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New Harvest Timesheet – Coming Next Week!

There’s a brand new Harvest Timesheet coming your way next week. It’s faster, simpler, roomier, and better designed. Here’s a quick video demo of the new day view:

The new timesheet is completely re-written and re-imagined, driven by one goal: to make it faster and easier to track time.

From our customer research, we found that most people love the simplicity of our current timesheet. But there are a few fundamental problems: the project and task selectors can get long and make it hard to find things once you have too many projects, the timesheet becomes “stale” if you leave it open in your browser without manually refreshing, and if you use the day view (like most of us here), it’s a hassle to review your progress for the week. The new timesheet design solves these problems, and we believe you will be pleased with the new experience.

From a technical standpoint, the new timesheet is a necessary fresh start for our team. The code behind the current timesheet has served us well for the past six years, but it has become difficult to maintain and nearly impossible to enhance. We applied everything we learned from our new mobile timesheet to create fast, approachable code. The experience for customers is markedly improved, and the robustness of the code will allow future improvements to be delivered much more quickly.

We cannot wait to show you the fruits of our labor next week. We believe you are going to love how snappy everything feels, and we hope the faster timesheet means that you can spend less time tracking time, and more time on the important things.

9/26 Update: A couple of notes to clear up some confusion:

  • There will be a new timesheet week view. The new week view has been redesigned and rewritten from scratch, and will be just as fast and easy as the new day view.
  • Timestamps will be supported. The new timesheet is not taking away any feature you’ve grown used to. For those who prefer to track time based on start and end times, not only will you be able to continue doing so, we have made a couple of small but useful improvements to the interaction.

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  • Great improvement! Cristal clear.

  • Looks awesome, can’t wait to try it out.

  • RJ Losiniecki on September 25, 2012

    Not having a start and end time is going to be a problem

    Am I supposed to create it “quickly” then go edit it to get my time time sheets right?

    My company is not looking forward to this.

  • Dear all,

    we are not using timesheets at all. When will we get updates to stuff like – invoice search, displaying full names in length, etc…

  • Looks great, looking forward to it! I agree that it was a little bit of a hassle to review progress for the week, so this change is most welcome.

  • Looks nice — but I hope we aren’t losing access to the current weekly interface. The ability to easily change multiple times and task areas over a week is the best part about the current UI/UX!

  • @RJ Losiniecki it has start and end times, merely the video was made with that preference option disabled.

  • Looks great – thanks for continuing to keep things simple, clean, and clear.

    Very happy to hear about the keyboard centric navigation, and the updates in place when you start tracking another project with a different tool (e.g. I use the OS X widget frequently and do get confused sometimes when I switch back to a stale web timesheet).

  • I 2nd rf. Definitely not a big fan of having to click to each day to enter hours. Currently you can see the whole week, enter hours for one day, then just hit tab to go to the next day. Can we keep current features please:(

  • Uh oh… Am I losing week view?

  • @rf @farhad We’re not doing away with the weekly timesheet. People love that option. This is an update to our daily timesheet.

  • @Jonathan Lane Excellent!

  • Elegant solution. Looking forward to this new Daily View timesheet.

  • Looks really sharp, can’t wait to see it in action. Just curious, is there a way to create a new project from the timesheet, or do I still have to go through Manage > Projects first? That bit of cross-linking would save me a lot of time

  • Guys, that type to enter was one of my big gripes in this review: http://www.seerinteractive.com/blog/10462-entries-over-4-5-years-what-i-have-learned-tracking-my-time-and-what-you-can-too great to see you are working on that, THANK YOU!!

  • Robert Woods on September 25, 2012

    I use the start/end time capability and this is a MUST HAVE for my customer base. Is this still something that I will be able to use?

    If not, I will not be able to use the “enhancements” shown in the video.

    If so, this new design is a welcome upgrade to what I do currently.

  • Has the beta’s inability to populate the new day’s timesheet with the previous day’s entries been addressed? That still doesn’t work for me.

