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TinyBooks for Mac

Simple Macintosh Accounting for Home and Small Business

TinyBooks for Mac is a simple, flexible, non-bloated, single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system for the Macintosh. TinyBooks for Mac is designed for Sole Proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances.

TinyBooks for Mac is the simplest way to handle the books for most small companies. You enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks for Mac does the rest. Current and year-to-date on-the-fly totals are continually displayed. Fully automatic bar-charting of all expense and income accounts make the determination of monthly trends intuitively obvious.

A fully non-modal Reports Window offers easy standard and custom reporting and searching. All transactions are easily exportable to other programs as standard tab-delimited text files.

Expense, income and special mileage entry forms can be printed for off line entry of data as desired. Non-fiscal years are supported, as is the concept of recurring expenses.

TinyBooks for Mac includes a Professional Invoice Printer, that is as easy to use as the rest of the program. It prints professional-looking invoices on plain white paper. No special, expensive forms are required. These invoices can also be customized with your own logo, fonts, etc.

TinyBooks for Mac also includes intuitive support for handling virtually any kind of taxes from any country, including State Sales Taxes, GST (Goods and Service Taxes), PST (Provincial Sales Taxes), VAT (Value Added Taxes) and more.

TinyBooks for Mac, based on years of experience doing the books, is written exclusively for the Macintosh (OS9 and OSX) and is available now.

  TinyBooks for Mac: Is It Right For You?  

TinyBooks for Mac is, without a doubt, an astoundingly simple-to-use accounting program. That is surely it's main niche! It's written for small business owners who pretty much hate accounting and want to do as little of it as they can get away with, yet still have all the facts and figures that they need to run the business and help at tax time. TinyBooks for Mac fills this need for thousands of businesses. But, being such a simple program, it cannot include the vast features of the "big boy" accounting programs...the Quick-this and Quick-that programs, as I like to call them. Those programs are truly superb, but they suffer from being so overly complex that they leave most users who are not trained accountants in a daze of bewilderment.

So, the real question you have to ask yourself, is if the subset of accounting features that TinyBooks for Mac does provide is sufficient for your business. I can't be more honest than that. That really is what it's all about. Luckily, unlike most other programs, TinyBooks for Mac is distributed as shareware and you are free to try it yourself before purchasing. The program that you download is the real thing, no features are left out. It's a true test of the program. If your business is such that TinyBooks for Mac can effectively handle your needs, there's not a simpler program out there.

TinyBooks for Mac: Accounting Experience

Ken Winograd (the programmer of TinyBooks for Mac) has a rather long history creating financial and accounting software. Long before the Macintosh even existed, Ken wrote various investment portfolio programs for the Apple II computer. These programs were never made public and were used exclusively by Ken's friends and family. Later, Ken also worked for a company called Great American Software where he created the Invoicing Module (along with various other utilities) for their very popular One Write Plus accounting software for IBM PCs. Ken also was the Lead Programmer (and then Software Engineering Manager) for the very first versions of software-based Dome Books, published by Dome Publishing of Rhode Island. At that time, the Dome accounting software supported Apple II, IBM PC, and even Commodore 64 computers. Since 2003, Ken has designed, programmed, published and supported the popular TinyBooks and TinyBooks for Mac Accounting programs, currently for the Macintosh only. The one common theme in all these years of accounting experience has been to make accounting simple and intuitive for families and small businesses around the world.

TinyBooks for Mac: Theory of Operation TinyBooks for Mac works by keeping track of multiple accounts which you can customize. There are four basic types of accounts: Deductible Expenses, Non-Deductible Expenses, Taxable Income and Non-Taxable Income. For a typical small business, that's about all that's required. As you might guess, the non-deductible expenses and non-taxable income accounts are included for your bookkeeping convenience, as they are not included in profit computations. But, if you are using this program for home use, rather than as a small business, such account types are very handy indeed. Business Profit is calculated by subtracting the sum of the deductible expenses from the sum of the taxable income. With TinyBooks for Mac, you never have to request a calculation, all calculations are performed instantly any time you add, delete or modify any item.

TinyBooks for Mac: How Do You Actually Use It?

Note: TinyBooks for Mac is a Macintosh application. It requires an Intel-based Macintosh computer running OSX. It also requires a monitor with a resolution of, at least, 1024x768. Higher resolutions and wide monitors are also supported.

When you run TinyBooks for Mac for the very first time, you will want to create a new set of books (also known as a TinyBooks for Mac document) for your company or family for the current year. Each TinyBooks for Mac document covers one business (or family) for one year. To create a new TinyBooks for Mac document, choose the NEW item from TinyBooks for Mac's File Menu.

The NEW item is actually a hierarchical menu with two choices. There's a NEW (for first time users) and a NEW (with import.) The second NEW is what you'll use next year so that you can easily import all of the customizations that you might have added to your this year's accounts. For now, though, and for this tutorial, choose the NEW item that is designated for first-time users. The "Create New Set of Books Dialog" will then appear. It looks like this...

To create a new set of books, TinyBooks for Mac really only needs the following two bits of information...the Company Name, and the Fiscal Year...

1 - The Company Name - For this demo, you can see I've typed in "The Demo Company" as the name of the company.

2 - The Fiscal Year - Each TinyBooks for Mac document handles "the books" for one company (or family), for one year. You must specify the business year that this document covers. Most people accept the default calendar year, running from January to December of the year chosen. In this tutorial, a simple calendar year is assumed. I actually started creating this tutorial in January 2010, and so TinyBooks for Mac automatically chose 2010, assuming that would be the year that I want this TinyBooks for Mac document to cover. In this case, TinyBooks for Mac's guess is exactly right.

Note: TinyBooks for Mac also supports non-standard Fiscal Years. To choose a non-calendar Fiscal Year, enter the closing month and closing year of your Fiscal Year. Once entered, the program will calculate and display the range of your fiscal year for your verification. Fiscal Years, by the way, are numbered based on the year in which the ending month resides. So, for instance, if you were creating a TinyBooks for Mac document with a Fiscal Year that runs from March 2010 through February 2011, you would choose February from the popup menu, and type 2011 into the year field.

After you enter and double-check the required information, click the SAVE AS button. As with all SAVE AS dialogs, you need to choose a name and a location for this document. TinyBooks for Mac will suggest a default name of "ShortCompanyName-Books-2010" but you're free to name it yourself. Hopefully, you will rename the "ShortCompanyName" part to something that makes sense for your company or family. For this tutorial, I've changed the suggested name to be "Demo-Books-2010". Remember, each document covers one company or family for one year, so including the name of the company (or rather a shortened name of the company) and the year in the name of the document itself is a very good idea.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All of the most important information that TinyBooks for Mac knows about your company is stored in this one document that you just created and named. In the future, this is the document that you will double-click to start "doing the books." Unlike other accounting programs that use multiple files to store such information, TinyBooks for Mac simply stores everything in this one file. It's easy to find, easy to backup, easy to understand, etc.

Here's the Simple TinyBooks for Mac Tutorial
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  System Requirements:  
  • The new TinyBooks Pro version 7 requires an Intel-based Macintosh running OSX. It also requires a screen resolution of, at least, 1024x768.
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or Later
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 30 MB free HDD

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