2020-01-01 Released v2.1.9

Simple Budget V2.1.9 has been released.  Here is the highlight of this release.

In this version of Simple Budget, I did a major revamp of the “Transactions” input form.  Previously, a user could enter much of the transaction data in multiple parts of the window.  I tried to simplify this by having all the “data” entry done in the lower 2/3’s of the window with the upper third of the form showing the data that will be “entered” into Simple Budget when the “Enter Transaction” button is pushed.

Simple Budget V2.1.9 New Transaction Input Form

The flow through the new Transaction form is streamlined.

  • The user can “Tab” through the necessary fields and press “Enter” to “Enter” the transaction.
  • Existing “Payees” are easy to select
  • New Payees are easy to create on the fly with an optional default fund attached to it.
  • Searching Payees and Funds is easier with the addition of the “Next” buttons.
  • Input is more streamlined with entry going from the left to the right with less “bouncing around” the form.
  • The data to be “Entered” is clearly displayed in the upper “Transaction Grid”.
  • “Split” transactions are easier to enter and navigate through.

See more specific information on the new Transaction entry form HERE.

Along with this highlight, there were numerous other small changes and bug fixes.  You can see about them on the Change Log page.

2019-12-26 Released v2.1.8

Simple Budget V2.1.8 has been released.  Here are the highlights of this release.

This is a minor release.  The main highlight of version 2.1.8 of Simple Budget, is a revamping of the Help menu.  An “About” selection has been added along with a link to the Simple Budget website.

v2.1.8 Help Menu

Along with this highlight, there were numerous other small changes and bug fixes.  You can see about them on the Change Log page.

2019-12-23 Released v2.1.7

Simple Budget V2.1.7 has been released.  Here are the highlights of this release.

Charts are printable

You can now print any of the charts and graphs along with the reports.

Charts and Graphs are now printable!

Backups are Changed

As of V2.1.7 of Simple Budget, backups are a bit different.

  • First, backups are now saved in the format like this:  CURRENT_BACKUP_20191228-181947.SB
    What does that all mean? Here is the scoop.  The format is: CURRENT_BACKUP_YYYYMMDD-hhmmss.SB where YYYY is the four digit year, MM is the two digit month, DD is the two digit day of the month, hh is the two digit hour in 24 hour time, mm is the two digit minute, and ss is the two digit second that the backup was mad.
  • Simple Budget keeps up to 10 backups at a time.  The oldest is deleted as a new one is created.
  • A backup is made every time Simple Budget saves its default data file CURRENT.SB.
  • If you open a backup file with “File” – “Open”, you can use it as usual.  When it is time to close Simple Budget, or save the file through “File – “Save”, Simple Budget will ask you if you want to restore the file as your default CURRENT.SB data file.  If you select “Yes”, your current CURRENT.SB file will be over written by the back file.  If you select “No”, no file is saved.  Your current CURRENT.SB file will remain as it was, and any changes you made to the backup file will not be saved.  The backup file will remain unchanged.

SIMPLE BUDGET BACKUPS ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM BACKUPS!  IF THERE IS A DISK FAILURE, YOUR BUDGET FILES MAY BE IN JEOPARDY.

Along with these highlights, there were numerous other small changes and bug fixes.  You can see about them on the Change Log page.

2019-12-12 Released v2.1.6

Simple Budget V2.1.6 has been released.  Here are the highlights of this release.

There are two major highlights for this release.

New Period Changes

Simple Budget “New Period” menu entry.

Previous to this Simple Budget version, when a new period was requested, Simple Budget made the current month as the new period.  What does this mean?  It means that if you were using Simple Budget for some time, then stopped putting your information into it for over a month, then you decided to “get caught up”, when you did the “New Month” operation, any previous months with no activity were skipped.  This would cause the budget process to break.  Simple Budget is meant to help you control your spending so it should be used often to keep track of your expenses and income on a regular basis.  However, if you did lapse in using Simple Budget, now when a “New Period” operation is executed, Simple Budget will advance one month only.  This way you can input that month’s information and “get caught up” with your spending plan.  Again… Simple Budget is meant to be used regularly and you should not go weeks or months without looking at your spending, but now Simple Budget will not choke if you do.

A single “New Period” menu entry replaces the old “New Month” and “New Year” commands.  Simple Budget is smart enough to know what to do at the right time.

New “View Budget Amounts” Report

With Simple Budget version 2.1.6, a new “View Budget Amounts” report is not available.  This simple report shows each fund and it’s set budget amount.  Simple!

Along with these highlights, there were numerous other small changes and bug fixes.  You can see about them on the Change Log page.