FYI Mobileware remakes trendsetting finance app

Budget breakthrough: Already one of the most all-time popular iOS apps, iXpenseIt is new and improved.

A Stony Brook-based software startup has redesigned and re-launched one of the most popular – and, literally, one of the first – mobile apps for iOS devices.

FYI Mobileware Inc., launched in 2008 by founder and CEO Yun Zhang, has upgraded its critically acclaimed iXpenseIt personal-finance app, optimizing the award-winning program for the latest-generation iPhones and iPads.

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One of the first 500 apps approved for Apple’s fledgling App Store back in 2008, iXpenseIt rode the then-novel iPhone’s raging popularity to considerable heights. CNNMoney ranked it one of the all-time best iPhone apps, while iXpenseIt was even featured in a 2009 commercial for the iPhone 3GS.

Now the personal-budgeting tool, designed to put financial information and control at the user’s fingertips, has been redesigned with “a compelling modern look and feel,” according to FYI Mobileware.

Among the upgraded bells and whistles: a new-look user dashboard with easy-to-understand controls and pie graphs; customizable reports showing payments, bills coming due and other variables; and new “universal search capabilities” designed to help users easily track transactions, budget allowances and other critical factors.

Graphics now change colors to indicate account-balance changes, while visual optimizations specific to the iPad help the app “look amazing on the larger screen,” the company said in a statement.

Users can now also export data directly from iXpenseIt to Excel documents.

Zhang’s startup and its 2009 spinoff, Mobileware Inc. (sans the “FYI”), have built a sturdy app-making reputation over the last eight-plus years. That includes apps designed to help users make tough decisions and digitally track vehicular mileage, while onTime – scheduling software focused on multiple metropolitan transit systems – helps commuters track public-transportation schedules, including stops along the Long Island Rail Road.

Next up for onTime – which, in addition to the LIRR, tracks service along the Metro North Railroad, New Jersey Transit and the Chicago-based Metra railway – is a beta run in Philadelphia, monitoring schedules along Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority lines.

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