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.
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!
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.
The following table shows the main features of Account Tracker (as of version 5.2.1) and how they are supported on both the Mac version (coming soon) and my backup (ATB) viewer. It will be updated as development and new updates progress.
|Feature||Account Tracker for iOS||Account Tracker for Mac||ATB Viewer||Comments(*)|
|Add/Delete Accounts||Y||Y(*)||N||Edit on iOS, sync to the Mac|
|Add/Edit/Delete Account Groups||Y||Y(*)||N||Edit on iOS, sync to the Mac|
|Edit/View Account Settings||Y||Y(*)||Y(*)||Mac is read only|
|Hide Accounts||Y||Y(*)||Y(*)||Mac does this at the group level|
|Change Account Order/Move Between Groups||Y||Y||N|
|Add/Edit non-Split Transactions||Y||Y||N|
|Add/Edit Split Transactions||Y||Y(*)||N||Edit on iOS, sync to the Mac|
|Bulk Edit Transactions||Y(*)||Y||N||iOS can only bulk edit the details and category fields|
|Budgets||Y||Y(1)||Y(2)||1) Edit on iOS, sync to the Mac
2) ATB Viewer loses changes on close
|Reports||Y||Y||Y(*)||ATB Viewer loses changes on close|
|Backup and Restore||Y||N||Y(*)||ATB Viewer can read and view backup files|
|iCloud Syncing||Y(1)||Y||Y(2)||1) Account Tracker PRO only
2) ATB Viewer can read and view backup files on iCloud, but not sync
|Dropbox Syncing||Y(1)||N||Y(2)||1) Account Tracker PRO only
2) ATB Viewer can read and view backup files on Dropbox, but not sync
|PIN Code Access||Y||Y(*)||Y(*)||Edit/set on iOS|
Since my last update I have continued working on a few missing features.
Foreign transactions (including rate lookups) and almost all recurring transaction types are now supported, meaning that for day-to-day use, the only feature that will not work (initially) is splits. You will be able to create these on iOS and view them on the Mac, just not create or edit them.
I will be wrapping up development by the end of January (i.e. in 2-3 weeks), and will then start preparing the app for submission to Apple. Adding on the approvals process for a new app, and allowing for a few issues, I would expect to be able to release by the end of February.
I will then be adding Dropbox syncing support as soon as I can manage it, and of course implementing splits.
iCloud improvements and bug fixes, in preparation for my Mac app (coming soon).
Added a percentage increase/decrease to the balance report, based on the starting balance.
Note that you now require iOS 8 or above (which means the 6 year old iPhone 4 is no longer supported). Older versions (of iOS and my app) will continue to work in isolation, however syncing is not supported between different app versions (5.2 to 5.2.1 is ok).
UPDATE: if you notice the app freezing when running this version, please see my support page where the issue and fixes are discussed.
Continued steady progress on my Mac app during the past month. I have released 16(!) betas to a small number of testers, and feedback has been positive so far.
The app now supports syncing to and from iOS. You can edit most fields in existing transactions, as well as being able to add new ones. The three exceptions are …
1) foreign transactions, where the transaction currency is different to your account currency. You can’t create these on the Mac, nor can you view or edit the foreign amount if the transaction is created on iOS.
2) split transactions. You can’t create these on the Mac, nor can you view or edit the splits created on iOS. The budgets and reports will work though. Basically splits need to be manipulated on iOS.
3) recurring transactions. You can’t create these on the Mac, nor edit the period if the transaction is created on iOS. You can view them though, and end the series.
Some of these will be implemented before release, but not necessarily all. My thinking here is they can all be done on iOS and adding support for these on the Mac will take time (i.e. months).
Quite a lot of progress since my last update!
I managed to get iCloud working much more reliably, possibly more Apple’s doing than mine! I have since added editing support for the transaction date, details/location/payee, category, cheque/check number and notes. You can move, copy and delete transactions too, as well as turning reminders on and off. Next up is editing the transaction amount and a button to add a new transaction.
I will soon be at the stage of wanting some help testing this out before release. I can only support a very small number of users doing this, so will be looking for people willing to spend a bit of time testing out lots of editing combinations and syncing in particular. Ideally any career testers out there! Please get in touch if you are interested.
If you just want to see the new app, just run my backup viewer – it is almost identical!
Tentative plan is to release Account Tracker before Christmas (2016!). It will NOT (probably never) be a standalone app, rather it will require a PRIMARY device running on iOS to work. Initially it will use iCloud syncing only, however I will add Dropbox at some stage too. Finally it will require a Mac running macOS Sierra, old version of OS X will not be supported.