I missed the last few posts on this topic due to time zone differences.
@lubos, the only two reports available with my particular setup where this is an issue are the Fixed Asset Summary and General Ledger Summary. In both my cases, only fixed assets and accumulated depreciation accounts are affected. I suspect it would be the same for inventory summaries, though. It is as you said in your last post: if you set your Start Date to the actual date you begin using Manager, no opening balance appears in these summaries, and the starting balances are shown as additions for the defined reporting period. But of course, they were not additions during the reported period. They were carryovers. Other reports, like the Balance Sheet, are as of a moment in time, so there is no issue.
@Brucanna, you are correct that this situation exists only within a report presentation perspective. Manager’s summary reports are not, of course, the most essential of standard accounting reports. They are not nearly as important, for example, as the balance sheet and profit and loss statement. But given how they are presented, it seemed desirable to have them present what they say they present. The one-day-earlier Start Date fulfills that desire. And you are also correct that all of this vanishes into the past, so it is not a major problem.
This situation is similar to account balance reporting from an investment firm. A client’s year-to-date statement might show the balance as of the last day of the previous year, followed by buy and sell transactions for the current year, and the current balance.
As for the question of switching from one accounting system to another, I don’t see an issue. The old accounting system includes all transactions through a certain date. Manager includes all transactions beginning on the following date. There is no overlap in transactions between systems and none are left out. Necessary balances are carried forward via starting balances without the need for any other entries. Since all reports can be created for defined time periods, all those for the first accounting period begin on the actual date Manager is first used. The Start Date parameter itself appears only on the Starting Balances report, not any of the actual financial reports.
In summary, I don’t think this is a problem that needs to be fixed in the short term. In the long term, it might be convenient if starting balances were placed in the Opening Balance column of affected reports.