Posted on July 12, 2016 by Nicolae Cismaru
Version 4.0-beta2 is now available for download.
This version implements more server-specific features like user permissions, SSL communication, trusted IPs and password resets. It also includes all the new features and improvements added to version 3.2-beta1, please click the link to read about them.
Important: Before upgrading from version 4.0-beta1 to version 4.0-beta2 make sure all your clients are synced. If they are not, the unsynced changes won't be available for automatic sync after the upgrade.
If you haven't read about the server version, make sure you read the notes for version 4.0-beta1. Server licenses are still available at a discounted price.
If you are using the server version with other people, you may want to limit access for some of them so they can't access billing information or certain projects. This version has two new features that allow you (as an admin) to do this:
you can grant or revoke admin rights and
you can grant or revoke project access for users without admin rights.
Users with admin rights (admin users) have access to everything while users without admin rights (non-admin users) can access only the projects they are assigned to. See the user guide for more details.
Once you install the new version, please follow these steps to configure permissions:
Go to Business | Manage People to configure which users have admin rights and which don't. All existing users have admin rights.
Go to Business | Manage People and click Assign Projects to assign projects to your users.
We decided to implement only these two types of permissions for now. The final version will also implement task assignments. This will add a new permission that will prevent non-admin users who are not assigned to a task to change it.
We'd love to know what you think about this decision. Also, do you need to limit access in any other way?
When logging in to a Fanurio server, users can now reset their password. This feature is enabled if the following conditions are met:
The user has an email address associated with their account.
If you don't have an email address associated with your account, Fanurio will ask you to enter it the first time you log in. You can also go to Account | Account Settings to enter it or ask an admin user to set it for your account.
The server has an email account that can be used to send email notifications.
Admin users can configure this account on the server from Server | Server Settings | Email Notification.
In order to reset the password, the user needs to enter the email address associated with their account (click the Can't access your account? link) and then click the link they receive by email.
This version adds two security features that are useful if you need to access the server over the internet, encrypted communication using SSL and trusted IPs.
If SSL is not enabled on the server and a client communicates with the server over the internet, the data exchanged by them may be intercepted by others. That's why security experts recommend using SSL to encrypt communication between servers and clients. You don't need to enable SSL if you're accessing the server only on the local network.
Setting up a list of trusted IP addresses allows you to control the IPs from which the server can be accessed. It makes sense to enable this feature if the server is accessed from a limited number of computers that have static (fixed) IPs.
If you've been using the 4.0-beta1 version, you will notice a few other improvements:
There's a new Server menu on the server that allows you to start/stop the server and to configure its settings.
People are now managed from Business | Manage People instead of Business | My Business Details | People.
The action File | Change Server Address allows you to update the server address if it has changed. See the user guide to learn why why may want to do this.
Please let us know what you think about this update. We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Posted on July 12, 2016 by Nicolae Cismaru
Version 3.2-beta1 is now available for download.
This version can be used in production but we're not releasing it officially yet because we want to know what you think about the new report charts. For a complete list of all the new features and improvements (there are quite a few), please see the change log.
Important: If you are using version 4.0-beta1, you should install version 4.0-beta2. All the new features and improvements implemented for version 3.2-beta1 are also included in version 4.0-beta2 released today.
Introducing report charts
Reports tend to contain lots of data and it's very likely that you thought about using charts to make them easier to analyze.
If you have some programming skills, you've probably done this already by using an online charts library like Google Charts. This new version of Fanurio makes it possible to add charts to your reports without relying on an external library. Fanurio can create area charts, bar charts, line charts, pie charts and ring charts. More charts may be added in the future.
Since we are not providing a charts editor, all charts have to be coded manually (see the charts guide for more details). However, you don't have to learn how to create a chart, just tell us what you need and we'll create it for you.
This version doesn't come with preinstalled chart reports but we are including a few here so you can test the charts supported by Fanurio with your data. You may want similar reports for time, trips or invoices.
Expense report without a chart. [Sample]
Expense report with a ring chart that shows totals by expense category. [Sample]
Expense report with a bar chart that shows totals by expense category. [Sample]
Expense report with a line chart that shows totals by date. [Sample]
Expense report with an area chart that shows totals by date. [Sample]
Please follow these steps to test them in Fanurio:
Download the templates archive.
Unzip the archive on your computer.
Go to File | Show Templates | Expenses Reports to open the templates folder.
Copy the files extracted at step #2 to the templates folder opened at step #3.
Go to Reports | Expenses Report to create a report.
Choose the template that you want to test from the Templates dropdown box.
Click Update to see the report.
As always, we'd love to know what you think about the new version and whether you need chart reports or not.
Posted on July 12, 2016 by Nicolae Cismaru
Version 3.1.2 fixes the bugs reported for version 3.1.1 and is now available for download.
This is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after March 11, 2015. Go to Help > About Fanurio or Fanurio > About Fanurio on OS X to learn when your annual maintenance plan expires. You can also contact us if you're not sure.
For a complete list of all the fixes, see the change log.
