Cashculator 1.2.2 adds better Dropbox and multiple databases support

The new Cashculator 1.2.2 adds support for switching databases which are located in different folders. This allows using multiple copies of Cashculator on different Macs and share the same database, for example, with the famous Dropbox service.

This also opens the possibility to have multiple Cashculator databases and switch between them. For example, you might want to split your business and personal databases, if you share the business database.

To switch to another existing database, in Cashculator’s preferences you change the database location like previously. But now, if the selected folder already contains a database, in additional to “Cancel” and “Overwrite” commands, you have a new option: “Use existing database”. If you click it, Cashculator will immediately restart itself with the database in the selected folder.

Other changes in the release include:

  • NEW: Database backups are now always saved in subfolder of the folder where your database is and not always in “/Library/Application Support/cashculator/Backups”. In conjunction with the ability to to load different databases from different folders, you’ll have separate backups for each database. Also, this allows you to better control the backup process of your database backups and in security aspect, if you keep your Cashculator database in a secured volume.
  • NEW: Added context menu to scenarios. Now you can right click on a scenario to access common function.
  • BUG FIX: negative numbers can now be entered in reconcile table’s starting balances.

As always, use auto-update in your current Cashculator copy or download from http://www.apparentsoft.com/cashculator/download

What’s new in Cashculator 1.2

Cashculator 1.2 brings three main changes to Cashculator, all of which were driven by our customers’ feature requests and our own vision. These are:

Export tables to CSV file

You can now export the amounts that you see in the cells as a CSV file. A CSV file can be opened by all spreadsheet applications. Cashculator defaults to exporting what you see right now in the table – the selected scenario, current screen (income or expenses), current filter for the view (Plan, Actual or Combined) and the horizon. Cashculator will even propose a file name for your export based on these values. If you want, you can still modify the screen and the filter in the save dialog:

Cashculator CSV Export dialog
CSV export has several benefits:

  • You can import the data into your favorite spreadsheet application to perform some analyses or build some graphs that Cashculator doesn’t currently allow
  • You can print the table from the spreadsheet, until Cashculator support printing by itself
  • CSV export of the data also prevents “vendor lock-in”. Some potential customers were afraid of the closed nature of Cashculator. It’s a valid concern. Users should have the ability to get their date out of the application in a portable format

Comments for “transactions”

This is a major but non-intruding improvement to how you can keep track of your transactions. While for the sake of simplicity Cashculator doesn’t keep separate transactions, you could keep simple records by writing expenses as sums, for example, you could write in a cell “100+200” and you’ll see 300 but pressing Enter on the cell would show you the 100+200 string and you could add to it. Yet, when this list grows you might not remember what these numbers mean. This was especially true for multi-month transactions. You could use cell notes in the sidebar to write some remarks but it was uncomfortable.

Introducing Comments. The new Comments feature allows you to add description of the specific transaction right into the text of the cell. So now, you can write the following “100(Dress)+200(Jeans)”. The cell will still show you 300 but the full text with the comments is now saved. Cashculator - Tutorial - Expenses.jpg

In addition, for split transactions the current and total count of payments is automatically added to the comment. If you write “800/4(insurance)” in a cell you’ll get 4 cells, where the first will be “200(insurance 1/4)”, the second will get “200(insurance 2/4) etc. This works for all split transactions with “/” or with “*”. Comments can also be added to transactions from the sidebar with the new “Comment” text field.

Another additional to this is that we simplified how you can see the cell’s contents without pressing “Enter” on the cell since it enters an edit state, which is not something you might want. You can now see cell’s content both with keyboard and with a mouse.

If you hover over a cell, you’ll get the text of the cell in a floating tooltip. We’re forcing the tooltips to show fast, without large delay as usual. tooltip.jpg

The second way to show the details is with a keyboard. When standing on a cell press the Space key. A floating window will popup to show the cell’s content. Press any key to remove the window or click somewhere with the mouse. What’s good is that unlike pressing Enter it doesn’t enter edit state and you still see the sum of the cell. floating window

We’re very happy with this elegant solution to keeping track of your expenses details. We’re sure you’ll find this new ability very convenient.

Scenario notes

We’ve added support to add notes to your scenarios, if the scenario name doesn’t hold enough information to differentiate them. To enter a note for a scenario, select a scenario in the sidebar and from the scenarios menu on the bottom or in File/Scenario click “Scenario notes…”. Scenario notes.jpg

An dialog will open where you can enter the text. To see the notes you can either open the scenario notes again or simply hover with the mouse over the scenario name in the table the notes will appear in a tooltip. It couldn’t be any easier to remind you what this scenario stands for. New Scenario.jpg

Bug fixes

Cashculator 1.2 also fixes some bugs that we and our customers have found. one major bug was related to disappearing totals for customers who move time zones. Another bug could cause issues when using password protection.

Cashculator 1.2 is a must have update for all Cashculator users. And it’s a free update, so there should be no regrets. Download Cashculator now.

Cashculator 1.1.6 adds several new features

Cashculator 1.1.6 has been released with the following new features:

  • NEW: Cell details sidebar can now be closed/opened using a button below it
  • NEW: Scenario names are now sorted by name. Default scenario is still the first
  • NEW: Last used view (actual, plan, both or combined) is now remembered between launches

Use auto-update in Cashculator menu or download here.

Cashculator 1.1.5 fixes averages bug

There was a bug in Cashculator 1.1.4 and average plan calculations. Release 1.1.5 fixes this bug. All users are encouraged to update their copies.

Hit “Check for updates…” in Cashculator’s menu or download the new .DMG from the site.

A new newsletter was also sent out to all Cashculator subscribers. Including news and Cashculator tips. Check out previous newsletters at and subscribe from the same page.

Cashculator 1.1.4 fixes a critical bug

A bug was present in Cashculator 1.1.3 that could cause Cashculatorto hang in some cases when switch plan to average mode. Thanks to Dan for finding this and leading to the cause. Full release notes:

  • FIX: Cashculator could sometimes hang when switching plan to Average
  • Updated German localization All tutorials are now available in German
  • Updated Russian localization All tutorials are now available in Russian

As usual, autoupdate from Cashculator menu or download from http://www.apparentsoft.com/cashculator/download

Cashculator 1.1.3 released

Cashculator version 1.1.3 has the following changes:

  • NEW: Database location can now be selected. Useful for using with DropBox, for example, to sync your Macs, or for backup purposes.
  • NEW: Shortcuts for common category functions – new categories and icon selection.
  • FIX: Tutorials scenario did not populate the test data in localized environment.
  • Added German localization (including introductory tutorial)
  • Added Russian tutorials (introductory and some more)
  • Added introductory tutorial in French
  • Some previously missing translations were added for some phrases

Auto-update or download from http://www.apparentsoft.com/cashculator/download.

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