What's new in Emerald

  1. Edition 3.0 🎉

    Released Feb 15, 2024 • Celebrating 3 years of Emerald!

      • Reports: View per week/year. Review entries. New card style: comparing to avg.
      • Improved: Category selection when logging expenses. Export last month, accounts, reports...
      • Customization: New category colors & icons (450 SF symbols), new settings for entry style
    • All-new

      • Reports: Track on a weekly/yearly basis. Including budgets!
      • Report cards: New style showing spending compared to your avg. (instead of budget)
      • Customization: new category colors & icons (450 beautiful SF symbols from Apple)
      • Export: last month’s entries, accounts, reports and mostly from anywhere!
      • Review entries in reports & export them
    • Improvements

      • When logging expenses: improved category selection, more suggestions (thanks for the feedback!)
      • New “entry style” settings: set your amount accuracy, your default categories/accounts, preferred input style
      • Improved design for budget and breakdown in reports
      • Category reports are colored so it’s easier to tell what report you’re looking at
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes many crashes, especially when reseting budgets in reports (sorry about that)
      • Fixes missing icons in search suggestions while typing
      • Fixes bad housekeeping of repeating expenses, excluding them from past reports
      • Fixes trimmed text in widgets even though there’s plenty of space for that
      • Fixes keypad issues when amount formatting is “1.000,99”
      • Fixes glitches when typing in category field in new entry screen
      • Fixes keypad glitches when starting a new entry
      • Fixes various issues in RTL
  2. Edition 2.6

    Released Nov 30, 2023 • In loving memory of grandma Sarah

      • Redesigned settings: New bills & income management
      • Redesigned tag settings: Easier navigation, usage stats, reports & history
      • Reports tab! Hebrew localization. Email me to help adding more languages
      • Fixes: Clearing search results, calculations in Savings report and more...
    • All-new

      • Reports tab: Easy access to your spending reports
      • Adding expenses using main “+” button now shows a confirmation message :)
      • Redesigned settings so it’s easier to find stuff (hopefully)
      • Income settings: Review next paycheck, manage past salaries (Settings > Income)
      • Bills settings: Review upcoming bills, manage paid bills (Settings > Recurring)
      • Tags settings: Your tags now show as “Categories” (and “Accounts” if you had them before)
      • Categories settings: Decluttered navigation, every category has its own screen
      • Categories settings: Explore how you use each category, with new stats and quick access to category report and recent expenses
      • New organization screen in settings (use it to create new “collections” for organizing your expenses, like “Events” or “Payment methods”)
      • First localization: Hebrew. If you’re interested in translating Emerald to your language, email me at human@shelftwo.com
    • Improvements

      • Search finally shows “no results” when none were found (it’s about time)
      • Search always shows “cancel” button to reset search without starting a new one
      • Updated tabbar design
      • Limits are now called budgets, hopefully it’s easier for everyone to understand :)
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes savings calculation & disappearing income in Savings report (no more showing just last 3 months)
      • Fixes & improves progress bar of Savings report (available even with no savings goal)
      • Fixes search not showing section title when there’s just 1 section in the results
      • Fixes search losing "x" button when re-entering app, blocking you from clearing search
      • Fixes search visual glitches when switching light/dark mode
      • Fixes items in settings staying “pressed” when moving around
      • Fixes sliding to choose report cover style choosing the wrong style
      • Fixes shortcut always creating new categories when note includes unknown merchant (now it keeps the entry uncategorized and places the merchant in the note field)
      • Fixes ghost spacing in some pickers/sheets
      • Fixes numpad so it appears a bit sooner
      • Fixes formatting of entry details when entry has just category and no other details
      • Fixes placement of bottom buttons and bars in settings
      • Fixes visual glitches of non-styled categories in settings
      • Fixes various dark mode glitches
  3. Edition 2.5

