Since we released SilverWiz we received tons of suggestions from you guys. Some great, some…not so much, but anyways, we felt that we needed a new design.
When we started the new design, we had a very clear agenda of what we need to achieve:
1. Make the overall appearance in much lighter colours
2. Make the learning curve of the product even easier, by simplifying the interface
3. Allow more information to be fitted into 1 screen
4. Make the new design more realistic to real-life objects and more responsive
Today, I’m super excited to show you the best SilverWiz yet – the new SilverWiz for iPad, that will be released as a free update in just a few weeks.
Now, let me walk you through some of the stuff we did…
When you start SilverWiz, you’ll see this simple screen to get you started. Really elegant and simple. We’ve decided to use paper on beautifully stitched leather background.
Once you created an account, you’ll see another screen that has been dramatically simplified. Notice that the top bar is now missing, until you create your first transaction, and the 4 buttons to create transactions were replaced by 1 button. Can you imagine, such a complex matter as personal finance being nailed down to 1 button? It’s truly amazing how simple and beautiful it is.
And this is how all modal views look like. We wanted very simple and distinctive design. We went for the elegant font Gill Sans, mostly using its Light variation, which makes the whole experience like reading a beautifully crafted magazine. Only that you’re the one that creates the content. It feels like creating art!
The list of transactions now shows 50% more transactions than before. Using the Gill Sans font allowed us to add one additional field – running balance. For those of you who don’t need that, it can be disabled via Settings. Notice that we simplified the top bar too. We moved the calculator button from the top bar to the sidebar, next to the Settings button. This allows you to access the calculator anywhere, anytime. We also removed the button to edit the account – you can now edit accounts via Settings -> Accounts & Budgets.
Now this is huge! We took the Scheduled section and redesigned it entirely. It’s presented by a beautiful calendar, and the transactions are presented as calendar events.
And finally, reports… We wanted to make Reports really special and I feel that we achieved that. When you land in Reports, you’ll be immediately presented with several pre-generated reports. You can scroll through them with a simple swipe, left or right. Scrolling down reveals the buttons to generate reports and scrolling even more will reveal all your saved reports. All reports can also be visualised in full screen which nobody has done before.
That’s just a few of the many design touches we did in the new SilverWiz for iPad. This great new design will be part of our big 1.3 update, which will be released in few weeks from now.