We’re excited to announce the launch of Trail Wallet 3, now available in the App Store!
Trail Wallet has been keeping travellers on budget for over two years, starting from very humble beginnings and evolving into something that provides a good chunk of our monthly income and boasts over 23,000 downloads and 172 reviews worldwide with an average rating of 4.4 stars. Which is nuts, you guys!
Throughout its life, Trail Wallet has had a wafer thin hint of personality (it was only waa-fer thin). The little messages that appear on the summary screen were part of the app from day one, and my original vision was to have a cartoon banker praising or admonishing your budgeting prowess (depending on your financial management) mostly because I find budgeting tedious and I like cartoons and I thought if budgeting had cartoons, maybe it would be less tedious because logic.
Of course, there turned out to be many more important features to add first (not to mention many important bug fixes) and so this idea was pushed further and further down the to-do list, where it stayed buried for many thousands of hours until it was rediscovered by a pair of hobbits out fishing on the river…
Cut to now, where I’m very excited to present the new Trail Wallet themes!
This version introduces a range of new characters and themes that allow you to customise the app to suit your mood. Don’t like Erica’s snarky comments? Check out Gus, the Agreeable Dragon who is supportive however much damage you do to your budget. Want to be kept in line? Then Sir Reginald Greenworthy, the conservative London Banker, or TW-2603 Mk II, a robot who hates going over budget, will help keep you on track (or at least shout at you when you go off the rails).
I realise I’m at risk of alienating users and potential customers who don’t believe that vivid colour schemes, incompetent cartoon dragons, and budgeting should ever meet and to those people I can only say:
I am but a spec in history, appearing for the briefest of moments upon this rock that will continue to swing around a fortuitous ball of continual nuclear reactions for many millions of years long after I have permanently disappeared again. I spend most of my infinitesimal time here trying to come to terms with my own mammalian consciousness and the resultant realisation of just how incredibly improbable I am in this vast, cold nothingness whilst simultaneously trying to exert some form of control over my unconscious reptilian emotional responses to events and behaviours that I, ultimately, have little control over.
Creating apps is one of the many ways in which I deal with these continual feelings brought on by our sometimes touching and often comic attempts to deal with the impossible task of truly knowing ourselves while the universe continues on its inevitable and unalterable course to thermodynamic equilibrium.
The point is, perhaps having a purple dragon mixed in with your travel finances isn’t entirely a bad thing. You know, in the big scheme of things.
I am happy that I am slowly finding my way, discovering what I value and putting things out into the world that reflect those values—even if those values include mashing together travel budgeting, snarky robots and dumb but lovable dragons—and it feels good to stick my name to my own little slice of ridiculousness that, hopefully, contains a modicom of usefulness too.
We’re considering sharing the dirty financial secrets of our time as app developers (spoiler: it’s not all champagne and yachts—more like box wine and leaky kayaks) but, suffice to say, we couldn’t live on the app income alone. To continue developing Trail Wallet (which takes up the vast majority of my time) we need to increase our income, so we’re making these themes available as one-time In App Purchases—buy each one separately ($0.99), or all three at a discount ($1.99).
Do it. Do it now. The future of Trail Wallet literally depends on it.
If you decide that the themes aren’t for you (poor ol’ Gus), then you’ll be pleased to note that there’s a whole ton of new features and updates and bug fixes and improvements which will be available to everyone for free:
- By far the biggest feature request of 2014, category breakdowns!
- iPhone 6 and 6 plus support for you Big Phone Lovers.
- Finally—after two long, hard years of dealing with the awful iPhone simulation mode—the 10% of you that use Trail Wallet on the iPad can now enjoy native iPad support. Trail Wallet is a universal app. Woot!
- A completely redesigned summary screen with animated chart showing the previous five day’s spending (tap on a day to see that day’s total), as well as the daily and trip budget remaining (tap on the progress view to see your trip budget)
- Improved pie chart, including support for different currencies (tap the centre of the chart to change) and daily average per category.
- Improved export and sharing of budget data.
- Optional automatic deletion of all amounts spread over multiple days.
- Improved currency search—you can now search by currency code as well as country name. Which is interesting as well as useful. You can see how many countries use the USD as their main currency (it’s quite a lot).
- Improved accessibility support, including support for dynamic type and VoiceOver because Trail Wallet should be easy for everyone.
If you already own Trail Wallet, have automatic updates enabled and are running iOS 8, you might already have this shiny new version on your iDevice. If not, have a look in the App Store app and see if it’s there.
I hope you like it!
As part of the big 3-point-Oh launch, I’ve put together a new video that runs through the basic functionality of the app if you’re new to The Wallet:
You should go and check out their websites because they were amazingly helpful and helped make the app infinitely better.
Finally, thank you. Yes, you. Reading this. Right now.
Creating apps has been one of the most enjoyable and challenging things I’ve ever done and I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported us by buying the app, rating it on the App Store, cheering us on from the sidelines, writing about it, mentioning it in comments, and recommending it to their friends.
It’s a privilege to be able to do this and I wouldn’t be here without your support.
As always, if you have any comments or issues or suggestions, then feel free to get in touch over at Voyage Travel Apps.
With much love,
P.S. No, unfortunately there won’t be an Android version any time soon (see the section about box wine and leaky kayaks). Sorry.
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