Expenses Planner

Expenses Planner

If you've read my articles in the past, you probably already know by now that I particularly like minimally designed apps. We've showcased several such apps here on Beautiful Pixels in the past and considering how bare minimum iOS 7 is going to be, it's great to see more developers experiment with the UI.

Expenses Planner (henceforth EP) is a new app by Roland Leth that is designed specifically for your upcoming expenses. It has a minimally gorgeous UI that just looks stellar on a white iPhone or iPad. The UI is mostly white, with bold colors used for the buttons and other elements. Using the app is fairly straight-forward. The main screen presents an overview of all your future expenses, neatly laid out one below the other with their titles, amount and date. There's a '+' button at the top right using which you can add new expenses to the list. EP only requires the name, amount and date, but there's also a way to add a nifty reminder for that expense. I love the way Roland has implemented the UIPickerView and other controls on this screen. When you tap the change the date, for example, the view slides back to reveal the custom picker, which has a spectacular look of its own. Tap outside to dismiss it.

On the overview screen, dates in the immediate future are shown in red, ones that are pretty far off are in green while the ones moderately close enough are in yellow. The settings screen lets you change the text size, time picker interval, badge settings and defaults for the reminder.

Planning your expenses with EP works just as it should. With its minimal UI, it fits right in with the iOS 7 design style. The app has full VoiceOver support and syncs your expenses over Dropbox. I just wish it had a better app icon. As a Universal app, Expenses Planner is just $1.99 on the App Store. Roland also has another similar app on the App Store, called Carminder, which is Free.

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Preshit Deorukhkar is the former Editor-in-Chief of Beautiful Pixels. He is now a Freelance Consultant, Principal at iXyr Media & SharpShutter Media. You can reach him on Twitter @preshit