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May 16, 2013

Changeable logins

Every mite.account is available under its own, unique URL. When you sign-up for a new account, you choose this personal login. E.g., if your login is »myteam«, you log-in at https://myteam.mite.yo.lk.

You can now change this login—which can be handy if you rename your company for example. The owner of the account and administrators can find this new feature under the tab »Account«.

If you change the login of your account, the renamed account will be at your service under its new address immediately. Please inform your team about the update, so nobody will get lost. Also, the URLs of any shared reports will change. Thus, please let your clients know, too. Thanks!

March 18, 2013

Copy time entries as a template

Working days often differ strongly in detail, but follow a similar basic structur. At some moment of the day, we usually check our mails, take care of administrative issues, get our team on the same page in a meeting, and push forward our current project.

From today on, you won’t have to add the same time entries from the ground up every single day. Instead, mite will be happy to help you kickstart your day. With a single click, you can now copy last working day’s time entries as a template for the current day.

Copy last working day's entries as a template

If you select a day without time entries, you’ll see a link on the white content area which says »Copy last working day’s entries as a template«. When you click on it, mite will duplicate the project and service of these time entries, delete their notes, and reset their hours. Now, you can start the timer on any of these template entries, or edit their hours directly.

If you don’t need one or several of the copied time entries on the current day, simply delete them. The last working day is the last day on which you added at least one time entry. Time entries with archived projects and/or services won’t get copied. Of course, you can manually add more time entries to the copied ones. The time tracking features you’re accustomed with won’t change at all.

We hope so much that this new feature will help you save some precious time, day by day! Please tell us how the update is working out for you. Constructive feedback is super-important for improving mite. Thanks!

February 12, 2013

DynaMite 3

Hear hear, Mac users: Do you use Lion or higher? Then this is for you. Version 3 of DynaMite, the sleek mite.client for Mac OS, has arrived!

DynaMite 3

What is DynaMite?

DynaMite is an add-on for Mac users which is developed and maintained by Swiss MediaAtelier. DynaMite is kind of a remote for your mite. It sits directly in the menu bar of your Mac. Right here, you’ll see at a glance if a timer is running, and if so, how many minutes you’ve been working already. Stop or edit running timers with a single click. Or create a new time entry with a running timer in no time at all.

What’s new in version 3?

  • Idle timers
  • Time entries with multiline notes
  • Click a day summary to view the corresponding mite.page
  • Increase or decrease running timers right from your menu bar
  • Switch easily between multiple mite.accounts

How much is DynaMite?

DynaMite is an add-on of an independent 3rd party, Swiss MediaAtelier. Thus, you’ll have to pay a small extra to use it. DynaMite costs €12 (one-time fee). If you upgrade from DynaMite 1 or 2, the upgrade is €5 only. If you bought DynaMite 1 or 2 on or after September 1st, 2012, the upgrade is for free.

Installation

DynaMite makes use of our open data interface, the mite.api. To setup the connection, you’ll have to activate the mite.api for your user first. You’ll find this option in mite by clicking on your user name in the upper right-hand corner. Please activate the corresponding checkbox there and save your changes.

During set-up, DynaMite will ask for your account name: that’s the subdomain of your mite.account. E.g., if you login at https://acme.mite.yo.lk, the account name is »acme«.

Later on, a window will pop up, asking for your e-mail address and your password, or, your Mac will ask you to access your mite.credentials stored in your keychain. Please enter the credentials asked, or allow access to those infos in your keychain. DynaMite needs those credentials to connect with your mite.account.

Thanks, MediaAtelier

Stefan, thanks so much for continuously improving DynaMite! Merci, and grüezi to Züri.

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Update, 2019: MediaAtelier doesn’t offer DynaMite to new customers anymore. So sad. However, as a current or former customer, you can still download DynaMite 3 over here.

November 15, 2012

Select menus à la mite: enhanced search

The recently launched select menus feature a search to find any given entry in no time at all. We just updated this search: You can now search for groups, too. E.g., if you create a new time entry, you can search the select »Project« not only for a project, but also for a customer. mite will then display all projects of the customer in question.

Thanks so much for your numerous feedback suggesting this enhancement! We’re very happy to know the search feature is utilized to such an extent already.

November 12, 2012

Select menus à la mite

Goodbye standards, salut flexibility! From today on, a home-brewed version of an essential interface element is in operation in all modern browsers. Fully flavored à la mite, search included — please meet our new select menus:

Select menue à la mite, Create a new time entry

Homebrewing gave us the chance to regain full control of the selects, and add some much-requested spice: search. Hopefully, this new flavor will simplify and speed-up every single choice, especially for teams and freelancers juggling a multitude of projects and/or services. Please make your voice heard how the new selects are working out for you. Feedback is much appreciated.

Thanks to all those user who got in touch to suggest this update, and to Chosen, the open source project which forms the foundation of our version. Merci for releasing the code!

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Update, November 13th: Thanks so much for your open and constructive feedback here, via Twitter and e-mail! You made yourself clear: thumbs up for the features, thumbs down for the look and feel. Especially with longer names, the new selects became less clear, and even a a hord of zebras galloping through the selects was spotted.