    Released Nov 2, 2023

      • (iOS 17) Log your expenses when you tap to pay. Categorization rules. See help to learn more
      • Add entry from always-there [+] button. Import uncategorized entries. Less lowercasing
      • Fixes: Searching by note, incorrect dates and amounts in imported entries
    • All-new

      • iOS 17: Emerald can automatically log your expenses when you tap to pay (requires setup, see help to learn more)
      • “Import transaction” shortcut for logging expenses. Tip: Add to automation in Shortcuts app
      • Set once & forget: Found a funny merchant, like “Venue DZ MX”? Set its category to “Coffee” and let Emerald repeat that for new entries from that merchant (Emerald creates import rules you can edit and remove)
      • You asked, it’s here: Log expenses from anywhere in the app with new “+” button on the bottom of the screen. Don’t like it? Go to Settings > Appearance to hide it
    • Improvements

      • Emerald can now import entries without a category. They appear semi-transparent on your list (also, they’re excluded from category breakdowns in your reports until you categorize them)
      • Entry details screen shows “Added using import” for imported entries
      • Category names are no longer lowercased (sorry about that)
      • iOS 17: Small-size widgets allow tapping “+” to log expenses AND tapping the widget itself to open Emerald
      • When setting a category, scrolling up expands the sheet so you see more categories
      • Updated animations when viewing or adding entries
      • Smarter import: Supporting more amount and date formatting
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes widgets looking funny on iOS 17
      • Fixes searching entry notes not working
      • Fixes embarrassing crash when initiating a search from entry details screen
      • Fixes keyboard obscuring entry’s note field on smaller devices
      • Fixes entry not being updated when editing it from search results
      • Fixes import failure when some rows are missing some columns
      • Fixes import failure when a row has a comma within quotation marks
      • Fixes items in Settings appearing “pressed” after you tapped them
      • Fixes some visual glitches
  4. Edition 2.4

    Released Aug 8, 2023

      • Make expenses repeat weekly or bi-weekly
      • Bring your own tag system: Import both category & its subcategories
      • Finally put an end to bad format drama during imports
    • All-new

      • Make expenses repeat weekly or bi-weekly
      • Import your own tag system into Emerald. Select the required fields for creating parent/child tags (like ”Food” and below it “Groceries” and “Drinks”)
    • Improvements

      • Import: Smarter “guessing” of data formats, finally granting your device’s locale its respect
      • Import: That smarter thing on the top failed you? Choose your own date format
      • Export: Includes up to 3 levels deep (Food/Groceries/Fruits)
      • Export: Includes tags from all kinds (not just the main one) and repeaet schedule
      • Import data messed things up? Tap “Data” > “Delete all entries” to clear things up
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes “05/08/2020” dates being imported into Emerald as “08/05/2020” even though your device clearly says it’s your date format of choice
      • Fixes export ignoring your preference to actually use decimal amounts
      • Fixes sketchy code written very late at night which in very rare instances at night delete all your entries and all history of you from this world (actually just the former)
  5. Edition 2.3

    Released Nov 2, 2022

      • All new Reports Dock: Always-on, new cover style, set limit on any report”
      • Quality of life: Lock screen widget. iCloud backup. Set color & icon to any tag. Easier report editing
      • Fixes “September” titles missing sometimes, incorrect reports when exploring category breakdown
    • All-new

      • Always-on Reports Dock: Offers a glance into everything you care about it (replacing your previous Budgets section)
      • Report editing: It’s easy to customize card size, introducing updated breakdown charts
      • Report cards: Improved design, now showing spending progress in chart
      • Add a note to entries (it’s back!)
      • Lock screen widget: Log new expenses anytime
      • iCloud backup: One tap to keep your data safe (See Settings > Data)
      • New Emerald setup to make you home right from the start: Choose goals, set recurring payments, accounts and spending limits
    • Improvements

