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03/14/2011 - Version 11 Maintenance Release


A new Maintenance Release dated 3/14/2011 has been released for Version 11. The program will automatically download and install this update by going to Help > Download Maintenance Release, or you can manually download and install the Maintenance Release installer by visiting http://powerchurch.com/mr in your web browser. The following changes were made in this Maintenance Release:

Accounts Receivable

  • File In Use warning if someone is in Membership while posting Accounts Receivable

Payroll

  • 941 form updated for 2011
  • 941 form does not have proper permissions in a network environment
  • No prompts for Box 15 on the 941 form
  • In certain scenario, percentages are calculated even if you enter a manual amount
  • Housing Allowance reported in Box 14 on W2 may be incorrect amount if employee has multiple HA items

Events

  • Special Characters can cause errors in Google Sync

Custom Reports

  • Family Notes field not available as a selection item in Family Mailing List, Personal Profiles, and Activities & Skills

Other

  • Network install can receive error "enter a full path with drive letter" when starting the program
  • Export To Access MDB utility does not work from a network workstation


03/11/2011 - Web server down temporarily [resolved]


We have a second web server that hosts the download files from this site. It recently came to our attention that the server is currently offline due to hardware issues. The web host is aware of the issue and is currently working on it. Until this issue is resolved, most download files, including the demo and Maintenance Releases will not be available. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that it will not be down for long. Update: The web host has gotten this issue resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience it caused over the weekend.

02/08/2011 - Version 11 Maintenance Release


A new Maintenance Release dated 2/8/2011 has been released for Version 11. The program will automatically download and install this update by going to Help > Download Maintenance Release, or you can manually download and install the Maintenance Release installer by visiting http://powerchurch.com/mr in your web browser. The following changes were made in this Maintenance Release:

Contributions

  • Added memo and designation information to the Full Fund Details Contribution Statement
  • Added "Include designations" option on the Posted and Unposted Contributions reports
  • Canadian Tax Receipt sample #1 layout causes a "Enter parameter" prompt because of missing Location field
  • Total by envelope field on the Enter Contributions screen not always accurate

Fund Accounting

  • Changing the default bank account does not properly update the Payroll checking account
  • Income & Expense Statement columns do not refresh properly

Accounts Payable

  • Reassign Vendor ID errors if vendor ID starts with a space
  • Maintain Computer Checks screen does not properly link to open the Maintain Open Invoices screen when clicking the "Invoices paid by this check" link
  • Error printing 1099-MISC forms if you have a space in the temp directory path
  • Short note field added to vendor lookups

Payroll

  • Middle initial does not print on W2
  • Added separate totals for direct deposit, checks, and manual checks on the Payroll Check Register report
  • With "validate accounting transaction" unchecked, you can now choose any type of account for any Payroll item setup.
  • Item Summary report does not refresh properly
  • Option to reissue a voided PR check can create negative hours on check
  • The last digit of SSN is cut off on the W2
  • Mailing labels print Last Name, First Name in Payroll. First Name Last Name everywhere else
  • Setup Payroll Assistant now prompts for separate Employee and Employer Social Security amounts
  • Tax types could not be deleted, even if not in use
  • Added calendar year to the title in Quarterly Report
  • Item Summary report in summary by employee mode now sorted alphabetically instead of by employee number
  • Control number does not print on W2
  • Phone number does not include hyphens on W3
  • EIN does not include hyphens on W2/W3
  • Error message occurs when changing Pay Group description in PR Setup Asst.
  • Void a PR check that has a Contribution Deduction does not respect the share % from other fund setting on the Contribution Fund
  • Contribution Deductions are not properly applied to pledge
  • Contribution Audit Log not updated with postings from Payroll deductions

Membership

  • Custom Reports - Syntax error caused by picture being the first output field
  • E-mail - When sending bulk e-mails, if you choose to create a PhoneTree file for those without e-mail addresses, the file created is empty
  • Family Mailing List - Changed Visitor Report description to more accurately describe the report
  • Check In - New "sign out sheet" report added in PCPlus
  • Personal Profiles - Changed default filters for Attendance and Contributions tabs to last year plus this year to date
  • Personal Profiles - Anniversary Date setting in Personal Profiles Setup does not save, resets to default each time you open the program

Miscellany

  • User Profiles - Users can now click a "Reset All Warnings" option on the User Profile screen to reset the "do not show this warning" box on all message types
  • Reports - Some users have reported the reports do not respect their default printer settings, like duplex printing and paper tray
  • Pictures - Importing pictures can cause an error if the default "no photo" images have been deleted


