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iOS 8 is released this Wednesday, 17th September 2014. Before updating, please follow these tips to avoid any issues with my apps …
1. Make sure you upgrade all of my apps to the latest on the AppStore. Specifically 4.3.1 for Account Tracker (including the Free version), 4.2.1 for Meter Readings and 4.2.1 for Hill Lists. To find out the version you are running, pull up the built in User Guide (Help at the top left of the Settings tab on Account Tracker, or tap the Settings icon at the bottom right).
2. Make a backup from within my app, and export this OFF your device (by iCloud, Dropbox or email). An OS update is a MAJOR change, and if things go wrong, you need the ability to re-download your apps from scratch and restore your data. Without a backup you might not be able to do that.
3. Finally on Account Tracker, go to the Advanced Settings screen and change the “Group by” setting to by Month. This avoids the known crash as documented on my support page, and is a temporary workaround until my next update.
Thats about it. It should be a fairly smooth transition. Famous last words …
I was looking at the iTunes Connect developer portal and noticed just now many releases of Account Tracker there have been.
The first release (1.0) was on July 30th 2009, well over 5 years ago. Since then there have been no less than 59 updates, making v4.3.1 the 60th release! Pretty much one per month!!
26 of these have just been bug fix updates (including 4.3.1), but the remaining 34 have all added new features.
As we approach iOS 8, the AppStore is not what it used to be. Instead it is flooded with 1000s of apps that all do more or less the same thing. While the market is large, the available market for a single developer is dramatically smaller today than it was a couple of years ago. This is a huge shame for those of us who want to continue supporting what have been successful apps in the past.
Let us see what the future brings …
Fixed the syncing issues I introduced in the last update.
Extended the new transaction workflow improvement to users who don’t use either the details field or the category field.
Fixed a layout issue to do with long category names overlapping the category button (again).
Other bug fixes, including iOS 8 support.
Today I released version 4.3 of Account Tracker, in which I have added support for Family Syncing over Dropbox. Unfortunately this has introduced a few issues (see my support page for full details).
I will get fixes out for all of these issues (plus a critical iOS 8 fix) in the very near future.
Added Family Sync as an in-app purchase, i.e. device to device database syncing over Dropbox, for multiple separate users (PAID version only).
Improved the way splits are exported in a CSV file, specifically the total row is no longer included to make it easier to analyse (PAID version only).
When adding new transaction, the date will default to the same as the last transaction entered if that was within the last hour. If not, it will default to today (as previously).
Also when adding a new transaction, the account will default to the same as the last spending transaction entered if you have added transactions in the last hour. If not, it will default to the first account in your list. Unless of course you are viewing a specific account, in which case that will be used instead. Phew!
Added a workflow improvement when adding a new transaction, specifically it will take you straight to the amount screen after the category. So +, tap Details, enter first character, choose details, choose category, enter amount, save amount, save transaction, i.e. only 7 taps plus the amount to fully enter and categorise a new transaction.
Added support for the new Zambian currency (ZMW).
Fixed the iOS 5 and iOS 6 layout issue with the category button.
Finally some new icons to make the iOS apps look more like my Mac app(s). I hope you like them!
Fixed the links to the MWIS (weather) site. Apologies for the long outage – I had hoped they would restore their mobile pages, but it doesn’t look like this will be happening any time soon (if ever). I now show their PDF weather reports instead (see below).
iOS 8 fixes. Note that in beta 5, Apple introduced a bug where PDF files aren’t displayed properly. This should be fixed in subsequent betas.
Other minor improvements.