Archive for January, 2013

Meter Readings 3.3 now available

January 18, 2013 Comments off

Added support for storing notes per meter, e.g. for recording your supplier or tariff … etc.

Added support for exporting all of your readings together, rather than one meter at a time. Simply export as normal (using the compose icon at the bottom right of the Readings screen) and choose from the two options (Single Meter or All Meters).

Fixed a crash while scrolling further left than the first meter.

Hill Lists database updates

January 15, 2013 Comments off

Version 13 of the Database of British and Irish Hills was released in December, and support has been added for a few of the MountainViews lists, specifically the 900s, the Vandeleur-Lynams and the Arderins. The Binnions are also there as a subset of the Marilyns (those less than 400m). The two lists that they don’t currently support are the 400s (recently named the Carns) and what I call the 150s which is really the other lists plus a collection of hills which don’t really belong anywhere due to lack of height/drop.

There are plans to support the Carns in v13.1 towards the end of March, at which time I plan to just use this one database for all of my hill list data. THIS MEANS LOSING THE 150s LIST (sorry!), however in its place I will be able to support the following (new) Irish lists: Furths (3000s), Marilyns (150m prominence), HuMPs (100m prominence) and Hewitts (hills over 2000ft with 30m prominence).

I am also working on something else to add to the app which should be very useful for hill walkers in Scotland, the Lake District and Snowdonia. Its possible this will be released later this month or early February. Watch this space! 🙂

Hidden features in Account Tracker

January 10, 2013 Comments off

Not strictly hidden! All but one of these features are right there in front of you, yet I keep getting asked questions from long term users who “didn’t realise you could do that”!

My first response to this problem was a post back in August covering some user interface tips. If you missed it, I would encourage you all to read it, even long term users!

Also don’t be frightened to tap on a button if you don’t know what it does. Nothing bad will happen, and if its not obvious, there is usually a popup that tells you. Note that some people don’t spot the buttons at the top left and top right of the screen, despite these being the two most obvious places to put them!

So … here are some “hidden” features …

You can change the balance view on the Accounts screen by tapping on the balance at the top.

You can tap on the blue buttons to the right of each row – go on, try it!

You can hide reconciled or ticked transactions by using the tick button on the account screen.

You can manually tick off transactions by enabling “reconcile by transaction” in the settings.

You can export transactions in CSV format, for importing into a spreadsheet. This can be done wherever you see the CSV button (at the top right of the screen).

Tap the date(s) at the top of the Budgets and Reports screens to change the date period. You can even set your own date range (e.g. to the tax year).

The Reports screen is actually 7 different screens – simply swipe left/right. The little dots at the bottom of the screen tell you where you are.

The app has limited support for look up stocks and share valuations – see this post for details. OK I agree, this one is not that obvious!!

Finally, remember everything is documented in the built in user guide – select Help at the top left of the Settings screen. Or visit my website.

Editing transactions on Windows Phone

January 9, 2013 Comments off

A couple of people have left reviews saying you can’t edit transactions. Quite clearly you can, however this can only be done from the account screens, not the all transaction view or the budgets and reports views.

Simply select an account first, then you can choose and edit as many transactions as you want.

Account Tracker for Mac update #3

January 3, 2013 Comments off

As previously indicated, this project had to be put on hold for 6 months, however I am now back on it “full time” … well, apart from a wasted 3 days dealing with the fallout from Apple’s buggy iCloud implementation!!

As you know iCloud syncing is now implemented in iOS, and the same mechanism will be used by the Mac version. This was a major piece of design work and it is now done. 🙂

I am pushing ahead with a lot of Mac UI work. Compared to the simplicity of iOS it is a bit of a nightmare! The account and transaction screens should be done in the next week or so, and I would then like to concentrate on getting something in place for the budgets and reports. The UI is about 80% of the work (does that surprise you?).

As a heads up, there is a LONG way to go before this is released. Most likely 3-6 months.

More updates will be posted as and when I make progress.