Archive for March, 2012

Hill Lists 3.2.1 now available

March 29, 2012 Comments off

Minor update to fix a font issue introduced by iOS 5.1.

Retina support for the new iPad.

Improved exporting by CSV, especially when you have climbed an entire list and are tracking round 2 or beyond.

Account Tracker 3.7.1 now available

March 18, 2012 Comments off

Quick update to fix a font issue introduced by iOS 5.1.

Retina support for the new iPad.

Other minor improvements.

Meter Readings 3.1 now available

March 17, 2012 Comments off

Added support for negative rates, which is likely to be useful when combining electricity consumption and generation on the same meter. In addition, you can now choose meter types where total usage is R1-R2 or (R1+R2)-R3 or (R1-R2)+R3.

Added iCloud support for transferring backups between devices as part of the Power User upgrade. Note that this DOES NOT automatically sync your data between devices. Rather it uses iCloud to let you move backup files around, much like Dropbox. If you use my Account Tracker app, you will be familiar with this.

Added a fix to allow the app to support truly large numbers of meters (100s) as part of the Pro User upgrade. The main restriction before was the amount of memory required to display the graphs, and of course the swipe interface was not so good for lots of meters. Now only 9 meters are included in the swipe display, but you can jump to any meter using the List button at the top left of the screen.

Retina support for the new iPad.

Minor bug fixes and small UI changes.

Hill Lists 3.2 now available

March 8, 2012 Comments off

Added support for multiple ascents per hill. If you manage to complete one of the lists, the tick count resets to 0 and you can then track a second round … etc. Note that the “date climbed” will be one for the round you are tracking (i.e. the first ascent for most people). NOTE: if you are tracking multiple rounds, please give me some feedback about how this is working.

Updated the hills database to version 12.1, and also updated the MountainViews lists too. Beinn a’Chlaidheimh is still down as a Munro, even though it has been surveyed at 913.96m (2999ft) and the survey results have been accepted by the OS. I guess we are waiting for the SMC to officially demote the hill to Corbett.

Changed the default colour scheme to black (mainly just the top navigation bars).

Minor bug fixes, including a couple of memory leaks that might have caused the app to crash after prolonged use.

iCloud and Backups

March 5, 2012 Comments off


Account Tracker 3.7 and Meter Readings 3.1 (coming soon) support iCloud for transferring backups between devices.

iCloud is available in iOS 5 and above, and it must be enabled in your device’s settings, under iCloud. While you are there, Documents & Data MUST be enabled to allow applications to store documents and data in iCloud. Also if you are using an iPhone or a 3G-enabled iPad, there is a setting to allow your cellular data connection to be used to transfer documents. Clearly if this is disabled, and you are not on WiFi, then NOTHING will be copied.

In my app(s), you need to turn iCloud on in the settings. Then on the Backups screen, new backups will automatically be copied to iCloud, and the list of files available will include those in iCloud.

To check this is all working, start off by making a backup on one device (call this A). Then close my app, launch the main settings app, select iCloud, then Storage & Backup then finally Manage Storage. You should see my app under Documents & Data. Selecting it will let you see the files.

Next check that the files have been “made available” on your other device (B) by checking the main settings app as above. It can take a short while for this to happen.

Finally, see that the files are shown in my app under Backups (device B). Remote files will be shown in grey, and selecting them will let you restore the backup. If the latter says the file is corrupt, chances are it has simply not been copied between devices yet, i.e. it is not available. I will improve this warning in my next update.

If this doesn’t correct itself over time, make sure you have a WiFi connection or cellular data is enabled in the main iCloud settings.

Account Tracker 3.7 now available

March 3, 2012 Comments off

Added iCloud support for transferring backups between devices. IMPORTANT NOTE: this DOES NOT automatically sync your transactions between devices. Rather it uses iCloud to let you move backup files around, much like Dropbox. Yes I know you all want automatic syncing, please be patient. 🙂

Added support for daily reports and budgets. The balance view is not particularly interesting (its a straight line!).

The budgets now support custom dates, and you can have a floating date of “today” as either the start or end date (just like the reports). Since the time period can vary, the budgets should be set to their annual equivalents and the app will pro-rate them down to the number of days from start to end.

Improvements to the splits screen, the balance graph itself and the way backups are handled, especially when using Dropbox and now iCloud. To sync data between devices, its one tap on the sending device and two taps on the receiving device.

Bug fixes, including correct handling of the KYD currency (that was a Yahoo bug!) and a problem to do with removing splits.