      • Set color and icon to any tag, even “secondary” ones like accounts and budgets
      • Put a spending limit on any report
      • Improved reports: Things kinda make more sense now
      • Easier to reach controls in report. Edit reports using new bottom bar
      • Improved Settings, new Data screen
      • Add entry shortcut in small-size widget :)
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes “September” title gone missing sometimes, no more
      • Fixes incorrect reports when navigating from a breakdown list
      • Fixes missing tags in report breakdown list when viewing some top-level tags like “Others”
      • Fixes Tag field refusing to accept your new selections
      • Fixes tapping “+” button in Recurring Expenses group creating an expense without default “Bills” tag preference
      • Fixes AutoTag not suggesting correct tags due to corrupt install
      • Fixes missing default “Budget” in new installs
      • Fixes illegible and cropped text in Settings
      • Fixes widget not showing correct limit when period is set to daily/weekly
      • Fixes Emerald refusing to accept “25.04.22” date format when importing
      • Fixes crash when trying to set a limit when Decimal Amounts are enabled
      • Fixes wrong “available” amount in report cards when Decimal Amounts are enabled
      • Fixes choosing app icon being a rather complicated experience
      • Fixes widget refusing to acknowledge a limit was set
  6. Edition 2.2

    Released Jul 9, 2022

      • Let AutoTag organize your tags. Tagging an expense as “Rent” will offer a new tag under “Household”
      • Quality of life: Lock screen widget. iCloud backup. Set color & icon to any tag. Easier report editing
      • Fixes “September” titles missing sometimes, incorrect reports when exploring category breakdown
    • All-new

      • AutoTag is back: Save time, let Emerald organize your tags
      • When tagging an expense as “Rent”, AutoTag will suggest a new tag under “Household” (English only)
      • Tagging "Sandwich" --> "Food", "Flight" --> "Vacation", you got the idea ;)
      • Clean up duplicate tags by merging it with other tags
    • Improvements

      • AutoTag can detect 1.5x more words and brands
      • New budget defaults: "Spending" for expenses and "Savings" for income
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes totals calculation when using them pesky decimals
      • Fixes some AutoTag bad word detection
  7. Edition 2.1

    Released Jun 29, 2022

      • Organize expenses by your favorite method: Categories, wallets, accounts, events - anything!
      • Track just what you want by customizing My Reports section
      • Type to auto-categorize is temporarily disabled. It's coming back real soon!
    • All-new

      • Tags reimagined: Organize expenses by your favorite method: Categories, wallets, accounts, events - really, anything you can imagine
      • Set tag appearance with colors & icons
      • Tags can have spending limits & have their entries auto-repeat (previously aka Budgets)
      • Set a default tag for any organization method: both for expenses & income
      • New tagging style: Type to search or create new tag
      • Track just what you want by customizing My Reports section
    • Improvements

      • Your categories & budgets are now tags! (please shoot an email to hey@themsgospel.com if something went wrong)
      • When tagging expenses, you’ll see suggestions for your most used tags
      • On your Entries list, you can choose whether to show “Recurring bills” group (now called “Repeating expenses”)
      • My Reports section replaces Budgets section (just add a report for any budget instead)
      • Type in non-English languages to create tags (previ
      • More color contrast improvements
      • Notice: Emerald’s category guessing is temporarily disabled (typing “bath stuff” to auto-categorize as “Beauty”). It’ll come back real soon, sorry about that!
      • Notice: Entries will display notes (like “gift for Shila”) but editing or adding new notes is temporarily disabled. Also coming back real soon
    • Bug fixes

      • More bad calculation fixes. Math is never my thing
      • Fixes tag field (previously known as note) supporting English only keyboard
      • Fixes new entry screen not switching between fields sometimes
      • Fixes new entry screen having wrong height on iPhone 8
      • Fixes possible crash when running widgets for the first time
  8. Edition 2.0 🎉

    Released Mar 20, 2022

      • Budgets! Group expenses however you’d like and set spending limits. Your tags are now budgets!
      • Home screen widgets! Keep a close eye on budgets or upcoming bills over month, week or day
    • All-new

