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02-14-2004, 03:54 PM
Has anyone been able to get the conversion to Windows file to work in the new Macintosh 6.0 version. All I get is errors. Is this just another smoke screen by Intuit to entice Macintosh users to attempt to use Quickbooks? They say it works in both directions but I cannot get the file to convert to Windows so I cannot give my file to my accountant because they use the only accountants software Intuit makes which is for Windows.
I am using Mac OS X 10.2.8 With Quickbooks Pro ver 6, and Windows '98 with Quickbooks Pro 2002.
02-23-2004, 09:59 AM
I am working on the same problem. In my case, it appears to be an issue around Payroll accounts. The Win 2004 file has payroll accounts that do not entirely exist in Mac 6. I say "not entirely" because I can't find a payroll list of accounts to match Win 2004. However, if I search on one of the payroll liability accounts, I can drive into detail and actually see the payroll check detail. I can even see the missing payroll accounts like "Social Security Company". When these accounts "roundtrip", they show up as duplicates in Win 2004. So, I end up with two "Social Security Company" accounts in Win 2004. One account has transactions, the other doesn't. Unfortunately, the one with transactions, comes up with the following nasty error, "Verify Payroll Item : Invalid type/special combination. Rcrd = 2
Item name: Social Security Company". Oh, one last point. The original Win 2004 file verifies and rebuilds with zero errors. The converted Mac file verifies and rebuilds with zero errors. Errors only appear after the file goes back up to Win 2004.
I haven't figured out my next step yet. I would be interested to know the details of other conversion problems.
03-02-2004, 07:32 AM
Intuit has posted an update (R2) which fixes the conversion problems (or at least mine). It doesn't repair an existing data file though since the problem was occuring on the initial Win to Mac conversion.
03-06-2004, 05:51 PM
I will look for this on Intuit's site.
I have since purchased a third version of QuickBooks in order to resolve this issue. It seems that the Windows file from my Accountant, back in September, was corrupt and I can use it in Macintosh and have for many months, but it cannot be converted back to Windows and opened in Windows QuickBooks versions 2002, 2003, 2004.
I now own QuickBooks for Mac version 5, 6 and QuickBooks for Windows version 2002, and 2004.
I cannot keep spending the money to send the file to my accountant and be charged by them for trying to open the file. I needed to purchase Windows versions in order to troubleshoot the probelm at my office before I send the file to them. What a crock to have to do this when many other software makers can import and export between Mac and Windows versions of their software without problems.
I know this is a black hole forum, but I just want to voice my disappointment.
09-16-2004, 01:39 AM
I too am using QB 6 Pro for Mac. What amazes me is the lack of consistency between the two platforms. Not only is the QUI completely different but a lot of the features are not available on the Mac. Ex. Receiving a single check for multiple invoices and jobs from the same customer requires "receiving payment" for each invoice VS pc only once and you "check" the invoices to apply payment. Also, once the invoice is paid the job is automatically closed in the PC and no longer shows in the CUSTOMER:JOB list. What a great feature!!! Why NOT include these (and there must be others) for us computer savy Macintosh users. I have a state-of-the-art machine running crap! The PC crowd must be laughing out loud.
09-16-2004, 01:56 AM
This is a summary of the QuickBooks for Windows to QuickBooks for Mac conversion process. For complete instructions and information on what data is and isn't converted, see the onscreen User's Guide (from the QuickBooks Help menu, choose Quickbooks User's Guide, and go to the "Converting a QuickBooks for Windows file to Mac" section in Appendix B).
QuickBooks for Mac version 6 can convert a file created with, or updated by, the following versions of QuickBooks for Windows:
QuickBooks for Windows Basic Edition 2002, 2003, or 2004
QuickBooks for Windows Pro Edition 2002, 2003, or 2004
QuickBooks for Windows Premier Edition 2002, 2003, or 2004
QuickBooks for Windows Premier Accountant Edition 2002, 2003, or 2004
QuickBooks for Windows Premier Contractor Edition 2003, or 2004
To convert a file from QuickBooks Windows to QuickBooks for Mac:
Copy your QuickBooks for Windows data file from your PC to your Mac.
Important: Make sure you copy the QuickBooks for Windows .qbw file and NOT the .qbb file.
On your Mac, open QuickBooks Pro 6.0.
From the Welcome screen, choose Open an existing QuickBooks data file, or from the File menu, choose Open Company.
In the Open a Company window, specify the location of your QuickBooks (.qbw) file, and then click Open.
When asked if you want to convert this file to QuickBooks for Mac, click OK.
In the Save As window, specify where you want to save the converted file, and then click Save.
Note: Depending on the size of your data file, the conversion process can take up to 10 minutes.
Hope this above info. would be helpful.
09-16-2004, 02:22 AM
This is to swk_fps who was having payroll problem during conversion.
To resolve this issue, update to the latest release of QuickBooks for Mac. The latest release can be downloaded from QuickBooks Product Updates.
hope this would solve ur problem.
let me know the development.
09-16-2004, 02:33 AM
Sorry but conversion is not a problem for me. I found that threat only as a means for "venting" my frustrations of jealousy for the PC users and the features not found on the Mac. I appreciate your post.
What time is it over there? 3:31 AM here.
09-16-2004, 04:16 AM
This is to kjustice.
Got ur msg., actually the conversion solution was related to jedworks. Overwhelmed on learning that u appreciate my post.Its around 11.30am here.
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