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Timesheet Software Weblog

A weblog from the authors of Timesheets MTS and Timesheets Lite, cost effective timesheet and time and billing software

Timesheets Lite Version 3.5.9 has just been released. It includes two major changes:

  • The login screen has been redesigned to remove the intermediary password entry screen,
  • All password entry text boxes have been replaced with a generic control to fix up screen freezes in Windows 10. This problem only occurred if the Windows tablet data entry service was running or the Windows On Screen Keyboad (OSK) was displayed.

By Mark Nemtsas at 2:57 PM

Timesheets MTS version 2.6.7 has been released. It includes the following three fixes:

  • The project filter on the Daily Time Report now works.
  • The project list on the Daily Time Report form now defaults to only show open projects.
  • Fixed an error that occurred when trying to login and the maximum number of allowable database connections was exceeded.

By Mark Nemtsas at 8:10 AM

We've just released version 2.6.6 of Timesheets MTS. Changes made to this minor release can be seen below:

  • A fix to a startup error some people were seeing, especially on Windows 10 when the file that contains the start up tips could not be found.
  • Time periods for 2016 and 2017 have been added to the default database.
  • Fix to the Project Charge Rates screen when editing an existing charge rate and the regional decimal separator is not a period.
  • Fix to a spurious Error Number: 0 that some people saw while logging in.

By Mark Nemtsas at 7:21 AM

We've just released Timesheets MTS version 2.6.5. This includes a number of enhancements that have been suggested by users of the software.

  1. All Customers option added to the WIP Reporting screen. This displays WIP for all customers, adds a column to show the customer name with each WIP item and includes the customer column when printing the WIP Report. WIP Invoicing is not possible when the All Customers option is selected.
  2. The height and width of the WIP Reporting screen is stored and remembered each time the screen is accessed.
  3. Contacts now have a "Deactivated" flag. Deactivated contacts do not appear in various contact dropdown lists and list views.
  4. A button has been added to the Contact Maintenance screen that allows you to close all projects associated with the currently selected contact.
  5. A new checkbox has been added to the Project Maintenance screen called "Active Customers". When checked only projects from customers who are not deactivated will be displayed.
  6. The Current Projects Report can now be filtered to not display projects from deactivated contacts (as well as filtering out closed projects).
  7. <CUSTOMER_CONTACT_MANAGER> data field added to both simple invoice and invoice template printing.
  8. Check All and Invert Selection options added to all lists on the Activity Reporting criteria screen.
  9. The Activity Reporting criteria screen has been re-sized for easier use.
  10. The Login screen now remembers the size of itself if you re-size it.
  11. A QuickFind box has been added to the Login screen. Enter a few characters into the box to quickly find the user with that name. The wildcard * can be used to find characters in the middle of the user's name.
  12. Fixed the Validation Timesheet that would display the incorrect total time if the report was not run for all active Projects.
  13. Fix to the Right Click menu on the Timesheet screen that wouldn't start the task timer even though a time item was obviously selected.
  14. Fixed the Daily Time report where an apostrophe was present in the description.

By Mark Nemtsas at 11:53 AM

In most places it's now 2016 and if you're a Timesheets MTS user you might be receiving an error message when trying to record a timesheet entry. The message probably says something like this:

No period is defined for this date.
Someone with Super User privileges must define a period covering this date

In 2015 Timesheets MTS automatically created a period that covered all of 2015 but now that we have seen in a new year a new period must be created to cover it. This is easily done by logging into Timesheets MTS as a super user and going to the Tools->Options->Periods menu and adding a new period to cover the new year. Or you could create several periods to cover the year and even create new periods to cover next year and the year after.

If you were wondering why Timesheets MTS has time periods then there's two reasons. The first, is to stop users entering timesheets entries into the future. The second is to stop them from changing (or adding) timesheet entries to previous periods (because they've been locked for accounting purposes).

By Mark Nemtsas at 1:29 PM

Today sees the release of version 3.5.8 of Timesheets Lite. This release addresses some small issues that have been raised with us in the last few weeks:

  • One user reported that the task timer seemed to slow down somewhat (up to 10%) when his CPU was under heavy load. This was odd as the timer code was designed to be independent of actual update interval (which we realize is never constant). Upon examination of the code we identified two areas where a latency of 10 or 20ms could have resulted in the timer running slower than expected. This is despite the fact that we could never replicate the behavior in our offices. We've eliminated those areas of potential latency and user who reported the issue has tested the fix and informed us that it appeared to have rectified the timing issue.
  • Fixed a problem when re-connecting to an Access database using the database connection wizard.
  • A bunch of extra logging added to the DatabaseDriver class in an attempt to address the above issue (but it turns out the fix worked anyway).

