|Initial release||April 1985|
188.8.131.529 / 16 August 2016
TurboCASH is an accounting software package, developed by a project team headed by Philip Copeman, a South African. It has been continuously developed since April 1985, and was released under the GNU General Public License in July 2003. As of version 5, the software requires an annual subscription fee.
TurboCASH is aimed at the small to medium-sized business market, placing it between a home finances package and an ERP package. Its core functions are a general ledger, posting transactions into accounts, and producing financial reports. Plugin technology enables developers to extend the system.
TurboCASH integrates directly with osCommerce, CRE Loaded (now Loaded Commerce), and Zen Cart. Developed with Delphi, it runs natively on Windows, and a version has been released that runs under Wine for Linux. A version for CrossOver is also under development for MacOS.
According to the company, TurboCASH has a community of over 100,000 users. TurboCASH communities are found in South Africa, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, United States, Canada and Australia. It has been translated or partially translated into 23 languages including Afrikaans, Croatian, Dutch, Greek, Indonesian and Spanish.
TurboCASH versions prior to 5.0 utilize a Paradox/BDE database, criticized because of its age and slowness. Its developers claim that in a network of one to five users, TurboCASH's target market, Paradox/BDE works well and has a long record of stability and easy installation. Version 5.0 is based on the Firebird database, alleviating this criticism.
TurboCASH claims to be open source but no recent source code has been made available. TurboCASH is also criticized by some open-source advocates, as commercial applications are required to compile TurboCASH. A sub-project to implement the system in the Lazarus/Free Pascal environment is underway.
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