Abacus Accounts SE (Startup Edition) is a simplified version of the original, more comprehensive Abacus Accounts.
It is designed as a basic and straightforward bookkeeping program for the self-employed or even for your personal accounts.
It uses the same double-entry system as the original Abacus Accounts program, but requires no prior knowledge of bookkeeping and, as such, is very easy to use.
However, when your business grows and you require additional functionality (or you become VAT registered) it is easy to move up to the full program.
You can enter as many bank accounts/credit card accounts and income/expense categories as you need. Bank accounts and credit card accounts can be reconciled against statements and regular (monthly) bank payments set up.
Reports can be printed for any required period. These may be used to produce the end of year accounts.
Please note, however, that various functions, such as VAT, Customer/Supplier accounts and repeat transactions, are not included in this version. If you require these (or multiple businesses) you will need the more comprehensive version (Abacus Accounts). A free, trial (Lite) version of this app. is available, to check for suitability, before purchasing.
Technical support is available by email, free of charge.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
After many years of doing my company’s book-keeping with a “feature-rich” application I had grown tired of dodging around poor localisation and wasted effort on features that were more a distraction than a help. I had also grown weary of having to reach deep into my pocket to pay for equally questionable “upgrades”.
This application arrived on my computer after much research and testing of alternatives and, as is often the case, you quickly discover that one of the best things about it is not its low cost, nor its stripped down simplicity but the quality of guidance and support you receive from the writer. In this case Tony Prince.
I accept that it may not be for everyone, though I would be surprised if one of the two versions was not enough for all but the most complex and esoteric book-keeping requirements. For individuals and small businesses I commend it to you. If you are not sure, try the free version, which allows you 30 transactions before inviting you to buy it. If you think you need the richer version you can try it free also. Either allows you to import/restore the input accounts/company information, to save you starting again.
Purchased the SE version just to keep my household finances in order and am very happy with it. Very easy to get to grips with, simple to use, and with good reporting. Had a minor query and Tony helpfully replied to me within a very short period of time - and late at night too!
Works for me.
As a new user of imac and not used to apps I had to find an accounts programme which would help me manage my home accounts.
I tried the free version of this app and thought it was worth spending a small amount of money to purchase the version 2.9. After all I had previously used microsoft money which was ridiculously expensive.
The app didn’t take too much getting used to, although I was not used to some of the terminology and working out that accounts also meant categories of expense took me a while.
I used the programme for about three weeks and then suddenly my regular payments stopped working.
I e-mailed SE Support and got a response within a few hours from Tony Prince who was so helpful. He asked me to send a screen shot and very quickly worked out what the problem was. Needless to say it was nothing wrong with the app, but something which I had done wrong.
I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to keep simple accounts.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.