FreeAgent vs. Viewpoint Vista

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FreeAgent
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
FreeAgent is an cloud-based accounting system designed for small businesses and freelancers. FreeAgent supports many core accounting features and bank reconciliation, payroll, tax management, project level accounting, and multiple currency support. It is mobile-accessible, and integrates with many apps.N/A
Vista
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Viewpoint’s Vista is a construction accounting software. Vista’s core accounting features include accounts receivable and payable, general ledger, payroll and time management, and cash management. It also provides tools for document management, including document templates and reporting.N/A
Pricing
FreeAgentViewpoint Vista
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FreeAgentVista
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
FreeAgentViewpoint Vista
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
FreeAgentViewpoint Vista
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.6
13 Ratings
18% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
8.3
25 Ratings
16% above category average
Pay calculation8.012 Ratings8.824 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.56 Ratings7.718 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.92 Ratings8.824 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management8.86 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management8.78 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
6.3
12 Ratings
9% below category average
Viewpoint Vista
7.4
6 Ratings
2% above category average
API for custom integration4.59 Ratings7.16 Ratings
Plug-ins8.011 Ratings7.65 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.5
14 Ratings
8% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
8.3
13 Ratings
4% above category average
Single sign-on capability9.013 Ratings8.311 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.013 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
7.5
21 Ratings
1% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
7.9
29 Ratings
12% above category average
Dashboards9.019 Ratings8.324 Ratings
Standard reports9.019 Ratings8.029 Ratings
Custom reports4.410 Ratings7.726 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.8
23 Ratings
19% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
8.0
18 Ratings
5% above category average
Accounts payable8.018 Ratings8.218 Ratings
Accounts receivable8.020 Ratings8.015 Ratings
Cash management9.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Bank reconciliation9.019 Ratings00 Ratings
Expense management8.022 Ratings00 Ratings
Time tracking9.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Fixed asset management8.611 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-currency support10.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-division support9.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Regulations compliance8.78 Ratings00 Ratings
Electronic tax filing10.019 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service portal9.011 Ratings00 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations8.01 Ratings8.313 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings8.314 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings7.617 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
7.4
4 Ratings
10% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
7.4
6 Ratings
5% below category average
Inventory tracking7.72 Ratings7.46 Ratings
Automatic reordering8.21 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Location management4.51 Ratings7.64 Ratings
Manufacturing module9.11 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
8.1
13 Ratings
12% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
7.5
8 Ratings
3% below category average
Pricing8.19 Ratings7.06 Ratings
Order entry6.82 Ratings7.68 Ratings
Credit card processing8.25 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost of goods sold9.13 Ratings7.78 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings7.65 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.6
16 Ratings
3% above category average
Billing Management00 Ratings8.013 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management00 Ratings7.813 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management00 Ratings6.97 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting00 Ratings6.98 Ratings
Period Close00 Ratings7.811 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
8.0
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Budgeting and Forecasting00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Project Costing00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Cost Capture00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
6.5
9 Ratings
4% below category average
Task Insight for Project Managers00 Ratings7.47 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality00 Ratings6.68 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.2
8 Ratings
5% above category average
Contract Authoring00 Ratings7.56 Ratings
Contract Repository00 Ratings7.76 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated00 Ratings6.97 Ratings
Supplier Management00 Ratings6.75 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
FreeAgent
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.6
4 Ratings
8% above category average
Inventory Planning00 Ratings7.64 Ratings
Best Alternatives
FreeAgentViewpoint Vista
Small Businesses
QuickBooks Self-Employed
QuickBooks Self-Employed
Score 9.2 out of 10
Acumatica
Acumatica
Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Accounting Seed
Accounting Seed
Score 8.4 out of 10
Infor VISUAL
Infor VISUAL
Score 6.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP
Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP
Score 7.7 out of 10
SAP Business ByDesign
SAP Business ByDesign
Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
FreeAgentViewpoint Vista
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(23 ratings)
7.8
(76 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(17 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(4 ratings)
6.9
(21 ratings)
Availability
8.9
(5 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.4
(28 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.6
(8 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(41 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
FreeAgentViewpoint Vista
Likelihood to Recommend
FreeAgent
For micro and small business it is a great solution. The new requirements for MTD for landlords could also be met with this software. Groups and more complex businesses could not use the accounts and tax returns features, however they still could use it for bookkeeping and then export the data to other tax and accounts production software.
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Trimble Viewpoint
The company has made a commitment to the use of the Vista products and continue to move forward trying to implement more with the Vista HR Management. From timekeeping to onboarding in the near future we strive to look for better ways to utilize the products for our accounting and payroll purposes.
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Pros
FreeAgent
  • Accounting! As you'd expect. Makes it much simpler andmore cost effective. In-coming and out-goings are recorded and assigned to projects and accounts. My accountant can access my books and reconcile so much more easily than trawling through spreadsheets.
