The latest news about product updates and everything else related to Fanurio.
December 12, 2017
Version 4.0-beta3 is now available for download.
Before upgrading a server from version 4.0-beta2 to version 4.0-beta3 make sure all the clients are synced. If they are not, the unsynced changes won't be available for automatic sync after the upgrade.
This release updates version 4.0-beta2 with the improvements implemented for version 3.2 and it adds several new features. Some of the new features are server-specific while the others are available for all versions (standalone and server).
Version 3.2 improvements
Last month we released version 3.2 but users of version 4.0-beta2 couldn't test its features because Fanurio can't be downgraded. Version 4.0-beta3 fixes this issue, it updates version 4.0-beta2 with the improvements implemented for version 3.2. It also includes fixes made for version version 3.2.1 released today.
Make sure you read the initial announcement to learn about all these improvements. This post presents only features specific to version 4.0-beta3.
We know some of you wanted to use this version sooner so thank you for your patience.
Server-specific features and improvements
Since version 4.0 will focus mainly on server features, this release implements several new server-specific features and improvements. These features are available only in the server version because they don't make sense in the standalone version. Here's what's new:
Invitations: In previous versions, server administrators had to create user accounts manually for each user. Now they can also send invitations from Business > Manage People so that people can create their own accounts. If you need to invite many people, you can import them from a CSV file.
Roles: Permissions are now organized in four different roles: Admin, Project Manager, Co-worker, and Individual. Users who didn't have admin rights in previous versions will be assigned the Co-worker role when the database is migrated.
See the user guide for more details about the new roles and their permissions.
Project Memberships: Project memberships can now be managed from Business > Manage Project Memberships instead of Business > Manage People.
Default timeout: The default client timeout has been changed from 100 ms to 5000 ms (5 seconds). This will eliminate connection problems to servers located outside the local network.
Save email notifications: Added a new setting to Server > Server Settings > Email Notification that makes it possible to save notification emails on the email server in a specified folder.
Custom server address: Added a new setting to Server > Server Settings > Connection that can specify a custom server address instead of the default IP-based one generated by the server. The server address is used in email notifications.
Setting a custom address can be useful if the server is running behind a proxy.
And a few bug fixes:
Failed to edit account settings in client mode.
Users failed to sync their data if another user was removed from a project unknown to them.
Person-related columns are hidden in standalone mode because in this mode there is only one user and displaying these columns doesn't make sense.
New features and improvements
This version also has several new features that are available for both the standalone and the server version.
Two of these features allow you to have more control over how time entries are billed. You can mark each time entry as billable or non-billable and you can specify the amount of billable time for each time entry.
Non-billable time: In previous versions, all time entries recorded on a task were either billable or non-billable, depending on whether the task was billable or not. Now, you can set the billing status for each time entry explicitly. Billable tasks can have both billable and non-billable time entries.
This feature can be useful if you don't want to bill specific time entries. Instead of setting their time to 0 or discounting the task with an amount equal to the recorded time, you can now just mark them as non-billable and Fanurio will not bill them.
User-specified amount of billable time: In Fanurio, the billable time of a time entry may be different from the actual recorded time. If you record 12 minutes on a task that rounds time up to 15 minutes, the actual recorded time is 12 minutes while the billable time is 15 minutes. If the task doesn't round time then the billable time is the same as the recorded time (12 minutes).
Up until now, it wasn't possible to specify the actual billable time for a time entry because it was calculated automatically but now you can do it. For instance, if you spend 3 hours on something but you decide the customer should pay only for 1 hour, you can easily specify this at time entry level.
Other features implemented in this release are:
Quantifiable time entries: Added a new optional field to time entries to track quantities. For instance, translators can track how much time it took them to translate a text but now they can also track how many words they translated during that time. Please see the user guide for more details.
Invoice tax total rounding: Added a new setting that specifies how invoice tax totals are rounded (half even, half up or half down). Please see the user guide for more details.
Product date: Added a new date field to products. You can use it to track the date when the product was added to the project.
In case you're wondering what's next, this is the last beta for version 4.0. We will publish a release candidate and the final 4.0 version at the beginning of the next year.
Please let us know what you think about this update. We'd love to hear your thoughts.
December 12, 2017
Version 3.2.1 is now available for download.
This is a free update for all users with an annual maintenance plan that expires after November 2, 2017. Go to the About window to see when your plan expires. If it hasn't expired yet, then you can use this new version. If it has expired and you decide to use it, then you need to renew your plan. If you have any questions about your license, please contact us.
This version fixes bugs reported for version 3.2. Two of these bugs are worth mentioning here:
On Windows, only English locales where available for selection under Tools > Options > Locale. Locales like Dutch (Netherlands) or German (Germany) were no longer available for selection.
On macOS, some child windows opened behind their parent window. For instance, when editing a time entry in the Edit Task window, the Edit Time window was displayed behind the Edit Task window.
