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ClearCheckbook Status Update

8/23/2010 in ClearCheckbook Updates
We wanted to let everyone know what's been going on behind the scenes and what our current and future plans for ClearCheckbook entail.

Our Last Big Update
The last major overhaul that ClearCheckbook saw was about two and a half years ago when we launched V3 of the site. This included the dashboard, premium memberships, more reporting, currencies, translations and more.

This last update was the culmination of about two years worth of suggestions and requests. We learned a lot about what to do and what not to do with this update and will be taking that knowledge into account in the future.

The Current Site
ClearCheckbook as it stands today has been receiving about 190-250 new user signups per day from the site and mobile apps. We have been continually monitoring forum posts and emails and have been fixing bugs that many people have been reporting.

The reason there hasn't been any real new feature announcements will be explained below.

The Future of ClearCheckbook
Like with the last big update to the site, we had to make a conscious decision about how to proceed. To incorporate many of the larger features that have been requested, we need to give the site a much larger overhaul so it can handle all of these upgrades. The best way to do this is to have one main development path and keep the majority of effort focused there.

This is what we're doing with ClearCheckbook. We are putting the majority of our time and resources into the next big update of the site and will be incorporating a lot of the feature requests and updates into that version. In an effort to cut back on duplicating work, we will not be releasing too many new features to the current site in the near future.

We aren't ready to give any real details on what's going to be included in the next big release of the site, but we are focusing on usability and new features. We have been working on this for about a month now, which is why you might have noticed a drop in our feedback in the forums and blog.

Mobile Apps
With the release of the latest Android update, all of the mobile apps should be essentially on the same page as far as features go. With our limited time and resources, we can't show the mobile apps the same kind of attention as we do the main site. We also don't have the resources to work on a Blackberry or Windows Mobile app at this time. In the future, this will change as we continue to grow.

Conclusion
While most of our new feature development will be shifting to the next version of the site, we are still committed to maintaining the current version of the site through bug fixes and smaller updates. As always, please send us feedback through the Contact Us link at the bottom right side of the page or through the forums. We respond to basically every email that requires a response and we're spending more time in the forums and help answer questions there.

ClearCheckbook is growing quickly and we are doing everything in our power to help pave the way for this growth.

ClearCheckbook Android App Updated

8/22/2010 in ClearCheckbook Updates
The ClearCheckbook Android application has been updated. This update includes the addition of Premium custom transaction fields (memo, payee, check #), ability to add transfers, "zero balance" fix, and some other bug fixes.

We also updated the look and feel of the app to better match that of the website. We have done away with the black background and have a new theme that's much easier on the eyes.

You can see the screenshots at our Android App page.

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