By Mark Nemtsas at 7:55 AM

Ronimarie Acord has been using Timesheets Lite for several years and has just sent through some kind words about the software. You can view her LinkedIn profile here if you're looking for a freelance writer/editor to help you out!

As an independent editor, I found a simple. no-cost way to track my clients' projects in the free program offered by Timesheets MTS Software. Unbelievably, the folks at Timesheets MTS have also given this nonpaying user excellent tech support. I have used TimesheetsLite Version 2.1.11 for at least the past five years. Not only is it easy to understand and use, but it provides Excel reports that I send to clients along with their invoices.
Thank you, Timesheets!

I recommend Timesheets MTS Software to any small- to mid-sized company looking for an efficient, cost-effective way to track employees, projects, and time.

Ronimarie Acord

By Mark Nemtsas at 11:23 AM

April 27, 2015

Uninstalling our Software

Uninstalling our software couldn't be any easier. Just follow these easy instructions:

First step is to open the Windows Control panel, which you can see below. Select the Programs - Uninstall a program option.

Open the Windows Control Pane

You'll then be shown the screen below. Choose the Uninstall a program option.

Choose the uninstall program option

Find the software you want to uninstall in the installed program list that is shown to you (see below) and double click on it.

Select the software from the program list

Confirm that you want to uninstall the software.

Confirm the uninstall

Let the process run and when done you'll be shown the message below indicating the software was successfully removed from your computer.

Uninstall complete!

By Mark Nemtsas at 10:11 AM

April 27, 2015

Installing our Software

Installing our software products is simple. Just follow these steps:

1. Double Click on the Downloaded Installation File

Once the installation file has finished downloading to your PC you can double click on the downloaded file to start the software installing.

2. Run the Installation File

Depending on how your computer is setup you might see a security window when you run one of our installation files. It should say that the publisher is Timesheets MTS Software, if it does not please contact us To proceed click the Run button.

3. Start the Program Installer

The installer should now start. Read the instructions displayed and click the Next button to continue.

4. Accept the Licence Agreement

Our software installers will now display the licence agreement. If you are happy with the agreement you must accept it by selecting the I accept the agreement option and clicking the Next button to proceed.

5. Select Destination Location

It's strongly recommended that you leave the destination location as suggested by the installer. Click the Next button to proceed. Note that if you've installed the software on your computer before you might get a warning that already exists. Would you like to install in that folder anyway? If you do, click Yes to continue.

6. Select Start Menu Folder

It's strongly recommended that you leave the start menu folder as suggested by the installer. Click the Next button to proceed.

7. Select Additional Tasks

Check the Create a desktop icon checkbox if you want a shortcut to the software created on your Windows desktop. Check the Create a Quick Launch icon checkbox if you want a shortcut to to the software created in the quick launch area of your Windows taskbar. Click the Next button to proceed.

8. You're Ready to Install!

Now that the installer has got all the information it needs from you it's time for the software to be installed. Click the Install button to get started.

10. You're Done!

Your software installation is now complete. Check the Launch checkbox if you want the software start running when you close the installer. Click the Finish button and you're done.

By Mark Nemtsas at 9:58 AM

Version 3.5.7 of Timesheets Lite has been released today. This release significantly improves the efficient use of the timesheet screen and also addresses some minor issues that have been discovered recently. Here's a detailed list of the changes made in this new version:

  • Standard keyboard shortcuts to cut, copy, and paste times on the timesheet have been added. CTRL-C to copy the selected times, CTRL-X to cut them, and CTRL-V to paste them.
  • CTRL-A now selects all times on the timesheet.
  • The right click menu options on the timesheet to copy/cut times now just copy or cut the selected times rather than the entire day's times.
  • CTRL-BACKSPACE now deletes the previous word in the Description field on the Add/Edit time screen.
  • When dragging and dropping times from the timesheet to different days on the calendar a message asks users to confirm the action. This message can now be dismissed permanently.
  • Pressing the ESCAPE key will now close most Timesheets Lite screens.
  • Pressing the ENTER key will now trigger the SAVE button on most Timesheets Lite screens.
  • Fixed a bug with FLOAT columns when using MySQL as a backend database.
  • Fixed a connection type cast error when using MySQL as a backend database.
  • Fixed a problem with typecasting INT32 to INT fields when using MySQL as a backend database.
  • Fix to the Detailed Activity Report when the number of projects or employees is exactly divisible by 40.

By Mark Nemtsas at 10:14 AM