These fixes are also included in the other two versions (3.2-beta1 and 4.0-beta2) released today. If you are using version 4.0-beta1, you should install version 4.0-beta2.
Posted on September 07, 2015 by Nicolae Cismaru
Version 3.1.1 fixes the bugs reported for version 3.1 and is now available for download.
This is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after March 11, 2015. Go to Help > About Fanurio (Fanurio > About Fanurio on OS X) to learn when your annual maintenance plan expires or contact us if you're not sure.
This version includes support for HiDPI (Retina) monitors on Windows and OS X, an improvement we announced earlier this year. For a complete list of all the fixes, see the change log.
Just in case you missed the announcement last month, you can now use Fanurio with your team to work on the same projects. The new version can synchronize data between multiple computers without Dropbox or other file synchronization services.
Posted on August 11, 2015 by Nicolae Cismaru
We're very happy to announce that version 4.0-beta1 is now available for download.
This is great news for people who have been waiting to use Fanurio with their team and for people who need to run Fanurio on multiple computers.
Introducing the server version
When we set out to build Fanurio, our goal was to create a time tracking and billing application that would help self-employed people manage their business. Today, Fanurio is a mature application that is used by people all over the world to track time, manage projects and get paid for their work.
Over time, we've seen how some of our users have grown their business to a point where they had to hire more people. Since they loved using Fanurio when they were working solo, they asked us if there will be a multi-user version that they can use with their teams.
Up until now, we've focused on building a great product for freelancers. Now it's time to take the next step and make Fanurio available to teams as well. Starting with version 4.0, we're redesigning Fanurio to handle time tracking and billing for freelancers and teams.
From now on there will be two versions of Fanurio, a standalone version and a server version.
The standalone version is designed for freelancers who work on a single computer.
This version is Fanurio as you know it. If you already have a license, it allows you to use the standalone version.
The pricing for the standalone version remains the same. A license is $59 while the annual maintenance plan is $19 or $29 depending on whether it is renewed before or after it ends.
The server version is designed for teams and freelancers who work on multiple computers.
This version is licensed per user and is sold as a separate product. A license costs $119 / user and it comes with updates and support for one year. After one year, you have access to support and updates only if you have an active annual maintenance plan. The annual maintenance plan is $39 / user if renewed before it ends and $59 / user after that.
If you already have a license for the standalone version and your maintenance plan is active then you can upgrade to the server version for $60 / user.
The server version can be installed only on one server.
Beta pricing: During the beta period you can purchase a license for the server version for $89 / user. If you already have a license for the standalone version and your maintenance plan is active then you can upgrade to the server version for $30 / user. Please contact us if you want to purchase one or more licenses for the server version.
Although we are now introducing the server version, this doesn't mean we'll stop developing the standalone version. Features implemented for the server version that are not server specific will also be available for the standalone version.
What's different about the server version
Unlike the standalone version, the server version makes it possible for multiple users to work together on the same projects. The difference between the two versions can be summarized as follows:
|Server version =
||Standalone version +
||Support for multiple users +
||Ability to synchronize data from multiple computers.
More specifically, the following features are available only in the server version:
To run the server version, you need to run Fanurio in server mode on one computer and in client mode on all other computers that need to connect to the server.
The server version needs a separate license key. It indicates how many users are allowed to work on the same projects. The license key needs to be registered only on the server.
Even if you are just one user, you will need to log in with your username and password to open the repository. If you want Faurio to open the repository automatically, you can ask it to remember you.
The server must be online when you log in from a different computer for the first time. After that, you can work on your projects even if the server is not online. This solution is ideal if you need to work outside the office where the server may not be available.
Fanurio synchronizes local changes with the server automatically. It can also detect and resolve conflicts.
Although the server version has specific features, it's not a separate application. The same application can run in standalone mode or in server mode depending on the registered license key.
How to install the server version
Before installing the server version, you need to decide which computer will run the server and which computers will connect to the server. Then you can download it on all computers and follow the neccessary steps to set up the server and the clients.
The steps for new users are different from the steps for users who upgrade from the standalone version.
A note to single users who need to run Fanurio on multiple computers
Up until now, the only reasonable solution to run Fanurio on multiple computers was to synchronize data through a file synchronization service like Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. But this solution has a downside, you have to quit Fanurio on one computer to use it on the other. If you don't do this, your database will be corrupted.
If you need to use Fanurio on multiple computers, we recommend using the server version because it can synchronize data and handle conflicts. All you have to do is run the server version on one (main) computer and the client version on all other computers.
If you don't want to upgrade from the standalone version to the server version, you can continue to synchronize your data through a file synchornization service but you need to be careful not to run Fanurio on more than one computer at a time.
Should I use this version?
We're releasing this version mainly for users who don't want to wait until we finish implementing all the features. The following things are on our todo list for the final release:
Improve per-user reporting
Implement access rights. In the current version, all users have access to everything.
This beta version is recommended for teams who don't need to set access rights for their members and for single users who need to use Fanurio on multiple computers.
Please let us know if you would like to try the new server version. We'd love to hear what you think about it.
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