      • Budgets! Organize expenses by occasions, accounts and what not! (requires Pro)
      • Set budget size to make sure you're not overspending (requires Pro)
      • On a trip? Set a default budget to save time choosing one
      • Widgets! Track your budgets right from your home screen
      • Customize widgets to show budget spending this month, week or today
      • Add entries right from your home screen
      • Never miss upcoming bills with dedicated Bills widget
    • Improvements

      • Tags are now budgets! If you used them before they should be converted to budgets (please shoot an email to hey@themsgospel.com if something went wrong)
      • Main screen now shows budgets on the bottom
      • Improved scrolling of budget cards
      • You can now repeat any entry, not just recurring bills
      • Entries in "paid vs. due bills" card are now sorted by date
      • Updated design for entry creation screen, give it a try!
      • Updated design & order of Settings
      • Updated design of category icons
      • Small color contrast improvements
      • You can set the budget size from its report screen
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes bad calculations across the board, mostly in spending & savings reports. Math was never my thing
      • Fixes amount rounding preference being reset sometimes
      • Fixes new users not being able to review entries which failed to import, terribly sorry about that
  9. Edition 1.5

    Released Dec 6, 2021

      • Feeling forgetful? Emerald can now remind you to add new expenses every day
      • Change your currency & enter decimal amounts like $1.99. Check out new Display settings
      • Loads of bug fixes, redesigned Settings, improved top bars and keypad
    • All-new

      • Emerald can now remind you to add new expenses every day, just decide when
      • Change your currency if Emerald made a funky decision about that
      • Enter decimal amounts like $2.99, $0.99 and even $1.49 (requires Pro)
      • Adjust formatting of total amounts, like rounding $107 to $110 (requires Pro)
    • Improvements

      • Jump back to today by tapping Entries tab, such fast!
      • Start typing in search by tapping on Search tab, much wow!
      • Dark mode improvements like new launch image, apologies for burning your eyes till now
      • Redesigned Settings and top bars across the app, give them a peek :)
      • Bit bigger calculator buttons, calculator itself is also bit faster
      • Dandy animations when adding new entries and navigating around
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes a crash when navigating to far away months in reports, oopsy
      • Fixes some bar charts showing wrong values in reports, you weren’t overspending - Emerald was just over-counting
      • Fixes tag groups with no tags not showing up in Tags screen in Settings
      • Fixes rendering glitch in entry cards’ images
      • Fixes tapping on “+” in “Recurring bills” group using current date instead of that month’s date
      • Fixes report background images sometimes not showing up, resulting in a very sad atmosphere
      • Fixes notes like “cake for Ben” not being categorized correctly as “Friends”
      • Fixes creating new tag group navigating back too many times, making it rather challenging to create a new tag
      • Fixes search results being displayed at weird scroll position
      • Fixes that “please write in English” tip showing up too many times, you got that message
      • Fixes visual glitch when navigating back from entry edit screen back to its details screen
  10. Edition 1.4

    Released May 16, 2021

      • New calculator keyboard when typing amounts
      • Added analytics! It’s anonymous, not sold/shared with others, and just for us to improve Emerald
    • All-new

      • You can now do calculations when entering amounts, like 114 ÷ 3, that's 38! Skip that elementary school math!
      • Adds product analytics to help us understand how people use Emerald and improve it. It's anonymous and not shared/sold with others. You shouldn't feel uncomfortable! Just open Settings and turn off “Share analytics”, we love you and your feedback regardless :)
    • Improvements

      • Forces English keyboard when typing what you paid for (sorry folks, Emerald still works best only in that language)
      • Improved toggling between expense/income. Goodbye ambiguous “Got” button, may you rest in peace
      • Improved visual blending of app tabbar, coz someone had to spend some time doing that
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes Entries screen title falling out of place on smaller devices, oopsy
      • Fixes some import screens saying “review 3 uncategorized entries” when in fact you had 2 entries, what’s up with that
      • Fixes wrong import results numbers. It’s fix-everything-math day!
  11. Edition 1.3

