mite.nano for macOS: first small update

The first update of mite.nano, our app for the macOS menu bar, is available. If the app is already installed on your Mac, a notification should pop up automatically, asking you to please restart it.

Version 1.0.2 includes regular security updates plus three little improvements of the area labeled »Last used«:

  1. mite.nano now suggests up to ten instead of only five last used time entries to pick and start a new time entry. We wanted to raise the possibility to suggest something relevant here, and ten entries should still be scannable enough.
  2. The suggestions are now sorted by customer, not by project. This should especially speed up picking an entry in case you have several projects with the same name for different customers.
  3. Every character couunts: mite.nano now makes better use of the available horizontal space. This should improve the identification of customers, projects, and services with long names.

This is a small update of mite.nano. Regarding a future bigger one, we'd like to emphasize that yes, we heard your feedback on all channels asking for a future support of notes of time entries. Thanks for telling us. Thus far, we haven't found a convincing way to realize it. But, we'll keep tinkering.

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mite for iPhone: first small update

There's a first update available on the App Store for our official iPhone app. Version 1.1 includes two improvements and one bugfix:

  • Swipe left or right to switch between days.
    To navigate to an earlier or future day, there were and still are arrow buttons available in the top navigation. The new gesture should make switching days even easier, and facilitate the use of the app with a single hand.
  • Pull to refresh: Drag the list of a day's time entries downward to manually update all of its data.
    Until now, you had to switch days to force a reload. The new gesture should speed up the process, and improve the app for those who use mite on several devices at the same time.
  • Minor bugfix: If you stopped the timer on a time entry outside of the app by directly switching the timer to another entry, the app didn't update the hours of the first entry correctly.

Hopefully, this update will improve mite for iPhone a little. The two new gestures have been the top user requests so far. Thanks for your numerous, constructive feedback on all channels! We are happy to hear that you appreciate the app.

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mite for iPhone – our new, official app

iPhone users, prick your ears! We have a new little something to help you getting things done: mite for iPhone.

mite for iPhone - time tracking to go

Features

mite for iPhone wishes to enable you to track your hours on the go – in a simple, fast, and convenient way.

  • When starting the app, you’ll see today’s hours at a glance. From this daily view, you can add new time entries, and edit or delete existing ones.
  • Let the timer do the tracking or add time entries manually. You can choose whether to track the mere hours or if you’d like to track starting- and ending times too.
  • Furthermore, we built-in a »Frequently used« section. Pick from your recent project/service combos to create a new time entry, fast.

mite for iPhone will cooperate smoothly with mite in your browser or on your Mac. All data are stored centrally on our servers, so mite.wherever is always up-to-date.

Download

mite for iPhone is provided by us, and thus included in the regular user fees. The app is available in English and German language. It requires iOS 14.0 or higher.

Head over to the App Store to download the app for free.

Merci

To create this app, we were happy to rely on well-tried jokers: Daniel Rinser and Victor Saar, the developers of the (now retired) iPhone app mite.go. These two coded mite for iPhone, its concept is teamwork. Thanks so much for your solid, patient work!

Feedback?

mite for iPhone has been our Friday’s project for quite some months now. Despite being thoroughly tested, bugs might still creep up on uncommon setups.

In case you stumble upon a problem, please help us to fix it right away and get in touch with a detailed description. You can also send feedback from within the app. Your technical info will be included automatically then.

It would be wonderful to also hear from you what you appreciate about the app, what’s unclear to you, or what’s urgently missing.

mite for iPhone, go!

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mite.nano, our new macOS app – curtain up!

Mac user? Making use of the timer feature to exactly measure your working hours? This news is for you then: Today launches mite.nano, our new small app for macOS.

Features

mite.nano - track time with mite from your macOS menu bar

mite.nano wants to make it easier for you to track your time on a Mac. It sits in your menu bar. Whatever you’re working on, you can always keep an eye on a running timer. Double-click to stop the timer, never forget it.

mite.nano, macOS app for time tracking with mite

When clicking on mite.nano, a sleek pop-up menu will appear. Switch the timer to another time entry, create a new entry by picking from your recently used ones or by selecting another active project and service.

Furthermore, if you use mite with several teams, mite.nano lets you switch accounts easily.

mite.nano will cooperate smoothly with mite in your browser or on your smartphone. All data are stored centrally on our servers, so mite.wherever is always up-to-date.

Download

mite.nano is developed by us (our first native app, yay!). And thus 100% included in the regular user fees for mite.

Download mite.nano for free.
mite.nano is available in English and German language. It requires macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher. 161 MB.

We tested mite.nano thoroughly. Nevertheless, this is a version 1.0, so bugs might have crept in. In case you stumble upon a problem or have feedback or a suggestion, please be so kind to tell us in as much detail as possible. Please send us an email or leave a comment right here. Your support would be much appreciated.

