19. September 2013
With Next 1.0 we created a new way to track expenses on the go. We believe it was the simplest and fastest way to do this. The feedback has been mostly great and we want to thank all of you for this.
Today we’re launching Next 2.0, which is a free update. It makes the app even better and adds many features, without making it complicated.
Many users missed the ability to add notes in the first version, now you can do this with one tap. We just wanted to find the right way to implement this feature and we think we have found it. When we added the notes feature, it was obvious we needed to add an editing functionality as well. We could have made this easy and like it is in almost every other app. Tap on a row and a new view (a modal view) comes up where you can edit the values. But this wasn’t good enough for us and it wouldn’t fit with the philosophy of Next. In hindsight the solution is obvious: Inline editing. You tap on the text, a keyboard pops up and you edit it. You tap on the amount, and a number pad pops up. And for the categories? The same. A keyboard pops up containing all your categories. That’s it. It’s really simple and feels at home in the app. No popups, you just edit the values where they already are.
While the app still supports iOS 6, it really shines on iOS 7. We refined most of the UI and animations. For example if you add an expense, the bouncing of the category icons corresponds to the amount (compared to the average amount of the selected category) and now the surrounding icons bounce too. It makes the app feel alive. We added many such touches because we think the following is true: “The details are not the details. They make the design.” – Charles Eames
Another small but handy feature can be found in the statistics. If you tap a row (category row or the total amount) the history is shown. Now you can tap and hold on this graph to view the top expenses of a certain timeframe.
In addition to this there are many small improvements, we added 4 new icons and the app is now localized in french too (which means it’s now in english, german, japanese and french).
Next 2.0 is available in the AppStore.
We hope you give it a try and enjoy the app as much as we enjoyed making it.
Here’s a little video we made for it:
5. August 2013
We just uploaded a short teaser of what will be Next 2.0. It will be ready this fall and have some great new features (maybe you can guess one by watching the teaser ;)), an updated design, new icons, many improvements. I’m sure you will love it. In the meantime watch the video or get the current version, if you haven’t already.
19. July 2013
I wanted to quickly explain why we released a free version of our birthday/anniversary reminder app Yearly.
Since Yearly never was a best-seller, we thought it’s the perfect app to start an experiment. We really don’t like ads, I can’t say this enough. So normal “ugly” ads were never an option. We also didn’t want to make the paid app free, it wouldn’t be fair for existing users. So we decided to make a new app with the exact same functionality as the paid version. With just one difference: It shows the icons of our other iPhone apps on the bottom of the screen.
We think it’s a good compromise and I love that we can put an app we put much love into it, in the hands of many new users – for free. We’ll see how this little experiment goes, so if you don’t own Yearly yet or just want to support us, you can download Yearly Free here in the AppStore
11. July 2013
We’re very happy and proud to announce BudgetBook 2.0. It wasn’t easy getting there. Last year we were hopeful to launch a new BudgetBook version, complete with iPhone app and iCloud sync. But the problems with iCloud didn’t make this possible (for the moment).
But let’s talk about BudgetBook 2.0 for iPad. We completely rewrote most of the code, the user interface is all new. It has a much more modern look and is easier to use. We rethought the navigation. Now you only have to tap on an account and then there are 3 tabs for this account: Transactions, recurring transactions and statistics. Navigating between accounts is now much easier and faster.
There’s also a new help section in the settings. But just have a look at the video we made, we hope you like it: