Release history - OnPoint PCR

The following topics detail the features and enhancements in previous releases of OnPoint PCR.

What's new - OnPoint PCR 09-2019

Here is a listing of what's new for the September 2019 release of OnPoint PCR.

GAAP presentation and disclosure checklist

The checklist has been expanded to include additional presentation and disclosure requirements and guidance from recently issued, or soon to be effective, FASB Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs), including those that permit early adoption.

For more information about the added ASUs, see the Guidance section in the GAAP Presentation and Disclosure Checklist Optimizer document.

Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities

We’ve incorporated the Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs) issued by the AICPA, including the addition of a presentation and disclosure checklist for FRF for SMEs and revisions to the engagement letters, representation letter, and reports.

Trial balance

We’ve modified certain account group names for clarity and consistency. We’ve also updated the naming conventions used for certain trial balance groups to include contrary names and inconsistent names. The consistent name is the preliminary wording for group names in the financial statements. The contrary name displays for group amounts that are opposite to the group’s normal sign. The inconsistent name displays for the group when the current and prior year amounts have opposite signs.


Users can now export adjustments to a CSV file, a PDF, or to Working Papers (CSV ASCII format).

Dynamic tables

Users can now:

  • view the group total row once they add a custom group in the table edit mode. Previously, the group total row didn’t show in the table edit mode, causing users to accidentally add the group rows outside of the custom group.

  • edit note references in a row or column. They can also navigate to the referenced note (in the Notes to the Financial Statements area) to view or edit its content.

Letters, memos and financial statements

In this release, we’ve added:

  • a placeholder indicator in the financial statements document.

  • a feature to allow users to easily and efficiently locate missed placeholders in certain documents. Users can now select the placeholder indicator to navigate to the placeholders that haven’t been specified.

  • a prompt to alert users if they attempt to print letters, memos, or financial statement documents with empty placeholders. The prompt notifies users of the number of placeholders that they have missed.

  • letterhead and logo placeholders in engagement letters and reports respectively. The placeholder automatically populates from the new Logo and Letterhead fields in CaseWare Cloud. The letterhead automatically displays in the PDF file when users print the document.

  • the Add Guidance menu option for firm authors for areas, text sections, dynamic tables and notes within the financial statements document. Users can turn the guidance information on or off using the lightbulb icon next to the area or text section or table.

  • the option to have a 3-level notes list in the financial statements document by adding second level (Heading1) and third level (Heading2) notes. If users delete a note, all headings and content within this note are also deleted. Note that third level notes don’t show in the Document Map unless the users expand their respective second level notes (parent notes) in the document.

Overwriting a calculated balance

Users can now override account balances sourced from the trial balance in dynamic tables. Changes are automatically reflected in all tables in the document, as well as variance calculations (if available).

For overridden balances, the account details popup shows the overridden balance and includes an additional line showing the original balance.

Review Tools

We’ve optimized the look and feel for Review Tools in the financial statements to improve usability.

The filter icon is no longer available. Once users select the Review Tools icon (), check boxes for the tools display so they can filter the view. They can also enable or disable the Review Tools using the available toggle.

Review tools in financial statements - new look and feel

Visibility settings

In the financial statements, users now get a confirmation prompt if they attempt to exclude content that’s available due to visibility settings. The prompt shows the details of the response conditions logic and provides a link to the checklist document so that users can review and change responses if needed. Note that currently, this feature is only available for visibility settings based on response conditions.

What's new - OnPoint PCR 04-2019

Here is a listing of what's new for the April 2019 release of OnPoint PCR.

New financial statements and report interface

  • We’ve enabled a redesigned user interface for the financial statements and report document. The new design focuses on improving performance, usability, and efficiency. Highlights of the new design include:

    • New styling of review tools.

    • New toolbar design for buttons.

    • Enhanced editing experience, including editing text areas in-line within the financial statements.

  • The redesigned user interface features a navigation pane arranged by primary financial statement and report area (e.g., Cover Page, Table of Contents, Report, Balance Sheet, etc.) that allows you to quickly and easily navigate directly to a specific part of the financial statements and report. Please note, the titles of the financial statement areas in the navigation pane use generic terms; the titles of the financial statements and the report in the printed document reflects the proper titles of the financial statements and report based on your engagement selections (e.g., Accountant’s Compilation Report, Statements of Assets and Liabilities Arising from Cash Transactions, etc.).

  • As part of enabling the redesigned user interface, we’ve moved the guidance previously embedded in the Financial Statements and Report document (3-150) to other documents where earlier decision points affect the output of the financial statements and report.

Permanent file

  • Placeholders have been added to each folder within the Permanent File section of the Documents page and are autofilled upon completion of the PBC Document Requests form.

  • When beginning new engagements, the Permanent File section of the Documents page is now hidden until relevant.

