From the very beginning of creating Savings, the ability to automatically synchronize transactions with your bank has always been our vision. Today, we are happy to announce that Savings 2 can connect to all major credit cards in the U.S. and Canada, with support for more countries coming in the future.
With Bank Sync, you no longer need to manually enter every transaction. If you still like to manually enter some expenses, particularly big ones, Bank Sync automatically reconciles those transactions for you when sync takes place. It’s the same as if you manually import an OFX file, except with no effort on your part.
We have been using Bank Sync internally for the last several months, and it has completely changed the way we use Savings.
Secure Data Partner
To create Bank Sync, we partnered with Plaid to connect to banks throughout the U.S. and Canada. Plaid is the leading bank data provider for financial app like ours. By partnering with Plaid, we ensure your data is safe and secure.
The use of Bank Sync is entirely optional and requires a separate monthly subscription. Monthly subscription starts at $2.99 per month if paid annually, and $3.99 per month if paid monthly. You can try Bank Sync risk-free for 30 days.
We think for less than the price of a cup of coffee a month, it’s well worth it.
To setup Bank Sync, update to Savings 2.5 for Mac. Then, open Savings on your Mac and click the + button on the lower left corner of the window. You will see a new option to Sync with Bank.
Right now, you need to use the Mac app to setup Bank Sync. However, after set up, the iPhone app will download transactions while you are on the go as well. The ability to setup Bank Sync on iPhone is planned for the future.
When Apple introduced Dark Mode in macOS Mojave, we were super excited and knew there was no doubt that Savings 2 would gain Dark Mode soon. Today, we are happy to announce that Dark Mode is available in Savings 2.4 for all Macs running macOS Mojave.
To support Dark Mode, we recreated all icons and assets against a new color palette so they looked great against a dark backdrop. Savings in Dark Mode looks so good that we use it internally almost all the time.
Here is how to enable Dark Mode on your Mac:
Make sure you are running macOS Mojave
Open System Preferences
Click General > Appearance > Dark
Color-Coded Buttons in Scheduled
In Savings 2.4, we added color to help identify whether an action is Pay, Deposit or Transfer in the Scheduled view.
This makes interacting with the Scheduled view much more intuitive.
We have re-enabled Budget for users who are using this feature. To create a new budget, choose File > New Budget from the menu.
We fixed many bugs in Savings’ Budget that were plaguing some users. Budget should be stable now , but let us know if you run into any trouble.
The keyboard shortcut for Running Balance is changed to the more intuitive Control + B.
We hope you enjoy these changes, and happy New Year!
This is a big release for Savings in terms of refinement and bug fixes. Let’s get right down to it.
It is now easier than ever to know if a bill is due. Savings now prominently display the number of scheduled transactions due as an icon badge, on both macOS and iOS, so you will never forget to pay a bill.
Scheduled Transactions Summary
You can now see summary of monthly and annual expenses and net income for all of your scheduled transactions. This helps you get a sense of your monthly obligations, so you will be motivated you to cut down unnecessary recurring expenses such as subscriptions.
Fixed Edit Pane Randomly Closing Bug
Savings on macOS has long had a bug where the transaction edit pane sometimes closes unexpectedly. This is no longer the case! A lot of you have asked for this bug fix, the delay is due to complexity of the fix, but I’m sure we’re all glad that it’s behind us.
Restored Show Projection
The Show Projection feature on macOS was removed in Savings 2.1. Turns out, many of you depend on that feature for budgeting. It is now back in Savings 2.3.
Pie Chart Now Clickable
On macOS’s breakdown view, if you click a slice in the breakdown pie chart, nothing happens. Now it does what you expect – show you transactions in that category.
This release has many more bug fixes and user interface tweaks under the hood. Overall, we think Savings 2.3 is a solid release. We hope you like it.
Today’s release of Savings introduces a more consistent look between the Mac and iPhone app, amongst other improvements.
To move towards to a consistent design language between macOS and iOS, most of our assets needed to be redrawn. Icons, controls and colours were all cleaned up to make the app feel fresh and recognizable.
New Feature: Make Repeating
This is a neat feature that some of you may find useful. Have you ever had a regular transaction that you wanted to turn it into a repeating scheduled transaction? You can now do that by dragging the transaction onto the Scheduled icon on the sidebar.
