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Tech: Sage 50 problem

Bonzo3legs 31 Aug 13 - 05:43 AM
JohnInKansas 31 Aug 13 - 07:40 AM
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Subject: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 31 Aug 13 - 05:43 AM

Is there a way of printing all journal entries made between 2 dates, showing JD entries as debits and the corresponding JC entries as credits? Needless to say, the Help is useless!


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 31 Aug 13 - 07:40 AM

I had to resort to Google to see that Sage 50 appears to be the new name for the former Peachtree accounting program(s). That didn't tell me anything that I can offer as direct help, but did show that there's a "Users Site" at http://sagecity.na.sage.com/ where you might find more people familiar with the program.

I've been generally underwhelmed with "users groups" due to the high density of SPGWKs who post a lot more than they know, but a program of this kind might be less subject to babbling idiots than more general kinds like Microsoft's multiple "groups."

I've looked at older Peachtree programs but never used one, and all my reference materials are hopelessly outdated; but we may have current users lurking here.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 31 Aug 13 - 12:09 PM

Thanks John I'll try that users site.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: John J
Date: 31 Aug 13 - 01:11 PM

Have a try of this: http://forum.makingithappen.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=1

JJ


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 01 Sep 13 - 06:48 AM


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 01 Sep 13 - 01:10 PM

Try again!

I thought Sage had died years ago. Didn't realise anjyone was still trying to use it!

It was/is the worst accounting package ever.

Apparently, and this is on good authority, their personnel management package was totally unusable.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 01 Sep 13 - 02:29 PM

What I might try is exporting an nominal audit trail to excel and then filtering to get the info I need. I agree, it's awful software.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: GUEST,John J ...notaguest
Date: 01 Sep 13 - 06:37 PM

Which version are you using?
I used Line50 version 8, rather old hat these days, but it did everything I needed - including linking to Sage Payroll.
I'm rather out of touch now, it's been 5 years since I used Sage in anger, but it was okay for my use. Any queries were dealt with by posting a query on the 'makingithappen' forum I posted earlier.
JJ


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 02 Sep 13 - 04:57 AM

My ultimate handbook on Peachtree suggests that you might be in need of a "Conditional Search" and/or might find something helpful in "Data Trapping." The info that might be applicable mostly appears in a section on a "Peachtree Report Writer" part of the program, under "advanced techniques." What I see uses mostly cascading bunches of "IF" statements, and since that's fairly simple it may have survived as a core method.

Unfortunately my book shows a 1998 copyright and says the accessory programs on the CD mostly won't run on anything after Win98. Given the possibility (??) of updates since then, the details may differ; but if the terminology hasn't evolved too much it might give you a clue for where to get into the help files ????? I made into a 200MB PDF some time ago, but I doubt it's of any but historical interest.

I didn't find either the TOC or the Index for the book of much help - well below the publisher's (Osborne/McGraw-Hill) normal standards for that era, and more like what one might expect from Microsoft Press; but the text seemed fairly well written, implying that the functions likely are there in the program if you can find them.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 02 Sep 13 - 05:02 AM

Edit:

"I made the book into a 200MB PDF ..."

but who really cares?

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: Nick
Date: 02 Sep 13 - 05:17 PM

Are we talking about the same Sage?

Our company uses Sage at work as do many thousands.

They have a very helpful helpline if you've paid for it who generally aren't much help if you haven't.

Export to excel/a free spreadsheet and play with it there


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Subject: RE: Tech: Sage 50 problem
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 02 Sep 13 - 06:16 PM

A little web search indicates that the current "Sage 50" is the latest evolution from what was once called Peachtree.

A brief history is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sage_50_Accounting.

The wiki article doesn't say much about how badly it's been mangled in its various incarnations, but the reputation of earlier versions (i.e. the price some were willing to pay for a couple of decades) would suggest they'd be foolish to change it too arbitrarily ... (?).

Based on a half-century of experience with "business managers" I've not had a particularly great admiration for them or their tools, and have found Excel sufficient for my purposes (including a very small business for a while); although I can see possibilities for some benefit from more complex tools in the right circumstances.

John


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