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NolaPro Free Accounting

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Here's a tip: When it comes to business expenses, "free" is usually the better option. But free accounting; that's the best. Noguska's NolaPro Cloud Accounting leverages the power of cloud-based data hosting and free tools like the Apache database software to give small and medium businesses a comprehensive business suite rivaling expensive solutions like Quickbooks. A browser-based interface gives NolaPro a familiar feel for the broadest range of users, and it makes accessing Cloud-based resources that much easier, too. Recent updates include Windows 8 compatibility.

NolaPro's setup wizard installed and accessed the Apache database, and we signed in with the default user name and password, which the program provides on the Internet Explorer-based user interface (and which we subsequently changed). All fields are required in the next step, Initial Company Setup, but NolaPro accepts "none" as a response in some fields. We also chose a business type from an extensive drop-down list of business types, including Other. Clicking Activate took us to the program's login screen, which let us sign in with our NolaPro or Google accounts; and thus to the Quick Start page. There's a lot on offer, but the overall user-friendly approach made it easy for us to get started. A handy Dashboard accesses the main features, Billing, Payables, and the Ledger, and it opens on a Help tab accessing an extensive menu of options: Quick Start Guide, Video Training Library, NolaPro Support Site, Extras & Add-Ons, and more. There's even a small but useful Quick Help box with See All Tips, Customize It, Text Help, and Get Support. Notable on the toolbar are quick links to OneNote and OneNote Linked Notes, plus a Safety menu with Tracking Protection, ActiveX Filtering, SmartScreen Filter, and other privacy-protecting options. All the browser-based tools and fields responded quickly, both locally hosted and Cloud-based features.

Small business owners don't need to be accounting or software experts to use NolaPro Cloud Accounting. This free program is recommended for anyone who needs to keep the company accounts and ledgers straight.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Free (or, nearly so)"

    December 31, 2013  |   By rhoneyman

    Version: NolaPro Free Accounting 5.0.10292

    Pros

    For a couple of hundred dollars, you can turn a no-frills, basic bookkeeping system into a somewhat robust accounting system. The functionality is reasonable. While I haven't tested everything, the developers seem to have created a nice, small-business app that seems somewhat scalable.

    Cons

    The processes are somewhat stale. For example, posting ledgers are done in batch. If you have multiple ledger vouchers on one day and forget to post each separately (if that's your inclination), you'll have to post them together (you are able to segregate by voucher date).

    The UI is really stale, but for the price, I don't necessarily care. I haven't fully tested the program so I'm not sure about pulling data for reporting or for transitioning to a different system, if that becomes an option in the future.

    The on-line training is free and is not horrible.

    Summary

    I'm going with NolaPro three years after first looking at it. For some reason, I couldn't get anywhere with it back then. Now, it seems to work well. I'm pretty sure it will cover my needs for the next several years.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really Improved"

    October 24, 2013  |   By awilson99

    Version: NolaPro Free Accounting 5.0.10292

    Pros

    Handles everything I need to pay bills and send invoices. No nagging to upgrade, easy to set up. Lot of features included for free.

    Cons

    Doesn't automatically download your bank statements. Takes a little study to learn everything it can do.

    Summary

    I tried this a while back and just came back and downloaded the new version. This publisher keep it updated alot! Pleased that it runs on both my Windows 7 and 8 systems.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Thank You!"

    August 26, 2013  |   By Dallaseax

    Version: NolaPro Free Accounting 5.0.10217

    Pros

    Easy to install and setup (with the aid of the setup wizard).

    Cons

    Nothing major. A custom invoice would be nice but the included formats are sufficient.

    Summary

    I've spent a lot of time looking for quality and affordable accounting software to use in my region and am happy to have finally found it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Unique accounting software"

    April 18, 2013  |   By Dionsia

    Version: NolaPro Free Accounting 5.0.10016

    Pros

    Updates are included for free, no expiration.
    Setup guide to enter essential info.
    Includes basic features without any ads.

    Cons

    Nothing substantial considering I am only using the free base version.

    Summary

    A good all-around accounting software. Modules can be added depending on your needs.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Free for how long ???"

    January 24, 2013  |   By Joshua_Friend

    Version: NolaPro Free Accounting 5.0.9732

    Pros

    Free but for how long???

    Cons

    It could to out to be ransom ware Free now pay big later or else no access to accounts...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "interesting product"

    January 17, 2013  |   By GettyYou

    Version: NolaPro Free Accounting 5.0.9732

    Pros

    interesting product

    Cons

    interesting product

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  • 5.0 stars

    "can't believe its free"

    January 16, 2013  |   By dwaiting

    Version: NolaPro Free Accounting 5.0.9732

    Pros

    i'm always amazed when i find something for free thats as good or better than expensive alternatives.
    payables/receivables/gl and lots of other tools.
    lots of options to upgrade cheaply

    Cons

    easy to use, but does take some thinking. guess i'm used to being led by the hand by apps which do it for you, but then again, those don't have as many features either.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "interesting product"

    January 16, 2013  |   By QA55

    Version: NolaPro Free Accounting 5.0.9732

    Pros

    interesting product

    Cons

    interesting product

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love that I can access anywhere"

    December 19, 2012  |   By larry836

    Version: NolaPro Free Accounting 5.0.9732

    Pros

    It's great that I have it installed on my office computer but can access from a client's site or at home. Easy to use invoicing and reports.

    Cons

    Nothing major. It looks to have enough available features to to suit most needs.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good program"

    October 29, 2012  |   By fideliah

    Version: NolaPro Free Accounting 5.0.9732

    Pros

    Easy to use customer and invoice entry. I only need to enter a few invoices a week and it has been very useful.

    Cons

    None for the areas I use it.

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