AccountMate vs. Priority AccountEdge

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AccountMate
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
AccountMate offers accounting software for small, midsize, or growing businesses. AccountMate SQL Software is specifically for businesses with high transaction volumes and heavy user loads. It can accommodate hundreds of simultaneous users, providing businesses with a comprehensive, real-time business and financial management solution. AccountMate Express Software is designed for businesses with up to five concurrent users that desire the stability and speed of a SQL database…N/A
Priority AccountEdge
Score 6.9 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
AccountEdge is a small business accounting software for Mac and Windows users. AccountEdge allows business owners to organize, process, and report on their financial information. Its features include accounting, integrated payroll, sales and purchases, contact management, inventory, and time billing. It was acquired by Priority Software in January 2018 to expand that company's small business portfolio.N/A
Pricing
AccountMatePriority AccountEdge
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AccountMatePriority AccountEdge
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
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Features
AccountMatePriority AccountEdge
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
AccountMate
8.8
1 Ratings
Priority AccountEdge
6.6
6 Ratings
Pay calculation10.01 Ratings10.06 Ratings
Direct deposit files9.01 Ratings5.04 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.01 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.01 Ratings4.03 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
AccountMate
9.0
1 Ratings
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
7 Ratings
Single sign-on capability9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
AccountMate
7.0
1 Ratings
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
7 Ratings
Dashboards6.01 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Standard reports9.01 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Custom reports6.01 Ratings9.06 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
AccountMate
7.6
1 Ratings
Priority AccountEdge
7.2
8 Ratings
Accounts payable8.01 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Accounts receivable9.01 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Cash management7.01 Ratings8.12 Ratings
Bank reconciliation8.01 Ratings6.08 Ratings
Expense management9.01 Ratings6.06 Ratings
Time tracking7.01 Ratings6.04 Ratings
Multi-currency support7.01 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Multi-division support9.01 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Regulations compliance7.01 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Electronic tax filing8.01 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Global Financial Support8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Intercompany Accounting5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Enterprise Accounting7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Configurable Accounting7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Standardized Processes7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service portal00 Ratings2.71 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
AccountMate
8.0
1 Ratings
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
6 Ratings
Inventory tracking9.01 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Automatic reordering8.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Manufacturing module7.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
AccountMate
8.6
1 Ratings
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
7 Ratings
Pricing8.01 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Order entry9.01 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Credit card processing9.01 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Cost of goods sold9.01 Ratings9.06 Ratings
End-to-end order visibility8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
AccountMate
9.0
1 Ratings
Priority AccountEdge
5.0
3 Ratings
Plug-ins9.01 Ratings5.03 Ratings
User Ratings
AccountMatePriority AccountEdge
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
6.0
(18 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(10 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
AccountMatePriority AccountEdge
Likelihood to Recommend
AccountMate
AccountMate is a great product for wholesale and distributors. It manages the inventory cycles comprehensively, from purchasing to stocking, to sales and delivery. There are a great many tools available to manage inventory, properties, and financials. The availability to have third-party add-ons offers even greater opportunities to meet the needs of the end-user. The system is not really suited for certain types of service industries: legal, medical, and those businesses that invoice on time.
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Priority Software
If you are handling a large client list, and are selling services, it is dead easy. If you are managing/selling a physical inventory, it seems like it has great options to do that quite well (disclaimer, I do not use those functions, but I have paid attention as that functionality was built into the software). If you want to link your bank account to a bookkeeping platform, this is not the software for you (at least so far).
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Pros
AccountMate
  • Ease of use
  • Ability to easily adapt the solution to fit the needs of the end user
  • Integration of data across different platforms
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Priority Software
  • AccountEdge has a robust report menu that allows a user to slice and dice data for analysis. Report on projects for the life of the project across fiscal years. Report on different departments with segregated income statements.
  • For users who want to run payroll in house that is easily done through the payroll module. Print physical checks or direct deposit to employee's account, process payroll taxes and file year end W2s.
  • My personal favorites are time billing and retainers. As a service based business I can at my fingertips review how much money a client has on deposit with me and how much of that will be billed out at the end of the month. The integration with AccountEdge Mobile rounds it all out with being able to log my time on-site.
  • Last but not least AccountEdge Mobile in general, as the companion app for the desktop software is invaluable. My heaviest use is the spend money feature. Excellent for logging travel receipts & cash expenses while they are fresh on the brain. Really cuts back the data entry at the end of a trip and trying to recall what something may have been for.
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Cons
AccountMate
  • Custom reports: The current system uses Crystal Reports, which is a bit cumbersome.
  • True cloud-based solution is missing
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Priority Software
  • My biggest frustration, and one that I've mentioned to Acclivity for many years, is that it only permits opening nine windows at a time (plus the home window). I hit that limit almost daily, and then I have to decide what do I close so I can complete the transaction that needed the "9th" window.
  • The Accounts section includes two quick reports, "Analyze Profit and Loss" and "Analyze Balance Sheet. These can be filtered for the current month or any prior month in the current fiscal year. And that's fine most of the year, but at the beginning of the next year, when I haven't yet started the new fiscal year, these only go to December of the prior year. The regular reports for these can select "next year;" why can't these?
  • It would be helpful if the journal entry number would have one or two additional digits available. For example, when I am entering journal entries for a client, I would like to use a number such as CPA2014001, CPA2014002, etc. to distinguish what I enter from the "automatic" entries that AccountEdge does. But that's one more digit than AccountEdge allows, so if I had over 100 adjustments, I would run out of entry numbers.
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Likelihood to Renew
AccountMate
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Priority Software
Without a doubt, when you need to do accounting use the program that will get the job done in the least amount of time with the least amount of errors. Once you are using a program that works you stay with it year after year and you will find yourself even excited about the updates
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Usability
AccountMate
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Priority Software
The intuitive interface does all the tasks we need our accounting software to do. Some tasks are slower to process than I would like but overall very usable. Customizable forms let us choose to either go with the easy ready-made out-of-the-box options or retool them to better fit our specific needs.
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Reliability and Availability
AccountMate
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Priority Software
One of the finer advantages of desktop software, it's always available. AccountEdge doesn't suffer from outages or sluggish internet like web based applications do. It's always there when you power on your device!
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Support Rating
AccountMate
No answers on this topic
Priority Software
On the few occasions we have needed tech support over the years, they were responsive and worked to get to the root of the issues. However, even though Checkout POS is a separate application, it was pitched to us as a natural extension of the functionality of our AE software that would integrate seamlessly. The company's support for Checkout has been minimal at best, and now totally abandoned. That colors our view of Priority's support unfortunately. And to be honest, that's why it's a 9 instead of a 10. So to be fair, AccountEdge's support itself has been very good over the years.
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Implementation Rating
AccountMate
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Priority Software
unfortunately no.
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Alternatives Considered
AccountMate
We use AccountMate for a number of reasons, particularly its ease of use and the ability to customize any part of the system (with source code residing on the end-user system--a HUGE advantage).
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Priority Software
For Mac enthusiasts, AccountEdge is the complete installed software solution for small to medium-sized businesses, as it has so many capabilities that QuickBooks for Mac lacks. However, it holds your hand less than QuickBooks for Mac does, so you ought to know what your are doing in keeping business books properly. If your needs are simple, QuickBooks for Mac may be a better solution. QuickBooks Online and Xero are excellent cloud accounting solutions that can be used on the Mac equally well as on Windows. QuickBooks Online offers a similar set of features as QuickBooks for Mac, with the addition of anywhere, anytime access. Xero is a great basic accounting solution in the cloud that can also be used equally well on Macs and WIndows, and offers endless customization and flexibility through its extensive third-party app integration for almost any need.
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Return on Investment
AccountMate
  • Allows us to quickly gain insight into the current and past performance of the company
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Priority Software
  • Increased employee efficiency - Time is no longer spent switching between programs because all of the information can be found in one place.
  • Customer service has also improved because employees find the program much easier to use, even at the point of sale.
  • Better record keeping - AccountEdge has a very simple invoicing application that allows us to keep track of and balance our accounts.
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