Balances: a new App Store app from the mind of Filippo Bigarella

By , May 17, 2013

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Balances is a new App Store app from the mind of popular jailbreak developer Filippo Bigarella. Bigarella is the same developer behind such jailbreak staples like CleverPin and Springtomize 2 to name a few.

Needless to say, when such a well-known and well respected developer ventures into the so-called “legit” waters of the App Store, it’s hard not to take notice. His first foray — Balances — is a way to maintain personal debts and credits within the confines of a simple, straightforward, and easy to use app.

If you’ve ever found yourself writing down how much you owe someone, or how much someone owes you on random scraps of paper, then you probably need a better system. That’s where Balances comes in. It helps you get rid of the sticky note system and maintain your balances using the iPhone. Check out our video demonstration of the app in motion…

As you can see, Balances features a “flat” design, which seems to be all the rage these days. It’s a nice looking app, that’s suited to do one thing — help you manage your pending personal debts and credits — and does it well.

After the initial launch of the app, you’re greeted with a brief walkthrough that guides you through using Balances’ various features and gestures. To create a new balance item, you can tap on either the + or – sign depending on the type of item you want to add. The minus symbol in indicative of a debt that you owe someone else. The plus symbol is for credits that people owe you.

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Once you tap either symbol, you’ll be presented with a new box containing three fields to populate pertinent information. The upper-left box contains the amount of money for the balance item. The second box contains the name of the person involved in the transaction. The first two boxes are required to add the item, but the last box — one that contains a detailed description of the debt or credit — is completely optional. If you try to add an items without one of the two mandatory fields populated, you’ll be presented with a nice little shake animation, which lets you know that necessary fields still remain.

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Balances includes simple swipe gestures to outright delete items from the list or to add the items to a completed section on the next page. Deleting an item is permanent, and completely removes the item from view. To delete an item, use a right to left swipe. Moving items to the completed section is beneficial for keeping a tally of which items have been completed. A swipe from left to right gesture will move items over to the completed page.

Balances allows you to swipe over to the completed page at any time to view a list of all of your previous debts and credits. This list of completed items can be cleared using a dragging gesture that reminds me of pull-to-refresh. You may also move any of your completed items back over to the main list of pending items. Items may be edited using a simple tap and hold gesture while in the pending area.

If you’re looking for a deep financial manager that can help you pay your taxes and balance your budget, then obviously you’d want to look elsewhere. However, if your goal is simply to maintain the petty cash that you or your associates owe, then Balances is a nicely designed app that can help you do just that.

If you want to try it out, then head over to the App Store where it can be downloaded free of charge until Sunday. Thereafter, the app will go up to its normal price of $1.99.

How do you think Filippo did with his first App Store app? I think he did very well.

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  • Dan

    whenever I loan money to someone, I simply create a note. I’ve never lent often enough that an app like this would be required. I would never buy this.

    Kudos to Springtomize though, never regretted buying that tweak.

    • http://twitter.com/blake_woody Blake Woody

      its free until sunday

      • Bob

        Springtomize is free? Just checked, not for me it isn’t.

        As for not lending enough, it’s the opposite with me, my mother owes me nearly 5k, brother owes me nearly 3k & a lot of other people me smaller amounts. I just try helping people out and people try taking advantage of me. I’m not giving out no money if anyone asks me from now on, it effs up my cash flow.

        I just tried the app out and it’s quite good, there’s bugs but it’s nothing major. It’s also fairly easy to delete balances and there isn’t like a recycle bin for them, they just go, which isn’t a good thing if you accidentally delete a balance you won’t know what balance you deleted.

      • Tony Klapatch

        The app Balances is free, not Springtomize.

      • RarestName

        What’s with this owing between family members?

      • Bob

        When I earn enough money I won’t bother about it. But I’m quite young & I can’t afford to just waive money away like that. I’ve already given them literally thousands before and haven’t asked for it back. I’m trying to get my own place and become independent. When I get enough expendable income I won’t bother about asking for anything back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiago.alexandre.946954 Tiago Alexandre De Noronha

    The fact that he made the app free for the release and only after charge for it, makes a lot of difference. The app would have success only because of the name Filippo on the developer of course, but it shows he gives a chance for people to try it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mykelxmonroe Mykel Monroe

    “For forgetful drug dealers who front too much product. Never miss a busted knee cap ever again!”

    • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

      where is this quoted from?

      • http://www.facebook.com/mykelxmonroe Mykel Monroe

        Oops, should have put, ‘these’ instead of “these”. Good catch!

      • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

        ahhaha well i thought it may have been from the apple store ;P

      • http://www.facebook.com/mykelxmonroe Mykel Monroe

        Nah, lol. I just thought of this as soon as I saw the app.

  • http://twitter.com/HiTekkSteff Stephaughn Alston

    Much respect for Filippo Bigarella and congrats to him on his 1st app but this is not worth $1.99 in my opinion.

  • Kyle Adams

    Should show a running balance of total credit/debt otherwise I see this to be of little use as you’d still have to manually calculate those totals elsewhere.

    • Sahil

      He said he’ll put it in the next update

  • jose castro

    Sorry but there are better ones out there.

    • Joseph Isaiah Cruz

      Like what? I want an app like this for free! I think $1.99 is too much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaz.shoghian Shahrouz Shoghian

    is this why springtomize hasnt had an update in months?

  • http://twitter.com/donflor Don Flor

    the app is great. Filippo tweeted that someone had worked on the graphics and we could follow him – which i did not because it obviously shows on the app that it wasn’t that mesmerizing IMO. peace!

  • Pod2g2

    This app is awesone but it is missing another coin marks like more than a Dollar like Euro ,NIS and Lira

  • Joseph Isaiah Cruz

    Is there any free alternative app like this?

  • Joseph Isaiah Cruz

    Free alternative app like this, please?