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New: The Harvest Power-Up for Trello

The Harvest for Trello integration just got a whole lot better! We’re delighted to be one of Trello’s first Power-Ups for Business Class, which makes Harvest time tracking a native feature in Trello. Once you enable the Harvest Power-Up on a board, your whole team will be able to track time right inside Trello. Simple as that.

Track Time from Trello Power-Up

Trello’s a great tool to manage your team’s projects. The Harvest Power-Up gives your team a quick way to get a timer going without ever leaving Trello. You’ll be able to see the total time tracked to each card in Trello. And better yet, all of your Harvest timesheet entries will have a link back to their Trello cards should you need to reference the details:

Trello Timesheet Entry

But this is just the beginning! We plan to surface more Harvest data right inside Trello so that you can have key information at your fingertips while you manage your projects. Have something you’d like to see added to our Trello Power-Up? Feel free to leave a comment here, or drop us a line.

For more information on how to set up the Power-Up and track time, check out our Help Center.

Be Transparent and Accurate When Tracking Time in Other Apps

It’s pretty neat to never have to leave an app you use everyday to start a timer. Our integrations with various project and issue management apps like Asana, Basecamp, Trello, or Zendesk do exactly this. But there’s another huge benefit to these integrations that flies a bit more under the radar. Your Harvest timesheet entries link back to their external reference–like the Basecamp to-do, Zendesk ticket, or Trello card.

Trello Time Entry in Harvest Timesheets

Exports Now Include External Reference URLs

We spent a lot of time talking to customers who use these integrations and learned that they’re transparent with their clients. They share their Basecamp projects and Trello boards with their clients so that they can see what’s being worked on and what progress has been made. The one key thing that’s been missing is the ability to share how much time has been tracked to each task or ticket with your clients without a big manual effort.

Now, it’ll be much easier to know how much time you spent on specific items in other apps. We’ve added a new column to your Detailed Time export: the External Reference URL. When you prepare your weekly reports to send to your clients, you can now easily group time entries by tasks or tickets from these other apps, or provide a click through to the details.

External Reference URL in Export

Enter Time for Previous Dates

And if you’re going to share this data with your clients it should definitely be accurate, right? Up until now, tracking time from these apps has been a very in the moment thing. But now, you can backdate entries if you forgot to log time from a task or ticket on a specific day. What used to be a cumbersome process of flipping between these apps and your Harvest timesheets is now just one click away!

Changing date from Harvest Button

If you have questions or feedback on other ways we can improve time tracking from your project and issue management apps, let us know!

Harvest for iPhone 4.0: Faster Time Tracking

The Apps Team at Harvest is very proud of our latest work on Harvest for iPhone. One of our major goals this year has been to make your mobile time tracking experience faster by simplifying and streamlining the interactions required to do basic tasks.

In this release, we’ve focused heavily on how you get around the app. The new tab bar navigation gets you between Time, Expenses, and Invoices with a single tap. And it’s close to your thumbs, which is increasingly important as screen sizes continue to grow.

Harvest for iPhone 4.0

The Weekly Summary Bar allows you to see a full week’s worth of totals, plus it will let you jump between individual days with just one tap. You can quickly go back and forth by swiping: swipe on the bar itself to jump backwards and forwards by a whole week; swipe on the Timesheet to go backwards and forwards a day at a time. And if you need to get back to a specific date several weeks ago, you can now go directly there using the Jump to Date calendar. As part of this improved Timesheet navigation, we’ve also optimized the way we load Timesheet data. In general, we think you’ll notice a much snappier UI with significantly reduced load times.

We’ve also exposed start and stop buttons in timers directly in the Timesheet view. Need to re-start a timer quickly? Open Harvest for iPhone and in one tap that timer is running. Did you forget to stop a timer before you packed up your laptop? No problem, just open the app and tap the stop button.

There are many more updates in this version that we think you’ll enjoy: from miscellaneous bugfixes to a faster receipt chooser to an improved Account & Settings section. Rather than detail all of our updates here, we invite you to update your app today and see these great improvements for yourself. As always, if you have feedback on Harvest for iPhone, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Introducing Harvest for GitHub: Track Time on Issues and Pull Requests

Our developers at Harvest spend a majority of their time in GitHub. As someone who organizes our projects, I tend to live in Basecamp or Trello, so the fact that I can start a Harvest timer from those apps is great. But for developers who actually do their work in GitHub, it’s been a bummer that they haven’t been able to start a timer from there. Today, we’re excited to add GitHub to the list of apps you can track time from with the Harvest Chrome extension!

If you already have our Chrome extension installed today, you’ll now see a Track Time button at the top of every GitHub issue and pull request. If not, just install it here. The highlights of the integration:

  • Quickly start and stop a timer from GitHub issues and pull requests. There’s a button at the top of the page, but also down near the comments.
  • The ID and title of the issue or pull request will populate into your Harvest notes.
  • Your Harvest timesheet will have a link back to the GitHub issue or pull request associated with that entry.

