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Importing transfer transactions

December 10, 2014 Leave a comment

aticon57 atficon57 By default, transactions are imported from a CSV file using a single row per transaction. For transfers, you simply specify the “other” account in the details column in square brackets, and you control the direction with the amount (+ve or -ve). For example, to transfer 100.00 from your Current account to your Visa account, paid with cheque number 100001, use the row …

Current,10/12/2014,[Visa],Credit Card,Paid in full,100001,-100.00,Y

In version 4.5.1 onwards, I now support importing transfers from two separate rows. The above example can also be specified as

Current,10/12/2014,<Visa>,Credit Card,Paid in full,100001,-100.00,Y
Visa,10/12/2014,<Current>,Credit Card,Paid in full,100001,100.00,Y

The rules are that the rows need to be adjacent, the accounts need to be different (clearly), the dates need to be the same, the details fields need to specify the other account in angle brackets, the category needs to be the same, the notes (if specified) need to be the same and the cheque number (if specified on both rows) needs to be the same.

If the accounts are in the same currency, the amounts also need to be the same (but clearly one must be +ve and the other -ve). If they are in different currencies, you can now specific the two amounts separately.

Finally you can specific the reconcile flag separately per account.

Account Tracker 4.5.1 now available

December 9, 2014 4 comments

aticon57 atficon57 These ongoing (FREE) updates can only continue with YOUR support. Please help by leaving a review on iTunes (since previous reviews are removed with each update), and by telling others about #AccountTracker on social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter). Alternatively you can always make a donation on my website. :-)

Added a small but powerful new feature that you might like (a lot). Please read the User Guide for details of this any many other features. Hint: advanced settings …

Added support for importing transfer transactions using two separate rows in a CSV file (one for each account). See my support pages for more details.

When stepping forward beyond 24 months, a right tap will advance to the end of current year and then forwards a year at a time.

Fixed a difficult to reproduce bug that might have caused transactions to be duplicated when using Family Sync. Apologies if you saw this issue.

If you are using iCloud for syncing, note that Apple fixed a lot of issues in iOS 8.1.1. Please update if you have yet to do so.

Other minor improvements.

The Munros, ~1987-2014

November 29, 2014 3 comments

hlicon57 Did you know that my Hill Lists app was written specifically for me to track my own Munros (the 282 Scottish hills at least 3000 feet in height)?

After ~27 years, I finally “compleated” them on 19th November, so thought I would write up my journey. In it I include some links to photos. You can either click on these separately, or feel free to browse them all on Twitter.

The Early Years (~1987-2002)

I can’t actually remember when I did my first Munro, other than knowing it was before we were married. We had a trip around the Highlands (a long way from Cambridge at the time) and I remember doing the Five Sisters of Kintail and Ruadh-stac Mor on Beinn Eighe. It might have been Beinn Alligin, or perhaps Cairn Gorm while there on a University ski trip.

We moved to Edinburgh in 1993 and it then became a lot easier. I carried my (then first) son up Ben Hope and Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), something I’d struggle to do now! I picked off a lot of the eastern Munros on orienteering trips to Deeside, most notable was the complete plane wreck on top of Carn an t-Sagairt Mor. A good few others were climbed during family holidays (Liathach, Sgurr nan Gillean … etc). I remember spotting ring ouzels on the Aonach Eagach ridge and also on Beinn Eunaich, but haven’t seen them since.

In September 2000, my work took part in a Guinness Book of Records attempt on the most hills climbed simultaneously, where we had to be on a particular summit at midday. We did the two Munros on Buachaille Etive Mor. And yes we got the record!

Munro Bagger (2003)

I only really started counting in 2003. I did all the central Cairngorms in one trip, staying at the Falls of Avon and Corrour bothies.

The next few years saw a steady 15 per year. Loads of mountain hares on Ben Chonzie (2004). The kids made it up An Caisteal (2004) and a very boggy Ben More on Mull (2006). Spotted a male hen harrier coming off Carn Liath (2006). My worst yearly total was 6, including a wet Beinn a Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach (2008).

In 2009 things picked up again. All those beginning with F (on 21st Feb), the western Mamores and those around Bridge of Orchy. While doing the Black Mount, I almost stood on a red deer calf before it ran off to its mother. Later that day I followed a cuckoo a long way down the West Highland Way.

A family trip to Skye in 2010 to do the southern Cuillins, where I took the whole family up and over the Inaccessible Pinnacle. 2010 was the first of many trips to Cluanie, with its 20-odd Munros all in the one valley.

We had a holiday cottage in Ullapool in early 2011, and I did Beinn Dearg, the western Fannaichs and Ben More Assynt and Conival. The Etive peaks were finished after a speeding ticket going through Lochearnhead. :-(

Only 100 to Go (2012)

Going in to 2012 I had just over 100 to go. I finished the Mamores and did the remote Carn an Fhidhleir and An Sgarsoch from Linn of Dee (one of my favourite places). A few days later I finished the Fannaichs. My final trip of the year involved getting the train in to Corrour station, staying at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel and doing the 5 Munros between there and Fersit, getting the train back from Tulloch. Certainly a different and romantic way to do some hills.

