Update: Change in Pill Colors

Hello everyone,

We recently introduced a change to the colors (the “pills”) around Available amounts on the budget in order to bring those colors into compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We were made aware that these changes actually made it more difficult for some to quickly identify key information, which is the opposite direction we want to move in for accessibility.

Today, we’re following up with two related updates, which will roll out to YNABers over time.

  1. We've tweaked those new colors a bit. It’s a small change that made a significant difference for some of the folks who tested it in the past weeks.
  2. We’re introducing the option to use the classic colors, if that’s your preference. To check that out, open your Budget Menu by clicking on the name of your budget in the top left, select My Account, and scroll down to the Options section.

If you'd like early access to these options, please send us an email at help@ynab.com! Otherwise, please know that your account will automatically be granted access within the next couple of weeks.

We've got lots more work to do to make YNAB even more accessible, including not relying solely on color for important signals in the app. We're excited about that work to come.

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  • I would definitely like to revert to the classic colours please. Thank you.

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    • lindsay_g  You should now have access! You may need to sign out and back in to update the feature.

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      • lindsay_g
      • Beige_Banjo.3
      • 5 mths ago
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      Veronica at YNAB Great, works perfectly. Thank you. I got the message in-app too, which was nice :)

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  • Thanks so much for your hard work resolving this!  I would definitely like to get access to these features early. Thanks!

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    • Cyan Pilot All set! You may need to sign out and back into YNAB before the updates are available.

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  • definitely like the old colors !! 

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    • keyboard You've got access to those now! Click the budget name in the top left, select My Account and then choose the Classic color scheme to switch back.

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      • keyboard
      • keyboard
      • 5 mths ago
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      Veronica at YNAB  Thank you and just like that,  I have gone back to thinking good things again !!!

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  • Thank you for listening to your customers! Another blog post from Todd C. would go a long way in assuaging the customer base about this hot topic. The initial change was trumpeted with this blog, therefore the correction can be equally trumpeted.

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    • Thanks for this feedback  Ivory Sander . I'll pass this along to Todd directly.

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  • Please include me in the early access to revert back. I can’t distinguish the new colors at all. 

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    • Silver Harp You now have access. You may need to log out and back into YNAB! Let me know if you run into any trouble.

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  • You had me at "options". ;)

    But why not just allow consumers to set their own colors?

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    • RIP_MSMoney Just added access for your account. I'm not certain whether custom colors will become an option in the future, but this is a step in that direction. Let me know if you have any trouble.

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  • I need access as soon as possible please.

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    • Forest Green Stallion You now have access. You may need to log out and back into YNAB before the updates are available. Let me know if you have any trouble.

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    • Peter
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    • lasty
    • 5 mths ago
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    One piece of (professional) advice for your design team (or development team): Don't sacrifice contrast for color or color for contrast. Embrace both and enhance the colors with contrasts. This makes large sets of data infinitely more glance-able in compliance with WCAG.

    Here's a quick mockup what a design could look like that embraces both color and contrast for good glance-ability for both perfect and impaired color vision

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  • Please add the options to my account.  Options are always good.

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    • Orange Budget Category Those options are added into your account now. Let me know if you have any trouble.

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    • Veronica at YNAB 

      The option is working as described.  Thanks for the quick response.

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  • Faness

    If YNAB has any ability to influence the appearance of text on this forum, you might also wish to increase the contrast here.  I had been happily reading solid black text instead of the default dimmer grey, until you posted an ordered list in this subject.  Okay, I need to add to the CSS to make the forum more readable.  I had been using:

    .formatted p {color:black}
    .topic-summary__text-link {color:black}
    .idx-recent-topic__title {color:black}

     

    And I just added:


    .formatted ol {color:black}
    .formatted ul {color:black}

     

    Ah, yes.  Much easier on the eyes.  But it would be better not to have to dig through the CSS code to find how to correct the poor contrast.

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    • Patzer Thank you for sharing this! We do have plans to make a few visibility changes to the forum, but due to recent circumstances we want to re-double-check they'll be a move in the right direction. Having these as a reference is a great help and we'll keep them in mind going forward! :)

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  • Wait...you are actually introducing a toggle able option??? I'm impressed, I mean it's something IMO minor but I know its affected any users and i hope this is a start to allowing users more choices in how the software not only looks but acts as well.