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The Harvest for GitHub integration will make developers and project managers happy. It’ll be easier for developers to get a timer going, meaning they’ll be more likely to track time. For project managers, that translates to not having to remind your team to track time and having more accurate reports. Win, win!

If you have any questions or feedback, just get in touch with us.

The Harvest Widget: A new way to add time tracking to your app

For the last several years, we’ve been working on providing a time tracking feature any developer can add to their app with just a few lines of code. Our goal is simple: let developers focus on the core of their products, and let Harvest handle the nuances of time tracking. This approach has been a win-win for partners like Asana and Flow, who seamlessly integrated a time tracking feature into their apps with the Harvest Button (formerly called the Harvest Platform).

Today, we’re announcing a new way for developers to add time tracking to apps – the Harvest Widget. It’s just as easy to implement as the Button, but it allows for a different user experience. Rather than having to click the Button to open up the Harvest window to track time, that modal window will just live right inside the interface of your app.

Issue management and help desk apps are great candidates for the Widget – they typically have the space on the interface to fit it. Not to mention that starting a timer in the least amount of clicks as possible is key when handling customer issues or tickets. In fact, we recently rebuilt our JIRA and Zendesk integrations to run off of the Harvest Widget:

JIRA Widget for Platform page

Harvest for Zendesk Widget - Marketplace

Now, the Harvest Widget is publicly available for anyone to add to other apps. Point your developers, or product teams at other apps you use, to our new Button & Widget page. We’re here to answer any questions you have!

Harvest for Zendesk: Refreshed!

Zendesk, the lovable help desk solution, launched its very first integration with Harvest way back in 2008. As most of us know, firstborns get showered with love in their early days. And then the second (perhaps third, fourth) child comes around, and the firstborn might start to feel a little less in the spotlight. Over the years, there have been bouts of attention given to the Harvest for Zendesk integration, but certainly not enough. We decided it was high time to show Zendesk’s firstborn integration some well-deserved love!

We’ve taken ownership of the Harvest for Zendesk Lotus integration and have rewritten it to work off of our Harvest Platform. With this refreshed version of the integration, you’ll notice:

  • Less clicks. Whether it’s entering time via duration, starting your next timer, or tabbing through the fields without a mouse, it’ll be much quicker to log your time.
  • Auto-populated notes. The Harvest notes field will auto-populate with the Zendesk ticket ID and ticket title.
  • Projects and Tasks are remembered. You won’t have to reselect the Harvest Project and Task when you open a ticket you already tracked time to. For a ticket you haven’t tracked time to, the Harvest Project and Task selected on the most recent ticket you tracked time to will be defaulted. We realize you might have other ideas for how the Project and Task should be defaulted, so by all means, please share them!

Zendesk Anywhere Widget

These changes make it a bit smoother to track time with the Harvest for Zendesk integration. If you have any other ideas how we can make it better, please let us know!

If you’re not using the Harvest for Zendesk integration, you can install it from your Zendesk account here.

Harvest for Android 2.0: Invoice Management & Push Notifications

Today we’re delighted to announce Harvest for Android 2.0, the most exciting version of Harvest for Android to date!

If you’re a long-time Harvest for Android user, you may have noticed some nice improvements over the past nine months. Time and expenses sync more quickly, navigation is snappier, a persistent notification lets you view and stop timers from outside the app, and stability is greatly improved.

We decided to call this version 2.0 because we feel Harvest for Android has turned a corner. Slowly but surely, the app has transformed into a better, faster (stronger!) tool, and it’s on a path to keep improving.

 

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Invoice Management Away from Your Desk

Let’s talk about the new features first. The Android app always supported Timesheets and Expenses, but Invoices were another story. They just weren’t available on the Android app.

With Android 2.0, those days are past! After you upgrade, you’ll notice a new Invoices section in your navigation drawer. Simply tap into it, and behold your full list of open and closed invoices!

We call this feature Invoice Management, and we think it’ll be an especially useful upgrade for our on-the-go users.

Ever left the office and wondered if you forgot to send your draft invoice? Harvest for Android 2.0 has you covered. Just tap and send!

And what about payments? Now you can get a push notification whenever a client makes an online payment. Tap that notification, view the invoice, and send a thank-you all from your phone!

Notifications for Payment and Submitting Your Time

In addition to invoice payment notifications, you’ll also receive reminders to submit your time. We’re looking forward to expanding our use of push notifications in ways that make tracking your time easier, simpler, and more accurate.

Of course, as we add more notifications, you are fully in control of which ones you receive. You can select the type of notifications you want to receive at any time in the app’s Settings.

