February 21, 2011 in Finance (E)
[prMac.com] Rochester, New York - Furry Friend Photos set out to write the easiest to use and most comprehensive restaurant check splitting application possible, and with the release of You Owe... 1.2 achieves their goal of creating a simple yet comprehensive program. Furry Friend staff have gained forty pounds and maxed out at least one credit card during the development and testing of the app, and gained the approval of Steve (no, not that Steve), author for the best selling book "Waiter Rant" for its tipping policies.
You Owe... is able to achieve its goals of ease of use and speed by keeping the most relevant information on the first screen, remembering key data (such as tipping preferences and dining partners), and optimized keyboards for rapid data entry.
Tipping preferences include the tip percent, of course, and options to calculate the tip before or after tax, and before or after discounts/coupons/gift certificates are applied. When contacted for comments on calculating after applying discounts, etc. Steve D., the author of the best-selling book "Waiter Rant", irreverently suggested an illustration of a waiter spitting in a diner's food. That didn't happen, although the app strongly encourages the recommendation to calculate the tip before discounts.
The people splitting the check can simply be counted for an even split, or named for an itemized split to create the ultimate approximation of fairness. Named diners can be saved in lists (created before or after dining) to avoid redundant and "at table" typing.
Entering each item on a long check can be tedious, but You Owe... minimizes the work by providing keys for common fractional dollar amounts like .25, .50 and the like. Shared items, like a bottle of wine enjoyed by (for example) two of three parties dining are also easy to enter.
Any item can be edited, reassigned, or deleted if need be, and when all the data has been entered, You Owe... displays "who owes what" on the main screen, along with the amount of the tip, and the total to leave at the table. Each diner's detailed information (items, discounts, etc. and share of the tax and tip) can be examined and emailed.
You Owe... provides extensive in-app help, along with web-based help formatted specifically for the iPhone. As useful for simply calculating a tip as for dividing a 12 person dining experience equitably, You Owe... is, as claimed, the "Diner's Calculator."
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 1.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
You Owe... 1.2 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Finance category.
Located in Rochester, New York, Furry Friend Photos is a single person company formed in 2006 as a pet photography business. After the introduction of the iPhone, Ben Barlow saw the usefulness of the device in his business, and began writing apps for the App Store to share with others. Copyright (C) 2011 Furry Friend Photos. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.