Sunday, August 3, 2014

How To Clear red badge on App Icon


WOOPS!

With the bug introduced by our data provider for spot gold & silver last month, many people switched their App's to disable Automatic Updates ~ and manually entered spot gold & silver quotes.

If you did that you may have noticed a red badge and a number 1 appearing by the App Icon.

This red 'badge' notification was designed to appear only when the App could not get a gold/silver spot price. Kind of like a warning.


Tonight I discovered a bug (thanks John Waters) following a customer reporting he could not clear the flag.

This red badge will appear when you have switched your App to disable "Automatic Updates", which is what I suggested people do while waiting for Apple to approve my code fix that corrected for the change in data format on our spot gold & silver quotes.

To correct this, please open the action menu. The action menu appears as a page icon with an up-arrow in the top right of the Coins view, just next to the ?.


Select the action menu, and then open "Manage Spot". You will see something that looks similar to the photo displayed to the right here.

Notice how "Automatic updates" is turned off, appearing white.

Enable it by touching the button next to "Automatic updates". Then press "Back" till you get to the home screen.

The next time the App checks Spot prices (every 5 minutes) the red badge will disappear.



Friday, August 1, 2014

Action Menu ~ what is it?

Many customer questions come into my support line, frequently the solution involves something in the Action menu (Backup, Restore, Spot Prices, Sorting, etc.).

The picture below shows the Action menu, a menu item that looks like a piece of paper with an up-arrow thingy. It's sometimes hard to communicate via email what this Action menu thingy is, so I'm providing a post here so people might be able to see a picture.

You know what they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Set Management

This feature is so cool, if you don't own a Mac you'll buy one.


All Sets


This section lists all existing sets. Select a set to edit by clicking on the set description. To delete a set, select the description and click button "Delete Set". To create a set, click "Create Set".

Edit Set

This section shows all properties of a set, including the name, description, and issues.

There are two buttons for adding issues to a set:
  1. Add Issue...
  2. Advanced...

Add Issue...

Clicking this button opens a new dialog which then allows you to select a new coin for the set. Use it to add coins one at a time.

For example, if you were creating a set of first year types, you would use this option to select the first year of each coin type, one at a time.

Advanced...

This option allows you to build sets based on a single Type.

For example, if you wanted to create a full Morgan year & mint set, use this option. The Morgan series contains over 400 coins, adding them one at a time would take many hours of work. This option will do that in seconds.

Remove Issue

Use this to remove an issue from the list of issues. Select the issue you want to remove and click Remove.


Help ~ Advanced Set Creation with US Coin (Mac)

A cool new feature for Advanced Set creation is queued-up and waiting for Apple to approve. Once Apple approves, the feature will appear in the next update of US Coin for OS/X. This is the version for folks using iMac desktop's, or MacBook and MacBook Pro computers.

Honestly, US Coin for OS/X is the best version we have.


Category:

Coin category, or sub-group. For example, the picture above shows "Half-Cents & Cents" as the Category. The category includes 1/2 Cent coins and Cent coins, of which there are many. Some categories (Dollars, Nickels) cover only a single denomination, while others (Gold Coins) may contain several different denominations. This is just the way Numismatic 'experts' have grouped coins for the last 10,000 years (give or take).

Name & Description:

These fields allow you to provide a short name and longer description for the Set. I typically just copy the Category to the Name and the Types description, to the Description. If you do the same, let me know and I will have the software simply do that as a default behavior.

Issue list

The main part of the window is composed of the Issues list which contains three columns:
  1. Have
  2. Include
  3. Issue Description
Near the top, left of the list you will notice a check-box labeled 'Select/Unselect' checking this check-box will cause every row in the Issue list to also change to either Selected (checked) or Unselected (unchecked). This makes it easy to quickly mass-select, mass-unselect all issues.

Near the top right you will notice the number of Issues found for the Type.

Have

This column shows 'Yes' when a matching coin is found in your collection. A match is determined when the set coin's PCGS reference number matches a coin in your collection. If you have a coin in your collection with the same PCGS ref. number, then you have a match for this particular issue in the Set.

Include

This column shows a check-box. When you click Save, the program will create a new set and will add every issue that has the check-box 'checked'. Un-check any coins that you would like to exclude, not add, to the set when it's finally created.

Issue Description

This column simply shows the official numismatic description of the coin issue.

Options

Near the bottom of the view, notice two check-boxes:
  1. Automatically match...
  2. When no matches exist...

Automatically match...

This option determines a very powerful improvement provided with Advanced Sets, automatically matching set issues with coins already in your Collection. This feature is so cool I should be paid money for the update.

When you create a new Set, some of the coins required for the Set might already be hidden within your current Collection. This option does a powerful search of your Collection to find and then attach any coins you might already have.

Leave me a comment if you like this feature :)

When no matches exist...

