Wow, it has been quite a week.
Over the past five days….
- We launched Wesabe for iPhone, our iPhone app, which allows you to edit and tag your financial transactions, see graphs, use the phone’s GPS to automatically locate where you just spent money for fast entry, and more. The reaction has been fantastic, as you can see from the early reviews on the App Store:
Incredibly cool! It’s been so awesome to hear people’s reactions and feedback: “This is so much better than anything else out there.” Thanks! Wait until you see the next version. 🙂
- We changed our tagging system, which — since tags run everywhere in Wesabe — is a major change, both in amount of work and the impact on the site. This one caused some confusion, partially because people were accustomed to the old system, and partially due to some bugs in the first launch of the new system. We’re working out those bugs, and then I’ll post a whole guide to tagging, which will explain what we did and why we did it. Until then, please be assured that all of the capabilities you had (including split and one-time tags) are still there — we simplified the interface and gave you more control, even if it may not seem like it yet.
- We redesigned every single page on our site. Most of the reactions have been completely fantastic:
Those have all been wonderful for us all to read, and we’re happy to have hit such a great level in the design. Some of the reactions, though, have been less happy:
Oof. We know that redesigns can be disorienting. Other people were unhappy about the lack of search and export, and others about the readability of text in the new design. Not to worry — to those who has expressed dismay at the changes or missing features, we have heard you, and we’ll fix those concerns. We may take a different approach than the old design did, but we’ll do it at least as well, if not much better. QIF import is already fixed, and the rest will follow shortly.
A few people have asked why we removed features during the redesign. Sometimes it was because they just hadn’t been updated to the new design yet, or had bugs that were too severe, we felt, to ship. In other cases, though, we wanted to get rid of or revise features we didn’t think were working well enough, and pare down to the essential parts, the ones we know are neeed and work well. Was this the right decision? I absolutely still think it was — for instance, we removed Goals and Tips — two whole tabs out of four — and haven’t gotten a single complaint about either of them being gone. We do believe reducing the site to its essential features makes it easier to use for everyone, and we’ll add back the features people are actually missing. We’ll be happy, though, to keep out or substantially revise the features people didn’t like or haven’t missed.
Overall, the reaction to the redesign has been completely incredible. So many people have said, “Now I can introduce this to my [less techinically savvy person]!” That’s what we were going for — getting Wesabe to more people without giving up any of the control or power we’ve always provided.
- Last but certainly not least, we announced our first Springboard customer, Delta Community Credit Union, the largest credit union in Georgia. We’re wonderfully happy to be working with them — they take helping their members extremely seriously, and have been excited about working with us, and we’re happy to be bring Wesabe services to a new group of people by working with them. We like working with people who share our values about helping consumers, and the credit union community, and Delta Community especially, line up perfectly with that.
So, yeah. That’s a lot for five days. Thanks so much for all the great feedback and response, and for those of you looking forward to a fix or addition, no worries, we’ve heard you and will respond quickly. Follow @WesabeUpdates to get up-to-the-minute detail on new fixes and additions, and we’ll announce the big ones here. Thanks again!