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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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4th Quarter Accounting Software
4Q is specially engineered to support the development of custom software using the 4th Dimension® (4D) database environment. 4th Quarter’s patented

environment accounting  4th Dimension® (4D) database environment. 4th Quarter’s patented accounting engine provides GL, AR, AP, Checking, Order Entry, Inventory, Financial Reporting, DB Administration, and Payroll functions to any custom-written 4D-based business application. The 4th Quarter family of products include 4Q Shell, 4Q Core, 4Q Full, and 4Q Job Costing. All versions run “out of the box,” without modification, on Mac and PC systems. Source code is available.

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Compare Software Solutions

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Small Business Software (SBS)

The Small Business Software (SBS) evaluation model targets functional requirements for fully featured solutions designed to support all business requirements of a typical small business. Extending beyond mere accounting functions, it is primarily applicable to those businesses for which full-scale ERP software may be too complex or cumbersome. However, the model of SBS solutions includes all the essential categories such as General Ledger, Accounts Payable (A/P) and Accounts Receivable (A/R), Payroll, Job and Project Costing, Multinational Accounting, Light Manufacturing, Inventory, Technology, and much more. 

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