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Friday, June 23, 2017

TAS and Advanced Accounting in the beginning

Many of our current customers began using the TAS development system originally developed by Business Tools, Inc. and the early versions of the accounting software called TAS Accounting Software (and TAS-Books, later Books, and Advanced Accounting) after seeing advertisements that ran in the 1985 to 1987 time period ( which continued into the early 1990's) in periodicals such as PC Magazine and InfoWorld.

The introduction of a low cost (under $100) fourth generation language with an integrated screen editor, program and report generator, data dictionary and runtime compiler was ground breaking.  It also pushed back against the "copy protection" schemes of that era. 

And including the source code with the purchase of the accounting software (a practice which Business Tools continued into the late 80's and also the early 90's with their second and third major releases) was also somewhat revolutionary. 

Advanced Accounting today remains a modifiable accounting software system.

We appreciate the loyalty, and celebrate the longevity of, the continuing TAS/Advanced Accounting end user customer base.

Byte:  The Small Systems Journal (magazine).  June 1985.

PC Magazine October 29, 1985
TAS Hard-Nosed Database plus optional TAS Accounting Software bundled with source code
TAS 1.0 (Level 1/2/3 releases)

InfoWorld September 22, 1986
TAS-Plus (aka TAS 2.0)

PC Magazine May 13, 1986
TAS-Plus, TAS-Books, Advanced Accounting
One of the earliest uses of the Advanced Accounting trademark

PC Magazine February 10, 1987
TAS-Books vs. Dac-Easy
TAS-Books was developed using TAS-Plus (TAS "2.0")

PC Magazine January 28, 1992
Advanced Accounting 3.0 (developed with TAS Professional 3.0)

PC Magazine April 14, 1992
Advanced Accounting 3.0 (developed with TAS Professional 3.0)

1 comment:

  1. so cool to see these ads! Never did run into any of them when they ran originally...