We all know Intuit’s Bill Campbell sits on Apple’s board, so it’s nice to hear his company today announced an all-new version of its popular QuickBooks package for the Mac.

Aimed at small businesses, QuickBooks 2010 ships in late October and offers a range of new tools for business users, all couched within what the company describes as “the simplicity they expect from a Mac product”.

The package offers a fast and easy user set-up, delivers customizable reports and graphs and has integrated features which can support available plug-ins for credit card processing and hours tracking.

Business owners can also pay their employees with Intuit QuickBooks Payroll for Mac, an integrated add-on payroll service. This online offering helps users easily manage everything from paychecks to W 2 forms, including federal and state tax payments and form filings.

“Now more than ever, business owners are concerned about profitability,” said Kiran Patel, executive vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Small Business Group. “So with this new version, we focused on the areas that help business owners be more productive, such as at-a-glance reports, integrated credit card processing and simplified routine tasks. This means they have more time to grow their business with the insights they need to improve their bottom line.”

The software will cost $199.95, but is available for pre-order now from Amazon for $189.99, with a price guarantee meaning if the price falls again pre-launch, Amazon will honour all orders made at the new, lower price, rather than the original deal.

QuickBooks 2010 for Mac includes over forty enhancements that help users save time, make money and get paid. Below is a list of key new features and improvements.

Reflecting the trend to abandon PowerPC support, Intuit QuickBooks 2010 for Mac is designed to work on Intel-based Macs (running Mac OS 10.5.7, 10.6, or later).

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