Archive for October, 2012

Showing and hiding reconciled transactions

October 27, 2012 Comments off

Well I thought it was good idea, but clearly many of you don’t. Despite the “pull down, hold and release” technique being used widely across iOS apps, even Apple’s own Mail and Twitter apps, I am getting far too many complaints about this change. It seems that users just don’t understand what they need to do. I admit defeat. Sorry.

I hope to submit version 3.8.5 to Apple tomorrow (Sunday) that removes this feature from both the account and all accounts screens. By default the “tick” button will ask you what you want, i.e. reconcile now, hide reconciled transactions or show all transactions.

I am also vastly simplifying the main settings screen, and putting a lot of the more obscure settings under an Advanced option. I will include an option to “touch and hold” the tick button to switch modes.

I am also putting back the option to reverse the size of the transaction amount and running balance on the account screen.

Printing support

October 21, 2012 Comments off

As part of version 3.8.4, I added the ability to print PDF reports straight from your iOS device to an AirPrint-enabled printer. Once a PDF file has been generated, simply tap the button at the top right of the screen and select Print.

See for more details on AirPrint. Also its worth mentioning that it is possible to get this working with a non-AirPrint printer. I managed that using some 3rd party Mac software called handyPrint.

Let me know how you get on!

Syncing support in Account Tracker

October 17, 2012 Comments off

As you can probably tell, I have been somewhat busy recently. All of my apps needed updates to support the latest Dropbox APIs, otherwise this functionality would stop working in November/December. Then came iOS 6 which caused a few minor issues, and then (of course) the new iPhone/iPod Touch which have a different screen size. Keeping my existing apps working is my top priority!

On top of this, I have been testing the first release of Account Tracker for Windows Phone (now available). I am extremely pleased to say this is already the top paid personal finance app in the UK, the US, and a number of other countries (last time I checked, Canada, Australia, New Zealand … etc).

Account Tracker for the Mac has taken a back seat, as I’ve just not had the time. If anyone knows of an experienced OSX UI developer, perhaps this could be accelerated!

The next big feature coming soon is syncing. I have a solution for both Hill Lists and Meter Readings, but this won’t work very well for Account Tracker. My initial implementation will be based on iCloud and so can’t really be used for multiple people. However once I’ve done this, extending it to use Dropbox should be easy enough.

Please bear with me as I work through some final (and complex) issues. You really don’t want a solution that doesn’t work, or (worse) corrupts your data!

Account Tracker 3.8.4 now available

October 17, 2012 Comments off

Added support for the larger retina display on the iPhone 5 and the new iPod Touch. NOTE: the minimum iOS version is now 4.3.

Added support for the latest Dropbox APIs.

Changed the way you show/hide reconciled transactions. The tick button was causing a lot of confusion, so now this is only used to start reconciling. To switch between showing and hiding reconciled transactions, simply pull the transaction list down from the top (just like on the accounts screen). HINT: to quickly scroll to the top of the list, tap the left or right arrows (depending on how you sort your transactions).

Fixes to CSV handling, including support for exporting search results and sending attachments in a format less likely to be manipulated by email clients (e.g. by inserting blank lines between the exported data). Many thanks to Robina Qureshi for helping me debug this one!

Some minor tweaks to the colours used on the navigation bars. The black is slightly less black, and the blue is a bit more blue. Give the latter a try by turning off “Black Theme” in the settings.

Added a link to my Top 10 Tips from the Help button.

Minor fixes and improvements.

NOTE: if you are using the app on multiple devices, always update them together whenever a new version is released!

Meter Readings 3.2.1 now available

October 9, 2012 Comments off

Added support for the larger retina display on the iPhone 5 and the new iPod Touch (NOTE: the minimum iOS version is now 4.3).

Moved some of the power user features into the basic app (e.g. additional meter types, import/export readings via CSV files and keyboard entry). Also increased the number of meters supported to 5.

Reduced the price of the power user upgrade.

Bug fixes.

Account Tracker for Windows Phone now available

October 8, 2012 Comments off

I am extremely pleased to announce that the first public release (v1.1) of Account Tracker for Windows Phone 7 is now available!

It has a radical redesign to take advantage of the Windows Phone metro interface, and it looks fantastic! Many thanks to Thin Martian for their design work, and to Response Ltd for their development, especially András (Velvárt) for putting up with me over the last few weeks!

There are some screenshots in the documentation.