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iPhone Time Tracking with Harvest Time Tracker in App Store

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iPhone time tracking is now even easier with a native application which works whether you are online or offline. Built and distributed by Harvest customer, Y Factorial, the app is free to download and available now from the iTunes app store.

As some of you may know, Harvest already supports iPhone time and expense tracking via the iPhone optimized web interface. By using the new native iPhone applications, users will now be able to track and enter time even when they are offline. When they are back online, the application automatically syncs all the offline records back up to the user’s Harvest account.

Thanks again to Y Factorial for doing a great job with this application to complement Harvest’s time tracking capabilities. Let us know what you think!

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  • This is nice, but I wish you guys (and Freshbooks) would show some love to self-employeds who do not bill for time. I travel about town and bill fixed-fee services and invoice my customers on weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly intervals. It would be so cool to have an iPhone app that allows me to select client name, service provided, and boom. Done.

  • @Rick many thanks for the suggestion. Rest assured we’re listening!

  • Dave Cuddy on February 9, 2009

    Sweet. Harvest just keeps getting better and better.

    Speaking of better, I hope you’ll be adding expense capture on the iPhone app, so we won’t have to keep using the mobile web interface to record expenses. Like Rick, I travel around town, and really need to capture mileage and other out-of-office expenses. It’s so easy to overlook those miscellaneous expenditures.

    Ideally, the interface would provide the ability to capture odometer readings (start- & end-of-trip).

  • Dave Cuddy on February 9, 2009

    Usage tip – it may not be obvious, but one can start a timer in the iPhone app, close the app, use the iPhone for other things (reading mail, navigating with the Maps, checking the Calendar, making phone calls, etc). When you return to the Harvest app, the timer is still running. This is bloody amazing, since in general, 3rd-party iPhone apps cease to function when they have been closed.

    Kudos to the wizards at Y Factorial.

  • Hmm the iPhone app seems that it’s not synching with my haverst account on the website… Can I get some support on the issue?

  • Michael Moore on February 10, 2009

    Has anyone tried starting a timer on the web and then stopping it with the phone? Or vice versa? I used to use Toggl and it was really good about not caring what browser or widget was active to update the timer.

  • @michael you can start a timer on the web site, then stop it on the iPhone, and then re-start it again via a desktop widget, and stop that via Twitter. Harvest doesn’t care which device you use to communicate with it and will keep everything in sync.

  • @ck please send us an email to support -at-getharvest.com with the email address you use to login to your account and we can take a look.

  • It looks nice! Does the iphone app work with free accounts? (I am guessing not; at least it does not work with mine).

  • @Amy we made a small update to our API, so the iPhone app should now also work with FREE Harvest accounts. Let us know if you have any problems!

  • yes, it works now– very nice! Thank you.

  • Many of us have tried using the iPhone app but it actually crashes the phone when trying to login after the initial setup. We have the latest firmware – any thoughts?

  • This is great. Perfect for tracking meetings at clients where I can’t get on the net. Any chance of adding expense tracking? I track these on the run more than time.

  • This is great! I briefly switched to Billings, since they were advertising an iPhone app to come. After two weeks of giving it my best, I couldn’t take it anymore and had to switch back to Harvest.

    And now my “loyalty” has been rewarded with the very thing that led me astray.

  • Maarten Wolzak on February 18, 2009

    It’s really slow with syncing. The webapp was, to my opinion, much more evolved and quicker. The only thing with the webapp was the not-remembering my login…
    Of course it’s very slick to have a native app but I think it should be a downgrade from the webapp.
    Hope an update fixes these issues.

    Thanks for the widespread tracking possibilities though!!

  • @Maarten,
    I have been using 1Password on my iPhone to get around the ‘not-remembering-password’ shortcoming. 1Password stores my access credentials for Harvest and several other websites I use.

  • I heart you guys! Great job!

  • Guys, great! I had set up Harvest as a webclip but this is fantastic. I am self-employed but do bill by the second/minute/hour whatever. It is fantastic so far. Well done!

  • Not sure if this is the place to post comments on the app or not, but my experience with it so far has been less-than-stellar. I absolutely love Harvest itself – we use Co-op as well and all the updates you guys do regularly make it one of the best services I pay for.

    But the performance of this app is disappointing so far. I’m on a very fast wifi connection here and it takes a really long time to sync each day. the biggest problem I have with it though is that it really doesn’t notify the user well of what it is doing. When I stop a timer, it appears to be stopped in the interface, but it hasn’t actually synced back to the server yet and if I close the app the timer hasn’t stopped. This is a consistent problem. The interface just isn’t accurate to the sync.

    I have high hopes there will be updates to the app, but as of now, it really isnt’ a reliable integration with harvest.

  • Great App! I do not use the timer function – just enter time directly. It syncs fast and has been a great addition for those times I forget to enter time on the desktop.

  • Great app! Works flawlessly so far.

    One suggestion: to be able to move back and forth through time a little easier. I often find that I am putting in time for previous days. Back and forward day navigation like the iPhone web app would be a welcome addition.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Thanks, great addition! I finally got an iPhone and am so happy to be able to track Harvest on it.

  • Hey guys, thanks for releasing the program! I’m glad to finally have a version that doesn’t require me to log into the web app… Keep up the great updates!

  • Any idea why it no longer syncs up (syncs down fine) since upgrading to 1.01?

  • Is there any device that will automatically start timing if I receive or make a call from a client

  • @Philip – sorry, no such device as far as we know.

  • Would love to give this app a spin, not a big fan of web apps, but apparently this app is “not a vailable in your country” in the iTunes store.

    We have a corporate/paid account here at the office, and most of us have iPhones, so we can’t understand why the app isn’t available for everyone who wants to use it (we’re in Denmark).

    Looking forward to trying things out if you get this little snag fixed =)

  • @Jonas We’re so sorry we caught you off guard. Yes, the Harvest iPhone app is not available at the moment (globally, not just in Europe!), but we are hard at work developing a new one, which will be ready by October. In the meantime, you can access our iPhone optimized Harvest web version, read about it here: http://www.getharvest.com/features/iphone. We are so sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your patience!

  • Sorry, but the app is not working for me. It won’t let me login. I checked my input several times. The login with safari works. But not with the app.
    Any ideas?

  • Would be thrilled to see a webOS version of this app come to life.

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