Friday, October 28, 2011

Transfer Data from Lite to Full

Thanks for upgrading! You're really going to enjoy the GPS tracking. 

So let's get your data moved over from Lite so you're good to go. The short answer is that there's a tutorial inside MileBug on the Backup tab at the bottom. Just click "What is iTunes File Sharing?", and then click "How to use File Sharing with MileBug". (see screenshots to the right and below)

Here's some detailed steps to help you with this simple process:

FIRST: Backup MileBug Lite Data to Your Computer
1) Open MileBug Lite and select the Backup tab at the bottom
2) Tap the "Back up and Sync" button
3) Connect your iPhone to your computer and move the backup data file to your computer using iTunes File Sharing (see the tutorial inside MileBug mentioned above - screenshot below)

THEN: Load Lite Data file into full version of MileBug
1) Use iTunes File Sharing to put your Lite data backup file into the full version of MileBug
2) Launch MileBug (full) on your iPhone.
3) Select "Restore From Backup"
4) Choose the backup file in the picker from step 1 (probably only one there)
5) Tap "Restore Data"

That's it! Remember, the iTunes File Sharing is how you can always make a backup of your MileBug data. We recommend doing this on a monthly basis, and always doing it before you upgrade either the iOS or MileBug.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

GPS Mileage Tracking with MileBug 2.1 - Published on 10/04/11

iPhone, Nexus One and Android Mileage Tracker | MileBug | iPod Touch Mileage and Expense Tracker
American Fork, Utah - The popular iPhone mileage log application, MileBug, has full path tracking with map display with the latest version 2.1.

When adding a new trip, select "GPS Tracking" under the odometer readings on the Add Trip screen. This will slide on a Map View and show your current location. Simply tap "Start Tracking" and MileBug will drop a pin every time you move more than 1/10 mile. You can return to Add Trip and fill in the rest of the information, save it, and even leave MileBug to open other apps. As long as MileBug is running in the background (which it does by default), it's tracking your trip.

At any time, you can open the Trip and return to GPS Tracking and see your path on the map. Your path is drawn on the map, with dragable pins every 1/10 mile. To edit your path, you can drag pins around, remove pins, even add new pins. If you happen to forget to turn off GPS tracking when you arrive at your destination, you can easily trim your path to the correct pin when you do remember.

Full Path GPS Tracking is in the full version only. MileBug Lite GPS is only "as the crow flies" and does not include map display.

Since the 2.0 version, Lite users may transfer their data the full version via iTunes File Sharing. Easy to follow instructions are included in the Backup tab inside the MileBug app.

Back in 2008, just 2 weeks after the iPhone SDK was announced, plans were started for the development of MileBug. It eventually went live in the App Store on August 25th, 2008 as one of only 2500 apps then available in the store.

Over the past 3 years, MileBug has enjoyed some recognition:
1) In January 2010, MileBug was highlighted in the What's Hot section of 57 App Stores worldwide.
2) Also in January 2010, MileBug rose to be the #1 Finance app in Ecuador and #2 Finance app in the United States.
3) Featured in the Apple's WorldWide Developers' Conference (WWDC) banners both in 2009 and 2010.
4) The MileBug logo appeared in the front window display of the Apple stores in San Francisco and Salt Lake City.

Popular on the iPhone and iPod touch, MileBug was released for the Android and Nokia/Symbian platforms in the summer of 2010, and Nokia/Qt in Spring 2011.

To make next year's taxes that much easier, and the tax returns that much larger, MileBug helps those driving their own vehicles for business, or other reasons receive their reimbursement and/or tax deduction. From small to big business, from realtors to direct sales consultants, MileBug continues to serve those needing a mileage tax break.

"I have used this now for a year and it has been a lifesaver." - customer review

"As a realtor, I am always going somewhere. This program makes it extremely easy to track my miles for tax purposes." - customer review

"Milebug saves you time and money; and is a MUST have for any business owner." - iReviewiPhoneApps

In the U.S., the IRS business rate for 2011 (July-Dec) is 55.5 cents/mile. MileBug for the iPhone/iPod touch helps people track their miles and provides emailed reports for easy submission to employers, accountants, and the IRS.

"MileBug is a mileage tracker for your iPhone or iPod touch that makes it super easy to ... track your mileage. This is great if you need to report your mileage to your boss ... the [IRS] ... or for any personal reasons." - AppStoreApps

"In my job, I need a way to track mileage for work trips around town. MileBug does a great job of providing a really simple (and IRS friendly) method of tracking my trip logs. I really like how I can export the reports to email for reimbursement and reporting." - The Apple Blog

Inside the MileBug app is an option to select kilometers instead of miles. From within the Presets, users can define custom rates for business, charity, medical, and other categories. If you get one rate from your employer for reimbursement, and another rate from the IRS for your side business, you simply create two different business rates.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
* 1.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
MileBug 2.1 for iOS is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Finance category.