This option was provided to allow you to control what previously was built-in behavior. When a new Set is created, the software can automatically ALSO create coins representing the new Set issues, in your Collection. Lots of people found this feature useful. Others hated it.

Check the check-box if you would like new Coins to be created in your Collection WHEN you don't already have them. These new coins will automatically appear in your buy list report (cool feature).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Questions Welcome

If you have any questions about how any of our software products work, please feel free to contact us by emailing support@saintssoft.com

Alternatively, you can post a question below in the comments section.

Thank you for buying our software!

john kountz
programmer, sole-proprietor, cook & bottle washer

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Working on a redesign of Sets

Our Set's feature is finally getting some long neglected loving.

Currently, it's very powerful but far too confusing. We get more complaints about how Set's work than any other part of the App.

So I'm working on redesigning, here's sneak peek:


You will be able to Include / Exclude individual coins in the series from being added to the Set.

The App will optionally automatically matching issues in your collection, & add those to the Set.

The App will optionally automatically create new coins for any coins that you don't have.


I'd like to hear any feedback on how YOU would like to see adding +Types to new Sets should work. The whole point of the +Types option is to allow you to add dozens of coins to a Set automagically, saving you perhaps hours of work manually adding coins one-by-one.

The most common complaint I get, coins being added that you don't have and will never have. So I'm working on making this easier to understand & configure.

Best-
john

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Coin grading Acronyms

The codes included in our built-in dictionary can be very confusing to new collectors.

We've collected a list of good web references for the various types of acronyms.

  • PCGS Coin Grading (link)
  • Coin Collecting acronyms (link)
  • Sheldon Scale (link)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Adding new photos

From the main Coins view,
  1. select a coin you’d like to add a photo for
  2. across top notice Details  Ref.  Photos.
  3. touch Photos text label, notice the change in view now shows Coin Photo(s)
  4. touch “New Photo”
  5. position your coin, click the round shutter button.
  6. if photo is good, select “Use Photo”

From the "Coin Photo(s)” view, (you have more than one photo)
  1. scroll up (finger down, drag from bottom to top) till you see a new section titled ‘Coin Photo(s)’
  2. touch ‘New Photo’
  3. position your coin, click the shutter
  4. if satisfied, select “Use Photo”
You can add as many photos as you'd like. Our MacBook version makes it easy to explore and arrange the coin photos.


Hope this helps folks-

john
programmer, accountant, janitor, owner
saintssoft llc

Monday, October 28, 2013

Adding new coins

Not sure this is very useful, we provided a really nice YouTube video tutorial that shows the same steps. No doubt, some folks prefer reading than watching.

The steps I personally use when adding a new coin. This is typical, definitely add steps with more coins than not. Most of my collection (100-150 coins) was entered long ago, to be honest, I added the coins as I built the software over three (3) years ago.

My new coin steps

1. From the Coins view
2. Click + (top of view)
3. Touch ‘Type’, select a type…
4. Touch ‘Issue’, select issue, touch ‘Save’.
5. Touch ‘Grade’, select grade, touch ‘Save’.
6. Touch ‘Acquired’, select grade, touch ‘Save’.
7. Touch ‘Code’, enter it, touch
8. Touch ‘Acquired’, select grade, touch ‘Save’.
9. Touch ‘Photo’
10. Touch ‘New’, snap a photo, touch ‘Use Photo’
11. Scroll so a new empty photo view is shown.
12. Touch ‘Existing’, select a photo
13. Touch ’Save’
14. Coins view is displayed
15. New coin is show at very top


I am always interested to hear what you, my customers would like me investing development.

john kountz
cheif software architect
saintssoft.com



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Privacy Policy

SaintsSoft LLC does not store any of your data on our equipment.

We respect your privacy.

If you use the Cloud backup service, you might want to read Dropbox's privacy policy as they host the Cloud storage.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Using Sets to quickly add hundreds of coins

There is a very fast way to enter an entire coin series, it's buried (for now) in Sets.

I've produced a YouTube tutorial showing how to do this (link)

It allows you to create every coin in a series (like Morgans) with a couple of keystrokes. If you don't have all of the coins, you can delete the coins you don't have.

1. Select Set's tab (Bottom, 2nd from left labeled Sets)
2. Select +
3. Select Custom
4. Select +Series
5. Select Dollars, then click YES in dialog asking about adding coins.
6. Select Done
7. Select Coins tab (Bottom, 1st item on left labeled Coins)

Notice that every single Morgan dollar was just added. That's hundreds of coins.

If you don't have every Morgan, find the one's you don't have and remove them. 


Hope this helps, questions always welcome, sometimes I'll actually be able to help :)

john

Thursday, September 5, 2013

What's next for US Coin

This year we've shipped a ton of software, including new Windows and OS/X Mac versions.

We'd love to hear from our customers regarding what they are looking for next?

Please leave a comment, or email us to let us know.

Thanks!

John
chief software architect
SaintsSoft LLC