Revolution! The best way to define the great work done to exhibit you the latest version of our Money Manager Pro app… A lot of things hab been changed to dramatically improve our app on both design and features sides….so…let’s show you what we’ve done:
|NEW HOME PAGE The new home page has beed revisited in order to offer you all the old and new features together with a lot of ‘at-a-glance’ information, avoiding navigating among pages to recover the main info you’re looking for. You now have 4 sections:
|BUDGET We’ve added the possibility of adding a monthly budget. At the app start-up, within the flows summary in the dashboard, the total amount of expenses is given by relating it to the defined budget. Also a visual indicator is present which shows the remaining available value.|
|CURRENCIES CONVERSION RATE
|TOTALS Each report page now can show you a panel containing the total amounts of the report flows. 3 different the total amounts are present, grouped by currencies: the one related to the charged flows, the one related to the pending flows (will be charged the next month) and the one related to the previous month that are charged during the current month.|
|FILTERS In each report we’ve improved the way of filtering flows by currency and by type (expenses/incomes/all).|
|NEW CHARTS We’ve improved the charts on both aesthetic side and given info side. They now show a pleasant animation when presented. The chart filters has also been improved, as already said for the reports.|
|PDF REPORTS In order to give our users coherent information, we changed the first page of the PDF reports. They now contains the same info shown by the totals panel.|
|QUICK SEARCH It is located in the Reports section. Search for all flows containing the user inserted text within the activity, category, item or note properties of each flow. During the text insertion the app suggests you words starting with entered text.|
|Other improvements Minor bug fixes and a better management of the pre-paid card recharge as requested by some users. Now the user can select if charge the flow on the card related account or not.|
We really hope those improvements will satisfy our current users and the ones who, in the future, would give a chance to our app… We would also thank all users who help us in making a better app by warning us about issues or by asking us for new features.
Money Manager Pro can be found in Windows Phone Store for $ 1.49 with a FREE TRIAL
|Here the link to download the app from the Windows Phone Store web page|
|Here the qrcode to jump to the app page with your phone|
|Restore Option||Restore Progress|
Here is another in our a series of articles, offering tips and tricks for both beginners and experienced users, courtesy of How to Windows Phone.
In this “how to” we will walk through the steps needed to restore your windows phone backup. Backup restoration process is different for Windows Phone 8 and 7x versions. We will discuss both.
Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8 stores the backup of your phone in the cloud using Skydrive associated with your phone’s primary account. You can read about how to back up your windows phone in this “how to”. For you to restore a backup in Windows Phone 8, you will need to hard reset your phone first. Read the “how to” on hard resetting the phonehere.
- After you have hard reset the phone, switch on the phone.
- While setting up enter the Microsoft account login of whose backup you need to restore.
- Once your phone is ready to set up, it will automatically look for any available backups.
- If there are any backup available, it will list them on the screen along with the date it was backed up.
- You can either choose to restore a backup or do a fresh setup.
Note: You can use the restore the backup to your phone even if you have taken the backup from a different manufacturer / model.
|Delete Backup||App List + Settings Backup||Backup Settings|
Here is another in our a series of articles, offering tips and tricks for both beginners and experienced users, courtesy of How to Windows Phone.
In our previous articles we have seen how to back up text messages, etc. In this how to, we will discuss how to manually backup your phone especially needed when you are changing your phone or hard resetting it.
- Navigate to settings.
- Tap on backup.
- Tap on “app list + settings”.
- Turn on “Backup” if you haven’t switched it on already.
- Tap on “back up now”.
To delete the existing backups,
- Tap advanced in “app list + settings”.
- Tap “delete”.
What stuffs gets backed up?
- Application List.
- Call history.
- Theme settings including color.
- All the accounts (Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Linkedin etc.).
- IE Favorites.
- All other phone settings.
What stuffs doesn’t get backed up?
- App specific settings.
- Tiles & Tile Settings.
Text Messages also will not get backed up with this operation. You will need to back up text messages separately as written in this how to.
Your pictures will not be backed up as a part of this process either. You will need to separately do this by turning on auto upload in the picture settings.
For some reason Microsoft appears to have an allergy to providing a real back-up service for Windows Phone users.
Windows Phone 7 users could back-up their phones via Zune, but only when flashing a ROM, and were out of luck otherwise. The backup would also not restore to a new phone, for example if you wanted to replace or upgrade to another handset.
Windows Phone 8 is somewhat better,Â but as All About Windows Phone notes in their editorial,Â that’s only compared to not having any back-up at all, and even that is debatable.
