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Welcome Purdue CSR 342 students!

1/29/2007 in ClearCheckbook News
Last semester the CSR 342 course was the first to use ClearCheckbook as part of the course curriculum. The Professor and I had a few meetings to discuss how it could be used and it fit in very well with the exercise on spending.

It appears that they are using ClearCheckbook again as several Purdue students are registering. Last semester the course held around 300 students and I'm assuming this semester will be the same.

So, welcome CSR 342 students from a December 2005 Purdue Alumni. I also took CSR 342 in the Fall of 2005 before ClearCheckbook was even open to the public and for my personal use.

If any of you have any questions on how to use the site, please post here in the comments or send us a message by clicking the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of every page.

Weekly Update: January 20, 2007 - January 26, 2007

1/28/2007 in Miscellaneous
Statistics wise, the stats are about the same as they have been the last two weeks. No real major increase or decrease in the amount of new members or entries made.

There have been a few major updates to the site since the last Weekly Update however. Checkbot has been updated and the new Spending Limits for categories have been implemented. There has already been an overwhelming amount of people setting up their monthly category spending limits and that's great to see.

Keep on sending in those requests / questions / comments as we love to read them.

New Feature: Spending Limits on Categories!

1/21/2007 in ClearCheckbook Updates
The time has finally arrived... you can now set monthly limits on your spending categories! Members have been requesting this feature for quite some time and we're proud to announce it's finally here. This will be a great tool for helping you set budgets each month.

Spending Limits Manager Screenshot

Spending Limits Manager screenshot.


In the new Monthly Spending Limits manager you can quickly add, view, edit and remove limits for accounts and categories. Forget using envelopes to manage your money each month, let us do it for you automatically. Once you set up a limit for an account or category, as soon as you make a purchase in that account or category it deducts from your limit and shows you how much you've spent.

As you can see from the screenshot on the left, my budgeting could use a little work. Now that the limits manager has been set up, it'll be a lot easier to judge how much I can spend on different categories each month.

You really need to check it out and see how awesome and easy it is to use. You can check out the screenshots if you don't already have an account with us.

Try it out and let us know what you think by posting here in the comments!

New Site Updates: Nav Structure and Checkbot

1/20/2007 in ClearCheckbook Updates
There have been a few minor updates made today. The first and most obvious update to our members is the re-organization of the navigation structure when you log in. Now, all the helpful tools are placed in a "Tools" link and are no longer in "Settings."

The links that now reside in "Tools" are Checkbot, Reminders, Spending Limits, Scratch Pad, Importing Records and Exporting Records. Breaking these away from Settings and putting them in Tools is an obvious decision. In the Settings menu you'll find, strangely enough, the settings that will help you manage your ClearCheckbook.com account.

In addition to the navigation structure update, CheckBot has also been updated. You can now transfer money from one account to another with Checkbot. The text you need to type in to make a transfer is located in the CheckBot Manager (which is now in Tools -> Manage Checkbot).

Weekly Site Update: January 13, 2007 - January 19, 2007

1/19/2007 in Miscellaneous
It's been another strong week as far as new members go. We've had 178 new members join the site since last Friday. Our total number of active users is now over 1,700. Our members have also made over 3,000 entries since last Friday. This is great news and we're glad to see such large numbers.

There have been a few minor updates to the site this week. The first update was to help make the pages download faster. All the pages are now Gzipped when they are sent to your browser. This method is reducing the size of each page by 65% on average and is causing the pages to download about 3x faster than they used to. The next step will be improving the efficiency of the code that generates the pages so they'll load even faster. The second update this week fixes a problem with editing the amounts of entries over $1,000. The comma in the amount was causing some issues, but this has been resolved.

There are several updates slated for this week. I won't talk about them in this post because you'll see new posts made about them as the updates are finished. We've also figured out what we're doing for the one year anniversary and we're sure everyone will love it. It will take the ability to update and view your account to a whole new level.

Keep blogging and spreading the word about the site. If you see ClearCheckbook mentioned in a blog post or article somewhere, please post about it here in the comments or send us a message and let us know.

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