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Harvest for iPhone 2.2: Do More From Mobile

We’re excited to release Harvest for iPhone 2.2 as mobile continues to evolve as a powerful companion to get projects done. Now you can do more from the road without reaching for the old fashioned workstation.

While there are a slew of updates, the highlights are in time tracking:

  • Timesheet Approval — Submit timesheets for approval right from the app. Perfect for the days when you forget to submit a timesheet on your way home from the office.
  • Timestamps — View and edit timestamps. It’s easier to record and understand exactly how long you spent on a task.

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Behind the scenes, we’ve re-architected the app to make it possible for even more powerful updates in the future. You’ll be able to do more from mobile as it becomes an important part of your workflow. Grab the app in the App Store and show us some love with a review!

Join Us on GitHub for All of Your API Needs

We’ve moved our API documentation to GitHub, and we’ve added some other goodies there as well. Why move it there, you ask? A lot of our developer community is already using GitHub, and in fact, we have several open source projects there ourselves. You can now watch our API (and therefore, get updates when changes are made), ask questions, or contribute to our documentation by submitting pull requests, all straight from GitHub.

We’re also started a wiki called Community Creations and Hacks, where you can look to see what others have already made, or add your own, to share with the Harvest community. This section is for the interesting and useful things that people have built with the Harvest API, and may have very specific use cases, or broader applications. There are already over 20 creations by inventive Harvest users just like you, who dipped into our API and shared what they made. For example, Klokan Tech built an integration between Harvest and GitHub Issues Tracker, and Zach Hobson devised command-line Harvest time tracking. All you need is a (free) GitHub account to access everything you need to know about our API, improve or adapt others’ creations, and even add your own creation to the growing list on the wiki.

Inspired by what others have made, or have an idea you’ve been meaning to make a reality? Roll up your sleeves, and build your own integrations with our API. Have fun, and let us know what you’ve made – we’re happy to spread the love!

Supporting Harvest: Tools of the Trade

I had the opportunity to speak at the fabulous UserConf NYC a few months ago, about how Harvest dropped its support response times. I then followed up with a guest appearance on Supportops Podcast with Chase Clemons from 37signals, where we talked about remote working, Hurricane Sandy, and a some of the tools we use in Harvest support that help to speed up the process. Here’s a quick look at a couple of the tools that I use everyday. Continue reading…

Introducing the New Harvest Chrome Extension

Since last Fall, our Chrome extension has helped thousands of Harvest users track time seamlessly within project management applications like Basecamp and Trello. Users can start a Harvest timer right from either application. Today, we’re releasing an update to make Harvest time tracking even more convenient whenever you use Google Chrome.

Once installed, with a single click (or press Alt + Shift + H), you can bring up Harvest to start or stop timers right from within Chrome. It’s fast and convenient. See it in action:

Whether you’re on Mac, Windows or Linux, Chrome is a fast and free way to browse the web. Combining Chrome with the Harvest extension is a great way to enjoy the speed and ease of time tracking on your desktop. Quickly start and stop timers and always know when you have a timer running at a glance.

To get started:

This is the first step in making our Chrome extension even smarter to help you work. Enjoy!

PS – Looking for more ways to incorporate Chrome into your workflow? Alongside Harvest, check out the complementary business apps for Chrome curated by Google.



QuoteRoller wins the work & Harvest lets you bill it

QuoteRoller is web-based software that lets you create winning proposals, collaborate with clients, and receive sign-off all in an integrated online workflow.  If you’re looking at a way of automating your RFP response process, check out QuoteRoller.

The fine folks at QuoteRoller have put together an integration with Harvest that lets you quickly convert your accepted proposals into an invoice in Harvest, and share contact information between the two systems.  Check it out:

The Harvest Platform: Bring Time Tracking Into Your Application

Today, we’re excited to give developers an easy way to add a seamless time tracking experience right into their applications. Introducing the Harvest Platform.

Traditionally, integrations between applications have required tedious API calls and database changes. With the new Harvest Platform, adding time tracking to a project management, issue tracking or task management application is as easy as embedding a few lines of JavaScript and HTML. Developers can now focus on the core functionality of their apps while easily harnessing Harvest for time tracking, reporting and invoicing.

Background

Over the last 6 years of building Harvest, we’ve received countless requests to integrate with various applications. The reason is simple: users want to simplify their daily workflows. Our customers use Harvest in conjunction with project management or issue tracking applications and they crave a tight integration between the apps.

