Archive for February, 2017

A Week In Review

February 25, 2017 Comments off

atmac-64x64 Last Sunday afternoon, I finally had everything lined up and submitted Account Tracker for Mac to Apple for review.

On the Monday morning, I was being paranoid and decided I needed to add one more security feature, so I rejected my own submission. I added support for automatically backing up your data in the background, just in case a bug on the Mac corrupts your database and the changes are synced back to iOS. The Mac app can export these backups back to iOS over AirDrop. Phew!

I resubmitted the app on Tuesday evening at 9:40pm (GMT). It went into review at 11:29pm (surprisingly quickly), but I woke up on Wednesday to a rejection notification! The app violated one of Apple’s rules around iCloud.

I quickly added an alternative launch option to let users view a backup file, a bit like ATB Viewer, however I fully expect most (all?) users to enable syncing instead.

iTunes was down (or very slow!) on Wednesday evening, so it took until Thursday morning (7:13am) to re-submit my new app. It went into review at 6:43pm and by 11:06pm it was approved. Result!

Despite the setback, caused entirely by me not fully reading what is and isn’t allowed, I was impressed with the very quick turnarounds by Apple. A few years ago, each submission and review would have taken 1-3 weeks!

So there we are, Account Tracker for Mac is ready to be released. I have a few minor things to do in preparation, so I plan to do this next weekend.

Sorry for the delay.

Account Tracker for Mac submitted to Apple

February 19, 2017 Comments off

atmac-64x64 Despite the version number (5.2.1), this is the first release of Account Tracker for the Mac platform.

It supports two-way syncing with your iOS app (initially over iCloud), letting you view, edit and manage your data on the bigger screen of your Mac. You can also add and bulk edit transactions and easily reconcile your accounts. Changes are automatically synced back to your iOS devices on close.

Note that this is NOT a standalone Mac app!  It doesn’t really do anything unless you have Account Tracker PRO (for iOS) acting as a PRIMARY (sync) device. The basic version of Account Tracker (iOS) will also work, but only if you previously bought the Personal Sync upgrade.

UPDATE: as an alternative to syncing, it can also be used to open and view a backup file, a bit like ATB Viewer. I don’t really expect anyone to use this feature though (almost everyone will want to enable syncing).

Not every feature of Account Tracker is supported on the Mac, most notably syncing over Dropbox (which will be added soon). A full comparison of these apps can be found here. If a feature that is really important to your workflow is not yet supported on the Mac, PLEASE DO NOT BUY IT YET. Instead let me know what is missing so I can prioritise adding these additional features and workflows.

Thank you for your ongoing support!


ATB Viewer for Mac 5.2.1 now available

February 14, 2017 Comments off

atbv-64x64 Bringing my backup viewer into line with the full version of Account Tracker (for Mac), coming very soon!

No new functionality but I have tidied up a lot of peripheral stuff like screen sizes and table selections. I have also fixed a few bugs.

Just doing some final testing on Account Tracker itself, before submitting to Apple in a few days. For a full comparison of features between iOS, the Mac and my backup viewer, please see this post.