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1  General Category / Bug reports / Duplicate records after turning iCloud sync off and on on: February 11, 2018, 05:41:12 pm
Hi, the latest records weren't syncing between my iPhone 7 and iPad air 2. Before trying the clear data button I tried turning iCloud sync off and on again. This caused the records to sync but also caused recent record to become duplicated. Some accounts also became duplicated. Deleting the accounts on one device caused error messages to appear on the other device.
2  General Category / Bug reports / Undo button doesn't seem to work on: February 12, 2017, 07:12:28 pm
The undo button never seems to do anything, and is often greyed out.
3  General Category / Bug reports / Mysterious extra diagram on: February 12, 2017, 07:11:19 pm
If I open the queue of tasks, I find under "deferred" some processes for constructing the Nautilus. If I open the diagram they belong to, I find another copy of the Nautilus diagram, like the one in the tutorial, but not executed (I have finished the tutorial). I can't roll up to see where it resides, and if I modify it, the changes are not reflected in the tutorial (i.e. it's not the same diagram).

Of course, there must be another copy of the tutorial somewhere for the restore user guide button to work - perhaps the queue of tasks is picking it up somehow.
4  General Category / Bug reports / Fixed start date changes when analysing diagram as a project on: February 12, 2017, 06:38:07 pm
When analysing a diagram as a project, the start date of the first element is changed to when the element was added to the diagram.

To reproduce:
  • Create a new folder
  • In the folder, add a common process
  • Set the planned start and end date of the process
  • Analyse the diagram as a project
The start date of the element changes to when it was added to the diagram. I can't see any useful reason for this behaviour so I assume it's a bug.
5  General Category / inShort / Re: Resource Overloading? on: February 12, 2017, 04:04:26 pm
I have the same issue. I'm using inShort to map out several small projects I'm working on. I made a separate folder for each project. At the moment I'm not using the scheduling features, but it would be nice to have a high level overview of how much time I'll spend on them.

I need to divide my time between the projects, rather than doing them sequentially, and I'm trying to find the best way to represent that. If I was creating a project plan for some assignment by hand, I'd make a high level guess how long I'd spend on each section, taking into account other commitments, and that would be enough for a small project. For example, if an essay was due in three weeks, I might spend a week on research, a week on drafting etc., remembering that I would not be working on it constantly. Perhaps for my needs making such guesses is the best way to use the application.

Creating dependencies between projects (I would have to use proxies as they are in different folders) feels like it could get messy. It wouldn't represent the fact that I would not spend an entire week drafting the essay without working on any other project.

Alternatively, I could assign a human resource (myself) to each high level element in the diagram, and set the work contribution level to how I wished to divide my time between the projects. (Sometime changing the contribution of a resource affects the expected time; sometime it changes the displayed duration on the Gantt chart - I'm not clear on how this works.)

Maybe it would help to first have a more general discussion on how to manage your time between multiple projects.

6  General Category / F.A.Q. / Small items with potentially long active periods on: January 03, 2017, 06:08:43 pm
Suppose you purchase a small item that lasts a long time, such a pair of scissors, extension lead, or a book. How would you set the active period/period of influence, and is it useful to have a pair of scissors listed as a "current expense" after several years?
7  General Category / F.A.Q. / Buying assets with a finance agreement on: January 03, 2017, 05:51:20 pm
I've just bought a phone on finance. Suppose I intend to keep it for two years, and the monthly repayments are for twenty months. How should I record it in tr.en.d? Should I record it as a recurring monthly expense, with a one month period of influence? Or should I create a new account to represent the loan, add the full cost of the phone as an expense to the loan account (with 2 year period of influence), and then set up a recurring movement of funds into the loan account to represent the repayments?
8  General Category / F.A.Q. / Re: What to do if you haven't used the program for awhile on: January 03, 2017, 04:28:32 pm
I've started with a clean slate. I've added my accounts to the app with their current balances.

The issue is adding expenses which come from an account prior to the date I added the account. For instance, I added my credit card yesterday evening with its current balance. Then I added an expense - the diary I bought yesterday afternoon. Now my credit card balance is shown as incorrect, because the account opening balance already included all prior purchases, including the diary, and the app applied the cost of the diary again.

I was expecting the app to assume that all prior transactions were included in the opening account balance.

Should I have calculated what my credit card balance was before I bought the diary, and used that figure to open the account? This could be problematic if I follow your suggestion and backdate important assets like my car.
9  General Category / F.A.Q. / What to do if you haven't used the program for awhile on: November 26, 2016, 06:36:05 pm
It's been ages since I've used the program, and so account balances are out of date and there is a large gap in the records. I don't think most of the records from that long ago will be useful anymore, so I'm thinking of deleting/reinstalling the program and starting afresh. Alternatively, I could use account balance corrections to bring my accounts up to date and start inputting records again.

A few of the existing records are still current, for instance my car (as I still use it).

What would you recommend?
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