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Express Accounts Free Accounting Software

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The name Express Accounts Free Accounting Software pretty much sums up this freeware from NCH: it's a basic but flexible accounting package suitable for small businesses and organizations, and even some that are not so small. It integrates with other NCH business software, and it's also available, at a cost, in a Pro version that offers extra features. However, Express Accounts Free does what most users need most often, such as create and manage invoices, payments, and receipts; report income and earnings; create balance sheets; track orders and supplies; and manage customer contacts.

During installation, a wizard walked us through the process of setting up Express Accounts Free for our hypothetical business and contacts. Express Accounts Free has a familiar look, with toolbar, main view, and left-hand navigation sidebar. This software uses a series of dialogs and wizards to create invoices, bills, receipts, and other documents as well as manage accounts and settings. The navigation pane's expandable categories lead to menus labeled Todo, Transactions, Customer Invoices, Supplier Orders, and Reports, each with subentries for functions like creating documents, managing accounts, recording transactions, and issuing reports. The main view also features the program's various functions grouped by categories, and an icon-based toolbar offers access to the program's primary tools as well as Web access, Options, and a button labeled Suite that accessed other NCH software that works with Express Accounts. We clicked Create New Invoice, and a pop-up dialog opened with various entry fields, drop-down menus, and tables ready to fill in with our data; brief explanations of many of the fields appeared when we hovered the cursor over them. We tried several other standard forms as well as the reporting tools, and all opened with easy-to-use wizards that made the job a snap.

Express Accounting Free seems accurate, which we expected, and intuitive, which we didn't. This may be the friendliest accounting package we've yet come across. Small business owners, bookkeepers, and entrepreneurs owe it to their bottom lines to try Express Accounting Free before plunking down cash on big-ticket software, deductible or not.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Should have searched for more reviews"

    February 24, 2013  |   By mikeintorlundy

    Version: Express Accounts Free Accounting Software 4.62

    Pros

    I cannot find any pros.

    Cons

    It simply does not work reliably, failing to enter transactions in the Journal, does not show payees etc. Their support emailed back a couple of useless responses then dried up.

    I am not new to accounting software and this is the worst piece of software I have come across

    Summary

    Still looking for a good package for a small business to replace my ageing MS Money now MS no longer support it.

    Wish I had never purchase Express Accounts. The trial looked OK so I went ahead and purchased and then found all the holes in it.

    There does not seem to be any sensibly priced software for a small non VAT registered UK business that does not use the cloud. Not all of us have fast reliable connections so cannot trust cloud applications.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BEWARE !!!"

    January 18, 2013  |   By Mac-Gal

    Version: Express Accounts Free Accounting Software 4.62

    Pros

    Accounting & Invoicing In Single Application, Internet Access From Multiple Locations.

    Cons

    DISHONEST COMPANY, THEY WILL NOT REFUND YOUR MONEY EVEN WHEN THEY PROMISE TO.

    Summary

    I'm an Apple dealer and service provider. I was looking for a quick and simple cash based accounting program that also did invoicing and could be accessed from more than one office. I though this program would fit the bill. I downloaded the supposedly free version but you get no support (including the ability to ask pre-sales questions). I unfortunately made the mistake of purchasing the program, the invoicing app as well as a service contract in the hopes that they would answer questions. Upon receiving the purchase confirmation I was informed that the "support" only allowed a minimal number of technical questions, and that once the program was activated I could not request a refund. Not my idea of a reliable company to deal with, especially where your company's finances are concerned. Furthermore, they NEVER respond to a support request. Therefore, I immediately requested a refund, which I was told would be processed in 10-14 days (even though THEY TOOK MY MONEY IMMEDIATELY)! It has now been nearly 6 weeks and despite multiple eMail demanding my refund and their form responses telling me over and over again it will be processed in 10-14 days I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY MONEY BACK. Find another software app because this company is dishonest to the point of absurdity.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Dishonest Pricing, Poor support response"

    January 2, 2013  |   By mrgrumpypyrmont

    Version: Express Accounts Free Accounting Software 4.62

    Pros

    Quite feature rich

    Cons

    There pricing and upgrade costs are completely hidden.

    I cannot recommend this package at all based on this single most annoying feature. It suggests that you upgrade but at no stage does it mention that you need to repurchase the licence, it just stops working. You are then left with the only options of paying more or downgrading to the same version that you originally purchased.

    Summary

    Do not buy this product unless you are prepared to pay more than say Quickbooks or MYOB over a 12 mth period.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Shame on CNET Editor's! With Virus filled addons!"

    December 27, 2012  |   By TrueRevu

    Version: Express Accounts Free Accounting Software 4.62

    Pros

    Maybe free! But it's just a trojan software for people to download (free of viruses). Then for it to "recommend" addon software upon installation that has a worm virus. This POS (and I'm not referring to Point of Sale) tried to infect my machine. Thank God it ran it sandboxed. And still my anti-virus picked it up and forced my pc to reboot to clean the virus. I lost some unsaved documents because of it. Only reason why I even looked at this software was because of Cnet's Editor's high ratings. And for what to get a nasty virus. Stay away! I've used download.com for over 10 years and never registered. Today because of this POS, it tickeed me off so bad I registered to write this review. Download.com has become a joke. Shame, it was good while it lasted.

    Cons

    Yeah, big con, it's a front end to another "recommended" download while installing to a worm virus. How nice! Isn't it?

    Summary

    Avoid like the plague.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Drops out in Window 8 for no reason..."

    December 18, 2012  |   By Peter_Masters

    Version: Express Accounts Free Accounting Software 4.62

    Pros

    So called free

    Cons

    Drops out lose of data so so.. save file get corruped for no reason maybe this more Windows 8 problems.

    Not bothering with the so called free version too much hassles..

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