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Account Tracker for Mac now available

March 5, 2017 Comments off

atmac-64x64I am pleased to announced the general availability of Account Tracker for Mac (version 5.2.2).

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.

Before upgrading and setting it up (see my next post), I recommend making a new backup on iOS and exporting that off your device, e.g. by using iCloud (*), Dropbox or simply emailing it to yourself.

* if using automatic syncing in Account Tracker PRO, note that only your most recent backups are saved to iCloud. Better to email yourself a copy instead, so you always have a copy of your data before you started syncing to/from the Mac.

Hill Lists 5.1 now available

March 3, 2017 Comments off

hlicon57 Updated to version 15.4 of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH), a routine update with three significant Marilyn relocations and a few promotions (HuMPS, Nuttalls, Simms and Synges).

When showing a map of surrounding hills, include the nearest 500 (hills) rather than those within an 80 km/50 mile radius. The latter is not so good in flat areas!

When tapping on a climbed hill (i.e. one with a green pin), the date(s) and number of ascents may be shown.

Note that you now require iOS 8 or above. Older versions (of iOS and my app) will continue to work, but you will no longer get updates.

ATB Viewer 5.2.2 now available

March 3, 2017 Comments off

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Bug fixes and minor changes. Plus keeping the app inline with the full version of Account Tracker to be released on Sunday!

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.

Account Tracker Features vs Platform

January 15, 2017 Comments off

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The following table shows the main features of Account Tracker (as of version 5.2.2) and how they are supported on both the Mac version 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
Reconcile Transactions Y Y N
Delete Transactions Y Y N
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
CSV Import Y N N
CSV Export Y N N
PDF Export Y N N
Alerts Y N N
Backup and Restore Y Y Y(*) ATB Viewer can read and view backup files
iCloud Syncing Y(1) Y Y(2) 1) Account Tracker PRO only (or the basic version if you previously bought the Personal Sync upgrade)

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 (or the basic version if you previously bought the Family Sync upgrade)

2) ATB Viewer can read and view backup files on Dropbox, but not sync

PIN Code Access Y Y(*) Y(*) Edit/set on iOS
Touch ID Y N N