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Score 9.6 out of 100
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Score 7.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Planning Maestro

Personally, I was always very satisfied with the Budget Maestro product and platform. I used Hyperion Essbase in my prior company and felt Analytics Maestro had very similar capabilities and features which made learning the product very easy. The ongoing support has been tremendous and this is an area I find many competitors in the marketplace to have room for improvement.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

If you're a freelancer or running a very small business where you do your own bookkeeping I think this is a great option, especially if you're familiar with accounting and bookkeeping in general. If you're not so familiar with bookkeeping, I would say that the learning curve is too steep and you might want to look elsewhere for a more intuitive solution
Daniel Shatzkes CEO Entrepreneur, Manufacturer, Musician | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Payroll Management

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.0
Pay calculation
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.9
Benefit plan administration
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.6
Direct deposit files
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.7
Salary revision and increment management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.7
Reimbursement management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.2

Customization

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.2
API for custom integration
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.3
Plug-ins
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
9.1

Security

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.0
Single sign-on capability
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.5
Role-based user permissions
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.5

Reporting & Analytics

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.5
Dashboards
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.3
Standard reports
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.7
Custom reports
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.5

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.4
Accounts payable
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.4
Accounts receivable
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
4.9
Cash management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.4
Bank reconciliation
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.2
Expense management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
4.7
Time tracking
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
2.9
Fixed asset management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.5
Multi-currency support
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.2
Multi-division support
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
2.1
Regulations compliance
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
2.9
Electronic tax filing
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.6
Self-service portal
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.2
Global Financial Support
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.7
Intercompany Accounting
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.2
Localizations
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
1.5
Journals and Reconciliations
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
4.8
Enterprise Accounting
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
1.5
Configurable Accounting
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
2.2
Centralized Rules Framework
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
2.3
Standardized Processes
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.3

Inventory Management

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.4
Inventory tracking
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
3.9
Automatic reordering
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.7
Location management
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.0
Manufacturing module
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.0

Order Management

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.3
Pricing
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.2
Order entry
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.7
Credit card processing
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
7.8
Cost of goods sold
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.0
Order Orchestration
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.7
End-to-end order visibility
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
6.7
Order exception Resolution
Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.6

Pros

Planning Maestro

  • Analytics Maestro Platform adds tremendous value.
  • Newer version offering is cloud based which adds value on size constraints.
  • Customer support has always been extremely supportive and timely on responses.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  • The program is very easy to learn, the interface is incredibly user-friendly and there are tons of free resources and tutorials available
  • It makes managing payroll really easy for the employee and accountant on staff. No more lost time sheets or late paychecks!
  • Managing bills and paying them has become streamlined and it's great having everything in one place so we don't lose track of things.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Planning Maestro

  • Took some time to roll out the cloud-based solution.
  • The older version (not cloud-based) we used took about an hour to refresh after data load.
  • The older version did take some time learning how to use the product to its fullest capabilities.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  • The #1 complaint is that setting it up right is a challenge. People waste time trying to figure it out only to realize that they don't know accounting so of course they don't know how an accounting program should be set up. Like any time you are in over your head, reach out to your network and find someone who can log onto your computer and walk you through it.
  • If you need to track the cost of wages to jobs you can't do it with the online payroll, but check for yourself because it's a function that landscaping companies and construction businesses usually need, so maybe they have added it by now. That would really help!
  • It's premise-based software and that means you take on the role of hardware admin, and it's a lot of work for what is increasingly becoming a smaller gap in the functionality between QuickBooks for Mac and QuickBooks Online.
  • QuickBooks for Mac 2015 has been updated consistently over the last 3 years and continues to provide for the bookkeeping needs of small companies using Macs in their offices. However, it has limited job costing functionality. It is similar in functionality to the 2010 version of QuickBooksPro which runs on Windows.
Shelly Robbins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 8.0
Based on 9 answers
I haven't spent that much time with the newer versions of QuickBooks for Mac, but I think I'm seeing it make the much-needed improvements. For example, something as simple as undoing the previous reconciliation was a terrible chore, and I'm glad that feature has been included in the newer versions of QuickBooks for Mac
Spencer Judd | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 1.0
Based on 4 answers
The Mac version is OK overall. I find the Windows versions to be much more robust but Mac is quite good for Mac users. Though I think die hard Mac users should consider QuickBooks Online instead as there is a new QB for Mac app that makes using QBO much better!
Robyn Smithson, CB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I've been using the QuickBooks online version for a little over 6 months now (upgraded from Mac desktop) and I haven't had any access issues. There have been times when it was down for service/upgrade however there is always plenty of notification time given by the Quick Books Online Support team. These upgrade maintenance time frames are always over night hours and on the weekends so everything can be worked around very easily.
Ann Shallcross | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Planning Maestro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 1.0
Based on 2 answers
terrible customer service
Jeff MANGER | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Planning Maestro

Our company evaluated 6 product offerings in the market place a year ago and felt Budget Maestro and Vena offered the largest return on our investment at their price points. We have always been very satisfied with the product and its customer service. Since we have grown over 600% over 4 years, many of the new layers of management used other products in prior careers and we are currently at a point where the entire organization may be transitioning to an ERP solution to manage all finance and accounting functions. I would always recommend Budget Maestro as a great budgeting and analytical tool for FP&A teams as we were able to accomplish a high amount of monthly reports with a small team over the years.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

I love using Quickbooks compared to other software we've tried. QuickBooks Online and TSheets interface. Customer service and problem resolution are generally excellent, with well-trained and proficient agents taking calls or on chat. Ease of use and accessibility via the mobile app. Great courses were available to help with learning the basics and some advanced accounting background. I love learning! Online accessibility - it can work anywhere with an internet connection. Linking to bank and credit card accounts is handy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Planning Maestro

  • We were a very small company growing by acquisition so it worked well during these phases of our company growth.
  • The return for our cost was tremendous especially in comparison to peers in the market.
  • Analytics Maestro allowed us to grow without adding headcount by building efficient reports that can easily be mass-produced for all branches within our organization.
Eric Korpalski | TrustRadius Reviewer

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  • The ROI was good for when we were a smaller company because it is a lot cheaper than other more sophisticated programs.
  • The negative impact is that it caused a lot of extra manual entering and data entry that too often resulted in mistakes.
Luke O'Neill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Planning Maestro

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

Pricing Details

Planning Maestro

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Planning Maestro
9.0
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.0

Likelihood to Renew

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
8.0

Usability

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
1.0

Reliability and Availability

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
9.0

Support Rating

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
1.0

Implementation Rating

Planning Maestro
QuickBooks Desktop for Mac
5.0

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