Currently the Windows Phone 8 back-up feature will only save certain â€œstuffâ€ to the cloud, including some settings, your list of installed apps and upload your photos to SkyDrive.
The Stuff includes:
- The list of apps you’ve installed on your phone.
- Your call history.
- Your theme color.
- The accounts you’ve set up on your phone.
- Your Internet Explorer favorites.
- Settings from around your phone, including photos, messaging, email and accounts, location, Internet Explorer, lock screen, Speech, and more.
What is not backed up is app settings, including databases created by 3rd party apps, games progress, live tile arrangements, passwords for email accounts and the actual apps, with only links to the apps in marketplace saved.
Other issues is that there is only one opportunity to restore, immediately after a hard reset, and that this occurs before WIFI is enabled, meaning it has to happen over 3G data, which can be costly if you are roaming, and can not be done at all without a SIM card in the phone. Â (Edit:Sushant notes you can not restore at all when roaming, because data is switched off by default!) AAWP calls this a â€œstunningly poor piece of UI designâ€.
AAWP writes how it SHOULD work:
Here’s How It Should Work
I should be able to press the back-up button on my phone, and the resulting archive file should contain everything about my phone. The back-up application should know all my personal details, address books, and email accounts. It should know which calendars I am syncing to. It should know which applications I have installed, and where all the data, saves, preferences, and other info is for each application. It should be able to back-up up my personal preferences, my live tile layout, and all the other tweaks I have made.
And it should do this not just to SkyDrive, but give me the option to dump this out to another computer either over the air, or over USB.
Why? Because the goal should be that if I need to reset my device, or it is swapped out for a new device, I want a one touch restore. I want my phone back the way it was… and it does it for me! If I’m travelling I don’t want to rely on a 3G data connection (and the cost involved) to get it from the cloud, I want a local copy.
A back-up is only as good as the data taken off the device, and the data put back on the device.
Here’s How To Fix It
It’s simple. Please look up ‘back-up’ and ‘restore’ in a dictionary and just do it.
My own, slightly more detailed suggestion would be to allow users to have a choice about what is backed up and what is restored, much like old Windows Mobile utilities offered, and whether the back-up should be stored in the cloud or not.
The current effort is pretty amateurish, and users will discover this only after they are already in crisis.
As AAWP notes, is a proper solution really too much to ask.
In the above video WPBox looks at the process of backing up and restoring apps and settings from one Windows Phone 8 handset to another, and finds the process relatively flexible, in that the software will allow one to maintain a separate backup for each different device, and also restore the backups at will from one device to another.
See the actual backup and restore process in video after the break.
WP7.hu posted a massive collection of Windows Phone 8 screen shots which gives us just a bit more information about the new OS.
The screen shots confirm that Windows Phone 8 will in fact be taking back-up seriously, and will allow text messages, apps and settings to be backed up to the cloud.
The images also show that the SD card can be used to store music, pictures and video, and also that users will be able to move photos after the fact to the SD card also.
The pictures also confirm updates can be installed automatically via OTA.
Bing wallpaper for the lock screen is now also an automatic setting and the Maps app will show nearby WIFI hotspots.
The Lock screen settings show how users will be able to customize the notifications sent to the lock screen, while the app list is finally revealed to look exactly the same as before.
Lastly one screen shot shows that elements of Smartglass will be built right into the OS e.g. being able to see what music is being played on your Xbox.
In terms of voice control, the app shows some apps will accept direct voice control e.g being able to set a note via voice.
See some more screen shots after the break.
Windows Live Program Manager reassures developers their apps will not be pulled for backing up to SkyDrive
Here is some reassurance for developers who are doing users a favour by backing up their precious data to SkyDrive, the cloud storage all Windows Phone owners have by default.
Dare Obasanjo, Lead Program Manager for Windows Liveâ€™s Developer Program has confirmed that such use is not recommended, but has also reassured developers that their apps will not be pulled for using the API in this manner.
We have previously posted a Microsoft rep saying â€œany apps that do this are at risk of being rejected from Marketplace, or pulled from Marketplace at a later time.â€
Backing up to SkyDrive of course fills the hole left by the absence of a useful backup feature on Windows Phone 7.5, which leave much of a userâ€™s 3rd party app data at risk of loss if something should happen to their handset.
Regarding the objection raised regarding cluttering SkyDrive with unreadable files, Brandon from Bc3tech has an excellent suggestion to manage this, suggesting developers store settings in SkyDrive using the schema below:
[SkyDrive root] â€˜- ProgramData â€˜- Windows Phone â€˜- [Publisher Name] â€˜- [Program Name]
Read more about his suggestion here.