01/12/2011 - Increased Support/Sales Traffic


During the months of January and February, our offices experience an extreme increase in phone and e-mail traffic. A 400% increase is not unusual. The call-back times can be up to two to three hours in the peak of the day. E-mail responses normally come within one business day, but at this time of year can span two to three days. We apologize for the inconvenience and assure you it is a temporary problem. What seems to be too many technicians on staff through most of the year turns into not nearly enough for January and February! We urge you to take advantage of the free and immediate support resources available on our web site, as many of the questions that are repeatedly asked are documented on the site, with immediately available answers. Thank you for your patience and understanding! PowerChurch Software All support resources Knowledge Base articles and videos Support forum (message board)

12/31/2010 - New 2011 Social Security KB article


We have published a new article in the Knowledge Base explaining how to properly set up Social Security in Payroll for 2011. Setting Up Social Security For 2011 Happy New Year!

12/22/2010 - Social Security Changes For 2011


The IRS published Notice 1036, announcing changes to the Social Security rates. Employee deductions will process at 4.2% and the Employer liability will process at 6.2%. This means you will need to have two separate tax tables to properly calculate Social Security. For more information, visit How Do I Update My Federal Tax Tables?.

12/15/2010 - Version 10 Maintenance Release


A new Maintenance Release dated 12/15/2010 was published for Version 10/10.4: http://powerchurch.com/mr The following changes were made in this release:

Membership

  • An error message occurs if a family has a blank last name in the Locate/Lookup lists
  • The LifeTouch Church Directories picture import process could error in certain circumstances
  • PowerChurch Mailroom always prints one label per household

Contributions

  • Posting a zero total contribution creates a zero entry in Fund Accounting

Fund Accounting

  • Large amounts do not fit in the "Items you have cleared" fields

Accounts Payable

  • Notes are not saved on manual checks after posting
  • Reassign Vendor ID does not properly handle spaces in vendor ID

Payroll

  • Amounts overlap on the Wage & Hour Report

Events

  • Date lookup does not work when entering your first ever event
  • An error occurs when adding a new event and editing an event at the same time
  • User with only access rights can add and event by double clicking a date

Reports

  • Error occurs when family picture is the first output field in a report
  • Reports do not use the default paper tray on certain printers
  • Changes to printer default settings not recognized before restarting the program
  • Canadian cheque formats do not adhere to Standard 006 date formatting


12/07/2010 - Version 11 Maintenance Release


A new Maintenance Release has been published for PowerChurch Plus version 11. Visit http://powerchurch.com/mr to download this release manually, or simply go to Help > Download Maintenance Release. The following issues were addressed in this Maintenance Release:

Membership

  • The Activities/Attendance/Services buttons on Family Members tab on Integrated Data Entry screen inactive if users have "Add/Change" permissions to those modules but only "Access" to Personal Profiles.
  • Added a "Show All" option to Attendance filter screen on the Maintain Personal Profiles screen
  • Attendance Register Form note not saving correctly in report profiles
  • Sync To Constant Contact can error with "Variable custom15" message in certain data situation

Accounting

  • Income & Expense by Fund extra column accidentally added in last MR
  • Balance Sheet by Fund extra column accidentally added in last MR
  • Maintain Open Payments (A/R) payments total doesn't update properly as amounts change

Contributions

  • Add New Account button inactive on Maintain Co Funds even if user has "Add/Change" permissions
  • New audit log entries added for Update Fund Accounting scenarios
  • Contribution Statement message isn't saved in report profiles
  • Posted Contribution report, type "Credit Card" is cut off

Events

  • Edit tasks on an existing event adds a blank task
  • Access permission only can add events by double clicking a date on the calendar

General

  • Crystal Reports - Save as HTML in PC Online now creates a zip file instead of multiple HTML files
  • Canadian cheques - Date formatting changed for ACSS Standard 006


11/11/2010 - Check In Maintenance Release


A new Maintenance Release for the PowerChurch Check In system has been published, dated 11/10/2010. There are no longer separate installers for kiosk and server components. The kiosks will update automatically after connecting to the server the first time. http://powerchurch.com/mr This release contains following fixes:

  • Remove existing Dymo printer, then install a new one, Kiosk will not recognize any Dymo printer
  • Error message running Check In Server on Windows 2000
  • Error running Kiosk on Windows 2000 with Dymo printer
  • Missing line breaks between multiple children on parent label
  • Teacher notes label only shows one note, not multiple children notes
  • Full page form includes multiple names checked in, not one per page
  • Dymo printer dialog pops up behind the Kiosk software
  • Some lists were not properly sorted alphabetically (A-Z then a-z)


11/10/2010 - New Check Reader Models Available


PowerChurch Software now sells the MagTek Mini MICR USB Keyboard Emulation model check readers. These require zero installation or configuration and are compatible with the latest Windows and Mac.

MagTek Mini MICR Check Reader

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