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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:32:00 +0300Version 4.0-beta2 is now available for download. This version implements more server-specific features like user permissions, SSL communication, trusted IPs and password resets. It also includes all the new features and improvements added to version 3.2-beta1, please click the link to read about them. Important: Before upgrading from version 4.0-beta1 to version 4.0-beta2 make sure all your clients are synced. If they are not, the unsynced changes won't be available for automatic sync after the upgrade. If you haven't read about the server version, make sure you read the notes for version 4.0-beta1. Server licenses are still available at a discounted price. Permissions If you are using the server version with other people, you may want to limit access for some of them so they can't access billing information or certain projects. This version has two new features that allow you (as an admin) to do this: you can grant or revoke admin rights and you can grant or revoke project access for users without admin rights. Users with admin rights (admin users) have access to everything while users without admin rights (non-admin users) can access only the projects they are assigned to. See the user guide for more details. Once you install the new version, please follow these steps to configure permissions: Go to Business | Manage People to configure which users have admin rights and which don't. All existing users have admin rights. Go to Business | Manage People and click Assign Projects to assign projects to your users. We decided to implement only these two types of permissions for now. The final version will also implement task assignments. This will add a new permission that will prevent non-admin users who are not assigned to a task to change it. We'd love to know what you think about this decision. Also, do you need to limit access in any other way? Password reset When logging in to a Fanurio server, users can now reset their password. This feature is enabled if the following conditions are met: The user has an email address associated with their account. If you don't have an email address associated with your account, Fanurio will ask you to enter it the first time you log in. You can also go to Account | Account Settings to enter it or ask an admin user to set it for your account. The server has an email account that can be used to send email notifications. Admin users can configure this account on the server from Server | Server Settings | Email Notification. In order to reset the password, the user needs to enter the email address associated with their account (click the Can't access your account? link) and then click the link they receive by email. Security This version adds two security features that are useful if you need to access the server over the internet, encrypted communication using SSL and trusted IPs. If SSL is not enabled on the server and a client communicates with the server over the internet, the data exchanged by them may be intercepted by others. That's why security experts recommend using SSL to encrypt communication between servers and clients. You don't need to enable SSL if you're accessing the server only on the local network. Setting up a list of trusted IP addresses allows you to control the IPs from which the server can be accessed. It makes sense to enable this feature if the server is accessed from a limited number of computers that have static (fixed) IPs. Other improvements If you've been using the 4.0-beta1 version, you will notice a few other improvements: There's a new Server menu on the server that allows you to start/stop the server and to configure its settings. People are now managed from Business | Manage People instead of Business | My Business Details | People. The action File | Change Server Address allows you to update the server address if it has changed. See the user guide to learn why why may want to do this. Please let us know what you think about this update. We'd [...]
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:31:00 +0300Version 3.2-beta1 is now available for download. This version can be used in production but we're not releasing it officially yet because we want to know what you think about the new report charts. For a complete list of all the new features and improvements (there are quite a few), please see the change log. Important: If you are using version 4.0-beta1, you should install version 4.0-beta2. All the new features and improvements implemented for version 3.2-beta1 are also included in version 4.0-beta2 released today. Introducing report charts Reports tend to contain lots of data and it's very likely that you thought about using charts to make them easier to analyze. If you have some programming skills, you've probably done this already by using an online charts library like Google Charts. This new version of Fanurio makes it possible to add charts to your reports without relying on an external library. Fanurio can create area charts, bar charts, line charts, pie charts and ring charts. More charts may be added in the future. Since we are not providing a charts editor, all charts have to be coded manually (see the charts guide for more details). However, you don't have to learn how to create a chart, just tell us what you need and we'll create it for you. This version doesn't come with preinstalled chart reports but we are including a few here so you can test the charts supported by Fanurio with your data. You may want similar reports for time, trips or invoices. Expense report without a chart. [Sample] Expense report with a ring chart that shows totals by expense category. [Sample] Expense report with a bar chart that shows totals by expense category. [Sample] Expense report with a line chart that shows totals by date. [Sample] Expense report with an area chart that shows totals by date. [Sample] Please follow these steps to test them in Fanurio: Download the templates archive. Unzip the archive on your computer. Go to File | Show Templates | Expenses Reports to open the templates folder. Copy the files extracted at step #2 to the templates folder opened at step #3. Go to Reports | Expenses Report to create a report. Choose the template that you want to test from the Templates dropdown box. Click Update to see the report. As always, we'd love to know what you think about the new version and whether you need chart reports or not.[...]
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:30:00 +0300
Version 3.1.2 fixes the bugs reported for version 3.1.1 and is now available for download.
This is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after March 11, 2015. Go to Help > About Fanurio or Fanurio > About Fanurio on OS X to learn when your annual maintenance plan expires. You can also contact us if you're not sure.
For a complete list of all the fixes, see the change log.
Mon, 07 Sep 2015 19:00:00 +0300
Version 3.1.1 fixes the bugs reported for version 3.1 and is now available for download.
This is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after March 11, 2015. Go to Help > About Fanurio (Fanurio > About Fanurio on OS X) to learn when your annual maintenance plan expires or contact us if you're not sure.
This version includes support for HiDPI (Retina) monitors on Windows and OS X, an improvement we announced earlier this year. For a complete list of all the fixes, see the change log.
Just in case you missed the announcement last month, you can now use Fanurio with your team to work on the same projects. The new version can synchronize data between multiple computers without Dropbox or other file synchronization services.(image)
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0300We're very happy to announce that version 4.0-beta1 is now available for download. This is great news for people who have been waiting to use Fanurio with their team and for people who need to run Fanurio on multiple computers. Introducing the server version When we set out to build Fanurio, our goal was to create a time tracking and billing application that would help self-employed people manage their business. Today, Fanurio is a mature application that is used by people all over the world to track time, manage projects and get paid for their work. Over time, we've seen how some of our users have grown their business to a point where they had to hire more people. Since they loved using Fanurio when they were working solo, they asked us if there will be a multi-user version that they can use with their teams. Up until now, we've focused on building a great product for freelancers. Now it's time to take the next step and make Fanurio available to teams as well. Starting with version 4.0, we're redesigning Fanurio to handle time tracking and billing for freelancers and teams. From now on there will be two versions of Fanurio, a standalone version and a server version. The standalone version is designed for freelancers who work on a single computer. This version is Fanurio as you know it. If you already have a license, it allows you to use the standalone version. The pricing for the standalone version remains the same. A license is $59 while the annual maintenance plan is $19 or $29 depending on whether it is renewed before or after it ends. The server version is designed for teams and freelancers who work on multiple computers. This version is licensed per user and is sold as a separate product. A license costs $119 / user and it comes with updates and support for one year. After one year, you have access to support and updates only if you have an active annual maintenance plan. The annual maintenance plan is $39 / user if renewed before it ends and $59 / user after that. If you already have a license for the standalone version and your maintenance plan is active then you can upgrade to the server version for $60 / user. The server version can be installed only on one server. Beta pricing: During the beta period you can purchase a license for the server version for $89 / user. If you already have a license for the standalone version and your maintenance plan is active then you can upgrade to the server version for $30 / user. Please contact us if you want to purchase one or more licenses for the server version. Although we are now introducing the server version, this doesn't mean we'll stop developing the standalone version. Features implemented for the server version that are not server specific will also be available for the standalone version. What's different about the server version Unlike the standalone version, the server version makes it possible for multiple users to work together on the same projects. The difference between the two versions can be summarized as follows: Server version = Standalone version + Support for multiple users + Ability to synchronize data from multiple computers. More specifically, the following features are available only in the server version: To run the server version, you need to run Fanurio in server mode on one computer and in client mode on all other computers that need to connect to the server. The server version needs a separate license key. It indicates how many users are allowed to work on the same projects. The license key needs to be registered only on the server. Even if you are just one user, you will need to log in with your username and password to open the repository. If you want Faurio to open the repository automatically, you can ask it to remember you. The server must be online when you log in from a different computer for the first time. After that, you ca[...]
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0300
One of the improvements that will be included in the next version (3.1.1) is support for HiDPI (Retina) monitors on Windows and OS X.
If you don't want to wait until this version is ready, let us know and we'll send you an interim version that has HiDPI support.