For the application developers, many are reluctant to add time tracking on top of their product’s core focus. They know that time tracking is just scratching the surface of the true customer need. Once time is captured, customers need to run reports and send invoices based on that time.

With these reasons in mind, we’ve created the Harvest Platform. It’s an extremely easy way for developers to enable time tracking in their application while offloading time tracking, reporting and invoicing to Harvest.

A first-class user experience

To see the type of experience the platform can enable, take a look at the first application to take advantage of the platform: Do by Salesforce. Do is a social productivity tool that helps people work together on shared tasks and projects.

Using the Harvest Platform, the Do team has enabled time tracking by including a timer button with each Do task. When you click the button, the Harvest Platform modal window opens, and it already knows about the Do project and task details and the user simply enters any additional notes and tracks time. The user never needs to leave the Do application for time tracking.

Do.com shown here using the Harvest Platform integration to bring time tracking to their tasks. If you wish to request early access to this integration on Do, simply create a Do account (if you don’t have one already) and email the Do team

Implementation in 15 minutes

As developers know, integrations between applications can often be a cumbersome development effort. With the Harvest Platform, we worked hard to make sure it’s incredibly easy to use for any developer. Implementation involves only adding JavaScript and HTML to your code. There are no APIs or data models to worry about.

If you’re a developer, head to the Harvest Platform page to learn more. If you have a favorite application which you wish had time tracking, let them know about this new effortless way to add time tracking right into their application.

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.)

Continue reading…

Bidsketch and Harvest integration

Bidsketch is an application that lets you design beautiful proposals, send them to your clients and track them to see when they’re reviewed and accepted.  It has great support  for things like templates, optional work/fees, and a client workflow to collaborate on, accept and sign-off on proposals.

Now, Bidsketch is integrated with Harvest, allowing you to easily convert accepted proposals in Bidsketch over to an invoice in Harvest.  Additionally, you can move client information between systems and create projects in Harvest directly from Bidsketch.

If you’re looking at a way to take your proposals up a notch by simplifying the process and moving approvals online, take some time and check out Bidsketch.

Harvest for Zendesk – Love Tracking Time from Your Help Desk

UPDATE: Please visit the Harvest for Zendesk help article for latest information regarding the integration.

Assisting customers is an important part of virtually any business. At Harvest, Zendesk is our secret weapon for delivering extraordinary support to our customers. Zendesk lets us manage all of our incoming support tickets, and respond at record speed (our average response time hovers around 6 minutes!).

Many businesses, like ours, care about tracking time for various tasks throughout the day. Customer service is no exception. On the support front, these businesses may find it useful to track time on each support ticket and know exactly how much time was spent on each client. This is incredibly useful for making informed decisions about a team’s support resources.

We’ve built an integration with Zendesk for doing just that. Now you can track time from your help desk effortlessly, and understand where the time is going with Harvest for Zendesk.

In case you missed it from the video, here are the highlights:

  • One-Click Time Tracking – Start a Harvest timer from your Zendesk ticket in seconds. Ticket numbers appear in your task notes for added context.
  • Smart Project and Task Selection – Harvest for Zendesk matches your open ticket with its related project and task automatically. It’s the smarter, faster way to track time.
  • Detailed Time Reporting – Simply open a ticket to understand total time spent in resolution. Make informed decisions with insight into how much time your support team logs for each client.

Learn more and get started by visiting our Harvest for Zendesk page. We hope this Harvest integration gives you better insight into your help desk. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any feedback!

RightSignature: Browser-based Customer Signatures

RightSignature is a service that allows your clients to physically sign off on documents they receive by email.  Using RightSignature in combination with Harvest, your customers will be able to sign off on and approve invoices directly through their web browser, signing their signature with their mouse or finger (on an iPhone or iPad).  Here’s how it works:

“We’re thrilled to announce the RightSignature-Harvest integration,” says Daryl Bernstein, RightSignature CEO, “This is a perfect example of the power of cloud software. Now businesses everywhere can use these two elegant web applications together to track time, create invoices, and send documents for signature … all online with a few clicks.”

The new RightSignature-Harvest integration enables you to send contracts, forms, and estimates to your Harvest contacts for legally-binding signature online. While preparing a document or reusable template for sending, you begin typing a party’s name, and RightSignature automatically displays possible contact matches from your Harvest account.

Additionally, you can send Harvest invoices for signature from inside RightSignature. Simply click the Harvest button on the Send screen to access a listing of your Harvest invoices.  Head over to RightSignature and sign up for an account to test out this new integration today!