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Jun 19

GnuCash Android v1.6.0 release

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015 in Coding, GnuCash

I am pleased to announce the release of GnuCash Android version 1.6.0 after 5 beta pre-releases. The update will be made available through the Google Play store on a rolling basis over the next week. So don’t fret if you don’t see an update notification immediately. This releases adds several new features including the following: v1.6.0_nav_drawer

  • Scheduled backup of accounts and transactions
  • Report summary as bar, line or pie charts
  • New backup and restore options
  • Export GnuCash desktop-compatible XML
  • Numerous bug-fixes and improvements

You can also see the changelog for a more detailed listing of the changes. The minimum Android version supported by this release has been increased to Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4). This means that Froyo (2.2) devices will no longer receive updates. Judging from the statistics in the Play store, relatively few users will be affected by this.

This release also refines a lot of features including but not limited to import of scheduled transactions from XML, creating/restoring backups and auto-balancing of transactions with an imbalance account. There is also  improved compatibility of backup XML with GnuCash desktop. GnuCash desktop can now read the XML generated by GnuCash Android. This compatibility, combined with scheduled sync to DropBox/Google Drive, enables some interesting workflows with GnuCash desktop. We shall continue working to improve the interoperability between desktop and Android GnuCash.

Enjoy the release and let us know what you think of it!

Aug 15

GnuCash Android v1.4.0 release

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 in Coding, GnuCash

After more than 3 weeks in beta, GnuCash Android v.1.4.0 has finally been released to production today. Due to the significant architectural changes in this release, it is being made available on a rolling basis. So don’t fret if you don’t see an update notification right away.

GnuCash Android split editor

GnuCash Android split editor

The most significant change in this release is the introduction of split transactions. Each transaction can now have multiple split amounts. This was one of the most requested features and I’m glad it is finally available. Changes have been made to improve the reliability of account imports from GnuCash XML and resilience of database upgrades in future versions.

A summary of other changes in this release include:

  • Feature: Introduced a new Split editor for the creation and editing of splits
  • Feature: Use account-specific labels for CREDIT/DEBIT instead of just generic “debit” and “credit”
  • Feature: Import GnuCash XML files – accounts and transactions only
  • Feature: Back up transactions in an XML format (similar to GnuCash XML) called .gnca (Gnucash Android)
  • Feature: Option for saving opening balances before deleting transactions
  • Improved: Updated processes for moving, creating, exporting, deleting transactions to work with splits
  • Improved: Updated computation of account and transaction balances to be in line with accounting principles
  • Improved: Updated color (red/green) display to match movement in the account, and not a representation of the side of the split

A big thank you to all the beta testers who patiently put the pre-release versions through its paces and reported bugs and suggestions for improvement.

For those who do not use the Play Store to install apps, the properly signed application package can also be downloaded from Github.