Next is slowly but surely becoming a comprehensive finance tracking platform. I wrote about the app last October, but it has come quite a way in the past few months. Version 1.6, which was released last week, brought with it a surprising number of power features that really bring the app to the next level.
Next now caters beautifully to casual and power users. If all you want to do is record your $4 coffee, it’s still as fast as ever to do so. You tap on the ‘+’ symbol, enter the expenditure amount, tap on the icon that seems most appropriate, and press done. However, if you’re like me and you enjoy taking the time to tag that coffee as “Jimmy’s Coffee”, then the app now rewards you with richer ways to take advantage of that extra effort.
You can filter monthly expenditures by category type with a single tap, so you can drill down to how much money you’ve actually spent on coffee, and on which days you tend to spend that money. Next 1.6 now also provides the ability to search expenditures by their note type, so I can drill down to find out now just how much I spend on coffee — but how often I spend it on “Jimmy’s Coffee” in particular.
I’m also really digging the new note suggestions, which offer to auto-complete what I’m typing, based on what I’ve entered into the app before. This saves me from ever having to type out “Jimmy’s Coffee” at all, since all I need to do is type the first letter, and the app will automatically display suggestions based on previous expenditures.
Next has always been the fastest expense tracker around, but it was a little lighter on the details. The last few updates to the app really feel like the developers at noidentity are upping their game and turning Next into something much more — and I’m really impressed with the progress!