2013 In Review
It’s been great!
Now… let’s talk about 2014. We plan on this being a big year for iBank. Normally we don’t share plans like these because it often raises more questions than we can answer just yet. So let me preface this by saying that these things are all in different stages of development and they will be launching throughout the year. As we have more to share, we will. Until then, here is a brief preview of 2014.
iBank for iPad 2.1 – We are planning some major features for next point release of iBank for iPad. The ground work for a lot of these features was laid down in iBank for iPad 2.0. One of the most requested features for iBank for iPad is search, so we will put that in iBank 2.1. The other often-requested feature goes by a few names: transaction templates, transaction auto-complete, and payee type-ahead. If you have used our other products then you have most likely seen this feature. It’s activated as you are typing in the payee field of a transaction; iBank will auto-fill the rest of the payee name, the transaction amount and the categories. This saves a lot of time over entering transactions by hand. Finally, let me just say that iOS 7 took us a bit by surprise. We first saw iOS 7, along with the rest of the world, at WWDC in June. This caused us to shuffle some of the development priorities of iBank for iPad. As such we are still fine tuning some of our iOS 7 code and you will see more of this with iBank for iPad.
iBank Mobile 2.0 – We really want to maintain the simple nature of iBank Mobile. It is designed to quickly enter transactions on the go, and we want to keep it that way. Yet we want to add a bunch of features that people have been asking for a while now – for example, budgets. We are also redesigning iBank Mobile for iOS 7. You will hear a lot more about iBank Mobile 2.0 as we get closer to a release.
iBank Mac 5.1 – We have received great response to iBank Mac 5.0. In general people love it… and to quote one customer, “Downloaded, Upgraded and Wowed.” However, a lot changed in iBank 5, and with changes of this scope, some unintentional disruption of the app’s usability is all but inevitable. This next point release of iBank Mac is designed to fix some of those issues introduced in 5.0; for example, being able to see what accounts have new transactions that were downloaded without switching to each account.
Cloud Sync – We have had across-product syncing for a long time, so long that it was really designed in a different age of computing. It was built with the assumption that the Mac was always the hub of any sync process, and it was optimized to work with MobileMe. When Apple ended MobileMe, we had high hopes for iCloud but the limitations both technical and contractual made this solution untenable. So for some time now we have been defining and designing what we want in a sync solution. First and foremost we want to remove the Mac as the hub, so you will be able to sync any iBank device to any other iBank device. We have a long list of other features but that will have to wait for another blog post.
These are just some of the things that we are planning for 2014. I hope everyone has VERY HAPPY HOLIDAYS, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR. See you on the other side.