Monthly Archives: July, 2010

The Time Is Now!

July 30th, 2010 Posted by Licensing, Registration No Comment yet

Update: We changed the trial expiration for beta testers. If you signed up to be a beta tester, your installed version will continue to function without restrictions until August 17. Happy timing!

After countless counted seconds and hours and days and weeks and months, TimeThis is now officially out of beta and is ready for purchase — grab your license today!

We really appreciate all of our beta testers and the feedback they have provided; TimeThis truly is a better application because of your bug reports and suggestions. We don’t want this kind of interaction with our users to stop (or even slow!) now that the app’s technically out of the testing phase. Please continue to let us know how we can make TimeThis better for you.

So, what happens now? If you downloaded TimeThis during our beta period, you’ll be able to use your installed version for 15 more days starting today until August 17. After that, you’ll need to register TimeThis with a purchased license.

What does a purchased license get you? First, it lets you continue to use TimeThis to post time to activeCollab or Basecamp. Second, it covers two major version upgrades. What’s a major version upgrade? Well, it’s not an incremental update that fixes some bugs; rather, a major upgrade is likely to be released if and when activeCollab or Basecamp change their APIs to allow for greater functionality, at which point we’d have to update TimeThis to extend its capabilities, too.

And don’t forget about volume licensing, which gives you a price break if you need licenses for everyone on your team. At increments of 5, 10, 30 and 50, the price per license goes down.

We’re excited that TimeThis is enjoying a wider release now, and we hope that you continue to enjoy using it as your desktop time-tracking tool of choice. Happy timing!

Submitting Time and the activeCollab API

July 23rd, 2010 Posted by activeCollab API No Comment yet

Here’s an important note for activeCollab users who have downloaded, installed and gotten TimeThis set up with their respective API URL and Key, only to have been bemused when the application seemingly fails to submit time to their project site.

Any frustration is understandable, particularly since TimeThis is retrieving projects and tasks as it should — it’s just not posting time as advertised. And we don’t like apps that appear to be broken any more than the next person does, especially when the application is our own!

Here’s what’s happening and the simple change that needs to be made to get TimeThis and activeCollab talking back and forth as they should.

By default, the activeCollab API is set to “Read-Only”. This means that TimeThis can retrieve data from your activeCollab installation but not submit new data. Hence, TimeThis can retrieve projects and tasks but not submit time.

The activeCollab API status needs to be changed to “Read and Write”, which is easy to do if you (or the person in charge of your activeCollab installation) follow these simple instructions from the activeCollab developer’s guide:

To change API state check for API_STATUS in your config/config.php. If that configuration directive does not exist, add the following line to the file:

define('API_STATUS', 1);

Values this directive can have are:

  • 0 – API is disabled
  • 1 – API is read-only
  • 2 – API supports both read and write requests

In short, if the configuration file of your activeCollab installation is missing the API state definition or if the API state is set to anything except 2, TimeThis will be unable to post time to activeCollab.

Fortunately it’s an easy fix. Just make sure the directive is there and that it has the value of 2 so that TimeThis can read from and write to your activeCollab installation. Happy timing!

Don’t Lose That Time — TimeThis!

July 1st, 2010 Posted by Beta Testing No Comment yet

Oh man, where does the time go? Seems like only yesterday it was the beginning of January and not July, and we were releasing TimeThis to the public for beta testing.

Well, TimeThis being what it is — a desktop time-tracking tool to secure an accurate representation of time spent on a project — we actually know exactly where the time went.

We’ve been listening to our testers’ invaluable feedback, fixing some bugs and adding some requested features to make TimeThis an even better and more reliable application before its imminent wider release. (We’ve created an archive of the changes we’ve made over the previous six months, so anyone interested in a quick glance at the history of TimeThis can do so on the Release Notes page.)

That pretty much covers where we are to date with TimeThis. Right now, we’re all about looking forward — looking forward to getting TimeThis to even more Basecamp and activeCollab users so they can accurately track the time they spend on projects and tasks and to further enhancing TimeThis based on your feedback and our own testing.

If you’ve just discovered TimeThis, please visit the Download page for info on how to get a copy of TimeThis.

We’ll be beta testing the app for just a short while longer. Until then, we’ll keep you updated here on further changes and when we have a release candidate ready. As always, to get the latest TimeThis news subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed or follow MerryFools on Twitter.