Mo Calc “clone” detected

I was checking up on Mo Calc over at Windows Phone 7 marketplace today and I came across an interesting finance app.

It’s called Loanster. Check out these screenshots below:

Loanster - cheap Mo Calc clone Loanster - cheap Mo Calc clone Loanster - cheap Mo Calc clone Loanster - cheap Mo Calc clone

Despite drawing inspiration from Mo Calc, I am assured that Loanster is a completly legit and independently written app. Its author Tony was nice enough and agreed to tweak the UI in the next version in order to differentiate Loanster from Mo Calc a bit more.

Mo Calc 1.2 released

I finally had some time to release a much-needed update to my free mortgage calculator for Window Phone 7. Mo Calc 1.2 sports a new payment summary page with pie charts to better visualize payments structure.

I also revamped the comparison page. I decided to hide the detailed numbers and only display the monthly and total payments, in order to fit more items on the screen. The details are still available – just click “show details” to expand them.

Mortgage payment charts Side-by-side mortgage comparison New About page

I felt that the amortization table was pretty useless in the previous version. Who wants to scroll through 360 months of rows to see just a bunch of numbers? My plan is to gradually start improving it and making it more user-friendly. Version 1.2 has a “quick jump” capability (alike the people hub in Windows Phone 7) allowing quick hop to a designated year. Click on the year header to activate it.

Amortization table Quickly jump to amortization years Splash screen image

There were also other miscellaneous improvements that made it to this version. Here is the list:

Version 1.2

  • Improved payment summary page
  • Added pie charts
  • Improved amortization table
  • Using large numeric keyboard for number input
  • Added collapsible details for mortgage comparisons
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes
  • New icon and splash screen
  • New About page
Update: Looks like I made a simple “copy and paste” error and both charts are the same. Thank you TheManOfSteel27 for pointing that out. I already submitted an update to the Marketplace. Now just waiting for Microsoft to approve it.

 

First Silverlight 3 app

Despite my earlier blog post, I decided to take part in the “sexiest” mortgage calculator contest after all. It seemed like a perfect excuse to give Silverlight 3 a try. The end result may not be the sexiest (I’m a developer, not a designer), but I think it’s fairly functional. Actually, I wish I had a tool like that when I was shopping for mortgages. I had a lot of fun writing this app, and I learned a lot.

Mortgage Calculator Check it out!

EDIT: Nice – I just stumbled upon a website of Rene de Paula jr that mentions my calculator (translation from Portuguese). News travel fast on the internets =)

Update: The results are in and while I did not win, I had a lot of fun learning Silverlight 3. Here are the submissions that won. Pretty cool, I must admit. They all tend to use standard JavaScript, Google Charts and Flash. I may revise my calculator and use some of their ideas.

Congrats to the winners!