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12/22/2008 in ClearCheckbook Updates
We've received over 100 emails in the 12 hours since V3 launched. We have been working hard to take many of your comments into consideration. While we experienced more unexpected things pop up than we would have liked, we hope it hasn't tarnished your view of ClearCheckbook.

So far we've fixed the following:
* Drop down descriptions working in IE6 and IE7 now.
* Account overviews are on the Summary page again.
* You can Jive from the Latest Transactions gadget.
* Deleting issues have been resolved
* iPhone/iPod Touch icon working again
* Issues dragging dashboard widgets have been fixed
* Login form is now easier to find
* Getting the iGoogle Gadget and OSX Dashboard Widget updated
* Fixing description auto-complete in the Mobile app

A few of the things we're still working on are:
* Getting CheckBot up again
* Adding monthly totals to the reports, so you can see actual values, not just the report itself.

While there are still things we have left to do, please know that we are listening to your feedback and doing our best to fix any issues.

If you find something you don't like about the site, or something isn't behaving correctly, use the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page to let us know... please don't flood the blog comments with things like that. We see them faster if they're sent directly do us.

Thanks for your patience.

ClearCheckbook Launches Major Upgrade and Announces Premium Membership

12/22/2008 in ClearCheckbook News
ClearCheckbook is proud to announce the launch of Version 3 of the site. This version upgrade comes with many new features, an updated look, and the ability to become a Premium member.

To start, we'll tell you about the Premium Membership. A Premium Membership gives you access to some new and exciting features such as the ability to view all transactions that were edited and deleted and gives you the power to restore them. The Premium Membership also displays the running balance on the Account Summary page and gives you the ability to estimate Future Balances. The Premium membership costs $4 per month, but you can also purchase multiple months at a time at a lower cost. We do want to emphasize the fact that the site will always remain free for you to sign up and use. However, we believe that offering a Premium membership is a great way to help grow the site and keep the site competitive for both free and premium members. To learn more about the Premium Membership, check out the premium information page.

Some of the new features added to the site are the new Dashboard that replaces the Account Summary page. Here you can quickly add transactions, view reports, check out your spending limits, view upcoming reminders and recurring transactions and more. Rather have the old Account Summary back? That's fine too, it's as easy as clicking a link on the Summary page. You can now add transactions from any page without actually leaving the page. This will make it easy to quickly enter your transactions while browsing other parts of the site. The reports have also seen an extensive overhaul. The look of the reports have been greatly improved over the previous version of the site. You can also dynamically compare your spending categories against each other in a new report. We now give you the ability to mass delete transactions by clicking on a checkbox next to each transaction you want removed. If you're a premium member, you can also use this method to mass edit transactions.

If you're curious about how to use some of the new features of the site, check out the tour page. We have some videos that walk you through some of the key features of the site.

The iPhone and iPod touch webapp has also been upgraded and now has the complete set of features the normal site has. You can learn more about the mobile site by going to the mobile page.

There are still a few things we will be slowly launching over the next few weeks. One of the main new features will be the ability to view the site in different languages. We have several people helping to translate the site into various languages and when we receive those back, we will put them up.

We encourage you to check out the site and see all the new features first hand.


The ClearCheckbook Team

ClearCheckbook Downtime for V3 Update

12/20/2008 in ClearCheckbook Updates
We will be taking ClearCheckbook offline on Sunday, December 21 from 3:00pm - Monday, December 22 at 12:00am PST. The reason we need to take the site down is we're transferring our entire 1+gig database for the V3 switch and need to make sure no changes are made to it during the transition.

We don't anticipate the conversion to take that long, but we're leaning on the side of caution.

Checkbot will also be offline during this time.

We'll see you in V3!

ClearCheckbook V3 Launch Date: December 22nd

12/11/2008 in ClearCheckbook News
We're finally ready to set a firm date on when V3 will launch. The official launch of V3 will be Monday, December 22nd. We have been working very hard over the last few months developing the site and testing it over and over again.

Some of the new features that will be available at launch are:

  • Running Balances

  • Transaction Histories (ability to undo edited or deleted transactions)

  • Estimating future balances (based on your reminders)

  • Accounts dashboard to see every aspect of the site you want at a quick glance (with the option of setting the current Summary page as the default)

  • Much improved reporting tools (no more pie chart legends overlapping the chart, much nicer looking line and bar graphs, plus more)

  • Mass editing and deleting of transactions

  • Ability to add transactions from any page

  • Improved Credit Card functionality

  • Each account can have its own currency, plus the ability to set a global currency

  • Timezone settings

  • iPhone webapp now has every function the regular site does (aside from importing and exporting)

  • Ability to view the site in languages other than English

  • plus much more

We will have to take the site down for a few hours over the weekend of the 20th just before launch of V3 in order to update the database and server, but we'll post more about this when the time comes.

Thanks everyone for waiting patiently. I know the next version of the site is going to be even more helpful than the current version in helping you manage your money.

Fluent in English and Another Language?

12/2/2008 in ClearCheckbook Updates
We are looking for people who can speak English and another language fluently and would be willing to help translate the upcoming version of ClearCheckbook.

The main languages we are hoping to have at first are:

Based on the number of people who use ClearCheckbook outside of the US, those languages will be the most useful at launch.

If you would like to help and translate the site, please let us know. We have made it easy and will provide you a document with all of the text that needs to be translated. As an estimate, you're probably looking at about 400 different lines of translations (ranging from one word to a few sentences in length).

Please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of this and every page to let us know if you're interested, what language(s) you speak and some background information.



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