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Feb 10

GnuCash Android v1.3.0 released

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 in Coding, GnuCash

Just a public service announcement to the effect that version 1.3.0 of GnuCash for Android has been released to the Google Play Store.
This version includes numerous changes, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Mark favorite accounts and quickly access them
  • Display different tabs for recent, favorite and all accounts
  • Add, view and delete recurring transactions (daily, weekly, monthly)
  • Mark accounts as placeholder accounts (cannot contain transactions)
  • Set a default transfer account for each account
  • Color code accounts and themed account views
  • Create default GnuCash account structure from within app
  • Numerous bug fixes and improvements

For the full change log, visit the GitHub repository

Thanks to all who contributed in this release and the translators who dutifully put up with me bugging them for string updates.

Work on the next version will commence soon and I am excited for what is coming next.

Enjoy the release!

P.S. If you don’t see it in the Play Store yet, give it some time 😉

Dec 10

Announcing QIF support in GnuCash Android

Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Coding

Its been a long while since I last posted here. That’s partly due to the fact that the GnuCash Android releases which have been made since the last post have largely been announced on Google+, and they were mainly bug fixes etc.

When GnuCash Android was first released about a year ago, it came with support for exporting transactions in the OFX (Open Financial eXchange) format. However, there was still a lot of pain when importing into GnuCash desktop. Transactions were not automatically assigned to the corresponding GnuCash accounts, double-entry transactions were not supported, amongst other things.

Since then GnuCash Android has added support for importing the account structure from GnuCash desktop and also supporting different GnuCash account types, as opposed to only OFX account types. But OFX never really made it easy to import transactions.

qif_export_dialogAs from today, support for QIF (Quicken Interchange Format) export has been added and will be the default export format going forward. There were some for whom OFX worked fine, and the option for OFX export is still there. So if you already have a process that works for you, you can stick to it.

But for everyone else, QIF is the new black. 

There is also another important change included in this release, and that is the nomenclature and interpretation of CREDIT/DEBIT transactions. GnuCash Android did not originally support different account types, and CREDIT/DEBIT always meant increase/decrease of the account balance respectively. This has not always been very accurate with respect to the accounting principles used in GnuCash Android.

From version 1.2.6, CREDITs decrease the balance of Asset and Expense accounts, while DEBITs correspondingly increase the balance. This would make sense to long time GnuCash Android users, but may be totally unintuitive for those unused to the principle.

The combination of QIF and correct CREDIT/DEBIT accounting should make for a very seamless process of exporting transactions and importing them into GnuCash for desktop.

I hope you enjoy this release, and as always, I am looking forward to your feedback.

Jun 20

GnuCash Android v1.2.0 available in the Play Store

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Coding, GnuCash, User

Just a quick note to mention that the final release of GnuCash Android version 1.2.0 is now available from Google Play.

Since the release candidate, lots of internationalization has been done and one bug-fix for account import feature. Thank you goes to all the translators and those who provided feedback which shaped this release.

Just as a reminder, notable features in this release include:

  • Feature: Import GnuCash for desktop account structure
  • Feature: Nested display of account hierarchy
  • Feature: Options for deleting all accounts/transactions
  • Feature: Preliminary support for account types
  • Fixed: Account balance now takes sub-accounts into consideration
  • Fixed: Support for GnuCash ROOT account (will not be displayed)