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Important reminder!

Product support for Engagement CS is ending on September 30, 2020. See Engagement CS license expiration 2020 - frequently asked questions for more information.

Licenses for Payroll CS, Trial Balance CS, and Write-Up CS permanently expired on March 1, 2017.

Some processes documented in the Help & How-To Center are no longer applicable, due to the discontinuation of Creative Solutions Accounting.

The Write-Up CS application includes a utility for converting existing client data from The Write-Up Solution II (WS2), which is a DOS-based application. If any client is currently open when you begin the conversion process, the application automatically closes that client database before beginning the conversion process unless you choose to convert into the currently selected client.

To complete the conversion of client data from WS2 (DOS application), follow the steps listed in the topic Converting client data from WS2.

See also: Write-Up Solution II [Utilities menu, Data Conversion]

Special information

WS2 to CSA Conversion Guide (PDF)

The following information will transfer from the selected WS2 client. After completing the conversion, please review the converted information in the CSA windows and dialogs listed below.

The Write-Up Solution II
General Ledger module in Write-Up CS
Client Information Client Properties [File menu]
Chart of Accounts information Chart of Accounts [Setup menu]
Automatic Journal Entries Automatic Journal Entries [Setup menu]
General Ledger Transactions Transaction Entry [Tasks menu]
If the option for account groups has been selected for conversion:
Account Groups Account Groups [Setup menu]

The Write-Up Solution II
Payroll Compliance module in Write-Up CS
If the option for after-the fact payroll and vendor data has been selected for conversion:
Departments Payroll Departments [Setup menu]
Employee templates Employee Templates [Setup menu]
Employee Information Employees [Setup menu]
Vendor information Vendors [Setup menu]
If the option for employee earnings data has been selected for conversion:
Payroll items (or Tax ID Codes)

Pay Items [Setup menu, System Configuration]

Deductions Items [Setup menu, System Configuration]

Withholding Items [Setup menu, System Configuration]


  • The following information cannot be converted from WS2 to Write-Up CS:
    • Payroll checks
    • Text variables
    • Statements or graphs from the Financial Statement Formatter
    • Transmittal letters
    • Combining Account balances - if you have a balance in a combining account that is not also included in a location/department account, that balance will not be converted.
  • Only the first link of a linked employee will convert from WS2 (DOS). You need to manually adjust earnings to include amounts booked to other links in WS2.
  • If multiple vendors have the same name, only the first one will convert and you will need to manually adjust the vendor amounts.
  • A WS2 vendor record with no name (just vendor ID) will not convert. You will need to manual enter amounts.

If any data does not convert successfully, the application will display a Conversion Error dialog. You should print that information from the screen to review for information about any manual adjustments that you may need to make to the converted data.

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