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.

Chaos University Returns: New Intellect and Legal Billing videos premiere

Hopefully, you have found our Chaos University and the wealth of free training information we offer there.  We recently added a few new videos to the mix, so if you haven’t looked there in a while, here are the new updates!

Intellect 411 – Mail Rules – All about creating your own rules in Intellect 4 for blocking or filtering junk mail and for filing messages in folders.

Legal Billing 105 – Adding Cloud support with ChaosHost – A remake version updated for the new LB 7.9.1.0 that also includes a cameo from our Chaos Billing for Android.

Legal Billing 106 – Client Ledger – An introduction to newest feature added to Legal Billing in version 7.9.1.0.

Checking out Alternatives to Legal Billing

I occasionally like to compare our Legal Billing software with other, similar products available.  For the last couple of days I’ve been testing out a specific close competitor to Legal Billing.  Wow, I am shocked. Maybe I picked the wrong to one compare but this one is nerve racking.  It caused my to slam down my mouse more than once.  I am not techie or developer but if a program is not simple to work with I can’t spend money on it.

Legal Billing v7 is by far easier, faster and does what I need it to do. This other one I had to read each level, click here nothing happens, clients don’t show up, too many buttons, confusing.  I am done with that one.  If you want 100 buttons on your program great.  I don’t, I want it to work simple and straight forward.  I feel our Legal Billing software eliminates all of the confusion.  It cuts out things I really would never use.  I can get straight to important billing records I need to track.

(FYI: Cost for our nearest competitor is $300.00 per user with only 1 year of free tech support. Legal Billing 7 is $39.95 per user with no charge for tech support.)

It is your choice but I love my Legal Billing.

Debbie

New version: Legal Billing 7.5

Legal Billing has been a very popular program and not only for Law offices. It is simple and basic and at a great price point, too. Track time slips (hourly billing), expenses (flat fee charges) and payments. Generate invoices for everyone that owes you at the end of the month or billing period. Nothing complicated.

Legal Billing can be used with or without one of our contact manager programs. When used together, our contact managers (Intellect, Time & Chaos or Chaos Free), can plan for what’s next: upcoming meetings, phone calls, court dates, deadlines, while Legal Billing worries about the important part: getting paid!

So, what’s new in Legal Billing 7.5?

First, an updated contact database. When used with one of our contact manager programs, both need to use the same contact data to share information. With the recent updates to our contact managers, Legal Billing needed to be updated for compatibility. Legal Billing 7.5 is compatible with Intellect 4, Time & Chaos 8 and Chaos Free 8.

Second, direct support for cloud synchronization. Previous versions of Legal Billing had to be used in combination with one of our contact managers to sync with our ChaosHost cloud service. With version 7.5, Legal Billing can now sync directly with ChaosHost to keep two computers up to date with the same billing information.

If you own Legal Billing already, this is a free update that uses your same registration password.

Try the new cloud support with a free ChaosHost trial

If you would like to try out the cloud synchronization between two computers with Legal Billing, our sales department can also setup a free 30 day trial for you on request. Email them at sales@chaossoftware.com if you would like to get started. You can also suggest a login name (one phrase with no punctuation or spaces).

Should you decide to continue with ChaosHost after your trial period ends, you can subscribe for one year for $99 or two years for $149.

Add Chaos Free (it is actually free!)

Chaos Free is a basic and FREE version of our Time & Chaos contact manager. It has your contacts, your appointment schedule and your task list of to-do’s, all on one screen. Users of Time & Chaos or Intellect will recognize this as the classic screen in those programs.

There is no catch and no ads either! Chaos Free can sync with our ChaosHost cloud service and/or use shared databases on a network, so this can be a great choice if you have other people on your team who you need to share data with.

Is Legal Billing the only product from us that you use? Chaos Free offers you a way to use the same list of clients from Legal Billing to plan for the future: what meetings you have, phone calls to make, deadlines to meet. Our contact manager software helps you make sure nothing gets forgotten or missed, Legal Billing helps you get paid after you do things. These programs complement each other well! With Chaos Free being actually free, it is a great way to see what you’ve been missing.

Do you share data with others who work online through ChaosHost.com? If the other users have just been working through the web site online version of Chaos Data Live, giving them Chaos Free on their Windows computers will provide a much richer experience while continuing to coordinate the changes or edits they make with the rest of the team.

It’s easy to upgrade later if you start with Chaos Free! Chaos Free is compatible with our current versions of Intellect 4 and Time & Chaos 8. Later, if you need advanced reports or need other views of your data such as monthly or weekly calendars, you can consider upgrading to one of our paid products. Intellect 4 or Time & Chaos 8 will continue using the same data but with more features and capabilities.

Download Legal Billing 7.5 and/or Chaos Free today!

You can download any of the products mentioned in this email through our web site at http://www.chaossoftware.com/products.aspx .