Category: Announcements

Hint: Zero-in on a location. All you need is a comma.

A new feature gradually appeared in the Toshl Finance apps in the recent months. Wondering if you’ve noticed it already?

 

Let’s say you’re adding a location to your expense or income, but are already far away from the place where the purchase happened. Normally, Toshl suggests closest places around you. When you search, it will also search for venues in an about 30 kilometre radius. That can be quite useless when already further away.

 

That’s why you can now specify the town or city where the expense took place. Simply type-in the name of the venue you’re looking for, add a comma (,) and add the town or city where the venue is.

 

For example, let’s look for a pub called “Godec” in Ljubljana*, the capital of Slovenia.

Search for: “Godec, Ljubljana”

 

location searching with town / city parameter

expense with foursquare location selected

 

There you go. Your beers can now be properly attributed to your purveyor of choice, even if you’ve only thought of noting it in Toshl the next day.

 

*Yeah, Ljubljana is actually spelled that way. Pronunciation isn’t that difficult though, just go with: “Loo-blah-nah”, like most locals do.

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Two-factor Authentication Now Available in Toshl Finance Apps

New feature time! This one will help make your Toshl account more secure, just in case.

 

We’ve added two-factor authentication to Toshl.
You can turn it ON in the user settings (Me) in the web app.

 

You’ll need an up to date Toshl app for this to work. Most likely, it has already updated automatically.

 

2-factor authentication is supported in:

Toshl Finance for Android – version 2.0.17 and higher

Toshl Finance for iOS – version 2.0.14 and higher

Toshl Finance Web App – always up to date

 

 

Once two-factor authentication is turned on, your account will be protected by an additional code generated by an authentication app every 30 seconds. If anyone manages to guess or obtain your password, they won’t be able to log in without that extra code.

It’s optional, but we recommend everyone to set it up.

See the tutorial Two-Factor Authentication and How to Use It for more info on how it works and how you can set it up yourself.

 

 

The newest apps also contain some hints of things to come in Toshl Finance. Did you find them? Perhaps our Florentine friends can offer some insight?

Leopoldo Medici Toshl monster

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Roaming the Apple Orchards in Search of Freshness

As spring slowly gives way to summer*, Toshl monsters take a gander at their Apple orchard. Much like with the Android release a few weeks earlier, warmer times call for a style update as well as some nifty features a long the way.

 

In simpler terms, we’ve published the 2.0.13 iOS app update  with quite significant improvements.

 

– general style update with fresher colors

– easier to read expense and income lists, with description previews and days of the week

– refreshed Monthly overview and River flow graphs

– budget list with better grouping and today indicators on all budgets

– better looking entry and budget details

– support and tutorials are now easier to access

 

 

The latest version of the Toshl Finance iOS app is available on the App Store.

 

*Our apologies in advance to readers in the Southern Hemisphere who are not experiencing spring at the moment. No need to get all riled up at our apparent ignorance, your revenge shall come soon enough as you’ll head for summer while us northerners shall brace for winter’s embrace. Feel free to visit in the meantime.

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Spring Is in The Air. Androids in Full Bloom.

Spring time*. Time for renewal and more sparing clothing, appropriate for the warmer times. Toshl monsters took this quite literally and went full monty instead of wearing winter clothes wherever they appear in the apps. No worries though, their anatomy is abstract enough for the app to remain modest despite their exhibitionist tendencies.

 

Elsewhere, the changes are less literal, but more significant. Download Toshl Finance for Android 2.0.16 and see for yourself.

 

Expense / income lists

The lists have improved both in layout and style. We’ve improved the fonts, colors and the layout to make the information easier and quicker to understand at a glance.

  • amounts are better highlighted
  • there’s more visual difference between categories and tags
  • entries are more clearly grouped by date with subtle shadows and borders in between
  • new 2-row layout with descriptions displaying when they’re present
  • dates in the list now include day of the week in front
  • nicer image & text when there’s no data to display

 

Budget list

  • much clearer layout, especially with monthly budgets for all and categories on top
  • added today indicators for all budgets on the list (not just in details anymore)
  • nicer image & text when there’s no data to display

 

Budget details

  • nicer looking graph layout
  • budget history graph no longer confused by negative rollovers

 

Monthly overview

  • nicer looking graph layout
  • color of the title bar is now transparent

 

Add expense / income

  • after selecting a category, tags belonging to it are displayed more prominently than the rest of the tags

 

General

  • added a new app splash screen
  • support for larger screened devices with new scree different aspect ratios (like the new Samsung Galaxy S8)
  • grey colored calendar selector when adding transfers
  • fixed a crash after frequent system languages changes
  • fixed starting steps skip issue
  • other minor bug fixes

 

As always, the latest Toshl Finance app is available on Google Play.

 

 

*Our apologies in advance to readers in the Southern Hemisphere who are not experiencing spring at the moment. No need to get all riled up at our apparent ignorance, your revenge shall come soon enough as you’ll head for summer while us northerners shall brace for winter’s embrace. Feel free to visit in the meantime.

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The Fate of Toshl on Windows Phone

There is no easy way to write this, so I won’t beat around the bush too much.

We’re cancelling the Windows Phone version of Toshl.

We’re immensely sorry and disappointed that this is how it turned out. Our intention was to bring the full Toshl Finance 2.0 functionality to Windows Phone, but it increasingly became clear that this is no longer feasible.

 

What happened?

When we started to plan the 2.0 version of Toshl a few years back, Windows Phone was one of the three main mobile platforms that we were going to make the app for. As we’re a small team, launching simultaneously on three mobile platforms, web app for desktops and tablets, as well as a new backend system was not a realistic proposition.

Therefore we needed to prioritize which mobile platforms to launch on first. We did so based on the general market share of the mobile platform, share among Toshl users, as well as the difficulty of development given the number of different hardware configurations, testing etc. We decided on launching the new backend coupled with the web app and the iOS app first, with Android coming some months later and Windows Phone a bit later still.

When we initially started thinking about our 2.0 plans, the Windows Phone platform was the smallest of the three, but with a reasonable chance for a comeback. By the time we were able to fully start the Windows Phone app development, those chances of a comeback had unfortunately dwindled. We decided to persevere.

We had already made promises to people using Toshl on Windows Phone. Promises which we intended to keep. The wireframes and designs were long ready, as was our Windows Phone developer, who was previously helping to build parts of the new Toshl backend system. If nothing else, the platform’s market share seemed sufficient to at least recoup our development costs with the new Windows Phone version.

 

We then hurried to catch up with the other two Toshl mobile apps. Made plans, time estimates, reviewed the designs once more, kept developing. Time estimates unfortunately turned out to be overly optimistic. The release still seemed in sight, we re-evaluated the plans, set some new deadlines and went back to work.

While the app showed a lot of progress and seemed ready for Beta testing at a superficial glance, it still had major reliability issues which prevented us from moving out of the internal alpha testing stage. Some of the features of the other apps were still omitted for expediency’s sake. We’d had to finish them later on, while still maintaining the apps and fixing some bugs which inevitably crept in. This, coupled with the rapid fall of downloads on the Windows Store as well as the general market share of the platform brought in the heavy realization.

We cannot go on developing for Windows Phone.

Breaking our promise to finish the 2.0 version for Windows was the last thing we wanted to do, but circumstances unfortunately left us between Scylla and Charbydis. We have to consider the future of the entire Toshl company and apply ourselves to projects which will enable the company to prosper and evolve for a long time to come.

 

What now?

We are stopping the development of the Windows Phone app.

The current version of the app will be available on the Windows Store until May 15th, when it will be withdrawn.

The sync of the current app and other old Toshl v1 apps will continue to work until September 2017 when we will be shutting down the old system.

The v2 apps will continue to sync normally throughout this time. Make sure you have syncing turned on. By syncing, your data form the Windows Phone app is automatically backed up on the server and you can access it using the v2 web app or other Toshl apps.

 

Toshl Pro

Some of you might have already bought yearly Toshl Pro subscriptions going past September 2017. Sadly we won’t be able to provide services on Windows Phone beyond that point. You will be able to continue to use the toshl.com web app and Toshl apps on other mobile platforms with the same Toshl account.

If you would like a refund for the part of the Toshl Pro subscription beyond September 2017, please contact us on support@toshl.com.

If you upgraded using in-app purchases inside the WP app, things are a bit more complicated as the payment system there unfortunately does not enable us to process the refunds ourselves. Please contact the Windows Store support. Alternatively, we can offer an extension of Toshl Pro for use on other platforms if that is an option for you.

 

What will you do with the existing work on the app?

Not much really. As we can’t invest further resources into it, I am afraid it will only be archived. We are willing to share our existing source code if you would like to make an unofficial Toshl client app connecting via the developer API.

If you’re a coder and this sounds like an interesting challenge, please contact us and we’ll do what we can to help.

 

 

We once more offer our sincere apologies for this turn of events and hope that you continue to use Toshl apps to help with your finances in the future.

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