Wednesday, December 5, 2012

PhpCompta is now available on BitNami

PhpCompta is the second winner of the BitNami bi-weekly packaging contest. PhpCompta is a web-based accounting application adapted to the Belgium and French legislations, were it is very popular. You can now download free, ready to run native installers for  Windows, OS X and Linux, virtual machines and Amazon EC2 images for PhpCompta.

Please see below for a brief Q&A with Dany De Bontridder, the founder of the PhpCompta project, where he shares some details about it.

1. What is the goal of the PhpCompta application? 

The project was started 10 years ago because I needed an accounting program running on Linux. I chose to develop it in PHP because it was easier to create the interface, and it turned out to be a good choice :-)  
The goal of PhpCompta is to have a reliable accounting application. Over time, new features were added thanks to the ideas of users. Today you can use to fill up the forms for the tax administration, to follow up with customers and much more.

2. What are some of the main features of PhpCompta? 
PhpCompta is really flexible, all the menu items are in a database, you can reorganize the menu and change completely the look and feel. Otherwise, the features are related to the accounting functionality, which follows the laws of Belgium and France, generation of documents (invoice, order, feenotes...).

3. Which projects or organizations are using PhpCompta currently? 
There are many users for phpCompta, ranging from non-profit to small business to union organizations, some of them with up to 100 simultaneous users. Geographically, we have users in Belgium, France, Switzerland... 
We also cooperate with other projects. For example, we have developed a plugin for Dolibarr (an open source ERP application). This plugin converts some actions (invoice...) and put them in PhpCompta. We did this because Dolibarr is missing a serious plugin for accounting. Each application is specialized in a different field.

4. What do you expect will be the main benefits of having BitNami packages available for PhpCompta? 
The biggest issue we have is with Windows users. It is difficult for them to install PhpCompta on Windows, so thanks to BitNami it will be easier for them to install and use it.

Would you like your favorite app to be part of BitNami? Be sure to suggest and vote for it in our contest!