Thanks to App Cubby

Huge thanks to App Cubby for being this week’s sponsorDavid Barnard and his crew build iOS apps that I’ve been using for years. Apps the I depend on, like Trip Cubby.

Trip Cubby

My job requires me to accurately track mileage across two vehicles. Before the iPhone descended upon us, I tried to use a notepad and paper. It was invariably in the wrong car or missing entirely.

At last, David released Trip Cubby. This super little app lives on my iPhone, which never leaves my side. I use it to record mileage, sorted by vehicle, gig, vendor and so on. Everything is backed up wirelessly via sync and can be exported via email as an Excel-friendly .CSV file. You know who really likes that? My accountant.

It also features beautiful charts and graphs, IRS compliance, customizable rates, stats on paid/unpaid milage, etc. But it’s more than pretty. Trip Cubby is, as I said, a tool that I absolutely depend on.

Gas Cubby

Gas Cubby records milage and adds service history and even reminders, which is great. Those plastic clings that the mechanic puts on your windshield always fall off. At least mine do. Yet, I won’t forget about that 7,500 mile checkup when Gas Cubby reminds me. The search feature is also well-implemented and there’s ample support for international units, like MPG (Canada), MPG (UK), MPG (Imperial), L/100km, gal/100mi (US), gal/100mi (Imperial), km/L, km/gal (US), km/gal (Imperial), and mi/L, for all of you folks who drive on the wrong side of the road.

Go get them!

Trip Cubby and Gas Cubby are both available from the App Store for $4.99.


David Barnard closes App Cubby forums

A disappointing bit of news from David Barnard:

“Josh (the App Cubby tech support guru) now has a full time day job and just welcomed his second child into the world. And in November, I’ll be welcoming my second child. We’re both absolutely swamped at the moment and just don’t have time to properly manage the forums. And even if we did have time, I’m more and more convinced that forums aren’t the best way to interact with a community of users.”

David notes that the forums, which he hoped would host a vibrant community of App Cubby customers, had become a place for users to seek tech support.

I understand his frustration regarding time (I’m father of 2 myself) and am glad he pulled the plug rather than let the project exist in a manner that he didn’t intend. I hope he finds a future solution that he’s happy with, as David’s a nice guy and I love his apps.