The Road to 2.0: Nine Months of Harvest for Android Updates

Up until now, we’ve been pretty quiet about the many improvements that we’ve rolled out over the past nine months. To help give you a better idea of why we view this as a major milestone for the Android app, I’d like to take a moment to recap all that’s been done:

  • In version 1.6, we brought you better timesheet navigation and awareness of locked time/expenses.
  • In version 1.7, we updated our time and expense entry forms, made project/task lists filterable, added the ability to view attached receipts, and gave you a way to create clients, projects, and tasks from within the app.
  • In version 1.8, we introduced support for timestamp mode for tracking time. We also added the ability to start, stop, and restart timers directly from the timesheet view, billable expenses, and the persistent notification for your currently running timer. 1.8 was also the first release that allowed you to submit your timesheets for approval.
  • In version 1.9, we optimized the app for Android 5.0 (Lollipop) before it was available from most providers. We also improved the signup process.
  • Today, in version 2.0, we’re bringing you invoice management and push notifications.

And we’re nowhere near done. Thanks to the solid foundation that’s been established in these past five releases, we have a lot of great stuff planned for the rest of 2015.

If you’ve been using Harvest for Android recently, we’d like to thank you for your support. If you tried it before and haven’t been back in a while, we encourage you to give this new version ago! And as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Just share your feedback in the comments, or get in touch with us at support@harvestapp.com.

Harvest for IFTTT: New Integration!

What if a note is created in Evernote when I create a Harvest project? Heck, what if the lights flash every time I start a timer? These are now both possible with our newest integration with IFTTT.

IFTTT Recipe: If a Harvest project is created, then create a note in Evernote. connects harvest to evernote

IFTTT enables you to create simple connections between Harvest and the applications and devices you use every day. IFTTT works with over 160 products and services, and very cool ones for that matter!

Here’s a glimpse of how you can setup your own IFTTT Recipes with Harvest:

    • You can trigger actions in other apps when you start a timer, stop a timer, or create a project in Harvest. For instance, if I start a Harvest timer, then post the details to Slack. Or, if I create a Harvest project, then send out an email notification to a group of people.

IFTTT Recipe: If a Harvest timer is started, then post a message to a Slack channel. connects harvest to slack

    • You can also have other apps trigger actions in Harvest. For example, if I create a new GitHub issue, then create a new task in Harvest.

IFTTT Recipe: If a new issue is created in GitHub, create a task in a Harvest project. connects github to harvest

Check out the Harvest for IFTTT Channel here to setup your Recipes. And if you haven’t used IFTTT before, don’t worry, it’s free! Let us know if you have ideas for other potential Harvest Triggers and Actions. We’d love to hear them!

Hats off to our developer Lorenzo who built this integration during our Harvest Hacksgiving.

Harvest for QuickBooks Online: Updates!

Sometimes an integration between two apps makes people nervous. Did my invoice copy over? Is all of the data correct? I want to be able to customize how the data copies! That’s normal! Who trusts technology anyway? That’s why we’ve released a few tweaks in our Harvest for QuickBooks Online (QBO) integration that’ll ease any anxiety when you copy an invoice to QBO.

Recurring invoices now copy from Harvest to QBO. As long as you have recurring invoices set to automatically send to your clients (rather than saving as drafts), we’ll copy them over to QuickBooks Online when they’re sent.

Harvest projects no longer have to attach as sub-customers to invoices in QBO. When your Harvest invoice includes time or expenses from just one project, we map that project to a QBO sub-customer. In the past, you couldn’t change this. (We know, how rude!) Now, you can! In Harvest, head to Account Settings > Integrations to edit this setting.

QBO Sub-customer setting

QBO events will show up in the Invoice History section. When was this invoice copied to QBO? Who copied it? You’ll never ask those questions again.

 QBO Invoice History events

Go ahead, throw out that handkerchief on your desk. You won’t be sweating anymore when your Harvest invoices copy to QBO.

Questions or suggestions? Get in touch with us!

Harvest for Xero: Invoice Line Items Now Map to Revenue Accounts

We’ve made another update that will make your Harvest Xero experience even more flexible! Up until today, all of your invoice line items from Harvest got copied to a single Revenue Account in Xero. Now, your Harvest invoice line items will get copied to Xero Revenue Accounts based on the mappings you have configured in Xero.

In Xero, you can assign your Item Codes and/or Contacts default Revenue Accounts. With this update, Harvest invoice line items will get saved to these defaults. For instance, if the default Revenue Account for your “Services” Item Code in Xero is “400 – Sales”, then any invoice line items in Harvest with a Category of “Services” will copy over to the “400 – Sales” account. Magic!

If you don’t have default Revenue Accounts set up for Item Codes and/or Contacts in Xero, no worries! All your invoices will still get copied to the Xero Revenue Account you indicated in your Harvest Account Settings.

Xero Revenue Account Blog Post

Any questions or issues, get in touch with us at support@harvestapp.com. If you want to share your thoughts on this feature or anything else related to the Harvest Xero integration, please fill out this quick form.

Need more information on how to update your Revenue Account settings? Just check out Xero’s help docs about Item Codes or Contacts.