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Which Accounts Production Package??

Hi All

Simple Question

Which Accounts Production Package

SAGE INSTANT ACCOUNTS PRODUCTION £99 +VAT

PTP ACCOUNTS PRODUCTION £99 + VAT

(Yes, I know VT is there, just twice as expensive)

But between these two programs, which is the best, most user friendly?

For less than 10 clients at the moment.

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But for how many sets of accounts??

VT will give you unlimited clients for £199 plus VAT.  Not sure how many you get for your £99 from sage or PTP but I doubt it is very many.

I was a happy user of PTP for many years until a customer service mess up 18 months ago and am now a VT user for a fraction of the price. My PTP costs were c £500 just for accounts when I left them and that was still not unlimited sets.

Would not touch sage with a barge pole.

So if you only have a small number of accounts to do and will only ever have a small number of accounts to do, then I would recommend PTP over sage.  If you will need more licences in future, VT is definitely the way to go (and it has a great bookkeeping package with it too included in the price).

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Please, pleas, please

BUY VT - don't bother with the others!

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If VT is so good, how come Sage, PTP, Iris, etc are all still in business??

If VT was 199 all in and once off fee...its good

but 125 to renew each year...makes it expensive for a small operator.

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£125?

gde2005 wrote:

If VT is so good, how come Sage, PTP, Iris, etc are all still in business??

If VT was 199 all in and once off fee...its good

but 125 to renew each year...makes it expensive for a small operator.

If £125 a year is too much to pay for something so fundamental to your business then you must be doing something wrong.

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VT

As far as I know, VT is an accounts only package, whereas PTP and Iris accounts software is integrated with the business and personal tax packages.

Iris is unquestionably expensive, but it's just so seamless and, in my opinion, worth the money unless you're a very small practice. You do the accounts which are automatically picked up by the business tax part, which does the computations and, if applicable, the partnership return. Then you click to export the business tax figures to the personal return(s).  Also Iris automatically does ixbrl accounts for companies, and abbrev accounts for Co. House., and will file returns on line.

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VT

You also get really good bookkeeping software if you buy VT, and the two integrate marvellously. 

What would it cost to buy Sage Instant Accounts AND Sage Instant bookkeeping? It would be a lot more than the cost of VT and you would still be restricted on the number of businesses you could use it for!

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VT

Used to use PTP until they screwed it up - it was more expensive than VT and I didn't have that many clients. Read Taxhound's answer again, then read it again and again until you find yourself buying VT. And read Peter Saxton's post again too.

VT is fab. End of.

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hi folks

 

thanks for the replies

I know VT is excellent...I use it...and the book keeping sections too

I really didnt want this to descend into an argument about how good VT is compared to the others.

My question was to allow me to get the views of those who used Sage Instant Accounts Production and PTP Accounts Production.

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Another vote for VT.  For the

Another vote for VT.  For the extra £75 it will save you 10 times this amount in your own time and sanity.  Sage is up there with the worst software on the market and havent had any recent experience with PTP.  Have you considered the iXBRL functions of each package?

 

I hate to be harsh but if you cant afford £125 a year for your main software then I suggest you either put up your prices or take up another "hobby!"

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I know this isn't what you want but...

VT.

In my opinion, the integration between Cashbook/T+ and the Final Accounts software is invaluable. And it's unlimited clients. And it works. And it's brilliant.

I wouldn't touch Sage with a bargepole. I can't comment on PTP but I'm a delighted user of VT and can't see us changing, no matter how large a practice we grow.

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have a look at this video

This will give you the good overviews before making your purchasing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuJ4tMwyauM&feature=relmfu

 

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As a former user of PTP

Ok well as a former user of PTP I can say that its not worth the money - it may have changed but when I was using it entering a TB was time-consuming because you had to look up each nominal. On VT the headings are down the page so you can whack the numbers down in two seconds flat (well okay a couple of mins).

 

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@Flash

It is the same with Sage. I had Sage APA and wouldn't use it again, even if it was free. I would rather pay for VT!

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You could have a look at Comprehensive Accounts with straightforward, logical data entry. ( http://www.comprehensivesoftware.co.uk/index.html ). Easier data entry than some others.

Only for FRSSE Ltd companies at the moment which automatically provides ibrxl file for attachment in your tax package.

 

 

 

 

 

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vt and ongoing licensing

can i ask the VT users does the software become unuseable after 1 year or do you just not get any updates if you dont renew the licence?

 

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Here's the information

"can i ask the VT users does the software become unuseable after 1 year or do you just not get any updates if you dont renew the licence?"

http://www.vtsoftware.co.uk/prices/index.htm

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More info

The add-in features in VT Final Accounts stop working when your license expires, but you can still open your workbooks in Excel. VT Transaction+ does not stop working. See http://www.vtsoftware.co.uk/licensearrangements.htm

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