**Now with Windows Live SkyDrive back up and restore, a double-sided Live Tile, and pop-up reminders**
If you are like me, you already use a full-featured money management program on your computer, and you don’t want to re-enter all of your financial information into a separate application on your phone or rely on email reminders to know when your bills are due.
Bill Reminder was written with those problems in mind. It gives you convenient, color-coded, reminders to quickly see when your bills are due; red for past due, yellow for due today, and green for not due yet.
No account numbers or amounts are required. Just enter a name, frequency, and next occurrence date, and Bill Reminder color codes and sorts your bills into the correct lists. Mark a bill as paid, and Bill Reminder automatically updates the next occurrence date, color code, and reminder lists.
For more screenshots and links to download the paid or free, ad-supported version, please click here or scan the QRCode.
One of the issues with Windows Phone is that you lose all your apps’ data when you upgrade to a new phone. However, developers can fix this by quickly implementing a backup/restore system via SkyDrive.
I realized that Windows Phone apps needed a backup solution, and so I added a simple SkyDrive backup system to my homework planner app, Power Planner. If you’re a developer, read the tutorial below to learn how to add the same system to your app!
Live Connect Account
First, you’ll have to setup a SkyDrive API account if you don’t have one. Go to the Live Connect site and login. It should prompt you to add your app’s details. Fill in your app name and language and click I Accept. Then go to the Application Settings Page, open the API Settings, and change the Mobile client app optionÂ to YES.Â Copy your Client ID number because you’ll need it later!
Now you need to download the Live SDK if you haven’t already. Go to Microsoft’s Download Page and download/install the MSI.
Adding References in your Project
Don’t forget to add the references to the Live SDK in your Visual Studio project! Add Microsoft.Live and Microsoft.Live.Controls to your references. Also, add System.Xml.Serialization (it’s used to serialize your data into a text file for uploading to SkyDrive). Continue reading
Rafael Rivera has given himself the challenge of creating a backup solution for Windows Phone Mango which will allow users to migrate to another device and still maintain applications settings and data, such as high scores for example.
He plans to start in an hour and aim to finish within 12 hours.
His goals for the app are:
- Must support backup of Marketplace-derived apps. (e.g. Plants vs. Zombies save state)
- Must use sockets for easy PC<->Phone communication. Fishing crap out of Isolated Storage manually is unacceptable.
- Must work on his Samsung Focus (v1.3) devices running Mango.
- Must succeed in using saved app. state on restore target.
If I succeed, he plans to release the XAP and any information needed to use it/further development.
He is planning to live blog his progress, so keep an eye on his site here.
While the goal is laudable, even full success will still require an unlocked device, which means Microsoft better get a move on providing an official migration solution for Windows Phone 7 users wishing to move to second generation devices.
Currently if one were a first generation Windows Phone 7 owner wishing to upgrade to a second generation handset one one would lose not just all your game progress and app data and settings, but also all your SMS messages.
There is no solution for the other issues yet, but ConanWTN on WPXAP.com has developed a homebrew app for backing up SMS messages on your Windows Phone.
Interestingly it appears the Windows Phone 7 OS already backs up the SMS messages from the previous day to a file \Application Data \ Microsoft \ Outlook \ BackupVols \ CommsBackup.xml. This was discovered by Thunder_ on XDA-Developers.com.
ConanWTNâ€™s app will make daily backup of your SMS messages and store them in Isolated Storage, where they can be copied to your desktop. The next version will allow upload to SkyDrive, and also for exporting of SMS messages as text.
Unfortunately to get access to this file requires a fully unlocked Windows Phone, which means only a few devices are supported.
Read more about SMS Backup at WPXAP here.
Thanks Max for the tip.
Backup, or the lack of it, is the untold sad story of Windows Phone 7. Sure, you can backup your phone before a firmware update, but not without hacks anytime else, and then you are still left with a massive 10 GB file taking up precious space on your laptop hard drive.
As such all Windows Phone 7 users are constantly at risk of losing their app data, game progress, text messages, preferences and god knows what else. Its a pretty good thing the operating system is so stable, but nothing Microsoft can do can stop anyone from dropping their phone in the toilet.
