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FreshBooks is accounting software that makes running your small business easy, fast and secure. Spend less time on accounting...

Sage Business Cloud is an integrated cloud-based accounting solution that helps small and midsized businesses to manage their...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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User reviews

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96%
would recommend this app

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69%
would recommend this app

Pros

It has a great interface which makes it feel very easy to use and has a great set of templates you can use from the beginning for various accounting needs.
For a small company as myself the excellent invoice features has been very helpful and useful.
FreshBooks combined with other applications is a great tool. In any case, if you want to create invoices and send it in a split second and then track and monitor its progress, I recommend FreshBooks.

Pros

Perfect for a small company and can grow as you do. Love not having to keep all of this data on a server.
What it says it can do is really good. We found that we were told certain things and once we signed up, those things then weren't possible.
The customer service is always good and they help you build reports if you're having trouble so that's really helpful.

Cons

We would lose all of that if we switched, so unfortunately we are stuck with having to use this horrible new format.
It is really frustrating to have a client not be able to pay through the invoice, and for this reason, only, I have been considering a new software company.
Tier based pricing from Lite to Premier is a bit confusing. WePay advocates having a Chase bank account for faster processing otherwise fails to integrate.

Cons

This is then compounded by things not working properly, or their suggested partners running into problems that they can't fix , coupled with almost non-existent support.
It takes several weeks each month to firefight and fix these problems before they release another update and inevitably another part of the system goes wrong.
We spent 2 months trying to get the software implemented and we decided we had had enough. The product does not solve problems but creates problems.
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Key features

  • Total features104
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Billing
  • Automatic Time Capture
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Billing Rate Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Business Process Control
  • CPA Firms
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Cash Management
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Consolidation/Roll-Up
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Core Accounting
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Currency Conversion
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Deferred Billing
  • Discount Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Email Reminders
  • Estimating
  • Expense Claims
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • For AEC Industry
  • For Small Businesses
  • Forecasting
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • HR Management
  • Hourly Billing
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Payments
  • Mobile Receipt Upload
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Department/Project
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Period Recurring Billing
  • Multiple Billing Rates
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Online Time Tracking
  • Order Management
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Spend Control
  • Status Tracking
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Time Tracking by Client
  • Time Tracking by Project
  • Timer
  • Timesheet Management
  • Vendor Management
  • Visual Analytics
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features68
  • "What If" Scenarios
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Billing
  • Automatic Time Capture
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Portal
  • Billing Rate Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Business Process Control
  • CPA Firms
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Cash Management
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Consolidation/Roll-Up
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Core Accounting
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Currency Conversion
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Invoices
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Deferred Billing
  • Discount Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Email Reminders
  • Estimating
  • Expense Claims
  • Expense Tracking
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • For AEC Industry
  • For Small Businesses
  • Forecasting
  • Fund Accounting
  • General Ledger
  • HR Management
  • Hourly Billing
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice History
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Payments
  • Mobile Receipt Upload
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Department/Project
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Period Recurring Billing
  • Multiple Billing Rates
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • Online Payments
  • Online Time Tracking
  • Order Management
  • Partial Payments
  • Payment Processing
  • Payroll Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • Project Accounting
  • Project Billing
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Proposal Generation
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Real-time Updates
  • Receipt Management
  • Receivables Ledger
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Spend Control
  • Status Tracking
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Time Tracking by Client
  • Time Tracking by Project
  • Timer
  • Timesheet Management
  • Vendor Management
  • Visual Analytics
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations302
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations27
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • SAP Business One
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Freshbooks

Reviewed 7 months ago
Pros

I like Freshbooks, The best cloud based small business accounting software.

Cons

One think I don’t like about Freshbook is the price

Vendor response

Hey Caterina, thank you for taking the time to share your review of FreshBooks! If you have any specific feedback about what changes or improvements we could make to our pricing or plans, our Support Team would be more than happy to assist. You can reach the team at the contact details listed here: https://www.freshbooks.com/contact ^DM

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Fresh Books

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

It is an amazing cloud accounting app for business that are starting up.

Cons

There goal settings could you made better

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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FreshBooks

FreshBooks freshly "baked" accounting transactions online with astonishing speed!

Reviewed 4 years ago

Over-all this cloud accounting software makes the recording of business transactions real-time.

