We’ve just launched a great new feature to make uploading your data to Wesabe a ton easier — but not just that. Along the way we’ve improved just about every aspect of getting your accounts into Wesabe.
This marks the first release of the Wesabe Firefox Uploader. The Firefox Uploader is an extension for Firefox 2.0 or later, which makes it trivially easy to automate downloads from your bank or credit card, whether or not your bank makes that easy for you to do. If your bank doesn’t already provide automated downloads, you can record a download session once, and the Firefox Uploader will then play your recording back automatically for you from then on. And, you still get all of the benefits of the original desktop Uploader — you don’t have to give Wesabe your bank passwords or account numbers, which remain safe on your own computer.
Why do we think the Firefox Uploader is better? The list of reasons is pretty long…
- Almost any account, anywhere around the world, can be automated. Up until now, about 80% of the United States bank and credit card accounts on Wesabe have had automated upload — where the desktop Uploader would update your new transactions every day without you having to do anything. For people in other countries, and for people in the U.S. with smaller banks or credit unions, the experience was much more manual — you had to log in to your bank site and download a data file every time you wanted to update your Wesabe accounts. Now, in just a few minutes, you can automate any bank that supports one of our import formats (OFX, QFX, QIF, OFC, Quicken, or Microsoft Money), without having to wait for us to automate it for you. Since Wesabe supports thousands of banks in over 30 countries, this makes automation available to many more people. (Note, accounts that require a different login each time you visit, such as one-time-password systems, won’t work with the current extension, but we’re working on that, too.)
- Supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. Since the Firefox Uploader runs on any platform Firefox supports, this means that Linux users can have automated uploads just as easily as Windows and Mac users.
- New versions update automatically. Firefox extensions have a built-in way to check for new versions and install them when you start Firefox. You no longer have to check to see when a new Uploader release is out — you’ll always get the latest versions with the newest features and fixes.
- Upload fixes are fast and easy. In the past, if we had set up automation for you and something went wrong (due to a bank change or an error on our side), you’d have to report it to us, and wait for us to fix it and release it. Now, if something goes wrong, you can easily update the automated script yourself in just a few minutes. (If we fix it before you notice, you’ll get our fix, too, of course, but now you’re not stuck waiting on us to get your latest updates into the system.)
- Older formats can be automated, too. If your bank or credit union provides QIF or OFC downloads only, your account has not been automated, and you’ve had to enter your bank balance every time you upload. Now, you can set it up once and have it be automatic, just as easily as other members.
- It’s open source. If you want to see whether the Firefox Uploader does what we claim it does, you can, since all of the source code is available.
We think this is a huge improvement in the experience of Wesabe, and we encourage everyone to give the new Firefox Uploader a try. Of course, we know that not everyone uses Firefox (we recommend it, as many other companies do, particularly for its security and privacy protections), and we’re working on similar solutions for people who use other browsers. But if you’ve been thinking about trying Firefox, this might be a great incentive to download it and give it a go. If you’re already using Firefox, dive right in — you’ll be thrilled with the results.
To help you get started, we’ve set up some documentation pages on how to use the new Firefox Uploader, and also a screencast showing how to get it installed and working. Let us know how it works for you, and how we can make it better.