2013 started with the whole family doing Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach by Loch Quoich in glorious sunshine, as well as Maol Chean-dearg in Strath Carron. A similar trip north saw us doing the 7 Munros of the South Cluanie Ridge on another very hot day. After Gairich we saw a pine martin by Loch Garry, and after Beinn Sgritheall we spotted a sea eagle by the Glenelg ferry. We did the Strathfarrar Munros on a windy day, and my last trip of the year was to Culra bothy to do the Ben Alder six. I don’t know why I finished so early (July) – I guess 28 Munros was a pretty good yearly total!

A Big Push (May-September 2014)

So this brings me to 2014. I had always wanted to finish the Munros before I was 50 (next year), but with 47 to go it was going to be a stretch. Looking back at my many trips, the year has been a blur, but with some really spectacular hills. Almost all were climbed in excellent weather too. :-)

Gulvain was the first, followed by the spectacular Sgurr na Ciche (that Loch Arkaig road is a real roller coaster). A complete Loch Mullardoch round with a very cold high camp saw me complete Glen Affric too, surely one of Scotland’s prettiest valleys? Brocken spectres on Carn Eige, a golden eagle in Knoydart, ptarmigan chicks and a merlin on Bla Bheinn, spectacular cloud inversion on a round of Corrie Laggan, the Grey Corries, the Aonachs and Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg arete, Lurg Mhor to Maoile Lunndaidh with a high overnight camp, Slioch with its goats, and finally Fisherfield with an overnight camp on the summit of A’Mhaighdean and the best sunrise ever!

“Compleation” (18-19th November 2014)

And then it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. My last 3 were all near Ullapool, a long way to go if the weather wasn’t settled. I was beginning to think there was no chance before the end of the year. But then the weather gods smiled on me, with three days of sunshine forecast for the west coast. We drove north and did Seana Bhraigh from Oykel Bridge (by bike) on Tuesday 18th November. It had to be an early start as we only had 8 hours of daylight, but the weather was good, and we saw more Brocken spectres on the summit.

Finally on Wednesday 19th November, we drove to Dundonnell in the dark, and started walking at 8:30am. Apart from a tiny bit of cloud sitting on the tops (that cleared), it was a beautiful sunny day. An Teallach, with its 2 Munros, is a mountain I have read about for years. I have looked at it from all the surrounding hills, studied the pictures and I knew exactly what to expect. After an enjoyable walk up, it didn’t disappoint at all. :-)

It would have been nice to have arranged more of a summit party, but due to my incredibly bad planning, the dubious weather and leaving such a remote hill until last, it just turned out to be too difficult. But I did get to share my moment of glory with my wife (of course). Plus the “entire” British Army on training!!

So What Next?

It will be nice to do hills and routes that I fancy doing, rather than being driven by a list. So I am really thankful there aren’t any other lists of hills to be done!

Oh, hang on …

Account Tracker 4.5 now available

November 7, 2014 4 comments

aticon57 atficon57 Added support for Touch ID (PAID version only).

Added support for the 1Password app extension, making this a lot easier to use (PAID version only).

As well as setting the font size of the running balance (vs the amount), added support for turning it off too (see advanced settings). This is not supported on the iPad where there is plenty of space to see both.

Fixed a bug where some recent settings were being turned off.

Other minor fixes and improvements.

Account Tracker 4.4 now available

October 19, 2014 Leave a comment

aticon57 atficon57 Added support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (at full native resolution).

Added a new advanced setting for the default date when adding a new transaction (last date). I had previously changed the app to use the date of the last transaction entered, however on reflection a setting for this would be better. It now defaults to today (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE), however if you prefer the new (old!) way, you can set it to use the date of the last transaction entered instead.

Added a couple of new warnings when editing the transaction type and/or accounts on an existing recurring series. These values CANNOT be changed per-occurrence.

Added a new warning about why the transfer amounts might all be zero.

Minor changes to the settings screen.

Minor improvements to the alert (notification) messages.

iCloud Drive and OS X Yosemite

October 16, 2014 Leave a comment

With the new OS X Yosemite release, Apple have introduced a new feature called iCloud Drive (just like they did with iOS 8 a month ago). This is a bit like Dropbox and promises to be a better way to interface to iCloud itself.

Unfortunately once enabled (ON ANY DEVICE!), all of your files are migrated and they become inaccessible to any device NOT running iOS 8 or Yosemite (OS X). This makes it a bit of a problem for users that need compatibility between multiple OS versions.

For now I would STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to hold off enabling iCloud Drive, unless you can do without iCloud support in my apps.

Having said that, iCloud Drive does work, but clearly only between iOS 8 devices and Mac’s running Yosemite.

Please see Apple’s FAQ on iCloud Drive.

Hill Lists 4.3.1 now available

October 11, 2014 Leave a comment

hlicon57 Fixed the iOS 8 display issue on the iPhone 5/5S introduced in my last update. As a reminder, this included the following changes …

Added support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (at full native resolution).

Added support for the Sims (600m summits) and the Fellranger and Synge (Lake District) lists.

Added a new option to use your device location. This requires agreeing to a disclaimer to NOT rely on/use it for navigation purposes, which I hope is common sense. In other words … IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK ALL THE INFORMATION PROVIDED AND TO NAVIGATE USING A MAP AND COMPASS! Once enabled, the maps will show your current location, and there is a new option per hill that shows roughly how far you are away from the summit.

Upgraded to version 14.1 of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH).