From the Dec. 2008 Review of Fixed
Fixed Asset Pro 2008 is a mid-range asset management system designed for either
in-house use by businesses or by financial professionals managing multiple clients.
The system can support an unlimited number of assets for any number of companies,
which can be divided into groups, geographic locations or other categories.
It offers single-screen viewing of up to six books, and handles all accepted
depreciation rules and conventions as well as asset life events from acquisition
through disposal. Fixed Asset Pro costs $449 for a single-user license, which
includes tech support. Annual renewals start at $129. MoneySoft also offers
programs designed for financial statement analysis, business valuation, and
merger and acquisition planning.
NAVIGATION/EASE-OF-USE – 4 Stars
Fixed Asset Pro setup is simple, with minimal information entry required during
initial creation of companies using standard data-entry forms. Likewise, asset
entry screens offer good selection functions and smart lists, along with various
navigation options. No copy or template functions are available during asset
The master interface opens to a mostly empty screen that offers a few icons
across the top for setting up or opening a company’s files, asset entry
functions, calculations and selecting list setups. Most are unavailable until
a client is opened, at which point the program displays a tabbed window that
includes an asset list, along with access to specific asset information, multi-book
views and notes pages. This screen is the same as the new asset entry window,
but with the tab for asset information selected. The primary asset selection
screen displays a great summary of data for all assets in a sortable view that
includes columns for description, tax cost, method, basis, convention, Sec.
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a great list, unfortunately the window that houses it is too small to display
all of the columns without scrolling sideways. I hope the developers make this
screen resizable in the future.
Data is automatically transferred to the various books, which can be quickly
viewed using the Multi-Book Asset Entry tab, where users can also make entries
directly to the books. Calculations are processed auto-matically, with changes
transferred across books as necessary. Pull-down lists for selecting method
and convention also speed entry of these treatments. The Display Totals function
provides a one-click quick summary of yearly asset information. Overall, the
program is quite simple to use, with intuitive entry screens and multi-book
views, and the ability to customize some data fields.
MANAGEMENT FEATURES – 4 Stars
Fixed Asset Pro provides asset grouping by company sub-units or other groups.
It automatically applies tax and depreciation rules and performs calculations
across up to six books, including federal tax, financial, AMT, ACE, state tax
and one user-defined book. The system supports mid-month, mid-quarter and half-year
MACRS, and includes 38 depreciation methods, including eight various MACRS,
22 ACRS, six pre-1981 methods, and amortization and manual depreciation. Conventions
are automatically set, but users can override these settings if desired.
Fixed Asset Pro also provides a projection schedule that offers a detail view
of future depreciation charges over an asset’s life. It offers location
tracking options and allows detailed notes to be attached to assets, such as
maintenance records, model/serial numbers and vendor contact data. For asset
life events, the program is somewhat limited, offering only acquisition, disposal
and exchange, but no splitting, transfers or mass asset actions.
INTEGRATION – 3.5 Stars
Fixed Asset Pro can extract data from prior versions of its own software but
does not offer direct import/export functionality with other programs. However,
users can output reports into Excel and text formats that can be imported into
the GLs of most accounting packages.
REPORTING – 4 Stars
The asset management sys-tem provides a good selection of reports, including
depreciation summaries for each book, acquisition/disposal activities, personal
property taxes, projections and posting totals. A form 4562 report is also available.
The program’s report writer offers some customization functions such as
page layouts, adding tables and placing other graphics. Users can also save
report templates and formats, as well as search previous reports. The reports
can be printed, viewed on-screen or output into Excel, CSV and other formats.
HELP/SUPPORT – 3 Stars
Fixed Asset Pro includes context-sensitive Help features that generally take
the user directly to guidance related to the function they are performing, and
offers an index-based Help utility. The vendor’s website offers tech support
contact information, but no FAQs, downloads or other support functions. A printed
and electronic user manual comes with the system. Live technical support is
included with the program and its annual updates.
2008 OVERALL RATING: