Simply Accounting 2011

Announcement: Accounting Software Free Trial

Sage© offers free trial for Simply Accounting First Step, Pro, Premium, and Enterprise softwares. They are available for tryout within thirty days. Payroll module can also be tested for sixty days.

In this article we discuss detailed easy steps to install the trial Enterprise Edition:

    1. Go to SA website at: (As of December 2, 2010)
    2. Click on Enterprise version 2011.
    3. On next screen provide the information like name, email address, etc. You need to answer all the questions. Make a note (printout) of the information you fill in. Later on you need to enter these data to register with Sage ©.
    4. You will be directed to a new page. Make sure you allow popouts on IE.
    5. Keep in mind that SA 2011 uses a program called Connection Manager. Its purpose is to provide a communication path between the program and your data. Your computer Firewall might prompt you to authorize this connection. At minimum you need to permit these programs to run, if you were asked by your firewall/antivirus program:















    1. Recommend to select SA Download ManagerClick on blue download button located at the left of the screen. On the next screen you would be asked to select the method of download. I suggest to go with Download Manager option. Since the file you are downloading is large, the download manager takes care of interruptions, if it occurs. Click on grey colour Download Now button.
    2. You would see a dialog box asking your permission to install Download Manager. Go ahead with it.
    3. Confirm downloading it to your desktop and executing it. Clicking on the images at the right of this article shows a larger view.
    4. Downloading will start with a status window which looks like this:

    1. When download finishes, Simply Accounting 2011 Release B installShield starts automatically. Click on Next to continue. Choose Installation language. On the following screen click on Install Sage Simply Accounting. The screen looks like:

Install Sage Simply Accounting Dialog Box

    1. Again select the language. Answer Yes to “Will you use Simply Accounting on this computer?”. Click on Next button.
    2. On the next screen, choose: I will install the 30-day trail version, and click on Next.
    3. You have an option to decide which edition to download. I am going to try the Enterprise Edition.

Simply Accounting 2011 Free Trial Installation

  1. Read the license agreement and choose the appropriate option.
  2. After confirming the installation location, it will install the software and display a Setup status dialog box. The green process indicator will shortly shows up. Grab a cup of water or coffee and let it do its job.
  3. You would see another final window to inform you that installation is completed and you click on Finish button.
  4. Activation dialog box for Sage Simply Accounting 2011The next dialog window indicates that the software needs an Activation Key Code. To obtain the code you need to register at the given website. It also notes that the company data file you create will be still useable, if you decide to purchase the product later on. Keep in mind that the trial period starts from when you activate the software.  For more visual understanding see the image at the right of this paragraph. (Clicking on it opens a larger image view). Click on Activate Now button and you will be directed to where you can choose the product and how you received your trial copy. Click on Continue button to start the registration process. You are asked to provide company name, last name, email, etc. Click on Submit when done.
  5. On the next screen you would receive 3 pieces of information. They are Comapny Name, SN#, and Key Code. Print them for future reference. You would also receive an email containing those information.

To keep things organized I continue this topic in the next post with heading of: SA 2011 – Getting Started. It should be right below this post.

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Simply Accounting© Improved Productivity

Tutorial resources and helps are available upon starting the program. Learning Centre, Frequently Asked Questions, relevant blogs and Forum are available right at the Enhanced View window.  (Click on Switch to Enhanced view at the top right)

The user interface has been designed to increase office productivity. For example if you spend most of the day performing Vendors and Purchases tasks, then you can make that your default page. Each time you start Simply Accounting 2011, Vendors and Purchases module will start automatically.

Knowledge is power and  by specifying your favorite RSS feed you can always be kept up-to-date with new tips and tutorials. As an example: Start SA, and at the left pane click on Learning Centre. Now look at the green background pane at the right. Click on the “Add” link, then at the top right click on “Add a feed not listed here”. Enter the URL of the WordPress blog site you are interested (i.e.   Make sure you enter the http:// as well). Click on Check and Finish. Now you have the news feed of favoriteaacountingsite available right at your finger tips.

Learning the new features to increase company productivity is easy with this great modernized Accounting Software.

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