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FileMaker and QuickBooks

November 2, 2011

This topic came up today, so I thought I would share my thoughts on this matter:

If your company is looking for true communication between FileMaker Pro and QuickBooks, unfortunately you can’t use QuickBooks for Mac. You would have to run QuickBooks for Windows within a virtual environment on your Mac (such as VMWare Fusion), because only the Windows version for QuickBooks has APIs which enables great things like Productive Computing’s FMBooksConnector plug-in to work.

However, I am a very strong anti-Intuit person due to their consistent & effective efforts to belittle & undermine the Mac platform. As a result, I *HIGHLY* recommend that all Mac-based businesses check out the highly-superior AccountEdge accounting software for Mac instead. AccountEdge has a FULL APPLESCRIPT LIBRARY that any AppleScript programmer can use to communicate between FileMaker Pro and AccountEdge. They also provide the ability to convert your legacy QuickBooks data into AccountEdge format (click on the “Convert QB tab” on that page).

Some other advantages of AccountEdge include:

  • AccountEdge is completely 100% cross-platform!!
  • AccountEdge has always been completely networkable
  • AccountEdge has dozens of features that QuickBooks for Mac doesn’t have (such as international currency support, the ability to create PO’s from invoices & estimates, integrated payroll directly within the program, and much much more).
  • The AccountEdge folks know that most accountants use QuickBooks instead of AccountEdge, so they will provide a FREE COPY of AccountEdge for your accountant.
  • Best of all, the AccountEdge people are truly 100% committed to the Mac platform, and they are REAL PEOPLE who actually care about their customers. They also have real U.S. based support with real English-speaking people who actually care about solving your technical problems. It’s a world of difference after dealing with the shoddy company known as Intuit, and their India-based tech support where they read the “answers” from a script.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2011 8:30 AM


    Any idea whether I can convert from Quicken on a PC (not Quickbooks) to AccountEdge on a Mac? AccountEdge might be overkill for personal finance management, but I want a native Mac solution…


  2. November 3, 2011 7:07 PM

    I don’t think so, but you can ask the AccountEdge people. If your Quicken for PC exports to QIF format, you can import it into iBank, which is a native Mac personal finance program. It isn’t as full-featured as Quicken for PC, but then again, neither was Quicken for Mac when it existed. I talk about Quicken alternatives in this article:

  3. November 12, 2011 11:09 AM

    “They also provide the ability to convert your legacy QuickBooks data into AccountEdge format (click on the “Convert QB tab” on that page).”

    Scott, they say quite clearly on that page:

    “What if I want to convert my historical transactions?

    You can’t. The difference between the products makes converting transactional data not possible. All is not lost, however. Most of our customers who have switched from another accounting package use the ‘file cabinet’ method. This means they keep their old accounting application on their computer, and if they need to refer to historical data, they use their old app like a filing cabinet. Many find that they never actually open it.”

    They only “convert your customers, vendors, employees, personal contacts, items list, and your account list and balances.”

    They recommend keeping your old data and your old program around so you can refer to that old data. Which (keeping the old program around, and running in your current OS) is exactly the problem people are trying to get around.

    I can’t find anything on their site about converting from any version of Quicken.

    Thanks for keeping an eye out for Intuit alternatives, they truly suck over there…

  4. November 12, 2011 11:13 AM

    Wow, thanks for that clarification, Steve! I did NOT see that before!! That could definitely be a dealbreaker for lots of people.

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