November 02, 2017
Version 3.2 is now available for download.
This version is available as a free update for all users with a valid annual maintenance plan. Go to the About window to see when your plan expires. If it hasn't expired yet, then you can use this new version. If it has expired and you decide to use it, then you need to renew your plan. If you have any questions about your license, please contact us.
If your annual maintenance plan expired after March 11, 2015, you can use version 3.1.3 released earlier today.
If you're using version 4.0-beta2, you must wait a little longer because you can't use version 3.2. Version 4.0-beta3 that will include all the features implemented in version 3.2 plus many others will be released later this month.
As you probably know by now, we're working on a new major version. However, before introducing new major features we decided to take the time and implement many small features and improvements that never made it in previous releases.
This post highlights some of the most requested features and improvements but we highly recommend that you browse the change log for complete details.
This version makes reporting visually more appealing, whether it's the reports themselves or the way they can be viewed in the application. Let's start with the reports.
We redesigned all default report templates to use a clean and simple design. This means less unnecessary details and a better structure. Here's the new and the old Timelog report.
We added several new reports, two of which include charts. The Time Statistics and Sales Statistics reports make it easier to see and compare various stats about time and sales.
We also redesigned the report windows and moved the settings to the left-hand side. This leaves more space for the preview area so you can see reports better.
Fanurio can now preview reports created from any text files (.txt, .csv, .xml, .iif, and .qif), not just html files.
2. Time tracking
Since time tracking is one of the core components of Fanurio, we're constantly working to improve it. That's why this version has lots of time tracking-related improvements.
The Timesheet view allows you to filter time entries by project but it's more convenient to see all the time recorded for a project when you open it. That's why when you open a project now, you can see all its time entries in the new Timesheet tab.
Other improvements implemented in this release are:
You can right-click (ctrl-click on macOS) a time entry to start a new timer for the same task and with the same description.
You can track time in seconds.
If you track time in minutes (by default), Fanurio rounds the time recorded by a timer to the nearest minute when it's stopped. Previous versions always rounded time down.
The duration of the Time and Pause fields from the New Time dialog can be adjusted using the up and down arrow keys.
3. Table improvements
Fanurio uses tables to show data almost everywhere. That's why we're presenting all the table improvements implemented for this version here because we think all of them are very useful.
Added a new table shortcut to edit the selected record (Command-I on macOS and Alt-Enter on Windows and Linux).
Double-clicking the empty area of a table will create a new record for that table. For instance, double-clicking the empty area of the Timesheet table will create a new time entry.
The totals displayed at the bottom of a table are calculated for all records when one row is selected and for all the selected records when two or more records are selected.
Added a new Select Columns action to the table header popup menu that makes it easier to select the visible columns.
Removed all table buttons except for the New button to declutter the area below each table. The same actions are available from the contextual menu of each table. Ctrl-click on macOS and right-click on Windows and Linux to open the contextual menu.
4. Date selection
Whether you need to create a report or record something, you need to select a date or a period. In order to make things easier, this version has a redesigned date picker and a new month picker.
Date filters have two new buttons that allow you to navigate to the next or previous period. The buttons are enabled only if a day, week, month or year is selected, they are not enabled if an arbitrary period is selected.
5. Others features and improvements
Here are a few more notable features and improvements that many of you have requested over time.
Move projects: Whether you created a project for the wrong client or you need to move a project to a different client for some other reason, you can now do it as long as the project was not invoiced.
Database loading time: Large databases with many projects and invoices are loaded a few seconds faster when the application starts.
View invoiced objects: Fanurio allows you to view invoiced objects (expenses, trips, products or time entries) instead of preventing you from accessing them.
Export contacts: Go to File > Export > Export Clients... to export all the clients you recorded in Fanurio to CSV or Excel.
Java-free Windows version: The Windows version no longer requires Java in order to run. You can uninstall Java if you installed it to run Fanurio.
As always, we'd love to know what you think about the new version. We appreciate all feedback as it helps us build a better and more useful application.
We hope you'll enjoy this new version and that it will help you be more productive.
November 02, 2017
Version 3.1.3 fixes the bugs reported for version 3.1.2 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 macOS 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 version 3.2 released today. If you have an active annual maintenance plan, you should use version 3.2 instead.
October 25, 2017
As part of our ongoing effort to improve our products and services, we've redesigned our website to make it easier for everybody to get the information they need. The website is responsive now.
Whether this is the first time you learn about Fanurio or you're already using it, it's now easier to read about it on any platform, especially on mobile phones and tablets. Other changes you'll probably notice:
The website has more details about the server version. Server licenses can now be ordered directly from the purchase page.
We renamed the blog to news and disabled comments since most of you preferred to contact us directly instead of commenting on the blog. If you want to share your thoughts about Fanurio publicly, you can still do it on Facebook and Twitter.
We hope you find the new website easier to use and we'd love to hear your thoughts about it.