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Account Tracker PRO – now in colour

January 17, 2016 Comments off

coloursNew in Account Tracker PRO, your choice of colour!

While the flat white look of iOS 7 was very different and new back in 2013, after a couple of years I thought you might want a change. I have therefore introduced two new colour choices in my PRO app.

Same data just different. Available now on the Advanced settings screen.

I hope you like them!

Account Tracker 5.0 now available

January 15, 2016 Comments off

aticon57 atficon57 This update introduces a PRO version of Account Tracker, my first paid app upgrade since I launched Account Tracker in 2009! It is a similar but separate app, and includes the following additional features …

  • Apple Watch support, showing up-to-date account balances and a snapshot of your main budgets (what else would you like to see?)
  • 3D Touch support, to quickly launch into adding a new transaction or searching across your accounts (just push on the app icon on a supported device)
  • AirDrop support, to quickly and securely share your backup files between devices (replacing the clunky WiFi option)
  • Database syncing over iCloud or Dropbox built in (no in-app purchases required)
  • New colour scheme(s) and user interface improvements

See the following links for more details …

Account Tracker PRO – Watch screenshots

January 10, 2016 Comments off

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My initial Apple watch version is quite limited in what it shows you, however until I get feedback, it is what it is. 🙂

This first screenshot shows a list of all of your accounts and their balances. If you reconcile by date, the balance will be today’s, otherwise it will be your reconciled balance.

At the moment the app shows all accounts, but in my next update I will get it to honour your hidden account settings.

The second screenshot is the glance view. The top figure is the total of your account balances (from above), taking into account whether or not to exclude a given account from your totals (the same as on your iPhone).

The bottom figure is the amount remaining on your overall spending budget (i.e. across ALL accounts). This should be the figure shown at the top right of your budgets screen. Clearly it also depends on which period you are looking at.

The graphic is a round version of the bars shown on the iPhone, red (outside) for spending, yellow (middle) for income and blue (inside) for transfers.

If you tap the glance view, it will launch the app to show your account balances.

Note that the watch gets the latest data from your iPhone at two specific times: when you close the iPhone app and when you launch the watch app. There can be a short delay before the figures are updated in both situations, especially the second one.

Should I upgrade to Account Tracker PRO?

January 9, 2016 Comments off

atp57 Account Tracker Pro is my first paid app upgrade since I launched Account Tracker in 2009. In the last 6+ years I have released well in excess of 40 FREE app updates, each one costing me £100s if not £1000s.

In the early days this was fine, as making the app better generated good reviews and therefore more sales. However over the past few years, new app sales have been in serious decline. So much so that a single support query now wipes out most of my profit for that day. FWIW I answered perhaps 1000 questions for users last year, including those on WordPress, Twitter and by direct email.

With the launch of the Apple Watch, Apple have tied it to the iPhone app itself, and there is no way to charge for this additional functionality (despite having to spend over £300 on a test device). The same applies to 3D Touch too (£500+ for a new iPhone). Thanks Apple!

The only way to charge for these features is to release a new app. If you look around the AppStore you will see it is littered with v2 or v3 apps, where the developers are desperately trying to generate revenue.

So … should you upgrade to my Pro version? That is entirely up to you. If you want the new features, then yes you need to (or go elsewhere of course). If you don’t need them, you have a choice. Stick with what you have or consider supporting me.

As for Account Tracker itself, I am not planning to add any more new features, just critical bug fixes (if any are needed).

Account Tracker Pro on the AppStore

Migrating from Account Tracker to PRO

January 9, 2016 Comments off

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There are a number of scenarios to consider, so I will start off with the easiest ….

1. Currently running Account Tracker on one device. Simply make a backup in Account Tracker and restore it in Account Tracker PRO. You can then ignore the old Account Tracker app, and eventually delete it (or use it for a separate set of accounts perhaps??). There are many ways to copy backup files between apps and devices, and these are all documented at https://grahamhaley.co.uk/accounts/backups/. Note that the PRO app doesn’t support the old WiFi option, and Account Tracker doesn’t support AirDrop. The best way to copy backup files is using iCloud or by email.

2. Running Account Tracker on multiple devices but not using the syncing options. You will be used to sharing backups. Simply restore your latest backup in Account Tracker Pro and start using it instead of Account Tracker.

3. Syncing over iCloud (Personal Sync). On your SECONDARY device, you can simply add Account Tracker PRO as a new SECONDARY, and it will get all your latest data. You can then disable syncing in Account Tracker on that device. Your PRIMARY is more complicated. You really need to disable syncing, follow option 1 to migrate your data to Account Tracker PRO, and then set syncing up again.

4. Syncing over Dropbox (Family Sync). This is the same as option 3, but instead uses Dropbox behind the scenes. To share between separate apps, you need to manually copy the files from your “Apps/Account Tracker” folder to your “Apps/Account Tracker Pro” folder. This needs to be done using the Dropbox app.

Account Tracker PRO now available

January 9, 2016 Comments off

atp57Account Tracker Pro is my first paid app upgrade since I launched Account Tracker in 2009. It is a similar but separate app, and includes the following additional features …

  • Apple Watch support, showing up-to-date account balances and a snapshot of your main budgets (see below)
  • 3D Touch support, to quickly launch into adding a new transaction or searching across your accounts (just push on the app icon on a supported device)
  • AirDrop support, to quickly and securely share your backup files between devices (replacing the clunky WiFi option)
  • Database syncing over iCloud or Dropbox built in (no in-app purchases required)
  • New colour schemes (see advanced settings)
  • Minor user interface improvements

If you like Account Tracker and want more out of it, please consider upgrading as this helps support ongoing development (sadly new app sales simply don’t cover this any more). Once installed, you can copy your data between the two apps using the Backups feature (e.g. by sharing a backup over iCloud or Dropbox).

Note that Apple Watch support is currently fairly basic, as is the platform itself! Let me know what else you would like to see and I will continue to develop this with each update. Long term users will know what to expect. 🙂

Account Tracker Pro on the AppStore

2015 highlights

January 2, 2016 Comments off

Best wishes to you all for 2016!

Here are some personal highlights from the past 12 months …

  • Having finished the Munros in 2014, I “only” climbed 102 hills in 2015. 2 Munros, 14 Corbetts, 2 Grahams, 21 Donalds and many other smaller hills
  • I ran up the nearest hill in my app (Allermuir) 26 times!
  • I went on 184 runs, clocking up over 1500 km (same as last year) with over 42 km of ascent (well over four Everests!)
  • I completed the Pentland Skyline race in October in 3h59:09
  • My new job is going really well, and we are just in the process of moving offices

Some app highlights …

  • My website had 80,518 views from 30,012 visitors
  • There were 1026 comments, which probably means I answered over 500 queries (or 1-2 per day!)
  • I only did 7 app updates throughout the year: 3 on Account Tracker, 2 on Hill Lists, 1 on Meter Readings and 1 on my Mac app
  • I deprecated support for Windows Phone as the platform was just not viable (for me)
  • I have just submitted a PRO version of Account Tracker, adding support for Apple Watch, 3D Touch, AirDrop … etc

(Shamelessly copied and edited from last year)