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      • ToddYNAB Team
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      • Todd
      • 5 mths ago
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      Slate Blue Sander I'm going to share a few thoughts later this week (or early next) on that question of options (along with the mistakes we made on this release). The options question is a can of worms, and we may not do exactly what everyone would wish — but there are things we can do, and are excited to do, to improve a sense of "ownership". 

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    • Todd I look forward to that. There really is alot to like about ynab. But the rigidity and lack of flexibility (options) to make it work the way I want is so frustrating...and as a result I'm really on the fence about what to do when my trial ends in I think it's like 10 days?

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  • I also would like the option please.

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    • Alice Blue Case That's added for you now. Let me know if you run into any trouble!

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    • Veronica at YNAB Thank you!

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    • Vibrant
    • No more counting dollars, we'll be counting stars
    • vibrant
    • 5 mths ago
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    I would like access to the old colors. I emailed feedback when the change was first rolled out, but I don't see the option to change back when I log in. Thanks!

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    • Vibrant I'm so sorry we missed that! You should have access now.

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  • Please grant me access to the classic colors. Thank you.

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    • JoeDid Just set you up. Let me know if you have any trouble accessing the changes.

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      • JoeDid
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      • Purple_rain
      • 5 mths ago
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      Veronica at YNAB Thanks. It worked.

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  • Please add me. Thank you.

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    • Superbone Just added the feature for you!

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      • Superbone
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      • Superbone
      • 5 mths ago
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      Veronica at YNAB This is excellent. I love the option. Thank you.

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    • Khaki Storm
    • YNAB book topics online: https://support.youneedabudget.com/r/q5w48j
    • Khaki_Storm.1
    • 5 mths ago
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    Old colors please

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    • Ben Khaki Storm I just added access to your account. Let me know if you have any trouble with the update.

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      • Khaki Storm
      • YNAB book topics online: https://support.youneedabudget.com/r/q5w48j
      • Khaki_Storm.1
      • 5 mths ago
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      Veronica at YNAB Thank you. Why not give everyone access to this?

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    • Ben Khaki Storm We're rolling it out to users over time. As long as we don't find any glaring issues this time around, everyone will eventually have access.

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  • I would love to see classic colors. thank you

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    • xgirlmama All set! Let me know if you run into any issues.

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  • I was satisfied with the color change recently but also realized the need for others to switch back to something that worked for them.  I actually like the new color tweak and the ability to go back to classic colors.  Works as advertised, thanks.

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  • Please enable the option on my budget as well. Thank you.

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    • nyuyokujin This is now added into your account!

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  • Hi, Can you please add this to my account as well. Thanks

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    • Hi Red !

      I just added this option to your account. You may have to refresh but you should then see the option under Account Settings! :)

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  • I just got the new rollout yesterday. Previously I was in the colorblind camp of not being able to use the new colors but I’m happy to report the tweaked new colors work well for me and look good! And being able to revert to original colors should help everyone affected by this. 

     

    Thank you for making these updates and making YNAB useable again!

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  • Thank You!

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  • Unfortunately, I have logged in/out several times - The only option I have in my account is "open last budget by default". Something i'm not doing right? My Account>Scroll down to options?

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    • Hi Coral Yeti !

      This change was only made available to users who had written into us about being negatively impacted by the color changes. I just added your account to our early access list so you should see those changes now. :)

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      • Coral_Yeti.5
      • 5 mths ago
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      Faness  Hi five Faness. It works. You're the best. 😉

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  • I'd like to revert colors, too.  Thanks.

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    • Lego I just added this to your account, so you'll be able to revert colors! Click the budget name in the top left, select My Account and then choose the Classic colors.

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  • I would like to get access to the old colours please.  Thank you!

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    • Beige Network I just added this into your account. Let me know if you have any trouble with it!

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    • Veronica at YNAB My oh my, I love how fast the YNAB team is.  It's working great for me, thank you very much!

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