Archive for December, 2013

2013 highlights

December 31, 2013 Comments off

As 2013 comes to a close, I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year – hopefully 2014 will be a good one!

Here are some personal highlights from the past 12 months …

  • My wife and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary 🙂
  • My eldest son graduated and has started work
  • My youngest son passed his driving test and has started University
  • I started using Strava in April: 137 runs to date covering 1,121 km with 21,738m of ascent
  • I climbed 28 new Munros (Scottish hills over 3000ft – I have 46 to go out of 282!)
  • We visited the US in October but it was closed 😦
  • I celebrated 15 years at my day job

And some app highlights …

  • My website had 110,000 views, 1288 on the most popular day (2nd January). These came from 161 countries!
  • iOS 7 was released, and as usual this caused a few problems
  • I did 15 app updates throughout the year: 5 each on Account Tracker and Meter Readings (for iOS), 3 on Hill Lists and 1 each on Account Tracker and Meter Readings (for Windows Phone)
  • My first Mac app is taking shape, and I submitted a backup viewer for Account Tracker to Apple on 11th December. It will be a highlight of 2014 when they finally approve it!

Now, its time for a beer I think … cheers!

Meter Readings UI changes for iOS 7

December 22, 2013 Comments off

I am adding a few tweaks to Meter Readings, so I thought I would try to adapt the UI to iOS 7. I have included some screenshots below (click on them for full sized images). Comments welcome!

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Meter Readings 1.1 for Windows Phone now available

December 19, 2013 Comments off

mrwpicon57 This release adds a few bits of functionality missed from version 1.0.

Added support for marking readings as bills, and then on the readings screen viewing only billed readings. This lets you check your bills, get a quick readout of your usage and costs since your last bill, and an estimate of when and how much your next bill will be.

Added support for rate changes, e.g. if you change supplier or they change their rates (this usually happens every year!).

Added a price comparison feature for UK users. As the app knows your usage, you can quickly find out if there are better deals on the market for your area. Follow the link provided and you can quickly and easily switch providers.

ATB Viewer for Mac

December 11, 2013 Comments off

What’s this I hear you say? A new icon?

As you probably know by now, I have been working on a Mac version of Account Tracker for some time. I even signed up to the Mac developer program a few weeks ago, and this has got me fired up! I really want to get something out before Christmas, but it is clear I am not going to be ready with a full app by then. So as an interim step, I will be releasing a companion app that lets you view your iOS backup files and data on the bigger screen of your Mac!

It can automatically load your latest backup from iCloud, and apply recent changes if you are using iCloud syncing. Alternatively you can manually select a backup file to open (e.g. from Dropbox).

You then have full access to your accounts, budgets, reports and transactions. The only things you cannot do is add or edit transactions, or change (most of) your settings. These changes will come with the full version in the new year.

So … I am currently adding the few final touches, and doing some last minute testing. I thought I was close a week ago, but getting to grips with publishing a Mac app has taken a large amount of effort, far more than I expected!

I am hoping to submit it to Apple in a couple of days. 🙂