  • Hi guys – sorry for the confusion.

    1. Yes, there will be timestamp support. The beta video shows you a timesheet using duration.
    2. The Week View is also being re-written. It’s just not shown in the video.

    Don – timesheet duplication will work with the new timesheet, and we will improve that feature soon following the official launch.

    Wil – we’ve read that review and you’ll be happy to know that we’re adding a few handy keyboard shortcuts… stay tuned!

  • Why do i fear that we still won’t be able to enter duration or start/end times on a per entry basis (i.e. NOT a company preference)??? Come on guys… this is basic stuff for a “time tracking” application.

  • Nice… that was the worse thing about harvest. Greatly improved!

  • Will you add the ability to enter time in the timesheet by selecting a customer, and then a project. Most of my projects for various customers have the same name. Typing in the project name is not a good way to search for the right project for me.

  • @Mary The search works on both project and client names. If your client is Acme corp, but all of your projects are called “Web Design”, you can just start typing “Acme” to bring it up.

  • Love it – looks fantastic. Can’t wait to try it out :)

  • keith mascheroni on September 25, 2012

    bitchen!
    looks familiar in places ;)

  • Woohoo! You’ve made my day with the project/task selection alone! Can’t wait to start using it.

  • Michael Moore on September 25, 2012

    Looks good, and not having a stale sheet is great, especially when there are multiple ways to update the time.

    One feature I’d really like to see is some kind of history (when it was turned on, off, on again, etc.) This would be helpful when I’m a dumbass and forget to turn the timer off at the end of the day and I get a Running Timer Warning. Seeing when I turned it on and off would make it easier to go back and fix things.

  • I presently I don’t use the time sheets in Harvest as it hasn’t really worked for my business model. However, I might look into it a little more and see if I can use them.

    Hopefully the updates are quick for those not in the U.S. too.

    Good work though.

  • Looks good! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Looks great guys, well done!

  • Simon Jackson on September 26, 2012

    It’s great your innovating and improving the system but much of our time entry is done retrospectively, i.e. at end of the job or day. We dislike the timer feature as it seems to record the wrong time for the UK, and when I did try the mobile timesheet it had bugs around the manual time entry that meant it would not save, so I’m concerned about this update.

    Please do some testing around manual time entry.

    Keep up the good work.

    Regards
    Si

  • I am also a bit concerned with large changes to the time sheet functionality. For our case the weekly overview is sacred as we do a lot of time recording after the fact. We don’t have a chess-clock business model. Harvest is just there for multiple times -per week- and we don’t interact with it on a hour-to-hour basis. If we need to reconstruct weekly or daily time sheet forms every time, that will put a burden on this ‘administration’ item; which for most employees is an annoyance anyway. We choose Harvest to limit that annoyance down to something that can be done really fast and easy.

    Our business relies heavy on Harvest for compliance proofing to projects, revenue calculations and personal bonus schemes. Be wary what to change. Good to read that weekly time sheets are still there as in the video all my alarm bells went off; even started looking for alternatives.

    For our case (and I read this also above, respecting other use cases) we would like to see an improvement in the weekly time sheet forms. Automatically copying last week projects/tasks, adding/removing tasks quicker and the ability to add notes (eg. by double-clicking an entry box). Keystrokes might work for programmers (we see that those use keystrokes more) but the average human doesn’t care. Needless to mention: make it flawless on a touch based (mobile) device.

    regards,

    Jochem

  • Looks great! Looking forward to using it.

  • Will you continue to support Start/Stop time tracking w/ time stamps as a default setting?

    Do you have any plans to support custom fields beyond the notes field, e.g. mapped Zendesk placeholders to custom Harvest fields via the API/Zendesk App?

