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Flagship Technologies, Inc. -- Aug. 1, 1997 -- For immediate release.

New ManagePLUS™ for Quicken in final stages of testing...

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ManagePLUS™ for Quicken

MADISON, MO -- Early this year Flagship Technologies, Inc. released ManagePLUS™ for QuickBooks™, a Microsoft Windows™-compatible computer program which adds new accounting features to the popular QuickBooks accounting program. Now a ManagePLUS version that works with Quicken™ is in final stages of testing and is slated to begin shipping September 15th of this year.

Most important among the features that ManagePLUS adds to Quicken are (1) the ability to handle physical quantities, and (2) reports showing per-unit sales and expense information for any account, category, or class (enterprise). These features let users gather sales and cost information, and quantity information, on a per-management-unit basis. For instance, a farmer can get reports showing average yield per acre for each farm, field, or acre of soybeans; pounds of a particular corn herbicide used per acre; total herbicide costs per acre for any crop; pounds of mineral supplement fed per beef cow; tractor repair costs per acre or per hour; and so on.

Users can directly access ManagePLUS commands from within the Quicken program, via a command button that ManagePLUS adds to Quicken's main window. However, ManangePLUS adds its enhancements without altering the host program or its data files in any way.

New Features in the Quicken Version

According to Mark Wilsdorf, president of Flagship Technologies, the Quicken release of ManagePLUS contains added features that are not yet part of the QuickBooks version. "The feature that everyone should notice is the ability to keep track of two quantities in any Quicken transaction. This lets a livestock producer record the number of animals sold and their weight, for example. ManagePLUS reports show totals for both quantities, broken down by category and by class, and also provides statistics like average weight per head, price per head, and price per pound."

Other enhancements include automatic retention of window grid (column order and width) layouts, improved error messages, better documentation (the User's Guide tutorial is now duplicated in the Help system), "and a lot of other 'behind-the-scenes' improvements that aren't outwardly apparent." said Wilsdorf.

Program Features

Here are some of the features common to both the new Quicken version and the QuickBooks version of ManagePLUS:


Classes (Enterprises):

  • Associate a number of production units with any Class--i.e., 300 acres of Corn, 100 beef cows, etc. This is what allows ManagePLUS reports to provide per-unit sales and expense information.


  • Profit & Loss. Provides quantity and dollar totals by account, category, and class. Provides quantity and dollar information on a per-unit-of-production basis (pounds of feed per animal, herbicide cost per acre, insecticide quantity per acre, etc.)

  • Sale and Purchase Quantities, by Month. Shows quantity totals for up to 12 months of transactions, broken down by account, category, and class. Examples: hundredweight of market hogs sold each month, tons of protein supplement purchased each month, etc.

  • Cash Flow Summary, by Month. Shows a history of monthly cash flows for up to 12 months of transactions, broken down by account, category, and class.

  • Many report options. Show/hide transaction detail; change header, footer, and other report text; change report band colors for easier reading.

  • Enhanced report filtering. In addition to Quicken or QuickBooks' report filtering capabilities, ManagePLUS allows extended filtering on any set of individual classes.


  • Comprehensive Help system, including Quick Start Steps and step-by-step tutorial.

  • Printed User's Guide, including tips on how best to organize accounts, categories, and classes.

  • Sample data files make it easy to work through the tutorial, even for users who only want to complete parts of it.


  • Safety. Always works with a copy of the user's records--never the "master copy" maintained by Quicken or QuickBooks. So there's never any risk of data loss.

  • Familiar user interface. If you know how to use Quicken or QuickBooks, you already know most of what you need to use ManagePLUS.

  • Integrates seamlessly with Quicken or QuickBooks by adding a ManagePLUS button to the accounting program's main window.

New Features in ManagePLUS for Quicken:

The following features are specific to the Quicken version of ManagePLUS. (Some are to be added to the QuickBooks version in an upgrade release this fall.):

  • Dual quantities. Allows recording two quantities in any transaction--i.e., both the weight and number of animals sold.

  • Tree-structured class list. ManagePLUS reports use the single-level Quicken Class list as if it were a branched (tree-structured) list consisting of multiple parent and child (sub class) levels. This allows easier breakdown of enterprise information into sub enterprises. (Note: this feature is not needed with QuickBooks, which already has a multi-level class list.)

  • Improved window and data grid management that is more automated, for easier use.

  • Numerous internal enhancements.

Management Accounting a` la ManagePLUS

See the original ManagePLUS news release for details about how ManagePLUS supports management accounting, including a detailed report example.

Who Uses ManagePLUS?

Farming operations, ranches, orchards, nurseries, contractors, and other businesses use ManagePLUS...any business where quantities and per-management-unit information are useful in management decisions and planning.

Availability, Pricing, and Early Orders

ManagePLUS for Quicken is expected to begin shipping by September 15, 1997. The QuickBooks version is available now. For current product prices and ordering information see Flagship's online order form.

For more information about ManagePLUS, visit the ManagePLUS Product Information page or contact Flagship Technologies by any of the means listed at the end of this article.

About Flagship Technologies

Flagship Technologies, Inc., is located at Madison, Missouri. The company's primary focus is on developing and marketing agricultural software products, including ManagePLUS for QuickBooks™ and ManagePLUS for Quicken™, farm accounting add-ons for QuickBooks and Quicken, as well as other software products and training materials including The QuickBooks Farm Accounting Cookbook™. The company can be contacted by these means:

Postal address: Flagship Technologies, Inc.
14976 Monroe Rd. 1039
Madison, MO 65263
World Wide Web: http://www.goflagship.com
Email: sales@goflagship.com (sales information)
(other information)
(technical support)
Telephone: 660-291-3000 (sales and order questions only)

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. ManagePLUS is a trademark of Flagship Technologies, Inc. QuickBooks and Quicken are registered trademarks of Intuit.

Links to related topics...
  Original ManagePLUS for QuickBooks news release
  Quicken and QuickBooks farm accounting articles
  ManagePLUS Profit & Loss report (36K image) -- shows report features added by ManagePLUS.
  ManagePLUS isn't just for farm accounting! -- describes how ManagePLUS is being used in non-farm businesses.

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