Harvest Chrome Extension Version 2.0

The Harvest Time Tracker extension for Chrome makes it even easier to track time right from your Chrome toolbar. A quick glance will tell you if you have a timer running and starting or stopping is just a click away. We’ve just released a major version change of the extension which includes significant reliability improvements. If you have tried the extension in the past and weren’t a fan, we hope you’ll consider trying it again.

Previous versions of the Harvest Chrome Extension haven’t gotten a ton of love. Here’s a review that really sums up what people have been saying:

Bad review. Let's do better.

It truly bums us out when we aren’t serving our customers to the best of our abilities so we decided to make some big changes. In recent weeks, we’ve rebuilt the Harvest Time Tracker for Chrome from the ground up. The end result is more responsive and reliable in almost every single way.

By far our biggest change was to move the time entry window out of the browser and into a Chrome extension popup. Now, the Harvest Time Tracker is available from any open tab (or the new tab screen) without impacting performance or wait times on the pages you’re loading. Just click the toolbar icon (or hit ALT + Shift + H) and your timer is a few pixels away.

Harvest Time Tracker

We really feel good about this latest version of the extension and we can’t wait to hear from you after you give it a shot. Please drop us a line or – even better – write a review on the Chrome Web Store and let us know how 2.0 is working for you. You better believe we’re listening.

Download Harvest Time Tracker for Chrome

10 Comments so far
  • Hi Harvester team!

    I will give it another try :)

    First thing I noticed is that it’s really much more responsive now!

    I will drop another review If the experience will be better.

  • I don’t know about other people – but I never want to install an extension which says it can “access your data on all websites” – does it need to do that?

    Would love to check it out though!

  • Love it. Thanks!

  • What would really be cool is an update to the Android app which lets you view and even create new invoices, reports etc. That Android app is about as barebones as they get these days. Otherwise the service is great!

  • Andrew Dunkman October 14, 2013 HARVEST

    Andrew (nice name!) — the extension requests to “access your data on all websites” because of a somewhat unfortunate permissions issue with the way that optional permissions can be requested.

    The extension has content scripts — or scripts that run within your active tab and has access to everything on that tab — for three sites (Basecamp, Trello, and Harvest). To use content scripts, the extension has to have elevated permissions for those domains.

    We can either request those permissions as required permissions as we are now (which means that you’re prompted at install-time) or as optional (which means that you’d be prompted to give the extension additional permissions later, say, when browsing Basecamp or Trello). We’d like to use optional permissions, but the extension can only request additional permissions from within what’s known as a “user action” — say, by clicking on a button. So, we wouldn’t be able to prompt you when loading Basecamp or Trello — we’d have to get you to click on something to enable the integration, and then ask for permissions.

    So, why don’t we just use specific required permissions? If we did that, the permission prompt would read “access your data on basecamp.com, trello.com, and *.harvestapp.com” — fantastic! Unfortunately, in the future when we add additional permissions, all users that are currently using the extension would have their extensions disabled automatically without warning (an issue that we accidentally created in the past with a previous version). You can read more about the troubles of requesting additional permissions in the developer documentation: http://developer.chrome.com/extensions/permission_warnings.html

    It’s unfortunate that the permission prompt reads “access your data on all websites” — and we’ll continue to investigate ways to improve the permissions required of the Chrome extension as they appear.

  • Glad to see you’re actively developing this.

    What about the Mac App?

    My devs seem to have constant problems with that as well…

  • When I try to install the extension, I get this error:

    There was a problem adding the item to Chrome. Please refresh the page and try again.

    I am running the latest Chrome build (22.0.1229.79) on OS X 10.9 “Mavericks”.

    Any help will be much appreciated!

  • Alex, sorry to hear you’re having troubles with our Mac app — be sure to contact us at support@getharvest.com with the details so we can help.

    Christian, did you try refreshing, or restarting your browser? Sometimes Chrome can be finicky about extension installation. Send us a message at support@getharvest.com if you continue to have issues, and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

  • @ Andrew: yes, I did try to quit and relaunch Chrome but that didn’t help. I will contact you via support@getharvest.com.

  • @ Andrew: I reinstalled Chrome and was able to download and install the extension.

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