Archive for February, 2012

Meter Readings and Backups

February 21, 2012 Comments off

Following my recent 3.0 update, a few people have left negative reviews because they feel “ripped off”. This is because they had previously bought my backups feature and I’ve now made it free for all users. So why did I do this?

Well, to help promote the app and make it cheaper to buy initially, I have removed some non-essential but useful features and added these as a separate in-app purchase (rather humorously called Power User Features – ok, I thought it was funny!). While new users pay less initially, those who want these extra features will end up paying the same as existing users who bought the backups feature.

Now on to the problem. Lets say an existing user wanted to install the app on a second device, e.g. a new iPad 3 (coming soon!). A fresh install would remove some of the features they paid for, and undoubtedly they would be VERY unhappy. By giving everyone access to the backups feature, they can get around this problem by backing up on their current device, and restoring on their new device.

Of course I lose out on a small revenue stream, but in the interests of customer satisfaction I felt it was the right thing to do. C’est la vie.

BTW a few users are STILL buying the backups feature. I can’t remove it from sale because not everyone can update to 3.0, however if you can update PLEASE do and save yourself £0.69/$0.99/€0.79.

Meter Readings 3.0 now available

February 18, 2012 Comments off

Made the Backup and Restore feature FREE for all users. IMPORTANT NOTE: please make sure you backup your data AND export this off you device at least once after updating. This backup file will be required if you ever install the app on a completely new device, to restore the full set of features. Without it I have no way of knowing you bought the app prior to version 3.0.

Changed the default colour scheme of the app to black (although you won’t notice as I retain your configured settings).

Turned on the default system sound as part of the reminder feature. This can be disabled in the Notification Centre settings.

Fixed a bug introduced in v2.9.5 where the previous year graph in white might have been incorrect for the 1m, 3m and 6m views.

Fixed a bug to do with landscape mode on the iPhone.

Account Tracker 3.6 now available

February 10, 2012 Comments off

By popular request, added support for subcategories. The app works just as it did in previous releases, with the same category entry per transaction or per split. However you can now enter both a category and a subcategory separated by a colon (:), e.g. “House: Utilities”. Everything up to the colon is treated as the category, and the full text is treated as a subcategory. The pie charts in the reports work at the rolled up category level, but the List view will show both per-category and per-subcategory figures. For budgets, you can enter these at the category level or the subcategory level (or in fact both).

A number of improvements to the CSV import feature: it now detects if you have left a header row in place, and tries to continue from row 2. It copes with negative numbers being in (). It ignores blank columns to the right of your data, and blank rows throughout the file. Also if you leave the category field empty, it will try to autofill this based on your existing transactions. This only works if you have used a single category for each unique “details” field.

You can now have separate cheque numbers for each occurrence of a recurring transaction.

Fixed a bug introduced in my last update that prevented moving accounts beyond the last account (and therefore into a new group).

Fixed a bug where for some regions (e.g. Belgium) the CSV exports included currency symbols – this was not intentional.