We heard you. We got back to work. And just published an update of the update. Thanks again for your honest feedback. We do hope that we got it right and really better this time!

Selects à la mite, redone

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Update, November 14th: If you open the new selects, they now adapt their height to the space available in your browser window. You’ll see far more elements at a glance on bigger screens.

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Update, November 15th: You can now search for groups, too. E.g, search for a customer in the select »Project«.

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Update, January 28th: The new selects under the tab »Time tracking« now adapt their width to the space available, too. They show up to ten more characters.

August 29, 2012

Find customers, projects, services, and users

Got tired of scrolling through all too long lists of customers, projects, services, or users to find what you’re looking for? Help is here: mite now features a smart search for each of those tabs.

Search for archived projects

To find an object, click into the search field in the right sidebar or press f on your keyboard, and type the first characters of your search term. In modern browsers, results will show up and adapt as you type. In older browsers and Internet Explorers <10, press return or click on the magnifying glass icon to start your search.

Generally, mite finds all objects whose names include your search term. Furthermore, you can search for customer names under the tab »Projects« as well as for e-mail addresses under »Team« by simply using the same search box.

Cheers to a speedier mite! Hopefully, today’s update will improve the handling especially for hard-working teams.

July 2, 2012

Invoicing app smallinvoice integrates with mite

smallinvoice, a web-based invoicing and project management app made in Switzerland, now integrates with mite. You can import time entries tracked with mite, and convert them to an invoice with a few easy clicks. The integration is available in their advanced plan.

smallinvoice imports time entries tracked with mite

smallinvoice is the third invoicing app available in English that integrates with mite. Web-based SalesKing offers an import, and GrandTotal, a native Mac app, will be happy to convert your time entries as well.

Screencast

mite.integration with smallinvoice on Vimeo.

Features

smallinvoice handles time entries tracked with mite pretty flexibly. Filters and/or grouping options known from »Reports => Time entries« stand at your service in smallinvoice, too. Of course, you can add other service or product items to your invoicing items imported from mite.

Setup

smallinvoice talks to your mite.account via the mite.api, our open data interface. You’ll have to allow API access for your account first, so smallinvoice will be able to import your time entries properly. Click on your user name in the upper right-hand corner of mite to allow API access, and copy your API key.

Now head over to smallinvoice. There, click on »Configuration => Integration«, and choose mite. Enter your personal login URL and your mite API key.

Done! smallinvoice and mite now work as a team.

Thank you, smallinvoice

This new import feature was developed and will be taken care of by smallinvoice. Thanks a lot for your time and effort, Graem and team!

April 26, 2012

More powerful Excel & CSV export

Thumbs up: the busiest mite.account has created more than 100,000 time entries by now. But even if we put this spike aside, we’re seeing more and more accounts with five-digit data. Which is absolutely great—besides one fact: those huge figures brought the Excel/CSV export feature (which can be found under the tab »Reports => Time Entries«) down to their knees.

Time for a rebuild! Thanks to today’s update, even huge data sets can now be exported reliably. Furthermore, we were able to significantly accelerate the export. It is now up to three times faster. Ready, set, go, to your next 100,000 time entries!

March 21, 2012

Keyboard shortcuts

You answered the mail, made your customer happy, and closed the deal. Now, you could move your hand away from the keyboard over to the mouse, click the tab »Time tracking«, search for the running timer, and click to stop it. Or, you could simply type s.

Keyboard shortcuts are here! From today on, all main features can be triggered this way, too. Keyboard shortcuts can be a real time saver—we do recommend to take five minutes to memorize them.

Amongst other things, the new shortcuts support time tracking actions and navigating tabs. To see the whole package, please press ? (in mite). If your cursor is active in an input field, please press esc first to leave the field.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to speed up your time tracking considerably thanks to the brand spanking new keyboard shortcuts. Please get in touch if you happen to stumble upon a bug, or if you have any ideas on how to improve them. Merci!

February 21, 2012

Securing mite with HTTPS-only

When accessing mite on the web, we offered optional HTTPS from very early on. Today, we switched to HTTPS-only. Thus, the connection between your browser and our servers will always be encrypted. Just like in online banking.

HTTPS is especially helpful when you access mite over an unsecured Internet connection like a public wi-fi network. There are no disadvantages to HTTPS for you. Therefore, HTTPS is always activated.

Besides switching to HTTPS-only, we launched some more updates to improve the security of mite. For example, if you forgot your password, mite will now e-mail you a link to change your password yourself. We introduced the same process to inviting new team members to your account. Several updates in the background accompany these changes, e.g. stronger algorithms for password encryption.

While we work hard to secure your data, you can help, too. The best point to start is to choose a secure password which you only use in mite. A secure password cannot be found in a dictionary. It consists of at least eight characters, and it mixes letters, numbers, and special characters.

API developers, listen up please!

We will switch our API to HTTPS-only, too. If you do not access the API via HTTPS yet, please update your code. Starting March 30th, the mite.api won’t accept HTTP requests anymore. Hopefully, five weeks will be more than enough time to change your code unhurriedly. Please support this update and help make mite more secure!

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