Thankfully it seems Microsoft is finally stepping up to the challenge. In a job post looking for a Software Engineer In Test they write:
Come join the Windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team. Our goal is to ensure that no matter if someone loses their phone, drops their phone in a lake, buys a new windows phone, or just has their toddler wipe their phone by entering the wrong PIN over and over, a user can quickly and seamlessly get their phone back to a good state. The features we are producing will be new for the next version of Windows Phone and will help ensure Microsoft stays ahead of the competition when it comes to disaster recovery.
The job post does not give anything else away of interest, except that this is for the next version of Windows Phone, which would presumably be either Tango 2 or Apollo. Obviously we would prefer if its the first, as if it is for Apollo we will be waiting quite a while indeed for this basic feature.
Do our readers feel this is long overdue, and how do you feel about the proposed implementation, which would allow restoring to a band new phone? Let us know below.
The gnomes at XDA-Dev have been busy. Winphoneviet has published an app which allows one to backup application data from apps installed on the phone.
The app requires the WP SDK 7.1 beta 2 installed on your PC, and that the phone be jailbroken.
The software uses ISETool from WP SDK 7.1 SDK to send and receive data to Isolated Storage folder of all apps/games. It does not actually back up the applications, which will need to be installed separately.
Some apps downloaded from Marketplace which are digitally signed may not restore properly, but all side-loaded apps should work with no issue.
Be sure to read the full instructions in this XDA-Dev thread.
WPV App Data Backup can be downloaded from mediafire here.
Microsoft is designing Windows Phone 7 with the intent that nothing can ever go wrong, but we know the reality is that nothing is fool proof. Sometimes things go so wrong that the only answer is a hard reset.
At this point users will often utter a few choice curse words in Microsoftâ€™s direction, as the Zune software does not include any way to back up data, and there is not any way to access data stored in most 3rd party apps.
XDA-Dev user hx4700Killer has developed a back-up solution for Windows Phone 7 making use of the tool Microsoft released to fix the Samsung update errors some users experienced when trying to update their phones.
The software will keep one backup at a time on your PC and the backups can be restored directly from the Zune software under Update.
Read more about the tool and its caveats at XDA-Developers here.Â As usual such hacks are at your own risk, and you will not get much sympathy from Microsoft if you mess your phone up.
Thanks StevieBallz for the tip.
Windows Mobile users who upgraded to Windows Phone 7 may look forward to the upcoming update with some trepidation, as traditionally new ROMs on the OS meant all the settings were lost, and hours of re-installing applications.
Fortunately Microsoft has let it be known that the user experience will be a bit smoother on Windows phone 7, with the Zune software making a full back-up of the user files and settings, which will be restored to the device after the update.
The Zune software will also keep this backup, in case things go wrong and the user wishes to roll back to a previous version of the OS (which may be useful for unlockers and hackers for example).
Hear the info in the official Windows Phone Radio Podcast by Matt Akers at around the 34 minute mark.
Via the Whirlpool forums.
Thanks Sheeds for the tip.
Iâ€™ll start by admitting that I have a soft spot for music, and especially music videos that tell a story. It was a contest between Daughtryâ€™s â€œSeptemberâ€ and Alan Jacksonâ€™s â€œ Remember whenâ€ but, hundreds of other songs could have sufficed.
Our lives are becoming more and more dependent on electronic gadgets and smartphones now almost define our identity. These devices also double as a repository for a lot of our daily experiences be it photos, videos, voicemails, text messages etc. Since the Christmas season is now upon us, these gadgets will be used to extensively record and document the family gatherings, reunions, laughter, cries and everything in between.
Paul Thurrott has an interesting article titled â€œThe death of emailâ€ In it, he posits the theory that email is being supplanted by more instant forms of communication like SMS, IM and Facebook messages (Mr. Thurrott is not someone who casually proclaims the â€˜death technology â€œaâ€ or technology â€œbâ€ â€™ so I was curious to read what he had to say) I can attest to that fact because most of my email correspondence is now relegated to work related stuff. IM, SMS and Facebook messages/chat with an occasional phone call here and there make up the majority of communication with friends and family. I have friends who in fact are far easier to reach with the â€œinstantâ€ means because they will hardly ever reply to an email but they will text me back immediately. The salient portion of Mr. Thurrottâ€™s article that I would like to highlight is when he writes
These people (meaning this generation) don’t care about us or our traditions. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not malevolent about it. They just literally don’t care. And while they may find our muttering about "retention needs" and "conversation threads" interesting in a polite, don’t-agree-too-much-or-they’ll-keep-talking-about-it kind of way, they literally don’t care. Not about our concerns. And not about our previous and old-fashioned email technologies.