  • Looks great guys! Love the UI design. It’s still a shame you can’t have multiple timers going at once :-(

  • Happy Customer on September 26, 2012

    What about the start and stop times that change when you go to the dashboard and then back to the timesheet (after stopping or starting, the time often is not as you last left it, but rather a minute off)? This has been happening daily (but sporadically it seems) for a long time. 1 minute is not a problem, but when it happens daily and if it went unnoticed/addressed, it can start leading to billing issues, etc (30 minutes of billable time over a month, etc).

    Besides this, we LOVE using your service. Thank you.

  • i hope we will not lose the start and end times !

    this has to stay.

  • It looks like you got rid of the ability to enter time with a specific start and end time. Is that true? This would be a disaster if that is true and we’d have to go back to our old software. Many people enter their once at the end of the day for the entire day for multiple projects. Please say it aint so!

  • Hey thanks for sharing. I was looking for a good timesheet! I am gonna check it out immediately. You can promote it through this http://madvertise.com/en/, may it helps you a little bit. I wish you success!

  • One of the best things about Harvest is that it keeps getting tested, developed, reworked, enhanced. Something that 37 Signals does not do. Like they feel they got it right the first time. They take in very little customer feedback. So, when the Harvest team launches project management and CRM (I wish), I will sign on immediately. I’ve never had an application like Harvest before. I never shopped once I started using it. I like seeing these upgrades pop up. As I grow, my freelancers will track their time with Harvest or they won’t have any hours to track.

    Re the video, I think it’s a compliment that people are so concerned you’ll drop features they obviously rely on. Video demos tend to give a very focused and narrow view of the message they’re relaying. They can be good and bad that way. Awesome work, thanks. Oh yea, more keystrokes are good stuff!

  • I need to follow up on the 37 Signals comment — I actually found Harvest because of the partnership/integration with Basecamp. I just prefer Harvest’s philosophy of hearing user feedback and upgrading often. Cheers!

  • Good work. When can we expect to be able to attach documents to invoices, like we can for estimates? When we invoice for our consultants, we ALWAYS need to supply approved timesheets, POs, etc. Seems like a simple thing since you already have the functionality on Estimates.

  • Very nice enhancements.

    Love the iPhone integration and the auto-suggest feature when selecting a project.

  • As always, great job, Harvest team!!

  • +1 for the pre-announcement.
    Yes, yes, 1K * yes on that behavior.

  • Nice use of “one more thing” to introduce the iPhone app integration.

  • Exciting! Will this affect the sidebar widget functionality or will you be updating that as well?

  • Philip Nelson on September 26, 2012

    Awesome news! Great work guys (and (presumably) gals)!

    Curious if there is any impact to the ‘hcl’ command line tool. Will it continue to work as before?

    Thanks much.

  • Thank you Nikola Tesla!

  • I absolutely love the new time sheet. I can enter time manually or use the timer, depends on what I’m doing at that moment. I have never had issues with any Harvest feature, desktop or mobile.

    The new time sheet is clean and very easy to use. Thanks for such a great product!

  • People that comment on websites are idiots. If your business can’t adapt to some usability and UI changes then you have bigger problems than your time tracking software.

    @Harvest, looks awesome! Keep up the good work.

  • The changes look great! One more thing I would like to see is the ability to quick add a project on the fly while you are entering time. :) I hate having to leave the time screen to add a new project. It’s a pain!

  • Thanks for all the support and feedback everyone! We really appreciate it, and we’re excited to get it in your hands. We think you’re going to like it.

    @Michael – You might want to try our timestamps feature. You can change this in Manage > Account Settings > Edit Preferences.

    @Simon @Jochem @Hasso @Adam – We will not be removing timestamps or the weekly timesheet. In fact, we’re making those better as well.

  • Will there be a “notes view”? The video preview shows notes as a click away vs being present in the daily view. My invoicing provides detailed backup of the work performed, notes are critical – more important than the task, and easy entry/view is key to my use. Having to drill down into each entry would be a significant step backwards on the “usability scale”.

    Hope to hear I have the “notes view” option.

  • Where’s our new timesheet??

  • There it is. :)

  • Notes View – sorry about the incorrect comment.

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