Archive for December, 2015

Apple Watch and Account Tracker

December 13, 2015 Comments off

Thanks to a number of recent donations, and the fact that John Lewis had them on sale(!), I finally bought myself an Apple Watch to see how it works … etc. For the record I went for a 42mm Sports model in black (pictured).

I have had it for just over a week now, and first impressions are mixed.

I do like the way you get notifications right there on your wrist, without having to look at your phone. Messages, IMs, email, WordPress updates … etc all ding at me, and often a quick response (e.g. OK) can be sent there and then. But to type anything in you need to revert to your phone.

For people who are not that active, I can see the activity app being useful. It tracks your movement and measures you against your daily goals. If you find yourself sitting down for long periods, it reminds you to stand up 10 minutes before the hour.

The major thing lacking (for me) is a GPS receiver. For example to track runs properly you need to carry your iPhone too, which is not ideal. However once it has trained itself, it can be quite accurate on its own. My Apple watch measured a 9km run to within 70 metres of my Garmin watch. Not bad!

The apps on the watch are not really full blown apps, they are more conduits for their matching iOS apps, with vastly reduced functionality and limited data entry. But this is to be expected I guess. Nationwide simply display your first two bank balances!

Which brings me on to why I bought it. I now have a VERY basic Apple Watch version of Account Tracker implemented. All it does is pick up your latest data to display your account balance(s).

For those of you very keen to see an Apple Watch version, what information would you like to see displayed? (*)

* six people responded. Overwhelmingly they wanted account balances (added in v5.0), but also past and future transactions, a list report of spending and income and adding the odd transaction.

Dynamic Type fonts in Account Tracker

December 4, 2015 Comments off

aticon57 atficon57 In version 4.7 of Account Tracker I added support for Dynamic Type fonts throughout. Instead of saying I want a specific text label shown with a given font and size, I use the default for a table (or a smaller default … etc). Apple then display this according to your preferred size setting in the main Settings app under General then Accessibility then Larger Text.

The idea here is to make all apps that support it the same, and to let you choose which size is the most readable for you.

If you think there is an issue with my app to do with font sizes, the answer is your own global settings. To reset this to the default, turn the Larger Accessibility Sizes switch OFF and drag the slider to the middle.

You should then fully close my app and relaunch it, to let these changes take effect.

Account Tracker 4.7 now available

December 1, 2015 Comments off

aticon57 atficon57 Added support for the iPad Pro at native resolution(s). Note that split screen mode is not supported.

Added support for dynamic type fonts throughout, allowing the app to change font size according to your global settings (under General, Accessibility, Larger Text). Extremely large fonts will cause some layout issues.

Fixed a bug that prevented data from being imported from the free version or from other apps (e.g. by email).

Fixed a font colour issue on the reports screens.