Splitwise is planning a big redesign of the website and mobile apps for winter 2013, based on all the things we’ve learned since this past August. We’re releasing some intermediate changes to the website over the next few days – please, let us know your feedback!
Since we added the “Friends” feature back in April, we’ve wanted friendships to combine more seamlessly with “Groups.” We’re sorry to anyone who has been annoyed by this. In this intermediate 2.5 release for web, we’ve made it easy to view everything in one place. The left-hand sidebar lets you switch quickly between all your friends, and the updated dashboard shows the net result of who owes who, including groups/apartments and personal expenses.
When you’re looking at a friend, Splitwise will now show you the personal IOUs and expenses you’ve added, as well as the total for each group that you share. You can click on the group to view the list of group expenses.
When you’re looking at a group, you can see the bills that resulted in that balance. “More details” will show you the whole repayment plan, and allow you to toggle “Simplify Debts” for that group.
You may have noticed the “Make Payment” is now called the “Settle Up” button, to make it more clearly a way to restore balances between group members, not about external payments to 3rd parties.
As a bonus, all of your Splitwise bills are now viewable from a master-view called “All Expenses,” so you never lose track of an expense (which makes it easy to find any multi-person bill).
A cool improvement that is not shown here: each expense now has its own currency (as opposed to being set on the group or friendship level)! So, for instance, if you owe someone both dollars and euros, it will display both balances. We don’t do any currency conversions at the moment- Splitwise will just show you the balances as they were incurred.
We’re excited to keep improving Splitwise after this release. Next, we plan to tackle the sign-up process and archiving old expenses, as well as designing from scratch the “Divide A Bill” and “Add an IOU” dialog boxes.
As a wise man once said, our work is never over.