Cashculator Free 1.2.8 now with In-App Purchase and sandboxing

Today (Aug 3rd) we released to the Mac App Store version 1.2.8 Cashculator Free. Only the free version was updated and it includes the following important changes:

  • It is Lion-only. It won’t run on Snow Leopard.
  • It can now be unlocked through In-App purchase to have all the features of the regular Cashculator version. This means unlimited planning into the future and unlimited number of “what-if” scenarios.
  • Cashculator is now working inside the sandbox, which is an important new security feature in Lion. This brings increased protection from possible hackers if they break Cashculator to do their bidding. For example, Cashculator now won’t be able to access files on your file system, except the files it needs for work or your CSV exports.
  • Important: Because Cashculator works in the sandbox now, it also means that the database is moved to the application’s container, which is a special folder in the user’s Library folder (which is by default hidden in Lion).
    In non-sandbox Cashculator, the database was at [user home]/Library/Application Support/cashculator/ folder, and now it is in [user home]/Library/Containers/com.apparentsoft.cashculatorfree/Data/Library/Application Support/cashculator/. Yes, much deeper in the folder hierarchy.
  • One of the features that was hit by sandboxing was the ability to have Cashculator’s database in any location in the file system and not only inside the Application Support. This is now not possible (remember the container?) so if you had your database in a custom folder, you should copy it inside the container folder above. If you didn’t move your database manually, you don’t need to do anything. All files will be moved inside the container automatically.

To celebrate this event we temporarily set the price of the in-app purchase at 33% discount of the regular price.

Note, only the Free edition of Cashculator requires OS X Lion. The regular version of Cashculator on the Mac App Store works on 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and the version available directly on our site is a Universal binary running on PPC or Intel on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

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7 Responses to “Cashculator Free 1.2.8 now with In-App Purchase and sandboxing”

  1. Michael Says:

    Am trying to upgrade via in-app and keep getting an ” Error performing in-app purchase transaction. Unknown Error”. Any suggestions?

  2. Jacob Says:

    Hello Michael.

    We see in-app purchases we working for other people. So it’s probably something with your system, but not sure about that.

    I suggest you click on the Support link above and start a private discussion with us there, as it’s more appropriate for such support topics.

  3. Michael Says:

    Okay. Sorry about that. I’ll do that instead.


  4. Duarte Harris Cruz Says:


    First let me congratulate the team on the App. It’s intuitive, easy-to-use and it works exactly like what I had in mind when I thought about budgeting.

    I’ve just installed Mac OS X Lion (on my MacBook) today (and the respective cashculator version), and now I can’t find a way to sync with dropbox.

    Am I correct to assume that’s due to working inside a sandbox enviroment?

    Can you tell me if, and if so, when this will be “fixed”?

    Whether it’s “fixed” or not, will it be able to sync with iCloud?

    One last question, I can’t find cashculator for iPhone/iPad. Do you have plans to release a “mobile” version?

    Thank you again for the app and for the attention. Take care.

  5. Jacob Says:

    Hello Duarte.

    Yes, Dropbox syncing is gone because of Sandbox. Technically there’s a way still to overcome this by creating symbolic link from dropbox to the relevant folder in container in the command line (terminal) but I’m not 100% sure. Perhaps Sandbox restricts this as well.

    iCloud syncing with iPhone app is planned for version 2 of Cashculator, along with other changes but no schedule for that yet.

    We’re close to releasing an iPhone version of Cashculator but it won’t sync with Cashculator 1. As I said sync will come in version 2 of both apps.

  6. Duarte Harris Cruz Says:

    Thank you for your quick response, Jacob.

    Will the v2 read and edit the scenarios done in v1? Will the update from v1 to v2 be paid or free to current V1 advanced planning users?

    Thank you again.

  7. Jacob Says:


    yes, v2 will work with v1 scenarios. The update will be paid. The price is not determined yet. It’s also far from being ready.

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