Pros

FreshBooks is always "fresh" in the sense that all accounting entries are properly balanced and managed. This cloud accounting software makes the accounting easier and efficient. I like the reports it provides from the Debit and Credit till the Income Statement reports. All business transactions are perfectly accounted for and you can closely monitor the "balancing" of business operations particularly the financial aspects.

Cons

The software can be accessed online anytime and anywhere so the management can easily check of what's going on with the business. The only concern that I have in mind is the license fee because I believe it could be affordable to any business types if the price range would be lessened.

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FreshBooks

Reviewed 6 years ago

The best cloud to small business accounting software for send invoices, track time, manage receipts, etc

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Review of fresh booms for small business

Reviewed 3 years ago

Great!!! Would recommend it to a friend.

Pros

Visually very appealing and makes it look very easy to use. I added my company logo and the invoices turned out great. Very professional looking documents. Having created a small business, it was important to get an accounting system in place. I did that and was very pleased with the outcome. My business is not ready for Sage or Quickbooks but Freshbooks is exactly what I was looking for.

Cons

Still trying to figure out to add old invoices j to the the system so that I have a full picture of financials.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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User friendly software that can be accessible from anywhere.

Reviewed 3 years ago

One of the most popular cloud user-friendly finance and accounting software solution that fulfill SME's business requirements.

Pros

FreshBooks is having lots of positive reviews from the concern professionals. It gives an opportunity to access not only from your PC, but from a mobile phone as well. That attracts the buyer.

Cons

Need some hardware devices to access your book.

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It's like having a personal accountant

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

My favourite thing about Freshbooks is that you can take pictures of receipts and the software will save and file them. This makes doing taxes so much easier because all your receipts are at the tip of your fingers in an organized way. The statistics that are present on the home page makes it easy to find your monthly projects and assess your books. This tool is a life saver and is so easy to use.

Cons

The fact that the software is on the cloud poses some security risks, especially when you're the sole proprietor of your business. Also, with it being on the cloud, If your internet decides to act up when you really need to access your books, you can get very frustrated very quickly. The cloud isn't solely a con though, because it saves a lot of space !

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Freshbooks has taken the pain out of invoicing my clients

Reviewed 6 years ago

For year's i was using MS Word / Adobe Indesign to create my invoices. It took alot of time and there was no great system/app/cloud software at play - just lots of folders and documents. I found that invoicing was a bottom of my list. Finally i found Freshbooks. From the get go it was super easy to set up. I can now easily manage clients - create invoices - manage payment terms. I particularly like the payment automation using paypal and stripe. Now I'm on top of my invoicing and i can only thank Freshbooks for that.

Pros

- Simple to setup - Good pricing for small business - Nice integration for payments - There's an iOS App - Its Cloud based

Cons

- Invoice customisation

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Fresh new way to handle small business accounting

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

This is a great cloud based accounting software package for small business. Easy invoicing, time tracking, and bookkeeping functions.

Cons

I'm always a little leary about relying on something that is cloud based but that critique is about my comfort level and not any sort of knock on the software.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Minimizes the workload

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Integrating advanced technologies such as cloud with traditional business tools is a great way to optimize time and cost.

Cons

I felt that its a little bit over priced for small scale businesses which is a con as it is popular among them.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Great choice for modern on the go users

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

A great cloud based booking software that makes it easy to assist client regardless of where their business takes them.

Cons

Still some resistance in the market to a cloud based accounting software as people are very protective of financial data. On boarding for new user still a bit of a learning curve.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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FreshBooks

Great software for keeping your books straigh

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Easy to use, clean interface, makes business easier instead of harder. In the cloud so i can access it anywhere.

Cons

can be a bit pricey, but for the most part worth it.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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It's excellent, a very useful cloud application.

Reviewed 4 years ago

The main benefit is that it is designed for owners of the types of small customer service businesses that send invoices to customers and pay them for their time and experience.

Pros

It's amazing how freshbooks offers cloud-based accounting solutions for small business owners and provides solutions that currently cost a lot.

Cons

Until now, my experience was satisfactory and I have nothing to reproach the tool, to be based on the cloud, it is very useful.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Freshbooks in small business

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

We tried this for our small business. It was simple to use and the fact that it was cloud based was awesome.

Cons

The only thing that made us not continue our use was we have two offices, and they are seperate. So it didnt work in that aspect.

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Interesting Trial

Reviewed 4 years ago

I like the software seem to be designed for freelancers and small business startups in mind.

Pros

I wanted to try out because cloud based business software was something I never tried out. What I was the ease of use and flexibility for a small business. The software was very affordable and it seem the software grows with your business.

Cons

I hated the fact that support would close and only have hours between 7-7, and wondered what would happen if I had a software issue while working late

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Very user friendly. it's beautiful and really well designed.

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Good for Business I am selling Techs. Product good for money value and also its cloud based that must i love about it.

Cons

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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It all started with FreshBooks.

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

So many Pros, cloud based software, the price is right, the customer service is amazing. My business would not be in existence without Freshbooks.

Cons

The fact that it didn't come around until after I had started my business. I know that listing Cons here would provide some form of credibility but honestly you would be hard pressed to find a software that will help you the way Freshbooks does.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Wonderful stuff here!

Reviewed 6 years ago

This is a must for any small business owners. The cloud based software makes it easy to manage my books no matter where I am.

Pros

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Cons

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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An affordable alternative to traditional accounting but lack customisation and customer support

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

The affordability along with a holistic package of extended features make it a great beginner tool for small/medium businesses (SMEs) and sole-traders alike who are new to cloud-based accounting. FreshBooks come with robust mobile apps for both android and apple, enabling an on-the-go accounting.

Cons

FreshBooks offers very little customisation options for invoices or dashboard, making it quite primitive in comparison to competitors like Sage. This combined with a very backward customer service is certainly off-putting.

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bookkeeping for small business

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

it is so great that this is cloud based so i can access the information anywhere. as a small business owner i am often out and about!

Cons

it is a little tedious to enter the information, but paying a bookkeeper is not an expense i'm willing to take on!

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Best tool to maintain the accounting details

Reviewed 5 years ago

It has increased my business growth and income.

Pros

I record my business details on this as it provide security and never loss data protection because everything stored on cloud. It also support different file format as well.

Cons

As it recently updated load time speed but still need to be improved. Interface is really good but it should add more feature like notifications.

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Easier to just upgrade to a proper accounting solution

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Look, for a micro business it is very easy to set up, get going, send invoices etc.

Cons

It does not have the app ecosystem around it that the other solutions like Xero, QBO, Sage etc. have. There is a reason that apps don't connect to it and that limits its potential.

Vendor response

Hey there, thank you for sharing your review of FreshBooks! FreshBooks has integrations with dozens of different apps, both direct and through third party connection apps. All of the apps that we integrate with can be found at https://www.freshbooks.com/integrations. If there's a particular integration you are looking for, our team would be happy to find out if we have an integration available, or pass the feedback along to our Integrations Team! We can be reached at 1-866-303-6061 Monday through Friday, 8am-8pm EST or support@freshbooks.com. ^DM

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Easy to use from any location.

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

This cloud based accounting software allows me to enter data from multiple devices in any locations, allowing me to take my business all over the world. Strong billing and invoicing functions.

Cons

No double-entry accounting, only single-entry. Poor banking reconciliation capabilities. Also offers very few reports.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Excellent Cloud accounting

Reviewed 4 years ago

Excellent Cloud accounting

Pros

FreshBooks Makes it Simple to Create Reports Detailed, reduced the time creating, sending, filing, and tracking invoices & expenses. User-Friendly. Has a simple, straightforward user-focused design. It's colorful. It has personality.

Cons

The characteristics of metrics, establishment of objectives and reports can be better. The automated expenses did not work because they are a bit slow.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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FreshBooks cloud accounting

Reviewed 4 years ago

The good thing for this cloud accounting software is making your project more realistic for correcting errors for the previous workflow using the time tracking the activity of the first business yield.

Pros

Good software that accommodates small business enterprise.

Cons

Very intuitive software for small businesses.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Sage Business Cloud

Comparable Systems Cost Much, Much More

Reviewed 6 years ago

Built on the Salesforce platform so it can handle any number of users. Sage has initially targeted the small business segment with Live, however it is just as good for mid-market or enterprise. Consider the following features: Capable of handling 1-1000+ users. SAAS (hosted and browser-based) so no software to install. No server needed. Multi-Company consolidation Inter-Company transactions Dimensional...

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Cons

It has only been around for 3 years, so it's not as fully developed as some more mature offerings out there. They are adding new stuff all the time but you might find some features missing that you are used to.