    Released May 1, 2021

      • Powerful import using CSV file. Bring your existing entries into Emerald!
      • Visual improvements to report charts + a few funny bug fixes
    • All-new

      • Import is here! Just bring your CSV file from your favorite app or service
      • Almost zero-work required for import: formats are automatically detected, and if some entry failed to import - you can manually review and fix it
      • Supported import columns: date, amount, category, note/memo, type (for indicating expense/income)
      • You can now change entry from expense to income using the tags field
    • Improvements

      • Charts now highlight current day or month
      • When creating an entry, tags field is now hidden by default behind a “more options” button
      • When creating an entry, category button is now hidden if it’s an income entry (coz there’s just 1 category for income) or if suggestions are being displayed
      • In pickers, tapping on an already selected item now dismisses the picker
      • In entries screen, weeks with no entries are now collapsed by default
      • Small tweaks to Fitness category icon and Media category name
    • Bug fixes

      • In entries screen, fixes tapping on month switch causing the screen to scroll for no good reason
      • Fixes category colors in “top spending” charts, especially when looking at specific category
      • Fixes a crash when tapping on some “top spending” item
      • Fixes wrong values in “recent top spending” chart
      • Fixes some cells in settings awkwardly staying highlighted forever
  12. Edition 1.2

    Released Apr 18, 2021

      • Tapping on a bottom card now shows detailed reports (also in search)
      • 7 new reports: Spending, savings, recurring bills, category, tag and more
      • Emerald Pro is now a one-time payment, not a subscription 😉
    • All-new

      • Replaces Pro monthly/annual subscriptions with a one-time payment to unlock all features (coz who likes subscriptions)
      • Hellllllo reports! Tap on a bottom card to view its report (also in search!)
      • Spending report with comparison against your usual behavior, breakdown by category, comparison against your limit and more
      • Drill down to a specific category or tag reports from any report
      • Recurring bills report with paid vs. due tracking
      • Savings report with income breakdown by category
      • Overview report for a glance on all your financial stuff
      • If you didn’t set a limit, bottom cards now show whether you’re spending more or less than your usual
    • Improvements

      • When typing a new entry, you now see its specific category (so “rent” shows “housing” category instead of “life”)
      • “Allowances” are now called “spending”, “Living” category is now “Life” (+new icon)
      • Tapping on a bottom card now opens its report (there’s a new “set limits” button at the end of each report)
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes app crash when trying to export your data while having 0 entries (apparently lots of folks try that!)
      • Fixes (again) inaccurate calculation in “$18 left”
  13. Edition 1.1

    Released Mar 4, 2021

      • Search for a category (or anything) and see its total spent. Also, new search suggestions!
      • Export your entries to a CSV file so you can practice your Excel skills
      • More accurate estimations in trackers, and a new tracker showing your total spent on bills
    • All-new

      • Export your entries (to a CSV file)
      • See your total spent on “coffee” when you search for it
      • See your total spent on any category or tag when you search for them
      • Search for “pizza” and see related total spent, like “restaurants & take out” and “food & drinks” (Pro only)
      • Search screen now shows all categories and tags you can search for, no need to type anymore (yay)
      • New tracker showing your total spent on recurring bills (it's the last one)
      • Improved total spent estimations (yep, old ones were embarrassing)
      • Improved dictionary for guessing the correct category when you type something
    • Improvements

      • Nothing!
    • Bug fixes

      • Fixes trackers sometimes being off screen on app launch
      • Fixes awkward currency formatting
      • Fixes adding first entry of the day pushing trackers off screen
      • Fixes button reading “Add entry” when actually editing it
      • Fixes not being able to delete a recurring bill
      • Fixes editing a recurring bill behaving as if you're editing an allowance
      • Fixes some elements being barely visible in dark mode