Cloud Desktop

Diamond Discovery Online provides a secure desktop environment, available from any Internet connection Worldwide, to manage your accounts and aspects of your business administration.

We handle the hardware, we maintain the software, we keep your data safe… leaving you to concentrate on your business!

Technical Setup

Simply use any Internet connection from your office, home or anywhere else to access your remote desktop and your business network_explaineddata.

A series of powerful rack servers* are housed in an air-cooled, secure data centre with an extremely high capacity Internet connection**. These hold your data and allow the remote access to it, using a Remote Desktop.

* Dual core Xeon processors, lots of memory and RAID disk drives to minimise the risks of a failure. ** Clean air purified to a constant 21°C, with perimiter fencing, card swipe access and manned 24 hours per day.

Upon logging into your own desktop, you will instantly see a familiar desktop environment where you can run the applications you have selected. All the data is stored in your own documents folder, where it is included in the twice-daily backup routine.

All modern operating systems, including Windows, Linux and Mac, feature a Remote Desktop Client which can be used to access the system. For Internet Explorer users, there is a convenient web interface to save time.

Your local disk drives and printers can be easily shared, so the data is not locked on the remote system – it is your data and you can access it or move it whenever you wish.

So, feel free to give it a try and enjoy the benefits of not being tied to a specific location!

Contact us for more information about signing up for a trial.

More Information

The entire overview or support sections are available on the Cloud Desktop dedicated site which features comprehensive information, please review it carefully – we’re sure most of the answers are in there.

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complete_desktop_solution_smallA Complete Desktop Solution

Diamond Cloud Solutions provide a complete desktop for your online working environment. If you’re familiar with a Windows desktop, start menu and other common features, you’ll have no problem navigating Diamond Cloud Solutions.

Rather than focusing on features, consider how Diamond Online may help you in your working practices:

Diamond Cloud Solutions for Business Management

You will have your own Diamond Cloud Solutions desktop installed on our servers in a secure data centre. Licensed software applications and a user account will be applied according to your requirements and you will be able to process your accounts from the office, home or from anywhere with an Internet connection. Diamond  Cloud Solutions provides the benefit of a powerful business and accounting solution without the problems of upgrades, re-licensing or data security.

Diamond Cloud Solutions for Accountants

The accountant will have a dedicated sector on our servers in a secure data centre with a full suite of licensed software applications available. Individual accounts can be issued for in-house users and each of their clients that wish to use the service. In particular, this will give both accountant and client instant and real-time access to the client’s data allowing the accountant to offer added-value and timely support and advice from the office, remotely or on-site.

Diamond Cloud Solutions for Franchise Groups

The delivery of accounting systems for franchisors and franchisees can be complicated due to geographical differences and commonly a need for centralised administration.  As Diamond Cloud Solutions is remotely hosted, it can be accessed from any location with a stable Internet Connection yet if required the head office can share access to the accounts to assist where necessary.  Furthermore, the stability and consistency are extremely valuable for the smooth running of the operation.

Diamond Cloud Solutions gives you the power of a feature-rich accounting system, payroll and office productivity – coupled with the additional benefit of not being tied to any one specific location.

The following are some of the leading software packages available on Diamond Cloud Solutions:

Diamond Accounts

Featuring control of the sales, purchase and nominal ledgers as standard, this is a solid starting point or robust accounting application for many small and medium businesses. It also features 33 preset reports.

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Diamond Payroll

Diamond Discovery's payroll software packs in crucial features for in modern businesses, such as customisable additions / deductions, electronic filing capability, a unique PAYE and NI calculator and an error correction facility.

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Ability Office Suite

The Ability Office Suite consists of full featured applications, including Write, Spreadsheet, Database and Presentation - all of which are compatible with standard file formats. Solid applications to maximise the use of the Diamond Online system.

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Why not sign up for a no-obligation trial account to see Diamond Online for yourself.  At the end of the trial period, you can simply cancel or upgrade to include the features you need.

Take a look at the sign up information for details and pricing.

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Prelude Professional Accounts has start-up and micro businesses in mind, providing flexible, easy-to-use accounting software that can be seamlessly upgraded as the business grows.

The package can be used with no training; guided by the integrated Help file, invoices can be produced with automatic product pricing and VAT-inclusive options. The package offers real-time integrated accounting; all information is instantaneously updated as new data is entered. This ensures that essential information, such as bank balances and VAT, are always up to date.

