Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Quick HOW-TO for MileBug Beginners

First understand that the general idea is that you open MileBug right when you get in the car to go somewhere. You add a trip, enter the data including the starting odometer reading. Then you close it up and drive to your destination. When you arrive, open MileBug and it will automatically take you to the incomplete trip where you now simply enter the ending odometer reading and hit Save. Voila! Now it's in your Trip List.

For the simplest case, focus only on the Trips tab. Don't worry about the others right now. On the top right, there's a "+" button. Simply tap that to add a new trip. You'll see a new screen slide on with different fields for information about the new trip you're about to take. Simply tap on each one to either choose or enter the data for that field. For fields like Business, Destination, Vehicle, etc. you'll be adding a new one to the system by tapping "Add Preset" at the top of the screen that appears when you select Business or one of the others. Simply add the new one, and it will now appear in your set of Businesses, Vehicles, etc. that you can choose from for this trip and all future trips.

If you want to customize a few things, you can do this in the Presets tab. There you can choose among different settings, as well add/edit/move/delete your set of Businesses, Vehicles, Expense Categories, etc. Keep in mind that each business has it's own set of Destinations and Purposes.

15 comments:

M. said...

I don't see how to import the data into a spreadsheet. When I cut and paste from the emailed report, it fills a single cell. There must be something I am missing. Thank you.

Just Me said...

Check out this other post:
http://milebugblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/reports-copypaste-for-mac-users-best.html

Plus, try copying the entire email, not just the data table, and pasting that in. You can always delete the parts you don't want.

Lisa Brisch said...

I would like to be able to delete destination and purpose presets and sort them in alphabetical order or in an order that I use by frequency. You can already do this for the other presets.

Thanks! So glad to be rid of my notebook in the car.

Just Me said...

You can do the same for Destinations and Purposes. You just have to drill into the business they are associated with.

Check out this other entry:
http://milebugblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/editing-destinations-and-purposes.html

X's for Date said...

When pasted into up-to-date Excel in Microsoft, all appears fine in preview. However, when it actually prints, the date appears as all "X's". Remedy?

Just Me said...

I believe you need to widen the columns a bit. Then the X's will disappear.

Angus McEwan said...

I love Milbug but am having problems with my iPhone but want to restore and set it up as a new phone not from backup.

If I do this all my Milebug data disappears.

Is there anyway I can import/export this data when I set it up as a new phone?

Thanks

Angus

Just Me said...

Right now the only option is to Restore From Backup. We are working on a web sync that will allow backup/restore from the web. We're hoping to have that out by the end of July.

Julie said...

I can't figure out how to import a milebug report from my email into excel, it seems to just fill a single cell, ideas?

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Anonymous said...

There seems to be a bug in the paid iPhone 1.5.2 version. I wish to edit Purposes and Destinations. I see under the Presets Tab that the GUI allows us to drill down into a particular Business. I see that the correct count number of Purposes and Destinations associated with that Business is correct. However, when I select that Business then there is only one item in the list ... not the count number I was expecting. As it is, I can only edit that one Purpose ( or Destination ) that I see.

Am I missing something?

thanks

Anonymous said...

There is a bug with iOS4 that is being addressed very shortly. The new update should be submitted to Apple by the end of the week.

Anonymous said...

If you hit "reply" in your email that your emailed from your phone to yourself, in the reply draft message all the columns appear with lines around them. Try copying and pasting that into Excel. It worked for me only when I did that.

Anonymous said...

I saw that you were hoping for a fix to missing data when the iPhone is restored back in July '10. I have tried to use the backup restore and the data didn't come back. I see it in the Application Support> Mobile Sync folder but it just stays there. Any way to help? I need that data for taxes.

Debra said...

Is there a way to convert data from mile bug lit to mile bug pro?