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Account Tracker Free updated

July 2, 2014 4 comments

aticon57 I have just updated my free version to 4.2, to bring it into line with the paid version of Account Tracker (in case you hadn’t noticed, I removed the free version from the AppStore about 2 months ago).

Making money off the AppStore is becoming more and more difficult, so I am experimenting with a new model of revenue generation. I have removed the 25 transaction restriction, so people can continue to use it as a full blown personal finance app indefinitely. What is not included though are the following additional features …

- PIN code security
- Export your transactions in CSV format
- Export (and print) your reports in PDF format
- Limited support for stock valuations (see my support website for details)
- Backup and restore your data, giving you far more control over the basic (and sometimes unreliable) iTunes backups
- Share your backup files between devices, including my Mac viewer
- Database syncing (requires an additional in-app purchase)

I am hoping that more people will try my app, and will ultimately buy the full version to get these additional features (and more). We will see how it goes!

ATB Viewer for Mac 1.2 now available

June 10, 2014 3 comments

atbvicon64 Fixed a bug that might cause the app to crash on startup, especially if not using iCloud.

Added the total balance(s) to the window title. Also quicker access to the four balance types from the View menu.

Saves (and restores) the width of the two window panes between runs.

View account settings by right clicking on the selected account.

Change to the yellow budget warning to keep the app inline with iOS.

New marketing images for iTunes

June 3, 2014 2 comments

I hope you like my new marketing images for iTunes (see below for an example). These were all done by my son who is studying Digital Interactive Design at Dundee University. If anyone needs any graphic design work doing, please get in touch! :-)


Account Tracker 4.2 now available

June 3, 2014 2 comments

aticon57 Changed the budgets such that the yellow warning ignores future transactions. The bar and amounts will still show all transactions in the selected period.

On the balance report, you can now touch and drag across the graph to show the end of day balance for each day.

Added support for using the Apps folder on Dropbox. To change, simply unlink and re-authorise the app to Dropbox. Note that you will need to copy any files yourself, either from the app or by using a computer.

Added an advanced setting to set the default week start day on the calendar.

Added an advanced setting to set the default timezone you want the app to work in. You should only need to change this if you happen to be travelling when you update the app.

You can now remove/archive transactions from the oldest year used in the app. Your current balances are maintained, but all transactions from the selected year will be permanently deleted. This feature can be accessed by tapping Reset on the Advanced settings screen. You might have to disable syncing first.

Minor layout improvements and bug fixes.

Account Tracker for Mac update #8

June 1, 2014 18 comments

atbvicon64 I am just making a few tweaks to my ATB Viewer app, so thought I would provide a brief update on a full version of Account Tracker for Mac.

First of all I am very glad I got the viewer app out in January, not just because I knew the full version would take a LOT of extra work but because I genuinely think it is a useful companion app. Quite a few people have commented that they use it daily to see their data on the bigger screen of their Mac’s. As a reminder, it can do everything the iOS version can, except add and edit transactions. All the budgets and reports are there, and you can view all of your accounts and transactions.

As a side effect of releasing my first Mac app, it has given me a good insight into the relative size of the two markets: iOS vs OSX. Please read this post for an explanation of why Mac apps cost a lot more than iOS apps.

So where do things stand today? To be honest, I have been surprised by how little interest there has been in my Mac app. I know a lot of you have been asking for this for a long time, but far fewer than 0.5% of you have actually bought my viewer app.

This puts me in an awkward position. By continuing, I know I will lose money – not just a small amount either. But I don’t want to let people down.

So what can you do to help? Well, if you are REALLY wanting a full Mac version, but don’t have my backup viewer, please consider buying it. It won’t cost you more in the end, as I will be discounting the full version by the cost of the backup viewer when it is released. You are effectively getting something useful today for free, and helping to convince me to accelerate development of Account Tracker for Mac.

Apologies for the brutal reality of the independent software business …

Hill Lists 4.2 now available

May 21, 2014 Leave a comment

hlicon57 Added support for Google maps, including their terrain view (see below). Just enable it in the settings and view maps as normal.

Moved to Google’s geocoding service to support searching for your location by name. The old service I have been using for 4 years was removed on 1st May without notice!

Added parent hills to let you search for all tops of a given hill.

The minimum iOS version is now 6.0.

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PS the map above is from my own Munro list. Still haven’t done the Grey Corries, the Aonach’s, Carn Mor Dearg or Ben Nevis, but I should have those out of the way in a few weeks. Then it’s down to Knoydart, Monar, Fisherfield and a few other individual hills! 32 to go …

UPDATE I’ve now done Knoydart and the Grey Corries. Only 18 to go …


Hill Lists map support

May 19, 2014 Leave a comment

hlicon57 In the very beginning (v1.0), long before a licence agreement was made between Apple and Google, I used Cloudmade (open source) maps. However they were pretty slow (back then), so when Google maps were made available to developers, I quickly switched.

All was well until iOS 6, when Apple changed to their own maps behind the scenes. One reviewer even blamed this on me, when I hadn’t changed a single line of code!

So on to 2014. Google maps are coming back as an option in version 4.2, but there is more. I now support terrain view, which is FANTASTIC for viewing hills. Here is the full set of changes in my latest version, just submitted to Apple …

Added support for Google maps, including their terrain view. Just enable it in the settings and view maps as normal.

Moved to Google’s geocoding service to support searching for your location by name. The old service I have been using for 4 years was removed on 1st May without notice!

Added parent hills to let you search for all tops of a given hill.

The minimum iOS version is now 6.0.