ChaosBilling for iPhone

ChaosBilling iconIf you have an iPhone and use Legal Billing with ChaosHost.com, we have a new app available to view and edit billing data on your iPhone called ChaosBilling.

ChaosBilling will let you enter contacts and their linked hourly billing timeslips, expenses and payments AND can sync with ChaosHost.com to send these new records back to your Windows computer where Legal Billing resides.

At the moment, this app is only available through Test Flight, Apple’s testing platform, so you’ll need to contact our support department with your Apple ID to be invited to use it.

We plan to have it available in the App Store soon without needing the invitation to Test Flight after some braver users have done some testing with it.

[If you use Android, you have not been left out! We have had Chaos Billing for Android available for quite a while now. This new app finally lets iPhone users work with something similar to what you already have.]

Here are some screen shots to show what it currently looks like on an iPhone:

main screen of chaosbilling iphonebilling history screen iphone

billing entry screen iphone

 

Synchronizing with ChaosHost.com after our recent security upgrades

We update our servers regularly to keep them secure, but there are updates and then there are updates, if you know what I mean.

As part of our most recent round of changes and security updates for our ChaosHost.com cloud service and web site at www.chaoshost.com, some old security protocols and ciphers that are no longer considered secure have been disabled. I think this is a good thing, because you have an expectation of good security, after all, when you enable SSL.

Unfortunately, this also means that many of our older versions of our Windows programs won’t be able to sync any longer with ChaosHost when you have the SSL option enabled in the sync settings, as they lack the newer security that is required (and that our current versions can offer). Affected programs would include Time & Chaos 5, 6, 7 and 8, Intellect 3 and 4, and Legal Billing 7.

While many of our users have moved to our current versions and are unaffected, we realize there are still users who haven’t yet updated.

If you have one of these affected programs, you could disable SSL and still sync, but that would obviously not be recommended given the lack of security that would offer your data in transit.

If you choose to install a newer version, you can always find our current releases by going to www.chaossoftware.com then clicking Products and Downloads at the top.

Does the newer version cost anything?

The upgrade to the current version of one of our products would be free if you made your purchase of the prior version within the last two years. Otherwise, we’d ask you to purchase a discounted new license as an upgrading user on our web site. When you go to the Purchase link at the top of www.chaossoftware.com , you’ll find Upgrading User is one of the options there, where you can enter your prior registration information to qualify.

Anything special to keep in mind about changing versions?

If you were previously using Time & Chaos 8, Intellect 4 or Legal Billing 7, there should not be much more to getting the synchronize process working again than installing and using version 10 instead.

If you were previously using Time & Chaos 5, 6, or 7 or Intellect 3, the move to version 10 will be more involved as the modern versions do use different data files than the old version used. If you’ve never run a newer version before now, the update to your data files will happen automatically when you install the newer version.

However, given how much time has passed, it seems likely that someone has previously installed a newer version at some point before you decided to go back to what was more familiar. If that was the case, when you install and run the newer version, you may see older data from that earlier false step rather than the current data you expect.

If you don’t see the current data in the newer version once it is installed, you can ask our support department for assistance so they can tell you what you can do to force a fresh transfer of data from the old databases to the new ones.

You also need to update the software for everyone who was using Time & Chaos 5, 6 or 7 or Intellect 3. Since the older versions used different data files, you can’t leave anyone on the team behind once you’ve made the move to our current software.

More updates to ChaosHost.com

Our developers have been hard at work adding new functionality to our online Chaos Data Live web version available at www.ChaosHost.com.  One of our more requested features it the ability filter by Category on the web.  You will now find a new Category button at the top of each section.

In addition, the following changes have also been made.

  • Added new theming options using some popular jQueryUI themes (look in Options)
  • Added Unfiled option to Group filtering
  • Added Two Week planner view
  • Fixed cross-thru text on canceled appointments
  • Fixed editing categories on Project records
  • Fixed editing repeating task events to avoid duplicates

A New ChaosHost Experience

As many of our regular users have already seen, www.ChaosHost.com has been significantly updated over the last couple of weeks.  Many of these changes guide ChaosHost toward an interface similar to the local installations of our latest releases of Time & screenshot-classicChaos or Intellect.

One of the most requested recent changes is the ability to scroll through your longer lists of Contacts, Appointments, and other data with more than just the scroll bar.  Our new look has also enabled your mouse scroll wheel to roll up and down the list.  In addition, once you have clicked on a row, you can use your keyboard arrow keys to quickly move up and down these lists as well.

Here are some of the more significant updates to ChaosHost.com:

  • iPad users will no longer be sent to the mobile interface automatically and will instead be greeted with the full ChaosHost.com interface which now works great through a desktop or tablet based browser.
  • The Name column has been added to the Contact views.  What appears in this name column (e.g. Last Name, First Name, Company) can be modified by clicking on Options and setting the Name Style preference.
  • All record entry and edit screens have been revamped with tablet friendly features including a proper Group edit field, improved date pickers, and updated sliders and spinners.
  • For users with a larger set of Contacts, you can now choose a default Group filter.  Under Options, you can set a default Group for Contacts specifically.  Once set, when you log in to www.chaoshost.com,the Contact area will be automatically filtered to only show that specific Group.

There are still more changes planned for the near future, so keep checking back here on the blog for updates!

 

HTC Syncing With Chaos Host

I just purchased a new Android phone, the HTC one X. No more squinting to see what is on the screen, this one is great!. Ok, now I have reset up my Chaos Host account, believe it or not it took me only 6 minutes. I know the login name and passwords (kept in Intellect) and the setup instructions were perfect, I just followed the setup instructions provided for the HTC, they described what I would see on the phone and what I should type in. Done and now syncing!

I just have to remember to keep my Contact and or Calendar database under 2000 records or I will have issues with syncing more than that amount of data over the air.

Love this syncing style as I don’t have to do anything once it is setup, I set Intellect to sync every 15 minutes and my phone syncs automatically.  Now my host account, my phone, and my Intellect have the exact same data. Love it, all my information is always with me.