my Travel Assistant – iOS: Translator/Currency Converter/Expense Tracker

Budapest, Hungary – The Gamma Project today is pleased to introduce my Travel Assistant 1.0 for iOS, their app for global travelers that integrates into a single, convenient package a 36-language translator, a 71-currency monetary exchange rate converter, and a smart expense tracker with automatic currency conversion. In addition to easy-to-use expense management at home and abroad, the app features: auto-refresh of exchange rates; eMail expenses as a formatted table, HTML document, and/or a CSV file; easily edit or delete trips and entries; and a built-in, multi-function calculator. Designed as an intelligent assistant for international travelers, the app stores all expenses in both the local and converted, home currencies.

With a high-end, dark wood-grain GUI, the app includes no instructions for use; all operations are intuitive and trouble-free. One-time set-up includes entering the user’s language, home currency, and the frequency of exchange rate updates. The designers have paid great attention to human factors. For example, English, Spanish, French, Italian and German appear in their respective places in the scrolling list that appears by touching “Your Language”, but the group of five most common languages also appears at the head of the list. Similarly, the app defaults to US dollars, with the yen, euro, and Canadian dollar leading an alphabetical list of 71 different currencies.

Set-up complete, the home page displays four buttons: Travel Expenses, Currency Converter, Translator, and Quick Add. Travel Expenses is the heart of the app, and the Travel Expenses page contains an artfully designed scrolling list of all expenses ordered by date. The user may substitute any photo or graphic for the generic icon displayed with each travel expense listing, which includes the country or city, description of the expense (e.g. work, personal, etc.), and the total amount of all expenses, automatically converted to the user’s home currency. Selecting any entry brings up a similar, itemized listing of each individual expense in that particular city or country.

When entering an expense in the local currency the user may enter a description using the pop-up alphanumeric keyboard, or choose a category from the Apple infinite odometer display. Included, with appropriate icons, are: Transportation (Flight), Cash Withdrawal, Taxi, Local Transportation, Hotel, Camping, Fuel, Road Tolls, Souvenirs, Food & Drink, Treatment (Hospital), Shopping, Entertainment, Additional Fees, and Other. The city or country scrolling list is fully editable, and displays individual expenses in both local and home currencies, plus the category and description.

The currency converter function features side-by-side odometer displays for going from any one of 71 currencies to another. The large entry keypad also includes a calculator function. Results are displayed in the dual odometer highlight window with the currency listing. For example, entering 1,555 displays “Japanese Yen – 1,555 JPY” on the left wheel, and “US Dollars – 18.66 USD” on the right. The translator function employs two text fields, each with a labeled flag beside it. The user selects his native language/flag and enters the word or phrase to be translated in the text field. Selecting any of 36 languages displays the translation in red type in the second text field. The quick add function assumes the user is in the same locale as their previous entry, and goes straight to the entry page.

Feature Highlights:
* Appealing, user friendly interface with Retina display support (high resolution)
* Easy-to-use expense management home and abroad
* Easily edit or swipe-delete trips and entries
* Automatic conversion between the type of currency paid and the user’s native currency
* Share expenses via in-app, eMail function as a nicely formatted table and as a CSV attachment
* Universal currency converter supporting 71 currencies
* Translate words and phrases between 36 languages, with “copy and paste” support
* Built-in, multi-function calculator
* Auto-refresh of exchange rates (configurable interval from 1 hour to 1 week, or manual)

The app’s Google Translator powered word and phrase translation function supports the following languages: US English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

my Travel Assistant’s currency converter supports the following: US Dollars, Euro, UK Pounds, Australia Dollars, Canada Dollars, Japan Yen, Albania Lek, Algeria Dinars, Arab Emirates Dirhams, Argentina Pesos, Bahamas Dollars, Bahrain Dinars, Barbados Dollars,Belarus Rubles, Bermuda Dollars, Brazil Reals, Brunei Dollars, Bulgaria Leva, Chile Pesos, China Yuan Renminbi, Colombia Pesos, Croatia Kuna, Czech Koruna, Denmark Kroner, Egypt Pounds, Estonia Krooni, Fiji Dollars, Hong Kong Dollars, Hungarian Forint, Iceland Kronur, Indian Rupees, Indonesia Rupiahs, Iraq Dinars, Israel New Shekels, Kenya Shillings, South Korea Won, Kuwait Dinars, Malaysia Ringgits, Mauritius Rupees, Mexico Nuevo Pesos, Morocco Dirhams, New Zealand Dollars, Norway Kroner, Peru Nuevos Soles, Philippines Pesos, Poland Zlotych, Russia Rubles, Saudi Arabia Riyals, Singapore Dollars, South Africa Rands, Sri Lanka Rupees, Swedish Krona, Swiss Francs, Taiwan Dollars, Thailand Baht, Tunisia Dinars, Turkey Lira, Venezuela Bolivares Fuertes, and more

“A personal assistant would keep all your expenses during international travel well documented, clear, and instantly comprehensible no matter what foreign currencies have been used,” stated
Developer Karoly Nyisztor. “my Travel Assistant for iOS is the next best thing.”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* iOS 3.1.3 or later (iOS 4 tested)
* 4.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
my Travel Assistant 1.0 is $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Productivity category. Review copies are available upon request.

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Based in Budapest, Hungary, the Gamma Project team is a small software independent company founded by Karoly Nyisztor. With their strong blend of design and development skills, Gamma’s passion is to craft quality 3D games and applications for the iPhone. Copyright (C) 2004-2011 Gamma Project. 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.

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