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February 26, 2009
I'm very glad to announce that we've just released Fanurio version 2.0. It took us thousands of suggestions, almost three years of work and 15 releases to get here. Thanks to everyone who supported us and gave us feedback during this time.
Version 2.0 is a free upgrade for all our users. You can upgrade your copy by clicking Help > Check for Updates in the menu. For a complete list of changes, please read the release notes.
Version 2.0 is an important milestone for Fanurio as it is ready to be used by many more people. It is a full-grown application whose design has proved to be intuitive and reliable for most time tracking and billing problems faced by freelancers. That's why we decided to label this version 2.0 instead of 1.12.
Now, let's see the important features of this release.
New views: Timesheet and Payments
Previous versions had two views, one to manage projects and the other to manage invoices. This version comes with two more views to provide more useful features, a Payments view and a Timesheet view.
Up until now, the only way to edit time was to edit the item where it was saved. The Timesheet view lets you manage time across services, projects and clients. It should be very useful for people who need to review the time recorded in Fanurio, especially at the end of the day or at the end of the week.
In the previous version, an invoice was either paid or unpaid but now you can add as many (partial) payments as you need to close an invoice. This feature is very useful if you have clients who partially pay their invoices. The Invoices view also displays the balance of each invoice so that you can easily see how much money you have to collect.
Merged items with expenses
Items and expenses are no longer managed in two different project sections. They are represented in the same table to help you see the big picture of a project (costs, profit, total).
By merging the two, we also changed the terms used to refer to items and expenses. We changed the term item to service item because that's what items were used for, to keep track of services and we changed expense to expense item to group services and expenses together as items. Starting with this version, we use the term items in contexts where it's not important to distinguish between services and expenses.
One big advantage when using Fanurio is that it can run on multiple platforms at no extra cost. You can use it on your Mac at home and on your PC at work. But what if you want to merge the time recorded on both computers? You can now export the time recorded on one computer and import it on another computer.
If you are part of a team, each member could install Fanurio on his or her computer to track time. Team members can then export their time and send it to the team leader to prepare invoices.
If you followed us for the past several months, you probably saw that we announced this version for November last year. Now I feel it's necessary to tell you why it took longer.
None of our previous versions took more than three months to be released. That didn't happen with this version because we were impatient to implement many features at once. In November, lots of them were already implemented but unfortunately they just didn't fit together. Then, we decided to start over again and include only what made sense. The rest of the work will probably be integrated in future releases.
Fanurio is appreciated for its design and we didn't want to ruin that. We apologize for creating false expectations and we hope the waiting was worth it.