they do your double-entry bookkeeping for you. Routine tasks are made simple and straightforward; for example, when you fill in your VAT Return, you fill in the details on a screen that looks like the VAT Return you send to the tax office.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing product 15 Mar 2006
I’ve been using sage accounts for my small business for 4 years. To get beyond the very basics you need expensive and time-consuming training. My accountant recommended a simple spreadsheet accounting system, which I have been using for the last 4 months and I have to say, has been quite liberating. There are definitely better products out there and I would urge anyone looking for accounting software to avoid this product. Having said that, ‘Sages Payroll’ software is brilliant & I continue to use to this day.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The chocolate teapot in accounting software! 20 Jan 2006
I have never used a piece of software with such appalling instructional design. It's horrible to use and requires the support service from Sage to simply get started. One of the previous reviews says that:
'The bad reviews are probably from people who have not had a great deal of experience with accounts software and I can fully understand their dislike of Sage, as it is not the most intuitive of programs... etc.'
We are completely computer literate using far more complicated layout and CAD software, and my book keeper has been in the business for over 10 years using various accounting software and it still reduces us to tears using it! We actually have to run other software solutions alongside Sage to make it do the most simple of operations.
We are now looking for more effective accounting solutions than sage and seriously considering an abacus!!
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151 of 164 people found the following review helpful
I know that Sage is highly recommended by Accountants, but to my mind it is a very poor substitute for MYOB, Quickbooks or Access.
Principally, transactions are not sorted in date order (only the date of entry), the Bank Reconciliation facility is a joke and essential reports (such as Nominal Ledger details) do not have a running balance.
The first of these (not sorting in date order) is a considerable handicap. Often you need to examine transactions to a Nominal Account in order to answer a particular query. It also means you have to wait for the whole file to be scanned when producing, say, their pathetic version of a Bank Reconciliation.
MYOB and Quickbooks allow you to reconcile any Nominal Ledger Account. This is extremely useful with, for example, PAYE Control, Net Payroll and other Control Accounts. Not so with Sage.
I believe Sage needs to be completely rewritten in order to take advantage of new ideas of working. Why do the Sales and Purchase Ledgers require Account Codes whey they ought to be accessible alphabetically ( a failing that Access shares)? Why not have the ability to change the Nominal Ledger structure as you can with MYOB?
Similar criticisms to the above also apply to the Payroll Package, it is tedious and cumbersome. Much better use Iris PayMaster; there is an excellent program that really helps those fearful of payroll.
The only good thing about Sage is it is cheap, but cheap comes at its' own price. You have been warned! For the small business, try MYOB or Quickbooks. A much better choice.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Having read the existing reviews from completely opposite ends of the spectrum, I felt compelled to add some moderating comments.
The bad reviews are probably from people who have not had a great deal of experience with accounts software and I can fully understand their dislike of Sage, as it is not the most intuitive of programs. However, I believe if you are computer literate and have experience of other accounts packages and a decent quantity of common sense, you should be able to cope with Instant Accounts and will probably find it more than adequate for the needs of a small business.
As for the person who said you can't change the Nominal Ledger setup - just go to the NL, then "Record" to add a new nominal code, or select an item and press "Delete" to remove it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete rubbish 9 Nov 2005
Sage is not easy to use, so you need to buy the support, the program has numerous bugs, when the bugs screw up your data you need to pay extra for them to fix it.
Recommended by accountants because sage sells it to them at a lower price then rrp so they can make a profit on it.
There are much better programs out there, I use Quickbooks - much better - not had half the problems I've had with Sage.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far from perfect, but probably the best bet 1 Mar 2006
By A Customer
In almost every area of technical software there’s the “industry standard” software that professionals use, which has the downside of being relatively unfriendly to the casual user, and there’s other software that is more friendly and accessible to users, who often maintain strongly that it is “just as good” but which doesn’t meet professional needs.
It’s the same here. The Sage family goes from the cheap “Instant” range as seen here and takes a similar look and feel right up the range to Line 100 which is used by companies turning over millions.
Despite one good feature, from an accountant’s point of view, the competitors to Sage Instant are a pain in the neck. (And “no” to the cynics, that doesn’t mean the accountant is pleased to bill more, for sorting out the mess. That type of work is really hard to bill. The margin that accountants can charge on Sage is not enough to sway judgement either.)
This version doesn’t attempt to do stock control. The “Products” features are for creating invoices.
There are things about Sage that are not good, and the company is fairly “revenue hungry,” but I’d recommend this as the best of the accounting software bunch at this level.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Sage Instant Accounts
Like many, I use this product because my accountant uses Sage and it makes submitting my end of year information to him easy. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by AndrewNew
1.0 out of 5 stars A bad start to accounting
I bought this (on recommendation from my accountant), when starting out in business for the first time. Read more
Published on 21 May 2011 by A. J. Bond
2.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish software
I am an IT professional and not an accountant. I have been using Sage Instant for several years now to do the accounts of my business and I can honestly say it's the worst piece of... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by JossyP
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written package demanding even worse Sage support
Accounting is one of the biggest issues for any business. You are expected to be an expert financier and to understand the nuances of accounting packages in order to use the thing,... Read more
Published on 30 July 2010 by LandShark III
5.0 out of 5 stars Sage - The best, and there's no getting away from it
Sage are the only surviving British software company on the FTSE 100. Turning over £700m --> comparible to Norwich Union. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2006
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your money and more importantly time
The program is little better than a paper based system. In theory it can out preform other programs and is totally customizable. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2006 by antalp
3.0 out of 5 stars A good budget choice - if you know what you're doing!
Having read the existing reviews from completely opposite ends of the spectrum, I felt compelled to add some moderating comments. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2005 by "jo422936"
1.0 out of 5 stars Unmittigated pig of a program
Sage Instant Accounts is completely inflexible and utterly dictatorial. Don't touch it with a barge pole if you have a stock holding business, it's completly insuitable. Read more
Published on 6 July 2005
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