  • Time billing - time spent on projects/client work is recorded and is ready to be invoiced as required. Saves so much time and prevents inaccuracies.
  • Invoicing - again, it should do this well and it does. Non payment reminders are automatic and clients have no excuses for not knowing the status of their account.
  • Account dashboard - gives me an instant overview of the health of the business (am I on track to meet my yearly targets) and my accounts.
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Trimble Viewpoint
  • New employee on-boarding and personnel management
  • Full spectrum accounting management (AP/AR/Payroll)
  • Project management from contract award through project close-out
  • Data security management, reporting and anlysis
  • Equipment full lifespan management for costs, revenue and location tracking
  • User Database allows for built-in customization capabilities to fit the most unique business requirements
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Cons
FreeAgent
  • Reporting on financials, time tracking and project status is a little poor. It's adequate for what what we need, but would be great to see more advanced features.
  • API is quite closed so cannot integrate with our other project management tools.
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Trimble Viewpoint
  • Their payroll module is terribly slow and very clunky.
  • Job costing parameters are very strict and limited.
  • Each module interface has too many forms and screens.
  • There is too much flexibility regarding where to put information into the system. There isn't one place to do anything, which creates confusion for staff.
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Likelihood to Renew
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
It is extremely customizable and tracks so many complicated costs very well, more-so than other construction software programs out there that we've used in the past. It is also not an easy program to use for those even slightly not comfortable with a computer. The help sections/knowledge base could be better organized and updated more. It is a very powerful software program for our business and we rely on it hugely to see how our projects are running in real-time.
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Usability
FreeAgent
I spent nearly two decades in IT and am happy to say that FreeAgent's user interface is one of the best interfaces I have ever used.
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Trimble Viewpoint
I think that Vista's is an easy program to use very user friendly with lots of help features to allow the user to fix an issue without having to put a support call into Vista. The reporting and exporting capability's are strong.
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Reliability and Availability
FreeAgent
Based in a cloud and never had any issues with down time. I can access from any device
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Trimble Viewpoint
Only issue is when there is an upgrade - it takes several times to get back logged in. Otherwise no issues with getting on to the program. We are set up on lap top or on the remote desk top. Works 90% of the time
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Performance
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
No issue downloading the reports - I do find sometimes it is easier to export and save than it is to print to a pdf. Options on the different reports not consistent. You can print a couple projects on the JC Contract Status Report - but you have to do each project for the JC Cost by contract item - when neither one is a drill down - not a big deal
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Support Rating
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
When privately owned, it was very good, then dropped when owned by Bane Capital Investments. Now that it has been bought by Trimble and has a home, support is back up again. Response time is better than most software companies, and the information provided is good. They have Chat support for quick answers, and a good Knowledge Base and video libraries.
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In-Person Training
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
I was not part of the in person training. I am assuming the training went well - but I did all my training through viewpoint academy.
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Online Training
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
Excellent training! They keep you on track to insure your implementation is going as planned. There are ample ways to receive additional training and training can be provided by position type. If you put on the effort, the training is there.
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Implementation Rating
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
The trainer Viewpoint sent did not understand the processes, he only knew where the modules were located. He had no understanding of the actual process itself.
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Alternatives Considered
FreeAgent
I have used and tested out many other systems. I was looking at Xero for my accounting system but at the time I chose FreeAgent because of the way it handles the recording of dividends and the inbuilt time recording. The others I trialed were good and many of them cheaper. FreeAgent best suited my requirements at the time.
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Trimble Viewpoint
I personally have not used another ERP system other than Viewpoint Vista. I am sure there are others out there, but from listening to my managers experiences before Great Basin Industrial implemented Viewpoint, the other options were less superior to what Viewpoint offers. I think if you are looking for an ERP system in the construction industry, then Viewpoint is the way to go
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
I wasn't part of the integration.
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Scalability
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
For a small business - this program is well used in the accounting and operations. The two different work plans are set up for success. Alot of the programs we do not use - but like the reports that are generated - one disadvantage if you do not know crystal reports you cannot edit your form to meet your needs so there is a lot of printing different several forms to get all the information you need.
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Professional Services
FreeAgent
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
I wasn't part of the integration.
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Return on Investment
FreeAgent
  • Professional and uniform offering providing great confident customer service. My clients love it, whether they use it a little or a lot. It's a great piece of software - while sophisticated, it's straightforward to use.
  • Time saving and efficient use of my team's time. Being able to easily share and compare work / tasks.
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Trimble Viewpoint
  • Not sure I can speak to this as the company moved to Viewpoint before I began here. I think it is helpful for the Project Management and Superintendent staff to easily review how specific job items went, which we do in the PM contract drilldown analysis
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ScreenShots

Vista Screenshots

Screenshot of Job Cost AccountingScreenshot of Equipment ManagementScreenshot of Service ManagementScreenshot of Service Management Dispatch Board