Intuit has released the QuickBooks 2013 R8 update for the U.S. version of QuickBooks. This is available as a manual update from the Intuit support web site. I believe that this will also be pushed out as an automatic update right away.
This is a very important update if you have been suffering through the buggy QuickBooks 2013 R7 release. This release seems to be correcting the new problems!
The bug fixes that I am aware of are:
- Add-on products should now be able to access the QuickBooks database without crashing QuickBooks. This is probably the major pain point for R7 users, although perhaps I have a bias here.
- Add-on products should no longer show an error referring to missing XML components.
- Billable time should now sort properly in the Choose Billable Time window – and the sorting is maintained properly when these records are added to an invoice. This is the second major pain point for some R7 users.
- Time entries on weekly timesheets that include a Customer:Job are now listed in alphabetical order by Customer:Job instead of by order created.
- Performance of the Search function in the Vendor and Inventory Centers has been improved.
These are the big issues that I have been able to confirm as being problems in R7, so they should all be fixed in R8. There have been reports of other problems in R7 but I haven’t been able to duplicate them myself, so I’m not going to comment on them.
I have tested the add-on problem (#1) and the billable time problem (#3) in both the Enterprise and Premier versions, in many combinations of configuration, and in every case it seems that the problems are resolved.
A few additional comments:
- Considering the severity of the problems in R7 for SOME users, I’m very happy that Intuit has gotten this release put together quickly. For those of you who think it took too long – better that they take a few days extra to double check the integrity of this release (including asking add-on developers to test this before release).
- I’m happy that they decided to make this an R-level release, rather than use the “critical fix” (ULIP) update process, given how that feature has been working in the first test a few weeks ago.
- I am looking at this with great hope, and trepidation. Will it really fix the problems? Will it introduce new problems? SO FAR it seems to be doing OK – but I haven’t been running this for a long time yet to see if any new problems have crept in. I don’t expect it to be a problem, though.
SOME PEOPLE have reported that they cannot apply the update. It is not clear if this is going to be a widespread problem or not. I haven’t run into this myself. Keep in mind that you have three ways to get to this update: By clicking on the “Update my QuickBooks” menu option, by downloading the webpatch file from the Intuit support site, or by uninstalling QuickBooks and then reinstalling with a copy of the full program installer that has R8 incorporated (I haven’t checked to see if the full installer is available on the Intuit website yet).
Update 7/2/2013: Intuit has released the R8 update for Canadian and UK users as well. I don’t have the ability to test these versions. They will be pushing out this update via the “automatic update” feature to UK and Canadian installations later this week (probably July 3rd, but not sure). For the US versions, the automatic updates will be pushed out over several days, starting on July 2nd and continuing through the next week. That means that not all US installations will see the automatic update at the same time (they do this to spread out the load on the update servers). Anyone in the US can get this update using the manual update procedure at any time.