updated 06:00 pm EST, Tue February 1, 2011
Java-based billing app works across platforms
Fanurio is a Java-based time-tracking and billing app for all major platforms (and aimed at freelancers who need to use multiple platforms) that has been updated to v2.4, which brings a native OS X interface to the program, replacing the previous more-generic one. The program handles both time tracking and invoicing, automatically detects idle time, can import addresses from Address Book or CSV files, and uses templates and custom layouts to create unique invoices.
New in v2.4 is a dock icon menu to control the timer in OS X, as well as see at a glance how long a particular timer has been running. Time records can now be exported to an .iif file readable by QuickBooks Pro, and there's a new help manual along with the usual assortment of little improvements and bug fixes.
Fanurio can record services and expenses as well, round time up or down if desired, apply discounts, record partial payments and other features. It uses an iTunes-like mini-timer, exports invoices and payment reports in HTML, PDF, Word, OpenOffice and other formats, and can handle subcontracted work and multiple currencies. Users can opt to run Fanurio on any of the supported platforms under one license, allowing them to switch platforms as jobs demand without losing their time-tracker.
The program sells for $59, and this new version is a free upgrade to existing users. A 15-day fully-functional trial version is available.