Native desktop client

Hi there,

 

Is there any plans right now for a new desktop client in near future? For me, at least, reports on the YNAB seems to lack the quality, customization and the overall smoothness of YNAB4 client. On the desktop client we could resize - or realign - columns, a feature which is also lacking on the new web platform and that could improve our usability.

 

Best Regards,

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  • I actually agree with this. While its nice having the cloud version (which I ultimately want) I miss the smoothness of the desktop version. The lag and overall slowness of nYNAB has been bad since the beginning and has never improved. I fear it never will. 

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  • Hi Spring Green Projector !

    We don't have a desktop app for the new YNAB right now, but it's in our plans. Although we aren't able to commit to how much offline capability that app will or won't have, we are working hard on making it a great companion to the web app.

    With that being said, I'm not sure we can ear mark it for the "near future". You can keep an eye on our What’s Up Next page to see exactly which features our development team is focusing on for the time being. :)

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  • I'd love to see this become a priority. We recently "upgraded" from YNAB4 to the web version and the process has become so much more cumbersome... we're falling behind on keeping our budget up to date because the process just takes too long now. 

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  • I am considering transitioning over from YNAB4.  However, I tend to work in YNAB on weekends when we are at the lake and do not have internet and very little cell service.  Therefore, I need to be able to work in it offline.  A desktop version should satisfy that need.

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  • very much agree. I've been waiting on a desktop app for the new YNAB since it launched. the experience is just smoother and better with an actual app.

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  • I 2nd the 3rd agreement..... Web apps are nice for some things... Finances should be local to my desktop.  A web app is never going to be as good as a desktop client ( in my opinion).  I would love to upgrade, but I haven't due to only being an online app.

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  • The problem for me is that in the last week I've had two all-day internet outages, meaning I could not access YNAB all day. On both occasions I had transactions I needed to tend to. I know there's a mobile app but I can't use that here. I was stuck: cut off from my budget for two days. It made me start looking for alternatives to YNAB.

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      • Ben
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      • furiousfalcon
      • 1 yr ago
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      JoeDid I'm not quite sure what you mean when you say "I can't use [the mobile app] here", but just in case, the mobile app doesn't require an internet connection to function (at least, not all the time). You should be able to use it offline, and changes will by synced back to the budget whenever you have a connection again.

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      • JoeDid
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      • Purple_rain
      • 1 yr ago
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      Ben Oh, right, thanks. Someone here pointed that out to me a while ago, but I guess I forgot. Also I'm not too trusting in the sync-after-the-fact but that's probably because I don't use the mobile app all that much anyway. It's a catch-22: I don't know/like its interface so I don't use it. I don't use it, so I don't get used to the interface or become trusting in it the sync issue.

      I'll definitely remember that when the next outage occurs. Thanks for reminding me.

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  • I feel really betrayed over this one. I upgraded immediately from YNAB4 encouraged by promises of a new desktop app.  I love the goal setting features, but really miss the smoothness of the desktop app. I've never experienced a web app being as good as a native app. When they said that making a desktop app was a priority, I didn't realise it would be a couple of years and still nothing, with nothing on the horizon. It's pretty disappointing.

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    • Hi Tan Barnacle !

      Sorry for the disappointment here! Creating a desktop app is still on our list of things to do, but we ran into a number of things at launch that ended up climbing our list of priorities. Even now, years later, we have a lot in store that we're still working on. We haven't forgotten about a native desktop client, but I can't give a time frame on when it will be ready for launch.

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    • Faness Another user here with the same exact feelings. I upgraded specifically because of the encouragement that a desktop app was a priority.

      I really appreciate how transparent you guys are about the development process though, that is a rare thing to find in a company. Very much hoping that the desktop app becomes a priority soon.

      As others have said, the web app system has an effect (both myself and my sister have noticed) where we don't keep up with the budget as much because the process is a little more cumbersome / time consuming to make happen each time. Things also just felt much more solid and clear-cut with the YNAB 4 app.

      Thanks for listening to our feedback!

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    • Turquoise Major Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion! We revisit and re-evaluate our current projects every 8 weeks, and then plan for What’s Up Next based on that. While I can't make any promises, we still haven't forgotten and you can let our development team know what's most important to you by submitting a Feature Request. :)

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    • Faness Thanks for the reply. I do understand that things change, and nYNAB is pretty good, but I would be really thrilled to have a desktop version again.

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    • Tan Barnacle Thank you for weighing in here - I completely understand! :)

      Would you mind sharing your thoughts with our development team through our Feature Request form? It helps if they know why you'd like to see a certain feature.

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  • I agree I'm recently returning to ynab, I wish I could just still buy ynab4 instead of this new web app imho it was better, not to mention cheaper. 

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      • Herman
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      • 11 mths ago
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      Coral Battery  if you already bought it, you don't need to buy it again.

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    • Herman I bought ynan4 live 4 years ago haven't had it in forever so yes im kinda stuck with the new web app.

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      • a_different_joel
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      • A_different_joel
      • 11 mths ago
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      Coral Battery There's no reason to be stuck on nYNAB. 

      If you remember any of the details of your order, like your email address, you can find your key here: 

      https://classic.youneedabudget.com/support/order-lookup

      And download  here:

      https://classic.youneedabudget.com/download/ynab4

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  • I agree with this, it'd be nice to have something local that works in the same way as the app does. Electron and a Node back-end for offline, perhaps? https://electronjs.org/

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  • For my wife and me its the same case. We just today upgraded from ynab4 to the subscription model, but since there is no desktop version we really question this decision and might switch back. As many before said, the desktop Version was very handy.

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      • JoeDid
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      • Purple_rain
      • 6 mths ago
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      Gray Case Since the OP is from a year ago (and probably isn't the first request for this) you can probably figure out it's not about to happen.

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      • Gray Case
      • Gray_Case.6
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      JoeDid I don't think so. Faness did explain their point quite clearly. They seem to have some priorities that moved to the top and are in line. We just have to wait or look for a replacement.

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      • JoeDid
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      • Purple_rain
      • 6 mths ago
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      Gray Case You're more optimistic than I, if you're referring to her comment from six months ago where she said they evaluate requests every eight weeks. This kind of request was one of the first to come up, I believe, when the new version launched. I hope you're right.

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    • Hi Gray Case !

      Sorry for the delayed response here! I wanted to make a quick note that we haven't moved forward with a native desktop client at the moment. It's still on our list of "things we want in the future" but it isn't a top priority and it hasn't made it to our What’s Up Next list.

      I wish I had better news but I wanted to be as transparent as possible here. You can still submit a Feature Request to let our development team know you'd like to see this option, but it isn't in our plans for the immediate future.

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