Manufacturing orders were added,
Journal entries tab was the only way to manufacture new inventory items but journal entries was really the “hardcode mode” as you had to know what to debit/credit and by how much.
Manufacturing orders totally eliminate complexity of journal entries and will always make correct entries to general ledger.
When you purchase raw materials, you obviously want them set up as inventory items so they show on your balance sheet as “Inventory on hand” which will improve your “financial position”. To purchase raw materials is the same process as purchasing any inventory item. If you post purchase of raw materials to regular expense account, that will make your financial performance and financial position look worse.
So I would set up raw materials as inventory items. Then use
Manufacturing orders tab to convert raw materials into finished goods (also inventory items). I would advise against using journal entries, the whole point of Manager is to have all modules so that journal entries are to be never used for ordinary transactions.
We don’t have modules for everything yet but the coverage is getting pretty good. If you find yourself to do journal entry, you can always ask on the forum to make sure there is really no better way.