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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