Presentation and disclosure checklist

The checklist has been expanded to include additional presentation and disclosure requirements and guidance from recently issued, or soon to be effective, FASB Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs), including those that permit early adoption. See the Guidance section of the Presentation and Disclosure Checklist Optimizer for additional information about the ASUs included in the checklist.


  • The PBC Document Requests form (2-920) has been enhanced through the addition of individual queries to streamline requesting documentation from clients.

  • For each query added, we’ve provided a placeholder link to a corresponding folder in the Permanent File section of the Documents page that is automatically filled with the requested documents upon the completion of the query form.

  • The PBC Requests - Review Inquiries form (2-106) has been relocated to the Fieldwork section of the Documents page to better reflect engagement workflow.

Tax export

The Tax Export function has been improved to provide a better user experience and to allow for the export of tax forms by simply selecting the Export button.


To avoid confusion when creating a consolidation engagement, we’ve added a column showing the file name in the Consolidation Hierarchy search. You can now easily view and select the consolidation file.

Dynamic tables

  • Decimals are now supported in financial statements*.

  • You can now add input rows from the table directly without having to go to edit mode*.

*Only available if enabled in your product.

Firm Authoring

We’ve introduced the Use Default button in the firm author template management section which resets the firm template to the default product template.

What's new - OnPoint PCR 02-2019

Here is a listing of what's new for the February 2019 release of OnPoint PCR.

Tax Export

  • OnPoint PCR now provides tax export functionality compatible with Intuit’s Lacerte© Tax.

  • Functionality is available for Corporations, S Corporations, and Partnerships and includes common tax forms related to each entity type.

Ratio Analysis

  • Common ratios used in analytical procedures have been integrated into the Analysis tab of most fieldwork documents for review engagements.

  • Ratios are automatically calculated based on defined accounts and account groupings using amounts from the trial balance.

Presentation and Disclosure Checklist

  • Expanded to include additional presentation and disclosure requirements and guidance from recently issued, or soon to be effective, FASB Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs).

  • See the Guidance section of the Presentation and Disclosure Checklist Optimizer for additional information about standards included in the checklist.

Review Inquiries

  • Client inquiries included in the review engagement fieldwork documents have been updated to be consistent with the latest release of the AICPA Guide, Preparation, Compilation, and Review Engagements.

  • Many of the inquiries have been phrased as open-ended questions allowing for more thorough client responses.


  • Adjustments now display the period and year in which the adjustment was made.

Analysis charts

  • Decimals are now supported in Analysis charts. The decimal settings in the ratio table are applied in the chart.


  • To get a better feel of what your deliverables will look like, the application now uses the same font that’s configured for the deliverables in content authoring.

Bulk Print

  • All documents comprising the Presentation and Disclosure Checklist may now be printed as a group, rather than as single documents.

Carry forward

  • There is now a badge counter on the Carry Forward icon. The badge counter shows the number of items that can be carried forward.

Dynamic tables

  • Column headers now repeat on subsequent pages when you manually insert page breaks in the dynamic table.

  • Dynamic content is available in column headers. You can now include dynamic text and formulas in column headers.

  • The way symbols are displayed has been improved and column headers have been added. Symbols now appear on a separate line under the header text.

  • You can now undo and redo actions when editing a dynamic table.

Formulas and engagement glossary terms

  • You can now view the condition that generated the output text.

  • Additional address fields are available in formulas for more flexibility. You can now arrange the address information to comply with your regional format specifications.

Letters, memos and financial statements

  • Letters and financial statements now include an indicator of the number of unset placeholders in the document.

  • Document sign-off now validates placeholder fields and text. If there are unset placeholders in the document, you get a warning message before you can proceed with the sign-off.


  • You can now insert formulas in the query text.

  • You can now see the due date of the query in the engagement.

  • The term Procedure has been replaced with the term Query.

  • The name of the responder and the timestamp of the response are now displayed for all response types.

  • Sorting is now available in the Query Dashboard. You can sort queries in ascending or descending order based on status, due date, progress and name.

  • You now get a confirmation message once you send a query.

Query dashboard

There is now a centralized view of the engagement queries. At the Query Dashboard, you can view a list of all the visible queries on the engagement. The list shows brief information about each query.

What's new - OnPoint PCR 12-2018

Here is what's new for the December 2018 release of OnPoint PCR.

Revisions for professional standards

  • Updated for SSARS 24, excluding AR-C 100, Special Considerations - International Reporting Issues (which will be included in a future release)
    • OnPoint PCR (PCR) assumes early adoption of SSARS 24, which, except as indicated in item ii., is effective for compilations and reviews of financial statements for periods ending on or after June 15, 2019.
    • The SSARS 24 revision to AR-C 90.39, which was effective upon issuance in May, 2018, was included in the previous version of PCR.
  • Updated for recently issued, or soon to be effective, FASB Accounting Standards Updates, including the revenue recognition standards. See the guidance section of the disclosure checklist optimizer for further information about standards included in the disclosure checklist.

