Our application servers will be taken offline to perform hardware upgrades this Sunday the 20th of May, at 9am UTC, 2am PST, 9pm NZST. We expect that there will be a total of 1 hour of downtime, with an allowance given for a total of 2 hours of downtime.
The main queued-job processor on the Bank Feed Service failed for 8 hours today. At 7:30am 18th April NZST / 3:30pm 17th April EDT an application job process ballooned in size, which resulted in monitoring software being shutdown, along with the job processors. Because the process monitoring software running on the server itself was down, this went unnoticed until this afternoon.
Updates have been deployed to both the Bank Feed service and PocketSmith, improving the way transaction signs are dealt with (i.e. positive and negative values). In addition, a problem with returning all transaction set when selecting “Clear account from first transaction?” option in the Feeds overlay has also been resolved.
We have worked through a number of issues around how we process multi-factor authentication security information received from the Bank Feed service. After the recent release of being able to add multiple logins at one bank, it was found that the existing processes resulted in a jarring experience. The multi-factor security information forms were often being hidden before they were able to be completed.
Some minor changes have been deployed which affect how alerts display on the Dashboard, and how the scenario minimum balance functions. In addition, a time zone bug was identified and fixed with the displaying of the budget event period start and end dates.
An issue was identified which led to the incorrect representation of forecast events with complicated repeat patterns in the Personal Summary.
An issue was identified with how Loan accounts were being displayed in the Bank Feed service. If loan accounts were to appear, there would generally only be one, and account numbers were showing to be incorrect.
Updates have been performed on the Bank Feed service which has enhanced the reliability of credential checking for complex login forms. Institutions and banks with more advanced login forms that may have failed previously will now be able to be successfully added to the Bank Feed service.
Updates have just been deployed which fix an issue with balance calculations for Transaction Accounts, with symptoms being particularly prevalent with newer accounts with few transactions. The issue was also more apparent when transactions were added to the account manually.
Since the launch of the Bank Feed service into beta, there has been an issue with the volume of “Pending” transactions for some banks. This meant that some accounts had transactions appear a number of times, with up to 3 duplicates in some cases.
: http://psmth.to/pending-tx (About “Pending” transactions)
We’re delighted to be able to launch multi-factor authentication for the Bank Feed service into public beta! It has been very challenging to get to this stage, however the beta phase of Bank Feed service’s handling of this extended authentication type is finally functioning and ready for release.
The required changes and adjustments to the webcal export feature have been completed! This sees everyone able to access their Forecast Calendar data in external calendaring applications, such as Google Calendar, iCal on Mac OS X, Mozilla Sunbird and Microsoft Outlook.
A few bits of news in this piece - the last two weeks of pushing away means we now have progress reports on two core features and the release of an overhaul of a third. Onwards!
An issue was identified where some accounts were not being identified by the bank feed service, particularly Loan accounts. This was due to inconsistencies we hadn’t experienced before with the way that the accounts were being returned by the data provider.
We’ve implemented some updates relating to balances for actual transactions, adding new functionality and fixing a bug in the bank feed service. In summary:
An update has been made which allows you to choose to ignore the automatic categorization given by our Bank Feed data providers. Users and ourselves have found that the quality varies greatly, and for established users they are generally more of a hinderance than a help.
The PocketSmith Bank Feed service is now available to all New Zealand and US users on an upgraded plan! This beta service allows transaction data to be streamed from your bank straight into PocketSmith, using industry leader Yodlee’s services to provide bank connectivity (). All you need to do to get searching is to click on the new “Feeds” button that appears on your “My Accounts” widget on the right-hand-side of the calendar and dashboards.
We’ve deployed a patch for a bug which was identified in the Cashflows page, where the rows for both the income and expense parts of a transfer event would be mis-assigned to the wrong calendar. The issue was because the cashflow rows were always being assigned to the first calendar which had any forecast event with the same title in it.
The part of PocketSmith that deals with the reloading of your forecast has been re-built, based upon feedback. Some users have had intermittent communication problems with the third party notification service PocketSmith uses - when this happens, forecasts don’t appear to ever reload as the internet browser never gets notified that the forecast reload is complete.