This week Clickable Bliss' Mike Zornek released Billable, "an application for Mac OS X that helps you keep track of the billable services you perform for a client and then lets you create and manage invoices based on those services", and I'm going to recommend you give it a try.
Simple, easy to use, and it doesn't get in the way - those are the essential qualities of an application that demands every day use. Billable is an application that you'd probably end up leaving open for the majority of the day (since it tracks the time spent on a specific service) which means you wouldn't want Billable to be an application that is bloated, gets in your way, or does more than it needs to.
Billable has many great features, most notably:
- Store per-client specific hourly rate defaults. (something not available in most of Billables competition)
- Import Clients from your Address Book. (again, something that other competitive applications do not do as well, since they "require" the company to be in your address book first)
- Use the built in timer to start and stop a service. (simple and effective)
- Customize the HTML template used to generate the PDF invoices. (yipeee!!!)
Again, Billable has a whole slew of great features and I recommend you taking the demo for a spin to get a grasp of all of them. Remember, this is a 1.0 release and with many of its points already beating its competition - I can't wait to see future development of this application.
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