Most fonts, components, and layouts scale correctly now. This version doesn't have HiDPI icons and it will not work in HiDPI mode on Linux. These improvements are scheduled for another release.(image)
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0200Version 3.1 is now available for download. This version is available as a free update for all users with a valid annual maintenance plan. Go to the About window to see when your plan expires. If it hasn't expired yet, then you can use this new version. If it has expired and you decide to use it, then you need to renew your plan. If you have any questions about your license, please contact us. This version has been under development for over a year but that's because we had more than one goal for it. Since this release comes after a major version, the most important goal was to incorporate almost all feedback we received on version 3.0 to make sure everybody feels comfortable with the new design. The second goal was to simplify the application even more in terms of features available in the user interface. This is something we started in version 3.0 by making certain fields optional but now we wanted to take this further and make certain modules (billing, expenses or trips) optional. The third goal was to implement some of the most requested features from our todo list like deposits and faster database loading. Another goal was to make it easier for new users to switch to Fanurio. That's why we added a setup guide for new users, improved Apple Contacts integration, added support for the iCalendar format and implemented an import module for IGG Software's iBiz. The last goal was to prepare the ground for future updates. Some of the features implemented in this version will help us build new functionality that will be released later this year. This post covers only the most important features but we highly recommend that you at least browse, if not read the change log for complete details. Let's see what has changed since version 3.0. 1. Refreshed user interface One of the things that you'll notice about this version is the slightly modified user interface that uses lighter colors. 2. Disable optional modules (billing, expenses, trips, products) Some of our users need to track time while others need to track additional things like expenses and trips. That's why we decided to simplify the application for users who don't need these features and we made them optional. This version allows you to disable project features like expenses, trips and products but you can also disable billing if you're using Fanurio for personal (non-billable) projects. Go to Business > My Business Details > Projects to disable expenses, trips or products. Go to Business > My Business Details > Billing to disable billing. When you disable these features, the user interface is updated to remove everything related to them so you don't have to see things that you don't use. 3. Search, sort and filter projects by various fields (new projects view) In previous versions, the only way to manage the list of projects was through the projects tree. The projects tree is great for users with fewer projects but for users with many projects it has some limitations. The tree can't show all the project fields and it can't be sorted. If you need to manage many projects, this version makes this task a lot easier. New projects table view: The new projects view displays projects in a table and it can be enabled from the View menu, View > View Projects as Table. New project fields: Projects have new fields to help you plan and organize your projects. You can now record the start date, the due date and the finished date. You can also use tags to record the project type, status or anything else that can help you manage projects easier. Optional project fields: Projects now have many fields and because not all fields are relevant to all users, you can hide optional fields that you don't use. The number, reference, due date and tags fields are optional and can be hidden when creating or editing projects. Only the Number field [...]
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0200
Although we implement new features only for new versions, we still fix bugs for old versions when someone reports them. Making sure Fanurio runs without problems is more important to us than implementing new features.
Today we're releasing new bug fix versions for all current versions. Versions 2.4.6, 2.5.2, 2.6.2, 2.7.1 and 3.0.2 fix bugs reported since the last update and can be downloaded from the archive page.
If you've been waiting for version 3.1, it will be released next week as planned.
Note to 3.1 users: Please note that versions 3.1-beta and 3.1-rc include the fixes from version 3.0.2. Your database may get corrupted if you install version 3.0.2.
The bug fix versions are available for free as follows:
Version 2.4.6 is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after January 31, 2011 (all Fanurio users).
Version 2.5.2 is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after February 28, 2012.
Version 2.6.2 is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after November 06, 2012.
Version 2.7.1 is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after July 09, 2013.
Version 3.0.2 is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after December 03, 2013.
Go to Help > About Fanurio (Fanurio > About Fanurio on OS X) to learn when your annual maintenance plan expires or contact us.(image)
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0200
The release candidate (RC) for version 3.1 is now available for download. An RC is usually the last step before the final release. This means that we've fixed all known bugs and implemented all planned features. For a complete list of all the changes, please see the change log. This version has many new features and improvements.
Here are a few things you may want to do after you install the new version.
See if Fanurio starts faster. The database is loaded faster now. This change should be visible especially to users with large databases (data recorded over several years with many projects and invoices). In some cases, the database loading time will be reduced to a quarter of what it used to take.
Disable the features that you don't use. Go to Business > My Business Details > Billing to disable billing and to Business > My Business Details > Projects to disable expenses, trips or products.
Check out the new projects, expenses and trips reports and the updated time and tasks reports.
Check out the new views bar that is located below the toolbar. It replaces the sidebar and allows you to switch between views.
As always, we'd love to know what you think about the new version. If there is anything you'd like to see fixed before the final release, please let us know. If all goes well, the final version will be released later this month.(image)
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:00 +0300
Fanurio is fully compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
When you launch Fanurio for the first time on Yosemite, you may get this warning. Click More Info... and you'll be directed to Apple to download and install Java. Once you do this, you will be able to run Fanurio.(image)
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0300
Version 3.1-beta4 is now available for download.
This version adds several new billing features, the most important one being the ability to handle deposits.
One of the most requested billing features on our todo list was the ability to record deposits. Deposits allow you to record money that you receive in advance from your clients and then use it to pay their invoices.
Here's how you can do this with the new version:
Before the project starts, you record a deposit for the client. To do this, go to the Projects view and right-click the client to display the contextual menu. Then select New Deposit.
You can also select Edit Client to dispay the Edit Client window so you can manage his or her deposits.
You create a billable project to record whatever you need to bill to the client.
When you're done, you create an invoice. The New Invoice window will inform you that the client has money in the deposit account and you can use it to pay the invoice. Just click the "apply deposit" link to record the payment.
To implement this feature, we had to redesign the New Invoice window. It now displays totals below the items table and some of its fields (Attention, Period and Reference) are optional. If you need any of the optional fields, click the Configure button to make them visible.
2. Other billing features
Besides deposits, this version adds a few more billing features:
My Business Details: Reorganized the tabs from Business > My Business Details. The Tasks, Expenses and Trips tabs are now sections in the Projects tab while Catalog and Taxes are sections in the Billing tab.
Financial year: Added a new setting for the start date of the financial year under Business > My Business Details > Billing. This feature makes it possible to select the current or the last financial year when creating sales reports (Reports > Sales Report) and when filtering invoices and payments.
Default client billing settings: You can now specify a default hourly rate and a default time rounding rule for each client. All new projects of a client will use its billing settings.
Non-billable clients: In previous versions, all clients were billable. Now you can mark them as billable or non-billable. All the projects of a non-billable client are non-billable.
Please let us know if you'll use these features and if there's anything we should change before the final release.(image)
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0300
Version 3.0.1 fixes the bugs reported for version 3.0 and is now available for download.
Note to 3.1-beta2 users: These fixes are also included in the latest beta version that was released today. If you are using version 3.1-beta2 then you should download and install the latest beta version instead.
This is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after December 03, 2013. Go to Help > About Fanurio (Fanurio > About Fanurio on OS X) to learn when your annual maintenance plan expires or contact us if you're not sure.
The two most annoying bugs fixed in this version are:
The "Not Fully Invoiced" task filter shows new billable tasks.
The cursor no longer jumps from one field to another when entering time using the "relative to finish" option.
For a complete list of all the fixes, see the change log.(image)
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0300Version 3.1-beta3 is now available for download. Besides including the latest bug fixes, this version focuses on small features and improvements that have a big impact on usability. Let's take a look at the most important ones. 1. Time input Time can be entered easier because the new time field accepts time in both hour and decimal format. A time input field also has two links (hh and mm) that allow you to enter time using the mouse. Here are a few input examples: 2:30 - enter the number of hours and minutes. :30 - enter the number of minutes. 2.5 or 2,5 - enter the number of hours. .5 or ,5 - enter the number of hours. 2 - enter the number of hours. 2. Contextual menus Up until now, only clients and projects from the Projects view had contextual menus but now all tables from all views have one. 3. Optional fields for clients and time entries Starting with version 3.0, we've made some of the project, task, expense and trip fields optional. We're now applying this design to clients and time entries as well. All optional client fields are now hidden by default. If you use some of them, click the Configure button to make them visible. Time entries have only one optional field, Tags. This field is hidden by default so if you use it, click Configure to make it visible. 4. Import time from iCalendar In version 3.1-beta1, we've made it possible to export projects to iCalendar. Now, we're also making it possible to import events from iCalendar as time entries in Fanurio. This feature should be very helpful to users who prefer to use a calendar application to organize their activities and record time. Follow these steps to import the events of an iCalendar file (.ics) as time entries in a project: Go to the Projects view. Right-click the project where you want to import the events of an iCalendar file and select Import Time from iCalendar... from the popup menu. Select an iCalendar file (.ics) Click Import to import the events as time entries. The manual explains what happens when calendar events are imported as time entries. 5. Import contact details from Address Book/Contacts on OS X Fanurio already had support for importing Address Book contacts but once you do this and make changes in Adress Book, these changes can't be reimported in Fanurio. The ideal solution would be to keep the contacts from Fanurio synchronized with those from Address Book. Until this feature is implemented, we're making it possible to synchronize individual clients manually. To update the contact details of a client, you need to edit it and go to the Contact section. You can then click the Import from Address Book... button to update the details. 6. Other improvements You can find more improvements in the change log. The most important one is probably the improved editing for numeric fields, including money fields.[...]
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:00:00 +0200Version 3.1-beta2 is now available for download. This version makes it easier to manage a long list of projects and clients. Fanurio users can be split into two groups depending on how many projects they have to manage. Few projects: Some users have several clients and only a few ongoing projects. Managing the list of projects is not a problem in this case. Many projects: Other users have many clients and projects. For these users, Fanurio only has a few features that can help them manage their projects (marking clients as inactive and projects as finished). This version adds a new projects view that makes it possible to sort and search projects, new project fields, optional project fields and automatic project numbers. Let's take a look at each one of these new features. 1. New projects view (table) Previous versions had only one projects view that displayed projects grouped by client in a tree. The tree view is still part of this version and it's enabled by default but it has some limitations. The tree can't show all the project fields and it can't be sorted. That's why we decided to add a new view that uses a table to display the projects. The table view can be enabled from the View menu using View > View Projects as Table. Here are some benefits of the new view. Clients list The clients list has an entry for All Clients. When selected, you can see all projects from all clients in the projects table. The clients list displays the contact name under the client name. This can be helpful if you have several clients with the same name but different contact persons. Each client displays the number of ongoing (not finished) projects on the right. The gears button below the clients list can be used to hide clients from the list. This version adds a new filter that shows only clients with unfinished projects. This filter is available in the tree view as well. Projects table Sort the projects table by any column. Configure the table to show only the columns that you need. Right-click any column heading to choose the visible columns. The projects table displays totals for the columns that can be totalled at the bottom (e.g. Time, Distance, Billable Total). The projects table can be filtered by Start Date, Status and Billing status so you can see only the projects that you need to. You can also search projects by name, number, reference, description, tags and notes. Use the small gears button above the projects table to save the filters. 2. New (optional) project fields The table view is an important step in making it easier to manage the list of projects but it's not enough. We've also added a few more fields. Tags: Use tags to record the project type, status or anything else that can help you manage projects easier. Start and finished dates: You can now track when projects were started and finished. This allows you to go back and see the projects on which you worked in the past, for instance last year. Use the Start Date filter above the projects table to see projects from a certain period. Due date: You can also specify a due date for your projects. This helps you prioritize projects by due date but also see overdue projects. Use the Status filter above the table to see overdue projects. Projects now have many fields and because not all fields are relevant to all users, you can hide optional fields that you don't use. The number, reference, due date and tags fields are optional and can be hidden when creating or editing projects. Only the Number field is visible by default. 3. Automatic project numbering The last step in making it easier to manage projects is automatic project numbering. This feature allows you to generate a un[...]
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0200
Version 3.1-beta1 is now available for download. This version can be used in production but we're not releasing it officially because it contains only one new feature.
Fanurio can now export projects in the iCalendar format so you can use them in popular calendar applications like Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and Reminders (formerly iCal), Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo! Calendar or the Lightning extension for Mozilla Thunderbird.
Follow these steps to export a project as an iCalendar file (.ics):
The manual explains how to use the calendars exported from Fanurio with applications like Apple Calendar, Apple Reminders or Google Calendar.
Please let us know if you'll use this feature and if there's anything we should change before the final release.(image)
Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:00:00 +0200IGG Software have announced that they are officially ceasing the development of iBiz, their time tracking and billing application. Last month many iBiz users asked us whether they can use their iBiz data with Fanurio, so we've decided to implement a tool that converts an iBiz (4.1.4) database to a Fanurio (3.0) backup file. If you are new to Fanurio, see the features page for a quick introduction. Update - February 9, 2015 This post is no longer up to date. The import tool announced initially here is now part of Fanurio. See this guide to learn how to migrate from iBiz to Fanurio and how Fanurio is different from iBiz. Scroll down to read several testimonials from users who have migrated from iBiz to Fanurio. Update - June 24, 2014 Because version 3.1-beta4 can handle deposits, the import tool can now import unallocated payments as well. Update - April 3, 2014 Since we first announced the iBiz import tool in January, we received a lot of feedback and part of that feedback has already been implemented in the last three beta versions (3.1-beta1, 3.1-beta2, 3.1-beta3). I think this proves that we are committed to helping anyone who is looking for an iBiz alternative. The tool asks you to specify the currency used by iBiz (Fanurio can handle multiple currencies) and the default distance unit (Fanurio can record both miles and kilometers). You also need to enter the names of your taxes. The tool imports the following objects: Clients Projects Todos as non-billable tasks Global job events (Timed, Quantity, Flat) as task categories Job events (Quantity, Flat) as tasks Job events (Timed) as tasks with one time entry Job events (Mileage) as trips Job events (marked as expense) as expenses Invoices Payments Taxes The tool doesn't import the following objects yet: Timer logs. They can't be used to determine the actual time recorded on a timed job event. Invoice reminders Estimates and estimate job events. A solution would be to import them as separate projects. Taxes when an invoice uses one tax for some events and another one for the others, in other words not all events use the same taxes. A solution would be to import such taxes as separate invoice items. The import tool is currently available upon request. If you are interested in replacing iBiz with Fanurio, please let us know and we will help you make the transition. Testimonials If you are still pondering whether to replace iBiz with Fanurio, here are several testimonials from people who have tried it. I was sold on the simplicity of transferring my iBiz data into a Fanurio repository and how straightforward it's been to adapt to using Fanurio. But the stellar customer support, specifically from Nicu (bless you!), is the inestimable value added to your product. Thanks again for your kindness and a truly useful application. Shawn Girsberger by email Excellent migration experience from my iBiz instance thanks to top-quality customer service. Many thanks. William Fennie on Facebook You helped me through setting up to use Fanurio last month (Nov 2014). I have just completed my first full invoice for a project undertaken in Nov. I have to say it has been the fastest, most pain-free experience I have ever had with a self accountancy package. From beginning to end it took me approximately 15 mins - at least a quarter of the time it used to take me using iBiz. So once again, many congratulations on a fantastic app and thank you once again. Paul (Pincher) Martin by email I am a long time user of iBiz. I switched to Fanurio and Nicu helped me transfer my data :) No affiliation with the company but the price was right and it works w[...]
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:00:00 +0200Version 3.0 is now available for download. This version is available as a free update for all users with a valid annual maintenance plan. Go to the About window to see when your plan expires. If it hasn't expired yet, then you can use this new version. If it has expired and you decide to use it, then you need to renew your plan. If you have any questions about your subscription, please contact us. This post is longer than usual so my advice is to grab a cup of coffee or tea and then read the whole post. This is a major version so it needs more explaining than minor ones. For a complete list of all the changes, see the change log. 1. The case for a new major version Fanurio started as a tool that made it easier for self employed people to track time and bill their projects. However, many users told us they want to use Fanurio for more than just billing. For instance, they told us they want to be able to plan their tasks in detail and to record more information about their expenses while other users told us they need to track individual trips so they can bill their mileage. So we listened and decided to make these things possible. This version is about growing Fanurio from a time tracking and billing application to an application that self employed people can use to manage most aspects of their businesses. Fanurio not only continues to be a reliable time tracking and billing application but it can also be used to plan tasks, manage expenses and record trips whether it's for billing or for tax purposes. Let's see what this means in more detail. 2. Old projects vs new projects The key difference between this version and past versions is the project structure. Old projects managed a list of items that recorded pretty much the same information. An item had a name, a description and billing fields like price and quantity. The only difference between them was their type (services, expenses, and products) and the fact that service items were capable of recording time as well. The old design works very well if you need to bill a project but not so well if you also need to record specific information for each type of item. For instance, some people need to set a due date for their activities or attach a receipt to their expenses. In order to make it possible to record specific information for each type of item, we decided to split the list of items in three separate lists (tasks, expenses and products) and then added a fourth list for trips. So the key difference between the old projects and the new projects is that old projects managed a list of items while new projects manage four lists of different elements (tasks, expenses, trips, and products). Tasks: This version uses tasks instead of service items to organize work and to track time. Tasks have more fields than service items in order to enable new features like task planning, task organization and progress tracking. However, we are aware that not all fields are relevant to all users so in order to make Fanurio work your way, you can hide optional fields in the New Task and Edit Task dialogs. Just click the Configure button from the bottom left corner and check the fields that you use. Although projects now manage work with tasks instead of service items, the latter are still used for billing. Here's how it works. Billable tasks have billing settings like "bill time at $100 / hour". Whenever a task is billed, Fanurio creates a service item with the same billing settings and adds it to the invoice. This is similar to how billing worked before except that tasks can be billed multiple times, something that w[...]
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0300
The release candidate (RC) for version 3.0 is now available for download. An RC is usually the last step before the final release. This means that we've fixed all known bugs and implemented all planned features. Unlike the previous beta version, this version can be used in production.
If you've already tested the first beta, here's a list with some of the new features:
As always, we'd love to know what you think about the new version. If there is anything you'd like to see fixed before the final release, please let us know.
If you want to run this version separately from your current version, download and unzip the tar.gz distribution file, then run fanuriolocal. Fanurio will create a separate folder to keep all the information you enter in this version. Make sure no other instance of Fanurio is running when you launch this version. If it is then you have to close it (File > Exit, File > Quit or Fanurio > Quit).
If you want to use your current data, make sure you create a back copy with your current version and then import it in this version. See the manual for more details on how to create and restore backup copies.(image)
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:30:00 +0300Version 3.0-beta1 is now available for testing. Some of the important new features are non-billable projects, date range invoices, billing a task multiple times, new views for tasks and expenses and basic planning for tasks. You can read more about them in the change log available from the download page. Beta questions We're releasing this beta version because we need your feedback. Even though we've already validated the new concepts when we released version 3.0-alpha1 and the new user interface when we released version 2.7, we still want to make sure version 3.0 is the best version we've built so far and this can't be done without your help. If you only have 30 minutes to spare then that should be enough to install and try the new version. If you also want to read the change log and try all the new features, you will probably need a few hours. Hoping you have time to test it, here's what we want to know. Tasks have a few more fields that can help you plan your work (due date, completed date, estimated time, remaining time). Will you be using them? If no, does this complicate the application for you? Does the New Task window have too many fields? Unlike old project service items, tasks can be billed more than once. Tasks have more columns (not all visible by default) so you can see both billable and billed work. Will you be using this feature? If no, does this complicate the application for you? Do you use Fanurio to track expenses? If yes, do you think the new version makes things easier because expenses have a new format and a separate view where you can access all expenses? This version no longer records costs on tasks or products so existing costs are migrated as expenses. Is this a problem for you? This version allows you to create non-billable projects so you don't have to see billing information. Will you be using this feature? Do you use Fanurio only for billing purposes? The new version can create non-project invoices which means that you don't have to create a project to create an invoice. Will you be using this feature? Project reports have fewer options. There are also fewer report templates. Did we remove one that you used? If so, which one? Will you upgrade when the final version will be released? If no, why not? Maybe something is missing or it no longer works as before. If yes, why? What features do you need from this new version? What do you think about this new version? Installation notes In order to test this version separately from your current version, download and unzip its distribution file then run fanuriolocal. Fanurio will create a separate folder to keep all the information you enter in this version. Make sure no other instance of Fanurio is running when you launch this version. If it is then you have to close it (File > Exit, File > Quit or Fanurio > Quit). If you want to use your current data, make sure you create a back copy with your current version and then import it in the beta version. See the manual for more details on how to create and restore backup copies. Please note that version 3.0-beta1 still needs to be tested thoroughly before it's released officially. In other words, it's not quite recommended for production yet. If all goes well then the official version will be released in September. If there is anything else you'd like to see changed before the final release, please let us know.[...]
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:00:00 +0300
Version 2.7 is now available for download. This version is available as a free update for all users with a valid annual maintenance plan. Go to the About window to see when your plan expires. If it hasn't expired yet, then you can use this new version. If it has expired and you decide to use it, then you need to renew your plan.
Now, let's see some of the new features and improvements from this version. You should also read the change log for a complete list of all the new features, improvements and bug fixes.
Introducing the sidebar
This version has a sidebar that lets you change the current view. It is enabled by default but you can hide it if you don't switch between views often. You can also change the current view from the toolbar by using the views drop-down box.
If you used an older version, the view buttons from the toolbar were replaced by the drop-down box. We had to make this change because we plan to introduce more views in future versions and the sidebar allows us to do this easily. Adding more buttons to the toolbar isn't a practical solution.
Rounding time for each time entry
In previous versions, time rounding applied to the sum of all the time entries of a service item. Now, you can choose whether time is rounded for the sum of all the time entries or for each individual time entry.
Not many people round their time for billing like this but if you do, you'll notice this setting the next time you edit a time rounding rule.
Terms per client
Not everybody uses the same payment terms for all clients so we've made this a client setting. You can now specify payment terms at client level, not just at business level. This means that whenever you create an invoice for a client, it will use the terms of that client by default.
We've added three more columns to the Timesheet table: Invoice, Invoiced and Billable but only Billable is visible by default.
Less-used columns are hidden by default. For instance, the Timesheet table doesn't show the following columns by default: Invoiced, Invoice, Finish, Pause and Hours. If you need them, just right-click the table header and you can make them visible.
For some columns we calculate their totals. For instance, the Timesheet view displays totals for the Time and Hours columns. If a column is hidden, its total is no longer displayed at the bottom of the table.
We've also fixed the bug that hid the columns of a table.
I hope you'll enjoy this new version and that it will make you more productive.(image)
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:30:00 +0300
Since version 3.0 is not ready yet, we decided to release an interim version. Version 2.7 has two goals, the first goal is to implement some of the features requested more often and the second goal is to pave the way for version 3.0.
We're now releasing a beta version to make sure the new design works well for everybody before making it final. Go to the download page to get it and to learn what's new. Version 2.7-beta1 is tested and it can be used in production.
If no big surprises occur during the beta testing period, we'll release the official version next week. Here are some of the features for which we'd like to know what you think.
What do you think about the sidebar?
What do you think about the new method of adding project items to an invoice?
The new dialog that adds project items is slightly different from the previous one. It allows you to select items by project and item type (service, expense, product).
If there is anything else you'd like to see fixed before the final release, please let us know.(image)
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0200
We've just released versions 2.4.5, 2.5.1 and 2.6.1 that fix all bugs reported since the last update. These are bug fix releases, so you can use them as follows:
Version 2.4.5 is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after January 31, 2011 (all Fanurio users).
Version 2.5.1 is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after February 28, 2012.
Version 2.6.1 is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after November 06, 2012.
Go to Help > About Fanurio (Fanurio > About Fanurio on Mac OS X) to learn when your annual maintenance plan expires.
These updates and their change logs are available for download from the archive page .
P.S. If you haven't learned about our plans for the next major version, please see the announcement we made last week.(image)
Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:00:00 +0200
Since the last release, we've been working hard on a new major version that will have a different project structure. This is a VERY BIG change, especially in the way projects are invoiced.
Before we go ahead and finish it, we need to know what you think about the new design. Send us an email if you have time to help us validate it. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes, maybe an hour to see if you find it intuitive or not.
Here's a screenshot of the main window that shows the new Expenses view. If you'd like to know more about this version, please send us an email.
Thanks for helping us build a better and more useful application.(image)
Tue, 06 Nov 2012 08:00:00 +0200After three beta releases (beta 1, beta 2, beta 3), version 2.6 is now available for download. This version is available as a free update for all users with a valid annual maintenance plan. Go to the About window to see when your plan expires. If it hasn't expired yet, then you can use this new version. If it has expired and you decide to use it, then you need to renew your plan. Now, let's see some of the new features and improvements from this version. You should also read the change log for a complete list of all the new features, improvements and bug fixes. Multiple timers One of the most requested features, especially from people who multitask, is to be able to use the timer for more than one service at one moment. Previous versions allowed you to track time for only one service from start to end. If you wanted to run it for another service item, you had to stop the timer and then start it for the other service item. This model doesn't work if you need to just interrupt the timer, work on something else and then come back to what you did initially. This new version allows you to start as many timers as you need to. Only one will be active, the others will be interrupted. This feature is very useful if you start working on something (service A) and then you get a call from a client that forces you to interrupt what you were doing and work on something else (service B). When service B is over, you stop its timer and save the time. Then you can resume the timer for service A. Importing time from any CSV file Fanurio has a new import wizard that can import time from any CSV file. Unlike the old wizard that was only able to import time from a few applications, the new one allows you import time from any CSV file. The wizard can be very useful if you need to import time from other applications (desktop, web or mobile). If Fanurio doesn't recognize the format of the imported time entries, it will ask you to define one. Go to File > Import > Import Timesheet... and select CSV for source to import time from a CSV file. When importing time, you can use the Tags button to tag time entries before importing them. This can be helpful if you need to track the source (app, user, etc) of your time entries. Hiding and resizing table columns Not being able to hide and remember the size of table columns were probably some of the most annoying user interface issues. Now you can choose the columns you want to see in the main tables of the application (project, timesheet, invoices and payments). Just right-click the table header and you can hide unwanted columns. You can also auto-resize the selected column or all columns. Fanurio now remembers the order, visibility, width and sorting type of each column. Editing invoices In previous versions, if something was wrong with an invoice or some of its items, it had to be deleted and then recreated. Now, you can edit an invoice and change it. Editing an invoice is not recommended once it was sent to a client because that would alter an official document. The New Invoice window was also redesigned to make it easier to edit the items of an invoice. The table from the New/Edit Invoice window shows more information about the items that belong to the invoice. There are many other new features and improvements that are not covered by this post but are documented in the change log.[...]
Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:00:00 +0300Version 2.6 will be released at the end of this month but until it is ready, we have one last beta available for testing. Just as the first two beta versions (beta 1 and beta 2), this one focuses mostly on time tracking features. Hiding and resizing table columns Not being able to hide and remember the size of table columns were probably some of the most annoying user interface issues. Now you can choose the columns you want to see in the main tables of the application (project, timesheet, invoices and payments). Just right-click the table header and you can hide unwanted columns. You can also auto-resize the selected column or all columns. Fanurio now remembers the order, visibility, width and sorting type of each column. Importing time from any CSV file Fanurio has a new wizard that can import time from any CSV file. Unlike the old wizard that was only able to import time from a few applications, the new one allows you import time from any CSV file. If Fanurio doesn't recognize the format of the imported time entries, it will ask you to define one. Go to File > Import > Import Timesheet... and select CSV for source to import time from a CSV file. When importing time, you can use the Tags button to tag time entries before importing them. This can be helpful if you need to track the source (app, user, etc) of your time entries. Tagging, deleting and moving multiple time entries You can now tag, delete and move multiple time entries in the Timesheet table. This change makes it easier to manage time entries. Moving and deleting multiple time entries only works if all the selected time entries are not invoiced. Tagging, on the other hand, works with all time entries whether they were invoiced or not. Tags don't change how time is billed that's why they can be applied to both types of time entries. Specifying the service item for a time entry We changed the way a service item is now specified for a time entry. Instead of using a single field called Service, the time entry now asks you to first specify the project and then choose the service item. It is a small change that we hope doesn't clutter the time entry windows too much. If you think the time entry windows are to crowded, use the button on the right of the date field to toggle the time input options. You should now be able to select a project a lot easier and also be able to create new service items using the same standard interface just as you do in the project table. Other improvements You can now search invoiced time etries by their invoice number. You can download the beta version from the download page. This version doesn't change your database so it's safe to install over your current version. Please note that if your annual maintenance plan expired, you will need a trial license key to run it. We'll be happy to provide one if you want to try it. If there is anything else you'd like to see changed before the final release, please let us know.[...]
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0300
If you're running Fanurio for the first time on OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later, you will probably see the following message:
This message is misleading because there is nothing wrong with Fanurio. OS X 10.8 introduces a new security feature called Gatekeeper that prevents certain aplications from being installed.
Here's how to configure OS X to allow Fanurio to run.
1. Open Preferences
Go to Apple menu > System Preferences... > Personal > Security & Privacy > General. You will see three options that restrict the launching of applications:
2. Allow applications from Anywhere
Click the lock icon to authenticate and select "Anywhere". Now you can run Fanurio because OS X will allow it.
3. Launch Fanurio
When you launch Fanurio, you will see the following message. Just click Open and it should start.
4. Restore Preferences
After you launch Fanurio, you can go back to System Preferences and change back the launch setting to "Mac App Store and identified developers".
Future versions of Fanurio (since March 2, 2015) will be able to run when the launch setting is set to "Mac App Store and identified developers".(image)
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 08:00:00 +0300
The previous beta version introduced multiple timers but the feedback we received wasn't that great so we decided to give it one more try. Hopefully, this new implementation will make more sense.
Besides the new timers implementation, we've also redesigned the reminders. They are simpler now and they can also be disabled temporarily. You can find more details in the release notes.
You can download the beta version from the download page. This version doesn't change your database so it's safe to install over your current version. Please note that if your annual maintenance plan expired, you will need a trial license key to run it. We'll be happy to provide one if you want to try it.
If there is anything else you'd like to see changed before the final release, please let us know.(image)
Mon, 04 Jun 2012 23:00:00 +0300
One of the most requested features, especially from people who multitask, is to be able to use the timer for more than one task at one moment.
Version 2.5 allows you to track time for only one service from start to end. If you want to run it for another service item, you need to stop the timer and then start it for the other service item. This model doesn't work if you need to just interrupt the timer, work on something else and then come back to what you did initially.
We now have a beta version that can do this. We've changed the timer so that you can start as many timing sessions as you need to. Only one will be active, the others will be interrupted.
You can download the beta version from the download page. This version doesn't change your database so it's safe to install over your current version. Please note that if your annual maintenance plan expired, you will need a trial license key to run it. We'll be happy to provide one if you want to try it.
Since this is a beta version, it means that this feature is not ready for an official release yet. Not that it wasn't tested but because we need your feedback on some of the design decisions that we made.
Q1: How well does the new timer support your workflow? In other words, is it easy to switch between tasks and record time for more than one activity? Would you change anything to this implementation?
Q2: Once you start the timer, the Start Timer action is enabled again only when it is paused. Should it also be enabled when the timer is running? By enabling it again only when the timer is paused, we want to prevent the timer to be started again by accident.
Q3: Should we paint the pause and resume buttons in yellow instead of green so that the resume button cannot be mistaken for the start button?
Q4: What do you think about the new behavior of the Stop Timer action? There are two Stop Timer actions now, one that stops the timer and saves time immediately and the other that prompts you to save time.
Q5: If you use the new Stop Timer action and time is added directly to a service item, would you prefer to see a tray icon notification to inform you about this event?
If there is anything else you'd like to see changed before the final release, please let us know.(image)
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:00:00 +0200Version 2.5 is now officially released. You can get it from the download page. Unlike previous releases, this one can't be used by all users but only by those with a valid annual maintenance plan. Go to the About window to see when your plan expires. If it expires sometime in the future, then you can use version 2.5. If it already expired, you can either renew your annual maintenance plan so you can use version 2.5 or you can download version 2.4.4 that we've also released today. Bug fixes are free for your version even if your annual maintenance plan has expired. Now, let's see some of the new features and improvements from this version. Most of them focus on billing and on the user interface. Memory leaks Fanurio was sometimes slow, very slow, especially when it ran for days. Our investigations showed that this happened because of some memory leaks. This means that Fanurio was consuming more and more memory as it was running. Everytime a project was opened, the timer was stopped or an invoice was exported, memory was used and never released. This was a major problem in all previous releases, so we decided to also include this fix in the 2.4.4 release so everybody can benefit from it. Besides from our leaks, we also fixed a memory leak introduced by Apple in Java 1.6.0_29 running on Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.6. Products The product is a new type of item that is meant to complement services. It is necessary for people who need to bill goods but it's also going to help us in the future to introduce new features like date range invoices and estimates. Although you can use service items to bill both work and materials, it doesn't feel right to create a service item to bill goods. For instance, if you have a small IT shop and you need to charge a client for 2 computers, creating a service item is a little strange because selling 2 computers is not actually a service. You can now use services to bill work performed for the client and products to bill materials, equipment or anything else that doesn't involve actual work. You should also use products when you want to sell or resell goods. If you are reselling goods, the new Markup link located next to the Cost field will help you set the price easier. Let's say you want to resell a computer with a 10% markup. Open a project and create a product item. Then enter how much you paid for it in the Cost field, click the Markup link, enter 10% and the Price will be calculated automatically. If you start using product items to bill goods, your invoice may not display them because your current template doesn't know about products. It would be very complicated to migrate all templates automatically so you have three options. Use the new template editor to recreate existing templates (see below) Change existing templates manually Contact us to help you fix existing templates for free Business catalog The business catalog is not a new feature but an old one with a new name that makes more sense. As a business, you probably have a list of services and goods that you sell to all your clients. The business catalog allows you to build this list so you can keep everything organized in one place. Once you build your catalog, you can use catalog items to create project items easier. In previous versions the business catalog was [...]
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:50:00 +0200
We've just released version 2.4.4 that fixes several memory leaks that slowed down the application if used for a long time. This is a bug fix release, so everybody can use it. Go to the download page to get it.
If your annual maintenance plan hasn't expired, you should use version 2.5 instead because it contains these fixes plus many other features and improvements.
Thanks for making us aware of these problems.(image)
Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:45:00 +0200
Although we've only released bug fix versions lately, we've also worked on adding new features. We're not ready to release a new official version yet but we have a beta version available for testing. Go to the download page to get it. See the changelog to learn what's new.
If no big surprises occur during the beta testing period, we'll release the official version in January. Here are some of the features for which we'd like your help to decide what to do.
The new version adds products as a new type of items that is meant to complement services. You can now use products to bill goods instead of using service items to bill both services and goods. This new feature creates two small problems. The first is that some users may want to convert existing service items to product items. The second is that existing invoice templates will not be able to display product items, they will have to be edited to include products. So, the first question is:
Q1: Have you used service items to record goods? If so, is it safe to assume that service items with no time entries are possible candidates for being converted to product items?
Q2: Did you add time to service items you used to record goods?
The timesheet filters can now be saved if you click the small cog icon. This feature is only available in the Timesheet view but we're not sure if it's useful for the other views as well.
Q3: Should we make it possible to save filters in the other views: Projects, Invoices, Payments? If so, what configurations of filters would you save?
View toolbar buttons
We replaced the four buttons that switched between views with a dropdown list to save toolbar space.
Q4: Do you find this solution intuitive?
If there is anything else you'd like to see fixed before the final release, please let us know.
Since Christmas is in two days and the new year is just around the corner, we'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year!(image)
Thu, 10 Nov 2011 07:45:00 +0200
Today is a special day for us as Fanurio turns 5. We are very happy to be here and before anything else, we want to thank all our users who have supported us over these years both financially and with their ideas and feedback.
This is the first time we celebrate our initial release publicly so we wondered what would be the best way to do it. We decided that a sale and a new version would be the best way to mark this moment.
New users can purchase a license for only $29 instead of $59 (50% off) for 5 days starting today. If you like using Fanurio, recommend it to your friends and put a big smile on their face :).
We're also releasing version 2.4.3. It fixes small bugs, mostly related to the latest versions of Ubuntu and Mac OS X. Version 2.5 that implements new features will be available later this month.
Thanks for all of your support!(image)
Thu, 10 Nov 2011 07:43:00 +0200
We've just released version 2.4.3 that fixes small bugs, mostly related to the latest versions of Ubuntu (11.10) and Mac OS X (10.7). See the release notes for the detailed list of fixes.
Go to the download page to get it. This is a bug fix release, so everybody can use it.
Thanks for making us aware of these problems.(image)
Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:34:00 +0200
Fanurio will be turning 5 this week and to celebrate this special event, we are cutting the price by 50% for 5 days. From November 10th until November 14th, a license will cost only $29.
If you like using Fanurio, recommend it to your friends and put a big smile on their face :).(image)
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:48:00 +0300
We've just released version 2.4.2 that fixes many small but annoying bugs. If you read the release notes, you'll notice that most fixes are Windows-related. The new version also contains a few Linux and Mac OS X fixes.
Go to the download page to get it. This is a bug fix release, so everybody can use it.
Thanks for making us aware of all these problems.(image)
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 12:56:00 +0200
When we released version 2.4 we said future versions will no longer be available as free updates for users who purchased a license more than one year ago. However, we didn't explain the new policy in more detail.
If you are a long-time Fanurio user, you know we didn't charge any money for updates in the past. This was our gift to you for choosing us in the beginning. To continue to offer a quality product and the same level of support, we need to charge for updates. The key element of the new update policy is the annual maintenance plan. This plan gives you access to updates (major and minor) and technical support for one year.
New pricing scheme
The price of a license is still 59 USD and includes a maintenance plan for one year. This means that when you purchase a license you also get free technical support and updates (major or minor) for one year. When the maintenance plan expires, you only have access to bug fixes.
You can extend your maintenance plan before it expires or within 14 days after it expires. The new maintenance plan starts right after the old one expires and costs 19 USD for one year. This option is recommended if you want to receive constant updates.
If you decide not to extend your maintenance plan, you can renew it whenever you want to use the latest version. The new maintenance plan starts when you purchase the renewal and costs 29 USD for one year.
So, how does this work if you're already a registered user?
If you purchased a license less than one year ago, you still have a valid maintenance plan. If you want to extend your maintenance plan you can do it now or wait until it expires.
If you purchased a license more than one year ago, your maintenance plan has expired and you can extend it until March 15, 2011 for 19 USD. If you don't, you'll still be able to renew it whenever you want to use a new version for 29 USD. Please note that bug fixes for the latest version covered by your maintenance plan are still free.
I hope you enjoy using Fanurio as much as we do developing it.(image)
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:57:00 +0200
We've just released version 2.4.1 that fixes three bugs, two of them being critical. This upgrade is highly recommended for all users. Go to the download page to get it. This is a bug fix release, so everybody can use it.
1. Closing on Windows and Linux (GNOME)
If Fanurio was running when the computer was shutdown or the user logged off, the application didn't close thus leaving a few things unsaved or opened. Only if closing it first from File > Exit (Windows) or File > Quit (Linux) it closed its database and saved all the settings. The Mac OS X version never had this problem.
The new version closes correctly on Windows and on Linux distributions that use GNOME. Fanurio uses the GNOME session manager to learn when the user logs off or the computer is shut down just like gedit or OpenOffice do.
2. Drop-down list not visible on Mac OS X
Drop-down lists where not visible on Mac OS X when using the mini-timer. This can be seen especially when adding time or starting the timer. This is not a problem when switching back to the main window.
3. Default billing settings
This bug is not critical but it can be annoying. When creating new service items from the "Select Service" dialog, the new item didn't use the default project billing settings.
Thanks for reporting these bugs.(image)
Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:53:00 +0200We've just finished uploading version 2.4 which is a free upgrade for all our users. You can upgrade your copy by clicking Help > Check for Updates in the menu. For a complete list of changes, please read the release notes. You will also need a new license key for this new version (more details below). Fanurio runs on multiple platforms and we are very careful with how each version integrates with the latest versions of Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. A good integration with the desktop means less time spent on tracking time. That's why the most important change in this version is the new user interface optimized for Mac OS X and Windows 7. Another important change is that this is the last free upgrade for some users. Now, let's see in more detail what has changed. Future updates This new version is a free update for all our users. In the last four years we released another twenty versions as free updates. We are now changing our policy regarding updates so that the next version will no longer be a free upgrade for users who purchased a license more than one year ago. All users who purchased a license are eligible for free upgrades and technical support within one year from their purchase. For instance, if you purchased a license on January 1st, 2011 then you will get all new versions released until January 1st, 2012 for free. If you purchased a license on January 31st, 2010 or before then this is your last free update. You will still be able to use Fanurio but you will not have access to new versions. If you want to use new versions, you will have to purchase an upgrade license. New license keys The new version requires a different license key to start. If you haven't received an email with the new key yet, please contact us. New Mac OS X-like user interface One thing that you will notice when running the new version is the new user interface that follows Apple's Human Interface Guidelines. This should be a very pleasant surprise for our OS X users. However, the new interface comes with a price. Fanurio no longer runs on older Macs. It can only be used on Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Another very useful OS X feature is the new dock icon menu that lets you control the timer. Fanurio also has a menu bar icon from where you can control the timer but some people prefer to do everything from the dock icon. New Windows 7-like user interface Although the new interface has elements specific to OS X applications, it also looks good on Windows 7. If you are a Windows 7 user, you will probably like the new interface, the fact that you can pin Fanurio to the task bar, the overlay icon when the timer is running and the thumbnail toolbar that lets you control the timer. QuickBooks integration A very old request has been the integration with QuickBooks. The new version can export time entries to an .iif file that can then be imported in QuickBooks Pro. Please note that there are many other changes that you could find useful. Make sure you read the release notes for more details.[...]
Fri, 24 Dec 2010 16:39:00 +0200
Next month we'll release a new version that will have a new user interface and an improved user manual. These are important changes and we need your feedback before they become official. Please read the change log to see what's new.
To help us, go ahead and download the beta version. This beta doesn't come with a questionnaire so feel free to tell us anything that strikes you. We are mostly interested in things that you don't like but if there's anything you like in particular, we'd love to know that too. We'll use your feedback to adjust the final release.
Since tomorrow is Christmas and the new year is just around the corner, we'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year!(image)
Sat, 04 Dec 2010 12:05:00 +0200
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Follow @fanurio to learn when we release a new version, fix a bug or give away licenses of Fanurio. The bug fixes and the giveaways are announced only on Twitter. Right now we are giving away ten licenses of Fanurio on Webdesigner Depot. Go check it out!
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See you on Twitter. We will be there to talk with you about Fanurio.(image)
Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:25:00 +0300We've just finished uploading version 2.3 which is a free upgrade for all our users. You can upgrade your copy by clicking Help > Check for Updates in the menu. For a complete list of changes, please read the release notes. The most important change we've made in this version is the new templates module that can handle template files in several formats: HTML, Microsoft Word 2007, OpenOffice OpenDocument and others. People like Fanurio because they can create invoices with the exact layout they want. The new version will make it easier for anybody to edit a template using their favorite editor whether it is Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word or OpenOffice. We've also prepared a guide on how to create a template. A list of all supported formats is available here. Although the templates module is the most important feature because new users will edit their templates easier, this version has other features that you may find useful. Filter clients by their status If you have a long list of clients, you can now mark them as active or not active. Once you do this, you can display only active clients and hide the others. That way, the list of clients and projects is easier to manage. Backup warning If you are a Windows user, it's very likely that you've been warned about invalid backup copies. This happened because Fanurio tried to create a backup copy when you shut down your computer but Windows didn't give it enough time to complete it. The new version no longer creates backup copies when the application is closed. It only does this while it is running. If your latest backup copy is not valid and a backup warning message is displayed, you now have the option of skipping it. Fanurio checks your latest backup copy to make sure it can be restored. Multiple instances If you launch Fanurio multiple times instead of being informed that it is already running, the main window of Fanurio will be displayed. This is helpful if you launch it by mistake or if the tray icon is not visible anymore. On Windows, the icon disappears from the tray if Windows Explorer is restarted. See this note for more details. Dutch and Portuguese translations Besides English, German, Romanian and Spanish, Fanurio is now available in two new languages: Dutch and Portuguese. Please note that there are many other changes that you could find useful. Make sure you read the release notes for more details.[...]
Wed, 14 Oct 2009 08:58:00 +0300We've just finished uploading a new version. Version 2.2 is a free upgrade for all our users. You can upgrade your copy by clicking Help > Check for Updates in the menu. For a complete list of changes, please read the release notes. There are two reasons we released this version. The first and most important reason is that it makes the backup process more reliable. The second reason is that it's been almost three months since our last release and we want to keep publishing new versions regularly. A more reliable backup process The data you enter daily in Fanurio is probably your most important asset. Protecting it and making sure it is not lost or corrupted is very important to us. That's why this version has several new features that make the backup process more reliable. Let's see what each one of them does. Previous versions were able to make automatic backups when the application was closed but that was optional. The current version does this every time the application is closed. It also makes backup copies every six hours to make sure your data is saved frequently. This is helpful if you don't shut down your computer for long periods of time. This version also makes sure backup copies can be saved to the backup folder. If you are using an USB stick to save them and it's not plugged in, Fanurio will warn you and ask you to specify a different location. Another check is whether backup copies are corrupted or not. Every time Fanurio starts, it checks the latest backup copy for corruption. An additional security measure is the audit file that contains the latest database operations. The audit file can be at most 6MB in size and that should be enough to record the data entered during the last week. The audit file can be used to recover data just in case there is no backup copy and the database is corrupted. We don't imagine how both these things could happen and that's why I say this is an additional measure. Finally, we fixed the bug that was causing "Database Error" messages to appear from time to time on Windows. If Fanurio was running in the background when the computer was shut down or the user logged out, the operating system didn't give it enough time to close the database and it remained in an inconsistent state. The fix ensures that the database is closed correctly. New features and improvements The most important feature of this version is by far the support for global hotkeys which only works on Windows and Linux. This means that you can now control Fanurio's timer even when its window is not visible. It's a lot more practical for people who like using keyboard shortcuts than using the tray icon menu or the mini timer. If you don't like using keyboard shortcuts, we've also improved the mini timer. There's now a toolbar icon that switches the view to the mini timer. We've also fixed the annoying bug that resized the mini timer window to the whole screen. The rest of the improvements and fixes are doc[...]
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 20:35:00 +0300
Two weeks ago when we released version 2.1, I said we'll publish a guide on how to translate Fanurio to other languages. Unfortunately we've been very busy lately and we've only managed to publish it today.
So, if you want to translate Fanurio to other languages or if you want to use non-official translations, read this section of the user guide.
If you choose to share your translation with other users, send it to us so that we can make it public.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!(image)
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 20:06:00 +0300
Due to a critical bug that sometimes makes the user interface unresponsive, we released version 2.1.1. This is a highly recommended upgrade for all users. You can upgrade your copy by clicking Help > Check for Updates in the menu.
This release also fixes a few other bugs. The rest of the changes are documented in the release notes.(image)
Thu, 09 Jul 2009 12:08:00 +0300I'm very glad to announce that after four and a half months since our last release, version 2.1 is ready for download. Version 2.1 is a free upgrade for all our users. You can upgrade your copy by clicking Help > Check for Updates in the menu. For a complete list of changes, please read the release notes. This version has lots of improvements that I'm sure will make it easier for everybody to record and bill their time. All changes are strictly based on user feedback. Apart from these improvements, Fanurio is now available in other languages than English. Now, let's see in more detail what has changed. Translated to German, Romanian and Spanish Fanurio is used by people from all over the world and although English is the lingua franca on the Internet, not everybody feels comfortable using it. That, plus the many requests we received in time, talked us into opening up Fanurio for users who don't speak English. Fanurio can now be used in English, German, Romanian and Spanish. We also have partial translations for French, Italian, Dutch, Danish and Swedish but they will not be distributed officially until they are completed. Fanurio can now be easily translated to any language by anybody. We'll publish a guide on how to do that in the following days. Time tracking If you've read the release notes, you probably noticed that most changes are intended to make time tracking easier. When it comes to tracking time, most users appreciate the reminders that help them control the timer. This version makes it possible to override the snooze interval for these reminders. For instance, at the end of the day when you don't want to be reminded to start the timer every 15 minutes just override the snooze interval to a big value (300 minutes) and it won't bother you to start it very soon. Idle time notification now works on all platforms. Linux was the last platform where this feature wasn't implemented. Mac OS X users can now access the timer from the menu bar icon just like Windows users can from the tray and Linux users from the notification area. This feature works only if you are using Java 6. The last feature I want to mention here is the possibility to import time from other applications. Fanurio can now import time from iTimeSheet and TimeLogger (two iPhone applications) but it can be extended to support any other applications. Billing Projects now have a billing section where you can specify default billing settings for their items. These settings are used when a new service or expense is created for that project. For instance you can specify a default hourly rate and a default rule for rounding time. Each time a new service item is created, it will have the default rate and rounding specified at project level. You can email or print invoices once you export them to PDF but the new version makes it possible to do that directly from t[...]
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 12:07:00 +0200I'm very glad to announce that we've just released Fanurio version 2.0. It took us thousands of suggestions, almost three years of work and 15 releases to get here. Thanks to everyone who supported us and gave us feedback during this time. Version 2.0 is a free upgrade for all our users. You can upgrade your copy by clicking Help > Check for Updates in the menu. For a complete list of changes, please read the release notes. Version 2.0 is an important milestone for Fanurio as it is ready to be used by many more people. It is a full-grown application whose design has proved to be intuitive and reliable for most time tracking and billing problems faced by freelancers. That's why we decided to label this version 2.0 instead of 1.12. Now, let's see the important features of this release. New views: Timesheet and Payments Previous versions had two views, one to manage projects and the other to manage invoices. This version comes with two more views to provide more useful features, a Payments view and a Timesheet view. Up until now, the only way to edit time was to edit the item where it was saved. The Timesheet view lets you manage time across services, projects and clients. It should be very useful for people who need to review the time recorded in Fanurio, especially at the end of the day or at the end of the week. In the previous version, an invoice was either paid or unpaid but now you can add as many (partial) payments as you need to close an invoice. This feature is very useful if you have clients who partially pay their invoices. The Invoices view also displays the balance of each invoice so that you can easily see how much money you have to collect. Merged items with expenses Items and expenses are no longer managed in two different project sections. They are represented in the same table to help you see the big picture of a project (costs, profit, total). By merging the two, we also changed the terms used to refer to items and expenses. We changed the term item to service item because that's what items were used for, to keep track of services and we changed expense to expense item to group services and expenses together as items. Starting with this version, we use the term items in contexts where it's not important to distinguish between services and expenses. Multi-user/multi-computer support One big advantage when using Fanurio is that it can run on multiple platforms at no extra cost. You can use it on your Mac at home and on your PC at work. But what if you want to merge the time recorded on both computers? You can now export the time recorded on one computer and import it on another computer. If you are part of a team, each member could install Fanurio on his or her computer to track time. Team members can then export their time and send it to the team leader to prepare invoices. November re[...]
Tue, 23 Dec 2008 08:36:00 +0200
Starting on Wednesday afternoon (Dec 24th, 15:00 GMT) until Monday morning (Dec 29th, 08:00 GMT) we'll be out of office to spend Christmas with our families. We'll answer all emails and support issues when we get back.
Thu, 09 Oct 2008 14:00:00 +0300
Today we've released version 1.11.3, a patch for version 1.11. Usually, we don't release patch versions unless they are very important and this version improves data security.
You can upgrade your copy by clicking Help > Check for Updates in the menu.
Fanurio now checks if it can connect to the database each time it is started. If there is something wrong with the database, Fanurio will alert you and we'll probably be able to investigate and fix the problem. We've also increased the size of the log file and its backup to 2 MB (a total of 4 MB) to make sure all errors are saved. Previously the log file was only 0.5 MB.
If your computer is closed unexpectedly, the database will not delete its lock file and when restarted, it may complain that it cannot connect. This is a common situation when checking the database connection is useful.
The rest of the changes are documented in the release notes.
Since this patch is mainly about data security, I would like to remind you that you can keep automatic backups with Fanurio. It's recommended to keep at least five copies.
P.S. If you haven't voted for us at the Epsilon Award yet, you still have time until October 27th.(image)
Tue, 09 Sep 2008 12:04:00 +0300
We are very proud to announce that Fanurio has been nominated for the Epsilon Award. The organizers consider it to be "a combination of excellency, craftsmanship and visionary ability [...] characteristics of an outstanding programmer and a piece of true software art".
If you like Fanurio and you want to support us, please give your vote here:
Voting is open until October 27th and it won't take more than 30 seconds to do it. Fanurio is third on the list. The winner will be announced at the European Software Conference in early November.
Thanks a lot for your support.(image)
Mon, 01 Sep 2008 16:53:00 +0300
Fanurio is developed using Java which enables it to run on many platforms. We are currently providing installers for the most popular ones: Mac OS X, Windows and Debian-based distributions like Ubuntu. For any other platform, we provide a cross-platform version.
There are no big differences between the cross-platform version and the others except for the packaging and how they are installed. To install it, you must simply unzip the .tar.gz archive to a location you prefer.
The .tar.gz archive contains two types of script files that launch Fanurio. The first type launches Fanurio and creates the data repository somewhere in a user-specific folder on the computer. The purpose of these scripts is to create the repository in a location that's recommended by the operating system. These files are:
The second type of script files launches Fanurio and creates a subfolder called local (hence the local suffix in their name) in the same folder where they are located. This type of scripts is especially suited if you want to run Fanurio from a USB stick. Data will be kept in the same folder with the rest of the application files so that you can reuse it when moving from one computer to another. These files are:
Install on USB
The cross-platform version is also useful if you want to install Fanurio on a USB stick. Some of our users installed it on a USB stick and use it from there on both Windows and Mac OS X.
If there's anything you want to say about the cross-platform version, please leave a comment or send us an email.(image)
Tue, 05 Aug 2008 16:10:00 +0300If you install Fanurio on two different computers (desktop and laptop) or two different platforms (Windows and Mac OS X), it's very likely you will want to keep your data synchronized. Here are some common situations: If you do consulting work and you need to travel a lot, you may have a laptop and a desktop PC in your office. When you get back to the office, you may want to sync the desktop with the laptop. You're a big Mac fan but unfortunately you have to do some of your work on Windows. You want to use Fanurio to track time while on Windows and then sync this information with the Mac. This post explains how to synchronize your data between two computers. There are multiple ways to do it, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully, this post will make it easy for you to choose the right one. I. USB stick installation The first solution is also the easiest. Instead of installing Fanurio on two or more computers, install it on a USB stick. This will save you the trouble of synchronizing the data because it will always be kept on the stick. Download the cross-platform version and follow these instructions to install it. The nice thing about the cross-platform version is that you can install it on a USB stick and then run it from there on any computer, whether it uses Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. Recommended: If you have to work on your client's computer and you don't want to install Fanurio there. II. Shared folder This solution is a bit more technical because it requires you to configure Fanurio manually. By default, Fanurio keeps its data somewhere in your user account but it can be configured to keep it somewhere else. Please read this section for more information. If you can create a folder that is accessible from all computers, you could configure Fanurio to keep its data there instead of the default location. Follow these instructions to learn how to configure Fanurio manually and then add this line to the settings file: database.dir=PATH_TO_SHARED_FOLDER You need to replace PATH_TO_SHARED_FOLDER with the actual path. Assuming you are on Windows and you have a shared folder called Folder on computer Alpha, the path is //Alpha/Folder. If you have a dual-boot system (Linux and Windows), you can access the Windows folders from Linux. IMPORTANT: If you share the database folder between two computers, make sure you don't use it at the same time on both computers. The database doesn't support concurrent access. Recommended: If you can share a folder between two computers or two platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux). III. File synchronization Another solution is file synchronization software like FolderShare (reviewed here) which can help you synchronize [...]
Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:06:00 +0300
Fanurio version 1.11 was officially released yesterday. I'll use this post to talk about what I think it's most important and isn't covered by the release notes.
Check for updates
If you followed us so far, you've probably noticed that we make new releases quite often. It takes us between one and three months to release new versions. Until now, you were able to check for updates but manually. Starting with this version, Fanurio can check automatically for new updates. By default, it checks every 5 days.
This means we'll no longer send notifications by email since Fanurio can do it automatically. If you want to be notified by email about new versions, please register here.
Another interesting addition is the cross-platform version. It is a .tar.gz file that contains everything that's needed to run Fanurio on any platform. It covers those cases when the Windows, Debian or Mac OS X installers are not suitable.
You may also want to use the cross-platform version if you need to install Fanurio on a USB stick. It comes with launch scripts that start and configure Fanurio to keep its data on the stick. To learn how to install and run it, please read this user guide section.
The nice thing about the cross-platform version is that you can install it on a USB stick and then run it from there on any computer, whether it uses Windows, Linux or Mac OS X.
Cost, profits and money reports
The last thing I want to mention and the most important feature of this version is the possibility to record costs for project items. Many freelancers are reselling goods or subcontract some of their services. In both cases, knowing how much it cost is important to determine the actual profit.
To help you understand how much money you're making, project reports can now display both time and money. You can read more about project reports here.
I hope you'll find this new version more useful and it will help you have a better understanding of how much your work is worth.(image)
Tue, 22 Apr 2008 09:22:00 +0300Fanurio version 1.10 is officially out. Although the release notes page has more technical information about what's new, this post focuses on the new features. As you will see, this version makes time tracking even easier and has better integration with Linux. Better Linux integration A Linux version was uploaded on our website right after we released version 1.9 but one thing that it missed was a standard installer. It also didn't add a menu entry and you had to create a desktop shortcut by hand. To fix these problems, we created a .deb installer that makes it easy to install, uninstall or upgrade Fanurio just like any other Linux application. The installer also creates a menu shortcut that can later be copied to the GNOME panel or to the desktop. If you are using Java 6 (which we highly recommend), Fanurio can also add a panel (tray) icon. You can read more about tray support on Linux in the user guide. Smart timing Fanurio has a timer that can help you record time for what you do. But a timer is useless if you don't remember to use it. To solve this problem, Fanurio has a few reminders to help you start, resume or stop the timer. Instead of relying on your memory and attention to control the timer, you can use these reminders. We are calling this feature smart timing. You can read more about smart timing in the user guide. New timer actions Until now, when you started the timer, it wasn't possible to specify the project item that was timed. You had to do it when the timer was stopped. In version 1.10, this can be done very easily. Just open a project, select a project item and press Shift-F5. You will start the timer for that particular project item. Shift-F5 is the shortcut of the new timer action that lets you start the timer for a particular project item. This is one of the five new timer actions (start..., transfer, discard, info and recover) that have been added to this version. And since we now have eight timer actions instead of three, we've organized them in their own menu. These are roughly the most relevant features and improvements of this version. The release notes page lists them all. I hope this version will help you record time easier and more accurately than before.[...]
Thu, 20 Mar 2008 23:12:00 +0200Fanurio adds an icon to the tray bar when running on Windows. The icon can be used to access Fanurio and to show the state of the timer. By default, Fanurio uses three different icons to indicate the state of the timer: when the timer is stopped when the timer is running when the timer is paused There are users who don't have a problem with the animated icons and users who find them distracting. It would be a lot easier for us if everybody would like to use the same icons but we don't know if that's true. Until now, there were only a few people who wanted to use a different set of icons. If you find the animated icons annoying, you can configure Fanurio to use a different set of icons. Here are the steps for doing this: Make sure Fanurio is not running. Copy the new icons to C:\Program Files\Fanurio\lib so that Fanurio can find them. Open fanurio.properties with a text editor.This is where Fanurio keeps its settings. You can find this file in C:\Documents and Settings\USER_NAME\Application Data\Fanurio\ or in C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Fanurio\ if you use Vista. Add the following lines to fanurio.properties. tray.icon=filename1 tray.icon.running=filename2 tray.icon.paused=filename3 filename1, filename2 and filename3 are the names of the files that you want to use as tray icons. Save fanurio.properties and close it Start Fanurio Let's suppose that you want to use the following icons instead of the default ones: when the timer is stopped when the timer is running when the timer is paused You need to: Right-click on the images to save them on your computer to C:\Program Files\Fanurio\lib as indicated at step 2. Add these three lines to fanurio.properties as indicated at step 4. tray.icon=clock-green.gif tray.icon.paused=clock-gray.gif tray.icon.running=clock-red.gif Please leave a comment if you prefer certain tray icons. Thanks![...]
Thu, 20 Mar 2008 10:49:00 +0200
If you want to replace your desktop PC with a laptop or if you decide to switch from Windows to Mac OS X or Linux, you may wonder if it's possible to move Fanurio's data to the new computer.
The answer is YES and below I'll show you how it can be done. All you have to do is create a backup on one computer and then import it on the other. Here's how to do this step by step:
Once you complete these steps, the data from the old computer will be available on the new computer.(image)
Tue, 19 Feb 2008 14:17:00 +0200If you are in a hurry, you can get the Linux version from the download page. For more details about this version, read the rest of this post. One question you may ask is why did we release a Linux version now and not earlier since Fanurio is implemented in Java? It's true that technically it was possible to run it on Linux from day one but running on Linux is different from running like a Linux application. That's true for any platform, whether it's Linux, Windows or Mac OS X. There are many small details that must be taken care of to make an application look natively and this release handles them. We still have a few non-critical issues to fix before we can say Fanurio is a perfect Linux application. We released a Linux version now because we had quite a few requests and because Fanurio is good enough to be used on Linux. Below is a list with the important remaining issues. Tests: We've tested Fanurio only on Ubuntu 7.10 with Sun Java 1.5.[Tested on various versions of Ubuntu and Kubuntu with Java 1.5 and 6] Tray icon: The Windows version integrates with the tray while the Mac version integrates with the dock. That makes it easier to access Fanurio. It would be great if the Linux version would integrate with the tray too. [Fixed in version 1.10] Idle detection: Idle time detection is a very nice and helpful feature. That's not implemented yet for the Linux version.[Fixed in version 2.1] User interface: Whether you are using GNOME or KDE, Fanurio will look like the Windows version. We didn't find an appropriate look and feel and so we decided to use the Plastic look and feel. The GTK look and feel provided by Sun on Linux is not really an option. Installer: We don't provide installers for any Linux distribution. There's a .tar.gz file from which you can extract Fanurio. We'll probably create a .deb package for the next official release. [Fixed in version 1.10] Apart from these major issues there are a few other ones but they are to small to be mentioned here. I hope you'll find Fanurio useful on Linux even if it doesn't have the features listed above. If there's anything you want to say about the Linux version, please leave a comment or send us an email.[...]
Mon, 04 Feb 2008 11:59:00 +0200Today we released Fanurio 1.9, our 10th official release. It's actually the 12th if you consider 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 but those were bug fix releases so I'm not counting them :). The release notes page documents all the changes while postings like this one will be explaining only the most relevant features. These postings are meant to give you the big picture on what's going on. I'll publish a new article here every time a new version is released. So, why should you use version 1.9? First of all because it has much better project reports, second because it's better integrated with the Mac and third because it has more billing features. I know this doesn't tell you much so let's take a closer look at each one of them. Better project reports Version 1.8 had two reports, a time log report that displayed the recorded time and a project report that displayed all the items of a project and their time. Due to numerous requests for better time reporting, we've decided to merge these two reports into a single report. With this new report, you can see how much time you've worked for a client or how much uninvoiced billable time you have for a certain project. Now, it's easier to see time by date, week, month or year for one or more projects. I should probably emphasize the fact that this report is about time and not about money. A money report is planned for the next release. Better Mac integration Ever since we launched Fanurio, we wanted to have a Mac version. But we don't just want it to run on Mac, we want Fanurio to be a good Mac citizen. That's why we've added two important new Mac features. Fanurio can now import contacts from Address Book and it can detect when the computer becomes idle. Idle time detection was available on Windows only but now it works on any Mac that runs Tiger or Leopard. Previous versions of Mac don't have a reliable method of detecting idle time. But what is idle time detection? Let's say you want to write something and before you begin to work, you start the timer to see how long it takes. After ten minutes, the phone rings and you leave the computer for half an hour forgetting about the timer. When you'll get back, Fanurio will ask you to do something with that half an hour you've been away. Idle time detection is what Fanurio does when you start the timer but you're not using the computer. Improved billing Fanurio is about time tracking and billing. These are the core features which we are constantly improving based on direct feedback. This version makes no exception. For instance, you ca[...]
Tue, 29 Jan 2008 12:59:00 +0200
One of the things that I do when deciding to use a software application either commercial, free or open-source is to see how actively it is developed and supported.
Is there a community around that product? How satisfied are existing users with the product? Is there enough documentation to help me use it? Are new versions released constantly? If I have a question, how fast and accurate can someone answer it?
These are just a few questions I may ask in the process of making this decision. It's better to answer them before than to have all kind of surprises later. Of course, it's not the same thing deciding on a text editor or on an accounting package.
Back in November 2006 when we launched Fanurio, we had almost none of these things except for a promising product and friendly support :). Since then, we've made frequent releases, published a user guide and testimonials from our users and more importantly we've used almost all feedback to guide our design decisions. We've passed quite a few milestones last year when more and more freelancers made Fanurio one of their favorite tools.
If you followed us so far, you may probably ask yourself what's next? Well, there are still some things we plan to do. Some features that didn't make it in previous versions will be implemented, we'll improve the web site and the documentation to show how Fanurio can solve many billing problems and we'll continue to listen to feedback.
The first step in this direction is the launch of this blog. We'll use it to announce new releases, to publish tips, tutorials and anything else that's relevant about Fanurio or what we do. A blog is also a great place to start discussions around such topics.
I hope it will be a useful resource for all of us.(image)