Intuit has released the R7 update to QuickBooks 2009 on March 23 – it is available via manual update. Automatic updates will probably be released later this week. This article was revised on 3/24/2009.
There are a number of changes with this release. Please note that I have not tested all of these changes at this time. I’ll point out some of the significant changes here – for a full list go to the update info page.
If you want to get manual updates prior to the release of automatic updates, please use these links. Note that this was updated on 3/24/2009 – the Intuit upload web site didn’t have a copy of a manual update for Enterprise, just Pro/Premier (this could change at any time).
This is the big one – there are a lot of people waiting for this update. Several errors have been fixed, speed has been improved, and they have opened up the ability to access other areas of QuickBooks while you are adding transactions.
Katy Ivens of CPA911 has a PDF article that I highly recommend that you read if you are using online banking in QuickBooks. This article specifically addresses the changes in the R7 update.
Another big one – this was causing a lot of stress for some people. This release now allows you to convert a Quicken 2009 data file for use in QuickBooks, something that was advertised from the beginning but hasn’t worked until now.
64 Bit Vista Compatibility
BIG CHANGE here – as discussed in my 64 Bit Vista article, the PDF driver in QuickBooks hasn’t been working correctly in 64 Bit Vista systems. If you followed my instructions to patch the program, installing a new update would break the patch and you would have to redo the work. Intuit FINALLY has taken care of this, the R7 update will not break the PDF drivers on these systems. At least, not in my test system.
There are several changes here that are important if you are working with your accountant (or if you are an accountant working with a client). They fixed some bugs that would crash the program (many that related to multiple currencies) as well as some annoying errors that created problems for many people. I do recommend that you get this update if you are using the Accountant’s Copy feature. The 2009 product is much more reliable than prior years, and this release cleans up some important problems.
- In prior releases deleting a deposit with a payment as an item used to display an “unexpected” error code (aren’t all errors unexpected?) and would cause problems that could only be fixed by a “Rebuild” of the data file.
- Prior to this release you could not restore a “portable company file” that was created from a QuickBooks company file larger than 2GB.
- The “name list” import via IIF format works correctly.
- There is a long list of fixes for the Intuit Statement Writer.
- The Multiple Currency features have a number of bug fixes that are important if you are using this feature.
- Payroll has a significant number of improvements.
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Charlie Russell is the founder of CCRSoftware. He’s been involved with the small business software industry since the mid 70’s, focusing on inventory and accounting software for small businesses. Charlie is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Look for Charlie’s articles in the Accountex Report blog, as well as his California Wildflower Hikes blog.