Merci

Our thanks go to Stefan Fürst from Swiss MediaAtelier. Back in 2009, Stefan developed an add-on for mite called DynaMite, which was retired in 2019. Obviously DynaMite has been a big “inspiration” for mite.nano. Many users missed the tool so much that – with his permission – we decided to rebuild his idea from scratch. Merci vielmal, Stefan!

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New setting: Export hours as

When exporting time entries or projects from mite to Excel or as a CSV, you can now choose how the duration should be formatted. You can select either decimal hours, hours:minutes, or minutes. For example, one and a half hour can be exported as 1.5, 1:30, or 90 minutes. Simply pick the format that suits your workflow best.

Setting: Export hours as

If you’re the account owner or an administrator, please find the new setting at the tab labeled »Account«. Your pick will affect all of your account’s exports from »Reports => Time entries«, »Reports => Projects«, as well as from any shared reports.

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Excel & CSV export: updated duration notation

When exporting time entries or projects from mite to Excel or as a CSV, we used to convert the duration to decimal hours. From now on, we display the duration in the hours:minutes notation and additionally in minutes. For example, one and a half hour used to be shown as 1.5. Now, you’ll see 1:30 as well as 90 minutes.

If you still prefer decimal hours, Excel or other spreadsheet software can convert the duration for you. Please divide the minutes by 60, and format cells to display numbers with 2 decimals. It would be an extra step—but hopefully an easy one, manageable by non-Excel-magicians too.

Whenever possible, we strive not to hinder or break existing workflows. This time though, we decided to change things because so much feedback reached us asking for a change. Yes, decimal hours made further processing easy, but you told us that they were also confusing to some, not precise enough or too technical to others. It seems that the one notation, perfect for everybody, does not exist. That’s why we went for a combination: one, hours:minutes, the notation well-known from mite‘s user interface and easily readable by humans, two, mere minutes, the exact notation easily readable by software, and thus easily processable by humans. Furthermore, we won’t have to round the duration anymore, and thus hopefully won’t confuse anybody with revenue calculation.

A warm thank you to all users who got in touch and made us understand why they weren’t happy with the former notation. We’d be glad to hear from you if this update makes your reporting easier!

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Update, June 14th: Your feedback was quite clear: This update was not helpful for most users, quite the contrary. You want the old notation back. We did not expect to judge the situation so badly. We are sorry.

Thus we just decided to roll-back the update. Instead we’ll add a setting, thanks to which you’ll be able to choose the notation that works best for you. We hope to deploy this update’s update until next Monday, June 17th. Please hang on.

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Update II, June 14th: He have just deployed the new setting. You can now choose which format suits you best when exporting to Excel or as a CSV. Please find a detailed description in our new blog post.

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New API feature: retrieve changes

The mite.api, our open data interface, now features changes endpoints. Thanks to these you are now able to retrieve changes to time entries, customers, projects, and services. This will hopefully prove helpful e.g. to keep a local copy of resources in sync with data in mite, without having to transfer the whole – and possibly very large – list again and again.

For more details, please have a look at the API documentation of the changes endpoints. Cheers to smarter, more efficient code!

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Export projects to Excel or as a CSV

At the tab »Reports => Projects«, mite lists all of your projects with their total hours, revenue, and budget status. You can now export this information to Excel or as CSV file, too. The new feature sits in the right sidebar.

Export projects to Excel oder as a CSV

We’d like to thank all feedbackers. Hopefully, this update will support you in keeping all of your projects on track.

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New project, (no) customer assigned

Every now and then, when you add a new time entry at the tab »Time tracking«, you realize that the project you want to assign your time entry to has not been created yet. That’s why mite offers a shortcut to add projects right from the select menue.

When you click on the list item »Add project«, you have solely been able to pick a name for the new project.

Add new project shortcut, assign to customer

Now, you can also choose which customer your new project should be assigned to.

Thanks to all of you who suggested this improvement! Hopefully, this little helper will smoothen your time tracking.

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More flexible filters

Even filters should get back to school once in a while, and mite’s filters were happy to: Now they know how to handle the Boolean search operator OR. And because they are smart AND kind filters, they wrapped their new skills in a simple-to-use interface.

Reports - Time entries: multiple filters

On the list of all time entries at the tab »Reports => Time entries«, you could only filter by one single element of each category. Now, multiple selects are available. For example, you can now filter by two or more projects at once. Customers, projects, services, and users got multiple selects too.

When you select one filter of a category, a plus-shaped button will appear on the right-hand side of the select. Click on this button to select an additional filter of the same category. When you select two or more filters of the same category, additional minus-shaped buttons will appear next to the selects. Click on one of these buttons to remove the associated filter.

Reports - Projects: multiple filters

At the tab »Reports => Projects«, you can now make use of the new multiple selects, too. Filter by one, two, or more customers, just as you wish.

Hopefully, these new mighty filters will help you to analyse your data better! Give them a try and tell us how they are working for you. We’d love to get feedback.

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