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Hill Lists 4.6.1 now available

July 26, 2016 Leave a comment

hlicon57 Minor bug fixes, including an issue where parent hills were being displayed as numbers rather than their names.

From v4.6 …

Upgraded to version 15.2 of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH).

Added the 32 London Borough tops.

If you like my app, please keep supporting it by leaving a review on iTunes (or updating your previous review to v4.6.1). Thank you!

Meter Readings 4.4.1 now available

July 14, 2016 Leave a comment

mricon57 Minor bugs fixes.

v4.4 …

Added support for setting the meter conversion factor as part of a rate change. This is mainly for gas meters, e.g. where your meter units change from ft3 to m3. Adding a rate change on the day your meter changes lets you use a different conversion factor for each unit.

If your meter uses a single counter/reading, the most recent reading is now displayed on the Meters screen. This is useful when submitting readings to your supplier.

Account Tracker for Mac update #9

July 3, 2016 10 comments

It’s been a while, but I have been playing with OS X again!

My previous concerns regarding CloudKit were proven wrong, and I have now got an app that can get through an initial iCloud sync with my iOS device(s). You can see this in the screenshot below, with my iMac as a secondary device to my iPhone.

There is still a lot to do of course, however this is a major step forward. Next I need to get the Mac app listening for iOS changes (more or less done) and applying them to the data shown.

I then need to slowly work through some of the obvious editing that you might want to do on a Mac, and pushing these changes (via iCloud syncing) to iOS. The majority of this is just UI work, as the sync process is already working.

If you still don’t have my backup viewer, please consider buying it to show your interest (only a few 100 of you have so far). When I release a version that does two-way syncing with iOS, I will be creating an app bundle that will give all existing Mac customers a discount of the full price of the backup viewer, i.e. you will effectively get your money back.

There will be further updates as and when I make progress.

 

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Meter Readings 4.4 now available

June 14, 2016 Comments off

mricon57 Added support for setting the meter conversion factor as part of a rate change. This is mainly for gas meters, e.g. where your meter units change from ft3 to m3. Adding a rate change on the day your meter changes lets you use a different conversion factor for each unit.

If your meter uses a single counter/reading, the most recent reading is now displayed on the Meters screen. This is useful when submitting readings to your supplier.

Minor bug fixes.

Hill Lists 4.6 now available

June 13, 2016 Comments off

hlicon57 Upgraded to version 15.2 of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH).

Added the 32 London Borough tops.

Minor bug fixes.

Backups

May 22, 2016 Comments off

“My <insert young relative here> has somehow deleted my app from my iPhone/iPad. I restored it from the AppStore but all my data is gone. Can you help get it back?”

“I have been having problems with my iPhone/iPad. I took it to the Apple Store and they reset it. When I restored my purchases, my app data is gone. Can you help … etc”.

Surprisingly these are fairly common support requests (certainly once per month), and sadly for these users the answer is not always good news.

Apple’s iTunes backup(s) might help, but they are somewhat unreliable (IMHO). What’s more, since they only store a single backup per device(!), chances are your data is already gone. This is why I added backup support to each of my apps very early on (2010, if not 2009).

If you haven’t ever used this simple feature, then you are seriously at risk of losing your data. Yet using it is trivial …

Account Tracker Pro supports automatic backups – turn on iCloud (or Dropbox) in the settings (*), set the backup frequency (daily, weekly … etc) and you are all set.

Account Tracker supports reminders. Turn on iCloud (or Dropbox) in the settings (*), set the frequency and when the reminder fires, you can back up with a single tap (well ok, three in total).

Meter Readings (with the Power User upgrade) and Hill Lists support automatic backups too. If your data changes (e.g. you add a reading or ascent), a new backup is made when you close the app, keeping the three most recent.

Finally with Meter Readings, if you don’t have the Power User upgrade, you have to manually export your backups from your device, otherwise you are not protected at all. Simply select your backup file and export it, e.g. by email.

If you aren’t using backups at the moment and (I assume) you value your data, PLEASE turn this feature on ASAP.

* note that backing up alone will not protect you from either of the scenarios mentioned at the top. You need to make sure your backups are exported off your device, either to iCloud, Dropbox or (e.g.) by email.

Account Tracker (PRO) 5.1.1 now available

May 17, 2016 Comments off

help Bug fixes …

Specifically an intermittent crash when using automatic backups or syncing over Dropbox.

Also fixed an issue where the PIN screen was not being dismissed when using Touch ID.