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Instant Quote Professional

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Instant Quote Professional by PC Experts is a full-featured tool for any business that needs to issue quotes and cost estimates to customers, such as parts suppliers, contractors, and technicians. Built around a powerful MS Access customer database, it supports major tax structures such as U.S., VAT, GST, and PST, with many customizable options. It includes contact management tools, call logs, POS invoice, Outlook compatibility, support for Add-Ins, and more than 100 different reports. It tracks mileage, inventory, and serial numbers, too, and supports major parts importing formats. On top of all that, it offers some of the most comprehensive product and customer support and guidance we've seen in any type of software. Instant Quote Pro isn't cheap, though it's not expensive for business software, and in some ways it's a bargain. You can try the latest release of this long-running business solution, Version 8, free for 15 days and see for yourself what it does.

Installing Instant Quote Pro involves quite a few steps, starting with three installation options: Full, Workstation, and Server. We chose Full, and a nag screen began counting down our 15-day trial. Next we chose a startup option: Begin, open, or import a database (it must be Instant Quote Pro 5.6 or better to import). We selected a new database and moved on to the Setup Screen. Here, we were required to enter a Company Name, Markup Preferences, and other data, with plenty of fields for additional information and options. We also set up our tax system, inventory control options, and other preferences. If it seems like a lot, help is available, starting with Viewlets offering a New User Setup Tutorial and Inventory Control Demo (online demos, too). A separate page made it easy to set up and run a database backup (highly recommended). Then we were treated to a Flash-animated grand tour! And, to top all that off, a page entitled, "Where do I go from here?" offering five detailed choices.

What else does Instant Quote Pro have? How about an Office-style Ribbon toolbar packed with tools, features, and yet more options (and help)? Too much to talk about, actually: This impressive business system needs to be experienced.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Instant Quote Professional 8.0.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I felt smarter already!"

    March 26, 2013  |   By MeowWws

    Version: Instant Quote Professional 8.0

    Pros

    Imagine those days went IQ was low, this was higher!

    Cons

    None at all!!!!!!!

    Summary

    Get it, literally!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Must have software for customer quotes and invoicing"

    March 20, 2008  |   By depoteet

    Version: Instant Quote Professional 6.20

    Pros

    You must already know this but IQ Pro 2007 is simply awesome. I really wasn?t excited about the upgrade as 5.6 worked fine but now that I?ve used 2007 I could never go back. You?ve really done a great job re-designing the interface. Thanks for all your hard work

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A powerful program for an economic price"

    February 18, 2008  |   By perseus01

    Version: Instant Quote Professional 6.15

    Pros

    We have been using the program for over 3 years. This program will work with virtually any business. As a construction business we find it works extremely well with parts and stock tracking. Once the parts database is set up it is very easy to select parts for quotes and purchase orders. The various reports make it easy to track costs, invoices and profit margins.

    The Instant Billing works seamlessly with the program to enable us to track maintenance contracts and scheduled billings.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant bit of kit"

    February 10, 2008  |   By winnm

    Version: Instant Quote Professional 6.15

    Pros

    Absolutely perfect. The new version is superb and your customer service unrivalled."

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent software"

    February 9, 2008  |   By techguy49

    Version: Instant Quote Professional 6.15

    Pros

    After using manual methods of tracking and creating quotes, and many different computerized methods over the years, I would have to say this software is the one my business can't do without. I would be lost without this program. It's saved so much of my time, and has won me bids over and over again. Thank You!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I would be lost without my Instant Quote."

    February 7, 2008  |   By BoltBreaker

    Version: Instant Quote Professional 6.15

    Pros

    I have been using Instant Quote for a few years now. I have no training in accounting, business, or finance. When I reached the point paper invoice books could no longer suffice I began trying different computer programs, Lotus Works on a Commodore for example. I tried another DOS based program that cost way-way-way too much and had no flexibility. Quickbooks came along and I had that so messed up I was either a billionaire or pauper, even Quickbooks didn?t know. I resorted to Access but found out I wasn?t good at that either. A lot of searching later I found PC Experts Instant Quote. I was working the trial version in minutes and have been using Instant Quote since. I don?t have the time to set up a system that I don?t even understand the terminology. Instant Quote is simple yet comprehensive, handling all phases of my business. If I need to tweak something Instant Quote lets me make the best quote or invoice possible. The finance world is becoming more difficult for small operations, complex and expensive programs are hard to justify. I can not thank PC Experts enough for this fine piece of software. Also, the new version is just so good to look at.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Product, Excellent Customer Service"

    February 6, 2008  |   By tuberdr11

    Version: Instant Quote Professional 6.15

    Pros

    We have been using Instant Quote for over 4 years and have enjoyed its ease of use. The software is extremely user friendly and is an asset to our growth. We highly recommend this product for any type of business, from the single user to 100+ users. A++++

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great all around product!"

    September 5, 2006  |   By Crysallis

    Version: Instant Quote Professional 5.3

    Pros

    This is by far the easiest to use and to adapt other programs with. It has a great vertical market in which it could be used. Everything you need from invoices, inventory, and serial number tracking to RMA all in one package. The best thing is the extremely reasonable pricing. Great Features, Great Prices.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great all around product!!"

    September 5, 2006  |   By Crysallis

    Version: Instant Quote Professional 4.0

    Pros

    This is by far the easiest to use and to adapt other programs with. It has a great vertical market in which it could be used. Everything you need from invoices, inventory, and serial number tracking to RMA all in one package. The best thing is the extremely reasonable pricing. Great Features, Great Prices.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely the best value to dollar investment you can make for your company"

    July 5, 2006  |   By CookiesCop

    Version: Instant Quote Professional 5.2

    Pros

    This product is simple to use and handles complex applications for world wide business. The company responds to questions and problems in a very timely manner. The company takes imput from custmers and actually makes changes to address customer ideas.

    Cons

    Only tech support is online.

    They do respond very quickly but I would like to cover more than a single issue at a time as you can do in conversation and not do so well when Emailing.

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