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BS1 Accounting

CNET Editors' review

BS1 Enterprise Accounting provides a simple way to view many aspects of small business accounting. While the program was easy to use and effective, it lacks added accounting tools its free cousin provides.

We were initially surprised to find this program's interface consisted primarily of a desktop toolbar. However, the Help file's tutorial showed us that this was actually a benefit to keep things simple, and we agreed. With this toolbar we cycled through various accounting departments like Accounts Payable and Receivable, Accounts, Sales, and Inventory. Each was organized in a pop-up window with a grid outlining each product and its financial impact in that particular area. These were exceptionally easy to drag around and arrange onscreen. The program even provided a Filter feature that allowed us to search through each category for specific information. While we were pleased with the results, we don't think it's as complete as BS1's Free Edition, which is the same program, but with additional Sales Orders and Purchase Orders options, which provide a clearer financial picture for small businesses.

BS1 Enterprise Accounting is a freeware program. It leaves folders behind after uninstall. While the program worked well, we do not recommend it, since another free version provides the same tools and more.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Free Accounting program for small business!"

    November 8, 2012  |   By KansasAccountant

    Version: BS1 Accounting 2012.2

    Pros

    Ability to handle multiple general ledgers. Handles sub accounts well. Customizes with ease to add and delete accounts. Prints nice financials. Imports backup copies with ease.

    Cons

    Versions change each year so if you upgrade computer you'll need to purchase a version upgrade.

    Summary

    Overall, I love this program. I have used it for several years for several small businesses. It allows for simple accounting with little thought.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very Easy to use great software and reasonable Price"

    June 15, 2012  |   By Lukaine

    Version: BS1 Accounting 2012.1

    Pros

    I used the entry level software Bs1 Accounting and its ability to perform multi currency transactions won me over. It has been a a breeze to teach the non accounting staff the intricacies of double entry with this software and the reporting available of the bat are adequate for my needs.

    Cons

    The version I am using did not have the ability to send clients account statements by email or print to PDF.

    Summary

    Updates of the software are regular and the vendors seem genuinely interested in implementing suggestions made by clients. I recommend this software for any environment that requires a software easy to setup and implement quickly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use, very functional and portable"

    May 8, 2012  |   By luciavp

    Version: BS1 Accounting 2012.1

    Pros

    Flexible and easy to use but highly functional. So far everything I need to do can be done in BS1 Accounting. I especially like that I can carry it around on a thumb drive. Sometimes I need to access my data from where ever I might be and I can have it with me. Also like that it can accommodate both a small non-profit and a retail brick and mortar with boatloads of inventory. At the end of the year I print off my reports and give them to the accountant and I am done.

    Cons

    Dollar amounts downloaded to Excel need to be in currency format.

    Summary

    Would recommend to anyone who needs accounting software but doesn't want to be an accountant. Pretty easy for anyone with only a basic understanding of bookkeeping.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good little piece of kit"

    May 8, 2012  |   By GBDemondot

    Version: BS1 Accounting 2012.1

    Pros

    For someone simple like myself, I find this software marvellous and very easy to use. Have been using it for several years now in fact probably nearly 10. Have had no problems at all and I don't have a lot of time to spend on accounts.
    My accountant on the other hand wants me to buy Quickbooks or some such, which I refuse to purchase!
    Like the fact that reports can now be downloaded into Excel etc.

    Cons

    One minor gripe - when reports downloaded to excel, values are not in figures so cannot be added up immediately. Also invoices are listed per invoice item not as a total for invoice.

    Summary

    Would recommend to anyone who has to undertake their own accounting for small business - just makes like easier - life is too short to be spending hours on accounting matters!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use."

    May 6, 2012  |   By mistressa

    Version: BS1 Accounting 2012.1

    Pros

    This is a fantastic program for someone who is not an expert in Accounting but requires a comprehensive accounting program for their business. My partner & I have used this program & its upgrades since 2006 and have had no problems whatsoever. My partner had absolutely no accounting experience at all prior to 2006 and quickly mastered the accounting principles through using BS1 Accounting and now has no trouble entering all the relevant information.

    Cons

    So far we've found nothing that could be classed as a con.

    Summary

    We highly recommend BS1 Accounting to anyone with a business, who has limited accounting experience and wants an uncomplicated accounting system to record the business transactions, etc.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work after you download"

    August 5, 2011  |   By kental68

    Version: BS1 Accounting 2011.2

    Pros

    None that I can find because the software doesn't work

    Cons

    Not able to get it to load

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Same problem, look good but can't tell until test it"

    July 16, 2011  |   By isabela34

    Version: BS1 Accounting 2011.2

    Pros

    Can't comment, not until a Mac compatible version is released, and can try it my self

    Cons

    No compatible with Mac platform, need one for snow leopard to try please

    Summary

    Unknow

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Lacks Flexibility,and Ease if your not into Accounting!"

    January 3, 2011  |   By enespsigo2

    Version: BS1 Accounting 2010.1

    Pros

    Easy to Install. Small and Compact for a small operation or business of 5 employees or less. With little or no expectation of development.

    Cons

    Unless you are an Accounting Major, this is not the program to use. You really have to go back to Accounting 101 Analog to work this product. Not as simply as it looks like.
    Don't recommended for the weak of heart.

    Summary

    While the product do has great potential to advance and grow. You are not going to find it with this version. Overall, you really need to know your Accounting and Bookkeeping to know who to use this product. If you don't know, or un familiar with the Accounting Principles, it can cause a lot of headaches.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Good, but not free"

    November 30, 2010  |   By Misuhitsu

    Version: BS1 Accounting 2009

    Pros

    A lot of features

    Cons

    It's free trial

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Printing not allowed in free version"

    September 13, 2010  |   By jesper_seow

    Version: BS1 Accounting 2009

    Pros

    simple, neat, straightforward user friendly with sample data.

    Cons

    start up screen too small. Pop up screen slightly bigger, about 1/4 of my screen size. Bigger is better. I'd rather they disable something else rather than the print function.

    Summary

    Expensive to register.

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