Interim engagements

  • Interim period engagements for monthly, quarterly and semi-annual reporting periods (including comparative periods) are now supported.
  • Assumes the same type of engagement is being performed for each interim period during the year. (If a different type of engagement is performed at year end, a new engagement would need to be set up for that engagement.)
  • An engagement letter is created in the first period file and will cover all interim engagements for the period. The reports and financial statements will be for the specific period. The signed engagement letter will roll forward during each period covered.
  • The period end date now appears in the trial balance if interim reporting is being used.
  • You can now define the period on CSV or Excel import.

Carry forward

  • Carry forward allows you to carry forward the following between periods
    • Procedure responses in checklists
    • Adjustments to, creations of, and movements of procedures in checklists and entire documents
    • Adjustments to the engagement letter and financial statements (including reports thereon)
  • For annual engagements, the prior year adjusted trial balances will carry forward to the PY column in documents, including the financial statements.
  • You can now see prior period modifications to text areas that are available to be carried forward. Changes made in the previous period are optionally given as a choice between accepting and denying for the current period.
  • Financial information in dynamic tables is now automatically carried forward when the financial statement is opened after a carry forward.
  • When you carry forward an engagement file, you can now view procedures that were added or modified by the firm author between versions.
  • Values within the materiality form now carry forward from year-to-year for annual engagements.

Analytics in a review engagement

  • Added a link to a new HTML document with common analytics performed for key areas.


  • PCR now provides the ability to consolidate multiple 100% owned entities and includes
    • An interactive consolidation hierarchy
    • Multiple financial statement and trial balance layouts
    • The same functionality and automation as stand-alone files (with the exception of interim periods)
  • This version allows you to carry forward a consolidated annual engagement. (Carry forward of a consolidated interim engagement to be included in a future release.)

Dynamic text

  • You can now identify and modify dynamic text that is being used and see an explanation of the condition that is causing the term to show

Dynamic tables

  • The interface for editing mode in dynamic tables has been updated. Now, when you are editing a dynamic table, you can
    • Automatically save all changes through autosave

      Dynamic table settings - enable autosave
    • Cancel any changes you have made to the table
    • Save your changes and continue to work in editing mode, or
    • Save your changes and close editing mode.

    These four options replace the Done option that previously saved all changes and closed editing mode.

  • A Done button has been added to the column settings area for dynamic tables. When editing a dynamic table, you can now use this button to collapse the column settings area once you have finished changing them.

Trial balance

  • You can now create trial balance groups under unassignable parent groups.
  • You can now display import source and company name in a trial balance after import.
  • During an interim engagement, you can now view period end balances in the trial balance and other locations where balances are saved.


  • The Tax Adjustments option will only be displayed on the trial balance settings if the tax adjustments feature is enabled for the product.


  • Subsections of your materiality document will display based on whether the engagement is being performed on consolidated entities. This enables you to create materiality sections that are specific to consolidations, and those sections will only be displayed in consolidated engagements.
  • You can now break down materiality between the parent and the subsidiaries in a consolidated file.

 break down materiality between the parent and the subsidiaries in a consolidated file


  • The Year Start date now appears in the Engagement Properties screen when the period is set to Annual.

  • You can now add issues, edit visibility, and change print settings on grouping areas you have created.

Engagement glossary

  • The engagement glossary allows you to add complexity to the automatically-generated letters and report by appropriately tailoring based on your responses in the engagement criteria on the client acceptance and continuance form for things such as the reporting period (e.g. monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually), applicable supplementary schedules, and consolidation. The responses will be appropriately inserted throughout the client’s engagement letters, files, and report. As with all items in PCR, it is your responsibility to review documents for accuracy and exercise professional judgment in all areas.
  • The engagement glossary allows you to see an explanation of the condition that is causing the term to be displayed.

PBC queries

  • The query interface has been enhanced through the use of optimizers to further filter document and review inquiry requests to clients.
  • In each query, the wording included in the instructions to clients is now conditional based upon the firm’s preferred pronoun
  • Guidance no longer shows when it is blank.
  • You can now see when, and by whom, a file was uploaded into an engagement.
  • To avoid confusion, the term “procedure” in query documents has been replaced with the term “query.”
  • The Allow sign offs checkbox has been removed from the Procedure Settings dialog.
  • The status drop-downs in queries have been replaced with buttons that are dynamically shown based on the query’s current status
  • Because queries are rarely sent to all contacts, the Assign to all contacts checkbox in the Open Query dialog is now deselected by default.

Reviewer tools

  • You can now differentiate sections of a document included by default from sections added by your staff. Using the Added filter, you can now highlight all sections of a document created by a staff member.

Permanent file

  • We have simplified the permanent file folder structure and the document request query to the client. The document request form has been simplified and an external link with suggestions on documents to request has been added to the guidance area.


  • Based on feedback, "Login" has been changed to "Connect" in the Xero import dialog.
  • Following a Trial Balance import, you can now see when Xero was the data source, and the name of the connected Xero organization.