Here is a detailed specification of Prelude Professional Accounts:

  • Create/email sales invoices, credit notes, statements and supplier remittance advices
  • Design your own stationery
  • Manage you customers, suppliers, products and services with a simple import facility
  • Manage Bank and Credit Control, VAT Returns
  • Preset chart of accounts
  • Easy-to-read preset reports (33 in total)
  • Sales & Purchase Daybooks
  • Real-time Integrated Accounting
  • Multiple Bank Accounts
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Petty Cash and Cash Sales
  • Period Accounting with full Audit Trail
  • At-a-Glance account balances
  • Sales and Purchase Ledger with Full History
  • Data and Document Export

Diamond Accounts, Business and Commercial

As your business grows, it is likely that more features and powerful tracking functions will be required. Diamond Online makes it easy to upgrade, or even downgrade after you’ve tried a module for a while.

Some of the additional features include:

  • Multi-user accounts access
  • Sales Order Processing
  • Purchase Order Processing
  • Advanced stock management
  • Sales desk EPOS
  • Advanced report generator

Any of these features can be added to a Diamond Online account, so log in to your account to review the various upgrades available.

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Diamond Discovery’s Payroll

products_payroll_businessDiamond Discovery’s Payroll software packs in essential features that are crucial in today’s business markets. Our products and services are used everyday ensuring that thousands of employees are paid accurately, on time, every time.

  • Feature-rich payroll software
  • Simplicity and flexibility come as standard
  • Contains features you will actually use e.g. Net to Gross
  • Unlimited customisable additions and deductions
  • Statutory Payment Calculator
  • Designed to enable users to run and manage an independent company payroll
  • Comprehensive employee records can be stored throughout the year
  • Statutory P11, P14/P60 and P35 forms can be printed
  • End of Year PAYE returns can be filed through the Internet
  • Capable of supporting businesses with one-to-unlimited employees
  • Unlimited multi company capacity
  • Diamond Discovery’s flexible features are fully enabled for all users
  • Electronic filing capability
  • Incorporates our unique PAYE and NI calculator
  • Errors corrections facility

Designed with the widest range of users in mind, Diamond Online Payroll offers a truly flexible payroll  solution. To begin with, its capable of one-to-unlimited employees, so your business is supported, whatever it’s size. With the ability to handle one-to-unlimited companies as well, it is also ideal for accountants and payroll bureaus.

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Ability Office Suite

Ability Office Business offers a number of fully featured applications, specifically designed for the needs of businesses everywhere.

Get straight to work with a completely familiar user interface that requires absolutely no retraining. Load from and save to standard document and image file formats.

Write – MS Word® compatible word processing

Gives you everything you need to create, edit and produce better-looking letters, reports, quotations, memos, mailings and newsletters. Write has all the features that you would expect from any top quality word processor – spell checker and thesaurus, bulleted and numbered lists, frames, tables, autocorrect, autospell, headers and footers, numerous paragraph and font options, interactive rulers, intelligent drag and drop editing, short-cut menus for easy text revision, the capacity to include graphics, spreadsheets and charts, plus a whole host of other essential features. Write also supports a wide range of file formats for export and import.

Spreadsheet – MS Excel® compatible spreadsheet

The perfect tool for managing all your numerical data, whether business information, home finances, complicated calculations or homework problems. To help you make sense of your figures, Ability incorporates all the essential elements users need from a spreadsheet program, as well as a range of advanced features – such as pivot tables and macros – to make working with numerical data as easy and clear as possible.

Database – MS Access® compatible database

A powerful data management system that is perfect for storing and analysing structured data or information, including address books, inventories, customer and product lists, medical records, and any other data that can be usefully tabulated.

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Presentation – MS Powerpoint® compatible slideshow presentation

The ideal application for creating professional slideshow presentations, with a wide range of visual and text effects ensuring that your message is delivered with maximum impact. Make your presentations as simple or as sophisticated as you need with the combination of Ability’s familiar design interface and rich creative feature set enabling production of the highest quality presentations.

One Click PDF Creation

As a major added benefit, universally accepted Adobe® PDF files can be created with one click from within all relevant applications, allowing secure delivery of original documents and making it quick and easy to publish documents online.

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Although Diamond Discovery Online is run entirely remotely, there are certain minimum requirements of the software on your PC or laptop to help ensure that all the features of the service are available to you.

