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Account Tracker for Mac update #12

December 8, 2016 Leave a comment

atmac64 Continued steady progress on my Mac app during the past month. I have released 16(!) betas to a small number of testers, and feedback has been positive so far.

The app now supports syncing to and from iOS. You can edit most fields in existing transactions, as well as being able to add new ones. The three exceptions are …

1) foreign transactions, where the transaction currency is different to your account currency. You can’t create these on the Mac, nor can you view or edit the foreign amount if the transaction is created on iOS.
2) split transactions. You can’t create these on the Mac, nor can you view or edit the splits created on iOS. The budgets and reports will work though. Basically splits need to be manipulated on iOS.
3) recurring transactions. You can’t create these on the Mac, nor edit the period if the transaction is created on iOS. You can view them though, and end the series.

Some of these will be implemented before release, but not necessarily all. My thinking here is they can all be done on iOS and adding support for these on the Mac will take time (i.e. months).

Unfortunately I won’t be in a position to submit this to Apple before their Christmas shutdown on the 23rd December, but it should appear early in the new year.

Account Tracker for Mac update #11

October 29, 2016 Comments off

atmac64Quite a lot of progress since my last update!

I managed to get iCloud working much more reliably, possibly more Apple’s doing than mine! I have since added editing support for the transaction date, details/location/payee, category, cheque/check number and notes.  You can move, copy and delete transactions too, as well as turning reminders on and off. Next up is editing the transaction amount and a button to add a new transaction.

I will soon be at the stage of wanting some help testing this out before release. I can only support a very small number of users doing this, so will be looking for people willing to spend a bit of time testing out lots of editing combinations and syncing in particular. Ideally any career testers out there! Please get in touch if you are interested.

If you just want to see the new app, just run my backup viewer – it is almost identical!

Tentative plan is to release Account Tracker before Christmas (2016!). It will NOT (probably never) be a standalone app, rather it will require a PRIMARY device running on iOS to work. Initially it will use iCloud syncing only, however I will add Dropbox at some stage too. Finally it will require a Mac running macOS Sierra, old version of OS X will not be supported.

Account Tracker for Mac update #10

October 16, 2016 Comments off

atmac64A little more progress in the last month or so, however a lot of frustration around iCloud on macOS. Read on for details …

In my last update, I had my Mac app syncing from a PRIMARY device on iOS, i.e. registering for and receiving the initial sync. I have since got it receiving subsequent changes (from any iOS device), as well as pushing changes made itself through iCloud to all iOS devices.

I currently only support reconciling, however I will slowly enable other editing features over time. As I said previously this is “just” UI work and the underlying sync is working in both directions.

I do seem to have a major problem with iCloud though. It seems the Mac doesn’t receive changes from other devices automatically at all. However I can force them to appear simply by writing to iCloud once (e.g. creating a new file). This seems to kick macOS into action and allows my app to function as expected. I have wasted most of this weekend trying to figure this out, but I will keep looking for a more elegant solution. Very frustrating!

Which brings me on to my plans moving forwards …

Writing a fully functional, stand-alone Mac app is just too much work (for me), and this is partly why progress has been so slow. I have therefore decided to only support the Mac as a companion app to iOS, meaning you need to be using iOS as your PRIMARY device and the Mac itself will only support a limited set of editing functionality. More complex editing will have to be done on iOS.

Initially I will release an iCloud only version, but will also try to support Dropbox too (later).

Again, further updates will be posted as I make progress.

Hill Lists 5.0.1 now available

September 30, 2016 Comments off

hlicon57 Fixed a crash to do with the multiple rounds feature.

Only a few users reported this as it was a bit of a corner case, specifically where your 2nd (or subsequent) rounds had no ascents.

Apologies for missing this in testing.

Hill Lists 5.0 now available

September 23, 2016 Comments off

hlicon57 Updated to version 15.3 of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH), most significantly promoting Cnoc Coinnich from a Graham to a Corbett, and Calf Top from a Dewey to a Nuttall and Hewitt.

Added an option to view all unclimbed hills in multiple lists on a map.

Added a setting to automatically keep your tracked lists sorted by name or by decreasing percentage complete.

Added support for AirDrop, a far easier way to share backup files between devices. This has replaced the old (and clunky) built in web server.

Major simplification of the backup process, its settings and its description in the user guide.

Cleanup of the other application settings.

Meter Readings 5.0 now available

September 22, 2016 Comments off

mricon57 Added support for AirDrop, a far easier way to share backup files between devices. This has replaced the old (and clunky) built in web server.

Major simplification of the backup process, its settings and its description in the user guide.

Cleanup of the other application settings.

Please backup your data before upgrading to iOS 10!

September 13, 2016 Comments off

ios10 iOS 10 looks to be a nice update for users with compatible devices. Based on my own limited testing, my apps seem to be fine, with noticeable speed improvements on my iPhone 6s and iPad Air.🙂

Before you go ahead and update your entire operating system(!), clearly you need to back up your data. You can use iTunes backups for this, e.g, to iCloud, but I wouldn’t rely on this completely.

Each of my apps support backups – see this post for full details. And remember to export your backup off your device!

Then sit back, upgrade and enjoy iOS 10!