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Better Expense Exports

We have some news today about our old friend, the PDF expense export. And when I say old, I mean those report exports were due for a little freshening up.

A lot of our customers export PDF files of their expense reports. Those PDF exports include, in addition to tracked data, receipt images, which are handy to send to curious clients, or are just nice to keep around for your own records.

We did some research, and realized our PDF exports might have been too bare bones—just receipts with expense info listed beside them.

So, we made some small but nice changes. PDF exports of expense reports now include a useful summary page. That page displays the details of your report filters, the report’s total amount, and a list of the expenses included in it.

A beautiful expense report

We also made some changes to the layout of your receipts and expense data, so they should look more handsome on the page.

We think these changes will be pretty useful for a lot of folks. And a big thanks to all of you who participated in our survey to help make these reports better!

Harvest for Android 1.7: A Reliable Business Tool

Harvest for Android continues to get better this year with the release of 1.7. Following the modern design introduced last month, the latest update is much more reliable, with a slew of bug-fixes aimed to increase stability and improve syncing data to Harvest.

Harvest for Android 1.7

Quickly Search for Projects and Tasks

Reliability is matched with performance. Time and expense entry has been completely redesigned, with a focus on making input and selection painless. Customers with many projects and tasks can now quickly search and select without having to scroll through long lists.

Create Clients, Projects, and Tasks on the Fly

Not only can you search through projects and tasks, you can also create them.  Clients, projects, and tasks can be created on the fly, even while offline. You won’t have to wait until you have access to a computer to start on something new.

Secure Data Remotely

In the event your Android device is lost or stolen, you can revoke access to Harvest for Android by visiting your Account Profile via a web browser. You’ll also notice the app requesting new permissions to access account services. We’ll be better equipped to securely manage and sync your Harvest account with this enabled.

We invite you try 1.7 with your Android device today, and stay tuned for features like invoice management in the near future. Please write feedback to support@harvestapp.com, and leave a review in the Google Play store if you like what you see!

New! Mark Expenses as Billable or Nonbillable

Here at Harvest, we know projects are more than the sum of their hours. Lunch with a client, supplies for a project, tickets to Comic Con? All of this can be tracked in Harvest with our expenses feature.

The trouble is, there’s no way to flag which expenses you’ll pass on to your clients, and which are just internal.

But that’s changing! Today you’ll be able to mark your expenses as billable (invoiceable to your client) or nonbillable.

billable expenses

That billable box will be checked by default, since our Spider-Sense tells us you’ll want to cash in on those expenses. There are a few other things you’ll want to keep in mind:

  • We’ll pull only billable expenses into invoices.
  • Your projects’ uninvoiced amounts exclude nonbillable expenses.
  • Your expense report exports have changed. When you export expenses to CSV or Excel, you’ll see a new column titled “Billable?”; it’ll indicate your expense’s billable status. We’ve also made a few other edits to the expense report’s export format to make it consistent with time exports. Here’s a sample expense export so you can know what to expect.

Now if we could only figure out how Spidey’s web-shooters work, we could cut out those travel expenses…

Feature Update, October 31, 2014

We heard your feedback, and recently updated this feature to allow for more flexibility with default settings and billable status.

If a project is set up as non-billable, its expenses will default to non-billable. If a project is set up as billable, its expenses default to billable. We hope this makes this feature even more easy to use!

Harvest for iPhone 3.0: Refined & Simplified

We’ve updated our iPhone companion app with a more modern design, and a cleaner, simpler user experience. Behind the scenes, we simplified our codebase to gear up for future updates. Tracking time and entering expenses from iPhone feels even easier than before.

Harvest for iPhone 3

Here’s a rundown of the updates:

  • A brand new look & feel for iOS7
  • Swipe an entry to access start/stop or delete shortcuts
  • Better accessibility support for visually impaired users

The latest release is available today from the App Store — enjoy!

A New Design for Harvest Expenses

Before starting Harvest, Danny and I ran a small web design studio. As contractors for some of our clients, we had to submit weekly time and expense forms—gotta get reimbursed for gas and all the ham sandwiches we ate! When we launched Harvest in 2006, we didn’t include expense tracking in our initial version, but soon added it a few months later.

Time flies: Harvest Expenses officially turned six years old on January 7th this year.

We’re excited to start 2014 with our shiny new Harvest Expenses (the third incarnation, if you’re keeping track). In this first round of updates, we focused on overhauling the front-end code, with a few selected changes in the back-end that will allow us to bring new features to Harvest Expenses later this year.

New Harvest Expenses

Ledger-Style View

We’re dropping the current weekly expenses view in favor of a ledger-style display. In the soon-to-be-retired version, we show expenses one week at a time, which makes it unnecessarily difficult to review or to enter past expenses (you have to click multiple times to get to the right week).

The new expenses view shows a hundred most recent expenses on the initial load, likely to cover the past few months’ worth of entries for review. To enter a new expense, there’s a handy date selector—so you can say goodbye to that multiple-click navigation. To make that change we had to alter the entire structure of our expenses’ display—which turned out to be a lot harder than it sounds!

Other UI Goodies

Some other smaller improvements we’ve made:

  • The overall look and feel is now consistent with Timesheets.
  • The project and category dropdowns are now searchable, using our beloved Chosen library.
  • If you’re using a modern browser, you can drag and drop receipts into the expense form.

All of us here at Harvest use our expenses feature to track everything that needs to be reimbursed. We’re excited about these latest updates and hope you find them as useful as we do. Thanks for your continued support, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Update (March 4th, 2014): We just added Weekly Totals to the interface. Thank you for all the feedback, and we hope to bring more improvements to Harvest Expenses later this year!

