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Topic # 127541 14-Aug-2013 09:25 Send private message



Off on holiday to the States soon and I couldn’t find a
currency converter that let’s me manually put in the exchange rate so I can see
what stuff is really costing me (they all use on-line bank rates, which is not
what I buy my US dollars at) so decided to write my own.  Given that US price-tags or menus tend not to
include taxes or tips I built in a calculator for those as well. 

I decided to do a free(restricted)  and a pro(paid – see if I can make a buck)
version, here’s a link to the free one:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.floydbloke.touristconverterfree

Happy to give away the pro version for free to fellow
geekzoners if anyone wants it though.  PM
me if you want it and I’ll send the APK.

This is my first foray at making anything I’ve written
available to the big wide world so all comments & criticism welcome and
appreciated






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  Reply # 876902 14-Aug-2013 09:34 Send private message

This app is useful for me as I last purchased AU $ last year. Thanks I can apply that rate to my trip there next month.




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  Reply # 876929 14-Aug-2013 10:00 Send private message

Looks good. I'm off to the US this weekend and this will no doubt be useful.

Have grabbed the pro version from the play store. More than happy to pay for a useful app that someone has invested time and skills creating.

A suggestion perhaps. Many of the bank offer BUY/SELL exchange rates online, which are the true amount you pay or get. The likes of Yahoo or XE rates are all mid market rates which is why they never line up with what you actually end up paying.

Not sure if you would be allowed to pull or scrape that data, but the rates are a better indication than the mid market ones.




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  Reply # 876974 14-Aug-2013 10:56 Send private message

It's a good idea, but I'm not sure how useful it is to convert to what you paid for the currency. Especially if you paid for it a year ago. What about the time value of money?

I think it's a good idea mostly because I don't need a currency converter to use to-the-minute rates. I don't need it to connect to the internet, I'm happy just having a rough idea of what things cost.

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  Reply # 876978 14-Aug-2013 11:05 Send private message

I can see that being very handy for an upcoming trip to the US :) Tip and conversion all in one hit!  I'll check it out and let you know how well it works "in the field"...

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  Reply # 877018 14-Aug-2013 11:40 Send private message

So, if you are putting in the currency manually, what is the difference between this, and just using a calculator which every phone has to multiply one number by the other?

Seems like an app for the sake of an app, and not solving any actual problem.



It reminds me of another app I saw which calculated gst exclusive component of a product. You typed in the price and all it did was divide by 1.15



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  Reply # 877058 14-Aug-2013 12:05 Send private message



Thanks for all the kind words and commentary…

ajobbins: ..Have grabbed the pro version from the
play store. More than happy to pay for a useful app that someone has invested
time and skills creating.
..


..and for being my first paying customer :)

ajobbins: ..A suggestion perhaps. Many of the bank
offer BUY/SELL exchange rates online, which are the true amount you pay or get.
The likes of Yahoo or XE rates are all mid market rates which is why they never
line up with what you actually end up paying...


Pondered how best to do this quite long and hard.  Decided to go with the yahoo optiona, and user
defined commission if required, because there appear to be no IP or copyright
issues and it proved the most streamlined way to get cross-rates against all
sorts of currencies.  E.g.  I’m not sure I could easily get the South
Korean Won vs Turkish Lira of the BNZ website. 
Thanks for the suggestion though, will keep it in mind.

bazzer: ... but I'm not sure how useful it is to
convert to what you paid for the currency. Especially if you paid for it a year
ago. What about the time value of money? ...


My motivation was that I’ve been dripfeeding my holiday
savings over the last few months onto my OneSmart as well as some cash, and I’ll
end up with an average of about US$0.80 for ever NZ$1, which is the rate I’ll
be using on my trip.  Point taken about
the time value of money though.








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  Reply # 877064 14-Aug-2013 12:11 Send private message

NonprayingMantis: So, if you are putting in the currency manually, what is the difference between this, and just using a calculator which every phone has to multiply one number by the other?

Seems like an app for the sake of an app, and not solving any actual problem.



It reminds me of another app I saw which calculated gst exclusive component of a product. You typed in the price and all it did was divide by 1.15




  • You only need to put the exchange rate in once, not every time you need to convert an amount

  • Once entered, it stores crossrates for more than 25 currencies.  handy if you're touring multiple countries

  • It includes calculations for tips and tax based on percentage, gets messy doing that on a calculator






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