New: Design Tweaks to the Popup Timer

June 24, 2009


With this mornings release, a few design tweaks were added to the FreshBooks popup timer — in fact, the popup timer has a totally new look. We felt the old popup timer design was very outdated and we wanted a fresher look — more like our iPhone Time Tracker app. Take a look at some before and after shots below:

As you can see, several key components of the timer have been enlarged. First, the font of the running timer has been increased making it easier to read (now you can keep an eye on your timer while you’re standing over by the water cooler 🙂 ). Second, the Start/Stop button was made bigger and is now front and center making it more obvious and easier to click. The Reset button is now on its own and we hope this will prevent people from accidentally clearing out their hours (I know I’ve done this before).

Thanks to popular demand, you’ll also notice a new button was added allowing you to switch the time format from hours (e.g. 1.5 hrs) to hours:minutes:seconds (e.g. 01:30:00). Both formats increment at the same time, but keep in mind that when you log your hours the timesheet only displays in the hours format (e.g. 1.5 hrs).

I thought I’d wrap up with a little known fact: did you know you can enter time into the Hours field in the format of hours:minutes, and FreshBooks will automatically convert that into hours in decimal format? It’s a useful feature that not many people know about so I thought I’d share. This can be done on the timer and on the FreshBooks timesheets.

We hope you enjoy the shiny new timer, as always please send us your feedback by commenting below.


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