Version 2 Released
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Comments (22)
Today we're extremely pleased to announce the release of The Invoice Machine version 2! This is the biggest update since the first release in January 2009.
It's A New App!
Version 2 is actually a brand-new application. Even though we've only refined the appearance it has been completely rewritten from scratch. The main reason we decided to rebuild the entire application was to increase the performance and speed but also to make it easier for us to handle incremental updates in the future. The backend code is now as clean and beautiful as the interface itself!
A Bunch Of New Features And Improvements
Version 2 includes a lot of new features and improvements. We really encourage you to experience the new application yourself, but here are a few of the highlights:
You're now able to create and send estimates. Just as when you create and send an invoice the estimate has a permalink page for your client. Your clients are able to accept the estimate directly on the permalink page and we'll send you a notification about the outcome. If your client has accepted the estimate and the work is done you can convert it into an invoice.
Copy Your Stuff
The Invoice Machine is all about to automate and simplify your invoicing in a beautiful manner. One of the features it's missed until today was the ability to duplicate things, this is all fixed with the new Copy feature. Let's say you want to copy an invoice: simply grab it's drag handler and drag and drop it onto the Copy icon. You'll never need to reenter the same details again!
Organize Your Stuff
The Invoice Machine now lets you organize your data in tabs by simply dragging and dropping. By default it comes with two tabs named Active and Archived but you can customize the names as needed and add up to four tabs for each section.
You can now assign multiple contacts to the same client. This is great if you need to send the invoice or estimate to more than one person. Additionally, we've finally added the long missed phone field!
Assign Tasks to Projects!
The Projects section has received a huge update! You can now assign a client and multiple tasks to a project. When it's time to get paid you can chose to insert all tasks or specific tasks under the Insert Project Dialog. When all tasks for a project are invoiced the status of the Project will be changed to Billed.
What Happened To Items?
We didn't quite feel it deserved an own section since they work more like a tool when you create invoices and estimates. All your items still exist under the Insert Item dialog but you can now add and delete them on the fly.
Some Good Stuff Still To Come
Not all the features that were planned made it into this first release simply because we had to get it out in time. Don't worry though, we already have an update scheduled for the first week of 2011 and the new API will be released very soon. We also have a brand-new website coming soon including the updated API and Help documentation as well as a new cool tour video!
Now we need some well deserved rest during the holidays, of course we'll still be available via email support and Twitter. If we do not have an opportunity to talk to you soon we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!