So I’ve been stressing out trying to find a good software application to create invoices (actually cash sales) with ease and simplicity (no big ERPs or financial apps). In Portugal we have a requirement that all entities who use digital invoices, must have applications that export the data in a specific SAFT file (Standard Auditing File for Tax purposes).
I’ve been surfing and surfing trying to get my hands on everything I can, and nothing works like I want it too.
Primavera Express is the most famous one, but unfortunately is windows-only.
Then I checked all the cross-platform apps (since we have Linux in the office), Colibri, Gardenia, Evaristo(aka MP-biz). Sucks, Sucks, Sucks. Seriously, just because you do your coding in Java doesn’t mean your application is portable out of the box. Its incredible how full of bugs, problems, lack of instructions these programs are. Its just crap-out-of-the-box, sorry for being honest.
Now I’m considering just to install something on my mac and do the invoices from here, until I found a better solution. Invoy is nice, but doesn’t allow me to set a different date when creating the invoice! There are many nice invoicing apps, but since they are not portugal-oriented, there is no SAFT support.
Rupeal, a portuguese company, is “renting” its Invoic€xpress product as SaaS (Software as a Service), but its expensive and does not support Cash Sales (only invoices).
God, I’m really upset for wasting so much time and still having no solutions!!
Update: got an email reply from the Invoy guys – bad news, they are closing shop and ceasing development. too bad, it really was a nice piece of software :(
Update2 : I”m now a proud user of Invoic€xpress. Couldn’t be happier :)