The operating system on your PC or laptop must be up to date. The operating system on your PC or laptop must be at least one of the following:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1

To check the version of your operating system:

  • Click the Start button
  • Right-click Computer and select Properties
    • The form that appears will state the version and Service Pack of your operating system

Your operating system is kept up to date by Windows Update, which is included in Control Panel. If an update is required :

  • Click the Start button
  • Click All Programs
  • Click Windows Update


This software runs your remote desktop when launched from your PC or laptop rather than from our web site.  The minimum requirement is TS Client 6.1. To check the version already installed on your PC or laptop:

  • Click the Start button
  • Click Run
  • Type mstsc and click OK


  • A form should appear entitled “Remote Desktop Connection”
    • If no form appears, the software is not installed – see below
  • Right-click in the Title Bar and click About


  • If the form states that it supports Remote Desktop Protocol 6.1 or later, your system meets the requirement


If the TS Client 6.1 is not installed on your PC or laptop or if an earlier version is installed, you can download and run the installation program from the following link: Download Microsoft TS Client 6.1 (1.6MB)

This software supports communiction between the software on your PC or laptop and the software on our web-based servers. The minimum required is .NET Framework 3.0 SP1. The .NET framework can be updated with Windows Update – See instructions in Operating System. Alternatively, you can check the version installed on your PC or laptop as follows:

  • Click the Start button
  • Click Control Panel
    • Windows XP: click “Add or Remove Programs”
    • WIndows Vista,7: click “Programs and Features”
  • A form should appear listing all the applications that are installed on your PC or laptop

If the .NET Framework is not installed on your PC or laptop or if an earlier version is installed, you can download and run the installation program from the following link: Download Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (869kB)

Printing from your Diamond Discovery Hosted Desktop is only possible using the Net2Printer application, which must be installed and running on your PC or laptop before you connect to your desktop. Printing is the most technically challenging aspect of a remote desktop environment and is made possible by the use of remote printer driver software. Our chosen software provider is Net2Printer and the software must be installed on your PC or laptop before you can print from our platform. The installation and configuration is simple and the software will sit silently in the background on your PC or laptop.

If Net2Printer is already installed

If Net2Printer is already installed on your PC or laptop and you are installing an update, before you install the update from this web page you must first uninstall the existing installation on your PC or laptop. The full update process would be as follows:

  • Uninstall the already-installed version of Net2Printer, for example:
    • from the Control Panel on your PC or laptop, select Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows Vista, 7)
    • locate “Net2Printer RDP Client n.nn.n” in the list of programs, where n.nn.n is the version of the software that is currently installed, e.g. 1.16.1
    • right click on this item and select “Uninstall”
  • When the uninstallation is complete, restart your PC or laptop
  • Install the latest version of Net2Printer as explained below
  • When the installation is complete, restart your PC or laptop

This will help to ensure that the Net2Printer update is installed cleanly and completely.

Installing Net2Printer

To install Net2Printer from this web page, first click the link below. Depending on the internet browser you are using, you will either be able to run the installation program directly from the link or you will have to download it to your PC or laptop, remembering the folder to which you save it, and then run it manually by double-clicking on the file icon in that folder.

Download Net2Printer Installer v1.16.2 (17.5MB)

After you have installed the software you must restart your PC or laptop. After this, your default local printer will automatically be made available to the applications on our platform. With the installed configuration program you may also set up other printers. Installation includes a help file which explains how to use Net2Printer beyond your local default printer. Find this help file from the local Start Menu on your PC or laptop.

Account Signup for Diamond Online

Are you ready for Diamond Discovery Online?

  • Choose from basic bookkeeping to full corporate accounting including essential business integration modules
  • Include productivity software to allow all business management to be handled from one convenient location
  • No fixed contract and all accounts start with a 14 day trial to ensure it matches your requirements

For a full list of features, review our Product Overview.

Please select the user type to proceed:

Diamond Business Account

Suitable for all industry sectors. Access your Diamond Desktop, selected applications and share data with other users within your organisation.
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Diamond Group Account

Ideally suited for accountants and franchise owners, a Group Account allows selective sharing and distribution of essential accounting and business information
Select Diamond Group Account

If you wish to manage your own business operations then a Business Account is most likely to suit your needsIt’s important to us that you choose the option that really does suit your business. Consider the following when selecting an account:

  • If you assist clients with business management and wish to share key information with them, then a Group Account is the most likely option

You are not alone in the decision making process; if you have any queries then we encourage you to Contact Us.