Envylope App is Now Free!

After quite a few requests from people to have a free version of Envylope, we decided to build one.  Envylope now is a FREE APP. However, upon downloading Envylope for free, users would be on Envylope Basic.  This has a limitation of 5 entries.  It is created as a free version for users to try, and if they like it, they can upgrade to Envylope Pro.  

Envylope Pro will be a one-off purchase.  This means any future update or features will be free for users once the app is bought. Also, only one purchase of Envylope is needed for it to run in all your devices.  If you buy it on your iPhone, your iPad version will be free, vice versa. 

All existing users will of course be upgraded to Envylope Pro, upon downloading our latest update. 

Envylope App Reviews So Far on The App Store Globally

We have an average of 5 stars rating and many positive reviews globally.  Yes we are absolutely thrilled!  We have 40 ratings so far and are hoping for more!  Unfortunately, reviews are separated geographically which means our users can never see all the reviews.  But I guess that’s how Apple works! :) 

Here are all our reviews so far:

Australia


Great budgeting app for party season! ★★★★★

by Nishkjho - Version 2.0 - May 30, 2014

Envylope is amazing and simple to use. Credit to the creators for recognising the need for paperless recording of gifts flowing in and out - it's a budgeting essential!


Amazing app ★★★★★

by Tesselyn - Version 2.0 - May 30, 2014

Amazing app and extremely user friendly!


Fabulous app ★★★★★

by Dyasmin - Version 2.0 - May 29, 2014

So user friendly and a great way to keep tabs on the money gifts. Truly is simple & intuitive.


Great app! ★★★★★

by Harmeet123456 - Version 2.0 - May 29, 2014

Easy to add and retrieve info, a wedding essential!


Great App ★★★★★

by Ishykzzzz09653! - Version 2.0 - May 29, 2014

This app was really handy, I used it to record the gifts from my engagement party and will also use it for my wedding! The update has made it even simpler to use not having to put the event in each time.


Denmark

Nice app ★★★★★

by Bluebelts - Version 2.0 - May 30, 2014

Extremely useful app


Japan

👍 ★★★★★

by PKaurB - Version 2.0 - May 1, 2014

Love the vibrant colors...the whole thing is pretty handy too👍👍👍 


Malaysia

Excellent app ★★★★★

by R. Singh - Version 2.0 - May 30, 2014

I think this app is a really good idea and solves a lot of problems. Well done and good luck in your future endeavours. :)


Amazing ★★★★

by GKB KL - Version 2.0 - May 29, 2014

Superb stuff. A very creative & innovative idea. Well done to the team :)


Love the update ★★★★★

by JaikSingh - Version 2.0 - May 29, 2014

Amazing update to this already amazing app... Can't wait for more! 


Singapore

Great interface ★★★★★

by Sr321457 - Version 2.0 - May 31, 2014

Useful! Will definitely be recommending it to my mum, she's the banker in charge and this is the new tech of bookkeeping at your finger tips! Great features aside, I like the refreshing interface of this app, all the buttons are neatly arranged. The clear winner for me, is the option to customize the keyboard to view "light" and "dark" keys to allow your eyes to adjust.. It seems like a small thing but it just shows me that the developer clearly put a lot of thought in this app


Awesome app! ★★★★★

by Ishvin84 - Version 2.0 - May 30, 2014

Extremely relavant app in this day and age, and more importantly easy to use! Great app, a must-have


great app! ★★★★★

by Nur86 - Version 2.0 - May 29, 2014

helps to keep us organised!


Envylopeeeeeee ★★★★

by Awesomelycoolapp - Version 2.0 - May 29, 2014

Really liked the app. Used it to organize all the monetary well wishes received. Makes life so much easier. Will definitely recommend it to my friends


Really helpful and good ★★★★★

by Te74 - Version 2.0 - May 29, 2014

Love the themes


Amazing ★★★★★

by S(ML) - Version 2.0 - May 29, 2014

Amazingggg app! Love the themes especially the zebra theme!!!


Brilliant ★★★★★

by Taran109 - Version 2.0 - May 29, 2014

Great app! Very useful,highly recommended


Really useful and great app! ★★★★★

by Sikhitothemax - Version 2.0 - May 15, 2014

This is a fantastic way to keep track of all those 'envelopes' you get.. I find it tough to sit down and write the amounts in a book the way my mom does it so this is perfect for me.. Allowing me to be efficient and organized in a convenient way..! Ps love the themes!!


Amazing app!! ★★★★★

by Thelostbird85 - Version 2.0 - May 2, 2014

Truly excellent app! Loving the new themes


Fab update! ★★★★

by thebitterbeast - Version 2.0 - May 1, 2014

You added a tutorial! And new themes and can now add notes! So cool!


Amazing App! ★★★★★

by Armaans - Version 2.0 - Apr 30, 2014

Great update! Loving the new themes! 👍👍


Great App! ★★★★★

by Hartazkaur - Version 1.1.1 - Mar 11, 2014

A million events= A million exchanges. Thanks to Envylope that is now taken care of! Not that true friends care but anyone with a conscience does! Great app!


Extremely Useful App! ★★★★★

by sai-13 - Version 1.0 - Feb 20, 2014

Never knew this app would be so handy. Extremely easy to use & great UI! 


Thailand

Brilliant! ★★★★★

by Sutheep Singhsachakul - Version 2.0 - May 30, 2014

This app is amazing! Especially in today's age where everything is literally at your fingertips! So why not gift accounts? Can't imagine my life without it...


A definite app to download ★★★★★

by Gurpreetsachdev - Version 2.0 - May 3, 2014

To me this app is useful and effective! It helps keep things organized as i like them. I am able to access and keep track of what money i have given and what money i have received. Great app! 


United Kingdom

Very Useful App ★★★★★

by Sammysammylove - Version 2.0 - Jun 2, 2014

An excellent way to manage your 'deyn-leyn' as they say in Punjabi. Very useful. :)


Great app! ★★★★★

by Deep_01 - Version 2.0 - May 30, 2014

Ideal for family functions and all other happy occasions.


Good good! ★★★★★

by Verity Jo - Version 2.0 - May 30, 2014

Great little app for keeping track of gifts. I'll never get caught out again! Looks lovely too!


Excellent for Moms!! ★★★★★

by Mommyof2butfeelslike100 - Version 2.0 - May 30, 2014

Recently heard about this App and have been using it ever since. Extremely handy for keeping track of kid's birthday vouchers, money gifts from grand parents etc! I feel so organised now! I never repeat birthday voucher gifts to kids as I have a record of what I gave them for Christmas etc so my gift giving has become systematic. Allowing me to keep of what my kids get from other Moms makes it easy when it's time for me to give their kids for their birthdays too!


Great app just got better! ★★★★★

by RS-2013UK - Version 2.0 - May 2, 2014

Managed to store 8 gift payments within a matter of minutes. A very useful app and the chronological timeline is a stroke of genius 😀👏 Two suggestions for the next update a totals count for each person? Even better, a credit vs debit calculation to show whether you have given them more vs what you have received?


AmaZing! ★★★★★

by Sant Khalsa - Version 2.0 - May 1, 2014

A very unique and excellent way to manage finances!! Love the themes!!


Love the update! ★★★★★

by Lavanya20045 - Version 2.0 - May 1, 2014

I liked the original a lot but the new one is even better, didn't realise what I was missing. The themes are really cool and the whole interface looks better. Overall its superb.


Great for kids birthday vouchers ★★★★★

by theSikher - Version 1.1.1 - May 5, 2014

I love giving out vouchers for birthdays and this app allows me to never repeat a voucher for the same store to the same person.


Great Update!! ★★★★★

by Arunsakh Sachamuneewongse - Version 1.1.1 - May 1, 2014

Loved the tutorial.


VERY User friendly and super practical! ★★★★★

by karishmasharma - Version 1.1.1 - Feb 25, 2014

Extremely helpful to manage finances without looking like a miserly cheapskate whilst being aware of how much one has spent or being grateful for how much one has gotten! :)
 


Great App ★★★★★

by Fijibitter - Version 1.1.1 - Feb 24, 2014

Never thought id need this app as notebooks served me fine but I can now have this with me always - and love the PDF function"


Love the Name and so convenient! ★★★★★

by EGLight - Version 1.0 - Jan 14, 2014

This is just fantastic - I love the name and the colour scheme! More importantly, I don’t have to carry around my notebook anymore!! Great app! 


United States of America

Great Idea ★★★★★

by Nirmalskhurana - Version 2.0 - May 22, 2014

Very helpful app - esp when you're in the Indian community. Makes life much easier!


amazing app! ★★★★★

by sardar13 - Version 1.1.1 - May 2, 2014

love the app for keeping track of money I get and for where it goes! great for who I owe and who owe me as well ;)


For all our new users who are reading this right now - we would absolutely love to hear from you too! :)

 

Support Of Family & Friends for Envylope App

The feeling of getting our App approved by Apple in the very first submission was priceless.  I was in exuberance that day and could not wait to share the news with my family & friends all at once.  Facebook seemed like the perfect option for this.  I put it up online and the comments we received were truly encouraging.  After the status update, whenever I bumped into friends they brought up our new app and were as excited as we were about it. 

Money Envelopes as a form of gift-giving is predominant in most Asian Cultures

The first 12 years of my life was spent in Kobe, Japan.  Subsequently, I have a natural soft spot for Japanese people and their culture.  Gift-giving is integral in their culture which being on the receiving end as a  young child - I absolutely loved.  In their culture, money-envelopes are ubiquitous and are given for various occasions.  These envelopes have a generic term known as "kinpu".  Interestingly, these envelopes come in different symbolic forms.  There are specific "money-envelopes" that are used only at funerals, alternatively some are used only for weddings/birth of babies or house-warming events.  In addition, Japanese culture illuminates the concept of politeness even in the form of giving money to another individual.  What I found truly interesting was that locals tend to pay tutors in the form of a money-envelope as it is deemed more polite as opposed to handing money outright to someone.

After a literal earth-shaking experience in Japan (The Great Hanshin Earthquake 1995),  I moved to Singapore.  Singapore is a multi-cultural country and the atmosphere was very different from Japan.  A common thread that I observed was that Chinese people also gave "money-envelopes" in the form of "Red Packets" commonly known as "Hongbaos".  They tend to give this out during Chinese New Year and also when attending weddings.  In Singapore,  Malay culture has similar "green envelopes" known as "sampul hijau", which are given during Hari Raya and Weddings.  Similarly, in Pakistan these envelopes are given for Eid. I always wondered how money-giving became a social norm and growingly an cultural expectation in society. 

Being part of an Indian Society, money-envelopes as a gift is prevalent in our community.  Indians usually call envelopes "lafafa".  We give money for wedding (multiple times at various functions - Sagan, Doli, Reception), baptisms, birthdays, house-warming etc.  In addition, we get money for just existing and older people tend to call it "pyaar" which translates to love.  Children secretly love money as "pyaar" although their parents politely refuse the relatives who are giving it to them. It's an inevitable friendly argument that I have seen far too many times. As a child, I always loved receiving money and seeing how much I received.  The joys of being a child!  However, being older, I am less exuberant about money-envelopes, as now I am the one giving. I definitely see the pragmatic side of this culture.  Giving money as a gift is beneficial as the receiver can buy anything desired with the amount or even put the money aside for future usage.  

Interacting with both Australian Indians and British Indians I have noticed that this trend of money-envelopes in our society still evidently exists even under Western influence. I've yet to explore other cultures who engage in this form of gift-giving until then Envylope hopes to help all users organise their money-envelopes efficiently.

Amit & Bandhna: The 1-year journey of Envylope

We had no prior knowledge of making apps which led us to ask ourselves how we were going to even start on this.  It was an extremely tough challenge we were about to undertake.  We had a vision of exactly what we wanted which made outsourcing our idea impossible.  Nobody can envision an idea the exact way another individual does.  I’d hate to admit it – but I can get extremely fussy if I know exactly what I want.   In addition,  Amit did not trust outsourcing, as he had an app idea once, which he outsourced, that unfortunately didn’t work out in his favour.   It lasted in the App Store for just a few months as the developer ran away with the idea and code. This strengthened our belief that we had to self-learn the required skills.  If other people are able to do it, why aren’t we?  It’s a question we kept asking ourselves each time we failed in our attempts.

Subsequently, Amit learnt iPhone programming in his spare time and I self-learnt graphic designing to implement the user interface.

Although, the journey was long and rather challenging we are very satisfied with the fact that we made it from scratch without external help.  The icing on the cake was having Envylope approved in the very first submission to Apple.  We honestly thought it would take 2-3 attempts at the very least before it being approved, as having no prior experience could definitely be an impeding factor.

The mere fact that we can see "Amit & Bandhna"  next to Envylope on the App Store brings a smile to our faces.  :)

We are further working on improvements and new features.  We hope users will love it as much as we do.  We appreciate any form of feedback or any suggestions users might have for future updates.


How Envylope App came about

How the Idea came about:
 
Prior to Envylope, I used to write all my personal envelope transactions in a notebook.  My husband found me amusing that I would sit with a notebook in this pen-less era. I’d record what I have recently given or received in events. For instance, how much I gave a friend for her wedding, a niece/nephew for a birthday, etc.  I also cross-referenced an Excel Sheet that stored the list of envelopes I received at my own wedding.  I would do this to ensure that I give the same as I received, or more, but not less.  In the past few years, a lot of my family and friends have been getting married so I needed to have a reference for myself.  In addition, the list can also be entertaining as it highlights how cheap some individuals are and little things in life humor me.  I received an empty envelope once with no name on it.  It was simply hilarious.
 
I love making lists - I stuck to writing everything, as I wasn’t a firm believer in technology.  However, this changed after one trip back to Singapore where I had forgotten my notebook in London.  It was pretty tragic at that time.  I’d hate to admit it, but it made me realize that it would be convenient to have this record stored on my iPhone.  The husband was right – technology makes life easier.  My notebook defeated me.  Who would have thought?  It was time to download Evernote like he suggested.  But somehow I rather have an app that specialized in the organization of money envelopes.  There was just a certain way in which I wanted it done.  I wasn’t willing to pay for an app that wasn’t exactly what I wanted either.  The miser in me agreed that a one-time payment of an efficient app would not kill me if it cost the same as a notebook.
 
Subsequently, I tried searching for an app that records transactions between friends and family using money-envelopes.  But there wasn’t any.  This sparked an idea in me.  We surprisingly saw a gap in the App Market.  That is when the idea of Envylope was born.