You can also do the same thing by choosing Transactions > Make Repeating… from the menu.
Other than these changes, there are also many bug fixes and performance enhancements under the hood.
We hope you enjoy using Savings 2.1. The work on Savings 2.2 is already underway.
Today, I am incredibly proud to introduce Savings 2. This is the first major upgrade of Savings since it was first introduced to the Mac App Store in 2011. During this time, we have rolled out iCloud sync, Savings for iPhone and numerous other updates that made Savings better. But all along, we really wanted to reimagine Savings so it becomes more beautiful, effective and enjoyable to use. The result of that work is Savings 2.
Savings 2 is a complete redesign. It kept the simplicity of Savings 1 but looks and feels a whole lot better. It also adds often asked features, such as scheduled transactions for the iPhone, pie chart and the ability to compare multiple trends on the Mac.
Because Apple’s App Store doesn’t allow upgrade pricing, we are introducing Savings 2 at a discounted price for a limited time. So please get your copies today to take advantage of it.
Lastly, I want to extend my thanks to the people who worked on Savings 2: Chris Sealey and Tomas Srna. They are talented designer and developer who were originally users of Savings 1. They wanted to make Savings better, so we started working together to make Savings 2 a reality. Without their work, Savings 2 would not have been possible.
We hope you enjoy using Savings 2 as much as we do. If you have any thoughts or questions, please let us know via Twitter, Facebook or email.
We are continuing to experience delay with the launch of Savings 2, in fact, we have yet to official put out the first beta.
Things are starting to fall in place though. Stay tuned.
Again, if you would like to participate in beta, please sign up.
Thanks for your patience.
p.s. For people who are experiencing sync issue that cannot be resolved by our sync troubleshoot page, please sign up for the Savings 2 beta. We will not be fixing sync issue in Savings 1 because our resource is very limited.
Savings 2 is coming. Yes, we know, our schedule has slipped a bit, but hey, this is software 😉.
What we won’t compromise on though, is the quality. We are taking the time to get it right. For those of you who loved Savings 1, you will feel right at home on Savings 2, and will appreciate all the fit and finishes that is at a level above Savings 1.
Sign up for beta
We will soon be releasing Savings 2 for beta testers. If you are interested, please sign up to become a beta tester.
And as always, we love to hear from you if you have any questions.
In case you are wondering why Savings hasn’t been updated for a while, there are two reasons. One, the team has had some internal changes lately, and that had an impact on our release schedule. Second, we are working on something very exciting that we plan to ship later this year. We can’t talk about it yet, but if you want to be the first to know, be sure to sign up to our newsletter for announcement.
In this update, I focused on improving small bits of the user experience in the Mac app. Things like payee and category autocomplete, increasing the size of the balance footer, and clearing new flag when editing multiple transactions. It is also easier now to delete accounts and budgets from the sidebar. Just press the delete key or use the contextual menu.
Sync is also improved for the Mac app. If you keep Savings running in the background, it will receive updates from iCloud. So whenever you activate Savings, you will see the latest data without waiting for refresh. This brings the immediacy of sync inline with the iPhone app.
I’ve been asked several times if there is a guide for newbies to learn everything they need to know about using Savings. That is, in fact, what I am working on these days. I expect to have it released within the next couple of weeks. So keep your eyes peeled on the website!
I’m happy to kick off the year with an update to both Savings for Mac and Savings for iPhone. There are many new features planned for 2016, so please stay tuned to this blog for future updates.
The main new feature Savings 1.8 (Mac) and Savings 1.3 (iPhone) is the ability to lock Savings with a password or passcode when you are not using it. This is a highly requested feature, and now, both apps have the ability to do so.
To activate password on the Mac, just go to the Securities tab under Preferences.
To activate passcode on the iPhone, just go to Settings > Passcode.
Push sync refers to the ability for a change to automatically be pushed to all your devices once it is made on one device. The end result is whenever you open the app on any device, the latest data is already there.
This functionality is now a part of the iPhone app, and will soon be brought over to the Mac app. Be sure to allow Savings to send you push notifications when you are prompted.
Savings also now shows you an activity indicator when its syncing data. Please note that on the Mac, you have to be running El Capitan to see this.
To make sure your data is never lost, Savings now makes a backup of your entire database regularly. If you ever need to retrieve the data, you can contact support for instructions.