David Software's BS1 Enterprise Accounting can handle multiple currencies and manage everything from payrolls to international shipping. It can perform sales analysis, create financial statements, manage inventories, and even print shipping labels. BS1 Enterprise Accounting isn't cheap, but you can try it free for 30 days.
BS1's setup screen let us choose between viewing sample company data or setting up our own company. We chose a sample company from BS1's database menu. When the user interface opened, we expected bells and whistles, but BS1's compact console proves that less can be more. In its everyday, corner-of-the-desktop mode, BS1's interface is about as big as a media player's mini view, and about as easy to manage, too. In minimized form, BS1 is little more than a toolbar with a drop-down menu accessing Sales Orders, Sales Analysis, Purchase Orders, Inventory, and more. Selecting a menu item changed the remaining toolbar icons to fit the category. For example, the default menu choice, Sales Orders, has icons accessing Customers, Orders, Shipments, and Reports. Clicking any item opened the data in a separate view. It's easier to manage than it sounds, and it actually helps you get your money's worth since BS1's small main interface can stay open all the time without getting in the way, and it's our experience that software that's easy to use gets used more often.
But sample data is one thing, and your company's accounts, another. We clicked "File" and "Companies," and selected "New Company" (you can create and organize multiple companies). A series of pop-ups walked us through each step, including name, address, Fiscal Year, bank accounts, and more. Clicking "Finish" populated BS1's fields with our company's basic data, ready for business. Setting up BS1 is the easy part: Entering your customer data, inventory, and so on is the next step. But BS1 is customizable, down to its Delphi source code, so it can step in and start to work in many enterprises. BS1 Enterprise Accounting is different from typical accounting tools, but that difference gives it an edge.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of BS1 Enterprise Accounting 2013.7.