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Meter Readings 2.8 now available

February 27, 2011

Improvements to the main screen to simplify how your current usage and costs compare to the average. Current now refers to the current point on the graph (i.e. day, week, month … etc), and average is the annual average by default. The Delta row gives a quick indication of whether current is above or below average.

If you have entered 2 years of readings or more, the graphs will now show your previous year’s data too, to help you compare more easily. This is shown as either a pale grey line or semi-hidden pale-grey bars, depending on the graph type.

Added support for two new meter types: Solar and Wind. In practice these are no different to Electricity except that the words Usage and Cost are replaced by Generation and Credit (which I hope makes more sense). If there i anything else that would help here, please let me know.

Added a new setting to let you choose between annual averages (i.e. the previous 12 months) or the average over the period of the graphs.

Improved the extrapolation calculations for quarters and years to use annual averages rather than current consumption.

The files in the backups screen are now shown in REVERSE alphabetical order, so that your most recent backup is at the top (i.e. it will be visible).

Subtle change to the application icon. I hope you like it!

Bug fixes and other minor improvements.

  1. Nick Ramsden
    March 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Hello Graham, ive been using your app for almost a year & it’s really useful way for me & the missus monitoring our energy usage. So thanks for that! Question though: I’m doing a BEng, got a presentation next week and would like to export my graphs & data. Is there any way of doing that? Also, if I upgrade to latest version (2.8) will all my data still be captured? Thanks, nick

    • March 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Nick, the easiest way is to take some screenshots. The easiest way is using the camera button in landscape mode, which puts an image in your camera roll. But you can also take any screenshot you like by pressing the Home and Power buttons at the same time.

      You can safely update between releases and your data will be preserved (unless iTunes going badly wrong of course, which is rare!).

  2. Charles
    March 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I like your app very much. It gets better with each update.
    2 suggestions that I would like to see…
    1- Add a scale on the graph for the lowest reading.
    2- Create options to extrapolate current month usage based on the average daily usage for the current month and also based on the last daily usage amount while taking into account the actual month’s usage up through the current reading. For example, if usage through the 20th of the month was 2100 then the average daily for the month is 105 and would extrapolate to 3150 based on the average. Or if the last reading was 75 then 2100 plus 10 days at 75 would extrapolate to 2850. This would be useful because monthly usage here may vary by 50% due to seasonal changes.

    • March 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      Hi Charles, the line graphs already show the minimum value, unless you turn on Minimum Zero in the settings, in which case they start at 0. The bar charts always start at 0, otherwise you wouldn’t see the bars! On 2, if you turn on Extrapolate in the settings, it will pretty much do what you want.

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