Harvest for Android 1.5.1: Better Performance, Team Status, and More!

Recently we released a long awaited update to Harvest for Android. In previous versions, there were reports by some users experiencing issues with syncing, sluggishness, and even crashing. We did a serious overhaul of the codebase to fix these issues and to make further enhancements much easier to implement. The result is a more reliable app with vastly improved performance and usability.

  • Optimized Timesheet — Now you can jump to today’s date from any day of the week in the timesheet. Behind the scenes, logged time updates to Harvest more efficiently than before.
  • Team Status — Administrators can stay in sync with their team by viewing their team’s timers in real-time from the app.
  • Refer a Friend — The next time you mention Harvest at a cocktail party, you can share a unique link with partygoers and earn credit ($) towards your next month’s bill.

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This build should feel more solid than ever before, and we invite you to give it a try! And as always, we’re listening — don’t hesitate to leave us feedback in a review on the Google Play store.

Harvest for iPhone Version 2.0!

We are very excited to announce version 2.0 of Harvest for iPhone today! This version is almost a complete re-write of the application with an eye towards speed, reliablity, and a better user experience.

The user interface is based on the beautiful design of our Mobile Timesheets page, which includes some powerful usability enhancements like slide-in navigation and the ability to stop a timer directly from the Timesheets view.

The new application internals have borrowed heavily from the lessons learned from our successful Harvest for Mac app. We believe you’ll notice this as a faster, more reliable experience in version 2.0. In addition, this new architecture lays the groundwork for future updates, meaning we’ll be able to incorporate new features and fixes that much faster.

We’ve got a long list of updates in this release, but here are a few highlights:

  • We’ve added support for logging in via Google Apps, for those of you who have linked your Harvest account to your Google Apps account.
  • The new Team Status view is a great screen for admins who want to know what their team is working on.
  • You can now create projects, clients, and tasks while offline.

Harvest iPhone App 2.0

(The full list of improvements in this version is included at the bottom of this post.)

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Harvest Android Update: Improved Syncing

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Today we’re announcing a significant update for our Free official Harvest Android app, version 1.3. This update brings improved reliability with your Android phone syncing to your online Harvest account.

We launched our Android app in March of this year. This summer we overhauled the entire syncing engine in our iPhone app with brand new API calls, and now we’ve brought these new API calls to our Android app. They are a much more efficient and reliable way to sync time and expenses on your phone, even on-the-go!

Along with the reliability updates, this version also includes some new features and other improvements, including:

  • Sync button added to Pending tab
  • Project Codes are now displayed
  • ‘Report Issues’ directly from the options menu
  • Various bug fixes
  • New icon

Enjoy, and let us know how the Harvest Android app is working for you. If you’re running into any phone-specific issues, let us know by writing into support.

Visit Android time tracker to learn more and download this companion app for free.

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Track Finances Better with inDinero and Harvest

Great news! Harvest now integrates with inDinero, an online accounting solution for small businesses. inDinero makes it easy for businesses to track their finances and understand their money. By downloading data across financial accounts, inDinero produces the vital information of any business – where money is going, where money is coming from, and how much money is on hand.

With inDinero, business owners have a real time financial dashboard without the daily manual entry. No more shoeboxes; no more spreadsheets.

Cash Balance View

When you link your Harvest account to inDinero, inDinero will pull all invoices you have entered as well as all expenses in any projects. Every time you login to inDinero, your Harvest information will be updated automatically. You can link Harvest with your inDinero account by choosing Harvest from the “Web Apps” section. If your business isn’t on inDinero yet, you can signup for an inDinero account, and get started on tracking your finances easily today.

Developers: Want to build your own integrations to Harvest? Check out the Harvest API!

Harvest iPhone Update: Improved Syncing

Update: We’re excited to announce that the latest version of our Harvest iPhone app, v1.4, has been released. This version includes a bug fix for syncing expense receipts, and will also backup your receipt photos to your iPhone. You can find it in the App Store on your iPhone.

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Today we’re announcing a significant update for our Free official Harvest iPhone app, version 1.3. You can find it in the App Store on your iPhone.

Improved Syncing Reliability

Version 1.3 brings improved reliability with the iPhone syncing to your online Harvest account. Being one of the first to bring offline syncing to time tracking, we’ve now made it even better. The previous code ran into a number of issues during sync, so we decided to overhaul the entire syncing engine. This overhaul includes the removal of 1000+ lines on code in favor of a brand new set of API calls for much more efficient and reliable syncing (these calls will soon be exposed to all API developers and integrations).

Tracking time and expenses on-the-go should be smoother than ever. As an added bonus, the new API calls now allow us to include conflict messages when a sync doesn’t work exactly as planned, so you know exactly what happened:

Other Features

Along with the reliability updates, this version also includes some new features and other improvements, including:

  • You can now create clients, projects, and tasks right from the app
  • A ‘Jump to Today’ button if you go to another day in Timesheets
  • A ‘Jump to this Week’ button if you go to another week in Expenses
  • Project Codes are now displayed
  • Increased font sizes on all inputs
  • Various bug fixes
  • New icon

Enjoy, and let us know how the Harvest iPhone app is helping your business. As always, let us know how we can make it even better.

The Harvest iPhone app allows iPhone users (with iOS 4) to track time and expenses on-the-go, with or without a network connection. You can start and stop task timers, add duration and notes, and upload expense receipts right from your iPhone. Learn more about iPhone Time Tracking.