This month (March 09) sees the release of version 5.5 of Earnings Tracker, which comes hot on the heels of version 5.1. The reason I decided to put out a new release so quickly is because there was a usability issue with version 5.1 (and earlier) that was starting to bug me, as a user of the software.
When I first introduced the use of static data, my intention was to simplify the process of adding or editing months within Earnings Tracker. I thought that by putting values such as the VAT rate, corporation tax rate, gross salary, etc on a separate page, it would reduce the clutter on other pages.
Unfortunately, it meant that everytime you added or edited a month, to be on the safe side, you need to check the static values. Otherwise, there was always the possibility that the wrong static values would be used in the monthly calculations. As this caught me out on a few occasions, I guessed that it was probably catching other people out.
In version 5.5, static data has been renamed as default data, and is copied onto the form when you add a month. The default data is also available when you edit a month, based on the values the used when you added the month.
This, I hope, offers an elegant solution to the problem.
With version 5.5, I took the opportunity to add some context-sensitive help at window level. There is now a link in the top right-hand corner of each form that, when clicked, opens a page of help that relates to the form.
Unless there are any bugs that need to be fixed in a hurry, I don’t anticipate putting out another release until next year (2010). I have released three or four versions over the last 12 months and I feel it’s time to leave the product alone for a while.
I think in the next release I will allow the entry of multiple salaries. I’ll also have a look at some other products to see if there are any features I think would be useful to Earnings Tracker.
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