Daily iPhone App: JetSet Expenses
Capturing expenses can be a real burden on business travelers; I personally can't count the number of times where I ended up paying for something rather than being to have a company foot the bill, simply because I wasn't able to find a receipt or didn't log an expense somewhere. JetSet Expenses (US$4.99) has been around for a while but was recently updated to version 2.1 to add new functions for helping keep your business expenses in order.
Version 2.1 has a number of updated features to make current and new users happy. First, the app now supports the larger Retina display of the iPhone 5. It's also providing support for printing expense reports (perfect for sending them to those pesky accountants) on an AirPrint printer or using an AirPrint workaround like Printopia with an older printer and a Mac.
Expense reports can now be sorted by date, either from newest to oldest or vice-versa. A function has been added to lock the expense date; all expenses added after it is locked are filled with that date until you unlock the date or change it.
Support for Google Drive and Dropbox has been updated as well. I was happy to see that with a single tap an expense report can be uploaded as a .CSV file directly to a Google Drive spreadsheet. In Dropbox, a JetSet Expenses report goes to a specific JetSet Expenses folder. The .CSV file is accompanied by pictures of any receipts that have been attached to the expense report.
During beta testing of JetSet Expenses, I pointed out to the developer that the travel databases were somewhat out of date, still showing listings for airlines like Continental (which has merged with United) and Northwest (which became part of Delta). While the developer did remove the old listings, some of the airline information wasn't added back in where appropriate -- there's no listing for United, which is currently the world's largest airline.
Still, that's a minor issue that can be addressed in a future version of the app. The fact remains that JetSet Expenses is a very capable app for capturing those bills that accrue during business travel. The ability to share the expense reports via a variety of methods including uploads to Dropbox and Google Drive, as well as email and printing, is a lifesaver when you're on the road and need to get a reimbursement started.
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