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The schedule tab got a couple additions this weekend. Now in addition to the weekly view, there are also monthly and yearly views. Each of the views has distinct characteristics: The monthly view has brief summaries of daily events that can be expanded to view the full details of each day; the yearly view gives you an overview of your projects without any detail in terms of services and tasks. The yearly view gives you a quick look at how long your projects are running, based of their begin and end dates.

Today's date is more obvious than ever:

Schedule Screenshot

Switch between views quickly:

Schedule Screenshot

Expand days in the monthly view to get detailed information:

Schedule Screenshot

This is the beginning of the new features and updates for SJT. Hope you like 'em!
Holy crap there are actual Side Job Track updates! In no particular order, here's a list of what changed:

* Project Begin date no longer required - This means what projects that haven't started yet, projects that started then stopped or projects you are creating for estimate's sake don't have to be given a fake begin date and any projects without a begin date are accessed in the new On Hold tab of the projects page.

* Bigger project notes textarea - When you add or edit a project note, the screen shifts a bit to give you more room to type out your project notes.

* Services Completed Date on default Print & Email invoice templates - If you have a custom invoice, download the new template to incorporate the new template logic.

* New template logic & codes - Now if a service has a completed date, it will show on the invoice. This takes advantage of a new template logic code that works within looped data like a list of services or materials:

{IFSET{CODENAME} Text to Output END}

* Custom Template MS Word Bug Fixed (Maybe…) - I think -- big THINK -- that the dreaded MS Word custom template breaker bug is fixed. If not, send me a link to your custom template and I'll investigate further.

* New Setting: Time Zone Adjustment - Allows you to set a time zone offset.

* New Setting: Project Summary Display - Allows you to set how much project summary to display on the projects page. If set to short description and the project summary is over 300 characters, it will cut off your project summary to the first line break. Should be a space-saver for folks who have detailed project summaries.

* Invoice-Only Export - In the same way you can export your list of clients, you can now do the same for invoices.

As always, if you notice any bugs with the new features, let me know via the help page within SJT or in the comments of this thread.

So what about Pro Job Track and all those promised summer updates? Well, some of those summer updates are included in this round of updates and others are on hold. When I announced PJT earlier this year, I was over halfway done. After a few months away from the site, however, I realized that in order to do the best job possible I was going to have to throw away almost everything I'd done and start over.

So, I may not make the 2007 deadline, but I am working on the site and it's going to really kick-ass.
Updates! Invoicing gets some much needed attention in this round of updates including:

* Invoice Number is now editable when not using the default invoice numbers. This way if you want to enter in historical invoice numbers you can now do so when you edit an invoice.

* Invoice Number is more visible. On the Projects tab, the Reports tab and when editing a project in the invoice section you can now see an invoice's number easily.

* Invoice Increment amounts are more visible. On the Projects tab if you're billing that project in increments the total for the increment that's due will show below the project total cost. Also, on the out-standing invoices summary on the Projects tab the increment that's due is shown along with the project total cost.

Along with the invoicing updates, I finally got around to something I've wanted to add for a long time -- something I hope to grow in the future but wanted to get released now: A Simple Schedule.

Simple Schedule

Located under the new Schedule tab, the Schedule is essentially a time line that shows all the major dates you've already entered into your Side Job account in a detailed weekly view and a monthly view where that month's events are highlighted.

As always if you have any problems or questions about the updates, please send me an email using the contact the Side Job Track Administrator link located on the help page when logged in to your account.
A bunch of assorted updates this weekend. 1) International addressing has been implemented and you can set your address type in your preferences. Adding new countries is available on a per-request basis and adding new addressing types is fairly easy, so long as the format isn't too wild. 2) As a result of the new address formatting, certain fields (State, City) are no longer required – and one new field (County / Province) has been added. 3) It's now easier to edit default services and materials when working within a project. Just look for the EDIT link when adding the service or material and you can jump to the default value. 4) Service quantities are no longer restricted to whole numbers. So, you can charge by the half hour (0.5, etc.).

Finally, the Side Blog has been created to discuss all things Side Job. If the layout looks wonky, refresh the page and grab the updated style sheet.

If you notice anything odd with these updates, please leave a note in the comments of this thread.


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