QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013 was released on June 5th and is the successor to QuickBooks Point of Sale v10.  Back in June we wrote an article on some of the new features but now that we have had a chance to see the product in action, we've done a more thorough analysis of the new features: First, it's important to note that version 10 and version 2013 require significantly more resources than previous versions.  Minimum and recommended system requirements have been increased dramatically.  Read the following article here for the official system requirements.  A brand new merchant account is also needed to work with the new software, so if you're upgrading from a previous version, your existing merchant account will be "upgraded" to the new account.  As of this writing, the new accounts do not allow integration with QuickBooks financial software in the same way that previous versions did though.  Transactions will be sent to QuickBooks individually, rather than being grouped in batches as previously possible.  Batches are also automatically closed at 3 pm each day rather than at mid-night, making reconciling many transactions to the deposits difficult.  Intuit Payment Solutions is working on a fix to this issue currently and have escalated the issue.  Those with very large databases or those that have a high transactional volume, will also want to upgrade their network to gigabit networks to enable higher data rates over the network when upgrading to this version. New Features:
  • This goes without saying, but the product now has a new naming convention using yearly version names.  Previous versions were denoted by version numbers.
  • Improved Navigation & User Interface including new logos and icons - This new version has a new and improved look and feel and suited for newer monitors with improved resolutions.  The middle of the screen is the main window, but to the left and right of this window are supporting tools right at your finger tips. The left window is your button bar which allows you to customize your most frequently used buttons. The window to the right is for sticky note for reminders. Both the left and right windows can be minimized if these are tools that you do not need or want to use. In addition to keeping the main menu at the top of every screen this version has renamed the "switch to" function to "In Progress." This new feature allows you to recall documents that you are working on with the touch of a button. 

  • Quick Picks- this enhanced feature allows the user to access products from buttons straight from the Sales Receipt screen. The quick pick items are categorized in groups which can be customized and color coded. Quick picks can now be easily located to be added to a sales or purchasing document. This feature also makes it easier to add items to an order by pinning the selector to the sales receipt window. Within the quick picks feature pictures, view options and attributes have been improved and are supported. Quick Picks can now also be modified by right clicking on the screen. A drop down menu of different functions will appear. 

  • The welcome screen now shows a list of improvements, shows help to get started, enables you to add inventory items, and includes help in making your first sale.  It also helps to setup mobile sync and provides links to the live community and other services.
  • Navigator has been updated to be more visually appealing and shows the flow of transactions:
    • Added drop down menus for easier navigation
    • Orders icon now shows how many open orders
    • Notes on right.  Now you can hide them and put them into a list view instead of sticky note view
    • Button shortcuts on left can be customized by user
    • Also have the "I want to" menu on navigator and on transactions
    • Also still have the full top menus
  • Sample company is now again available
  • Practice mode is also now again available
  • Mobile sync - this new feature allows a sync with Intuit servers to enable sales using your POS data from mobile devices
    • Adds item and images to Intuit servers for access from mobile devices.  Check items in item screen for mobile sync, and then those items are synced back.
    • Shortest frequency is every 5 minutes to sync
    • Uses GoPayment for access to items
    • Items, and sales receipts will be synced back to QB POS when sale is made. (does not show inventory on hand currently, but they will be adding this in the future)
    • Items created on mobile will sync back
    • NO UPC code sync currently
    • Your mobile device must be capable of running the Intuit GoPayment credit card solution. While this new mobile sync feature is definitely a step in the right direction it is important to note that there are limitations to what you can do in GoPayment. 
    • Syncing feature allows you to create a time schedule to sync your files. Syncing manually is still a feature as well. You can find the sync settings in the Company Preferences. 
    • The "Get Paid" window allows you to see the items chosen to sync in QBPOS. 
  • Setup interview
    • Now includes gift cards
    • Faster, Simpler Payments Signup
  • Version protection - you're now able to ensure you receive the new versions by purchasing version protection
Also note that:
  • There are still some screens that have the v9 look, but there are less, and others will be updated in the future.