Archives For February 2010

We’re listening to users and rolling out improvements to our service as fast as we can get them done. Curtis has been putting in his share of work and today marks the release of an updated Expenses dialog. What’s the fuss all about you ask? Here’s the latest changes to the Expenses dialog:

Track mileage, add credit cards, and search to filter expenses on the new Expenses dialog

The Expenses dialog has been updated to allow direct mileage tracking and a search box to filter expenses quickly

  • The credit card and cash filters were moved to their own tab under Cards.  Add more credit cards to import expenses from and filter which card’s expenses are shown from this tab.
  • Track mileage from the Add Mileage tab. Pick the date of travel, enter the amount of miles traveled, set your reimbursable rate per mile (we’ve automatically filled in the federal rate of $0.55/mile), and select the category to classify the mileage expense. Click New Expense and we’ll do the multiplication to add a categorized mileage expense to your list of expenses.
  • Now you can search through all of your expenses instantly. Open the new Search tab and start typing. Your expenses will be filtered on the fly to reflect what you are typing in to the search box.
  • Stylistic clean up and optimizations were put in effect all over the place to make the dialog easier to read and your expense data faster to browse through.

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You’ve asked for it, and we listened. Now you can upload your scanned, digitized, text, html, and pretty much any other type of receipt directly to your account or directly to an expense that needs a receipt image.

Upload digital receipts directly to your account

For detailed instructions on how to use the new direct receipt upload feature, as well as to check out all the supported file types for receipts, check out our uploading receipts help page.

We’ve just released a relatively small but significant change: now you can add custom fields to your Expensify expense reports, thereby asking your employees to provide any extra information you require — right on the report itself. It’s our way of allowing you to make the transition from your current expense reporting process to Expensify as seamless and linear as possible.

Customer ID# custom field in an expense report

The text boxes to populate the newly created custom fields will appear below the text box for the report title. Once text is entered, the entry will show up on the top right of the expense report.

Multiple custom fields added to an expense report

There is no limit to the amount of custom fields you may add to an expense policy. Use them to provide more details, contact names and numbers, project names and identification numbers or anything else you may need to indicate on your expense report. For more information on how to add custom fields to an expense policy you created, or to create a new expense policy with custom fields, visit our expense policy help page.

We’ve just released the latest addition to round out our offering of expense tracking apps. The Palm Pre app is a powerful addition to the BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone apps already released by us.

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We’ve had a lot of requests for exporting Expensify reports into FreshBooks invoices, so last night Witold and I decided to take on a late night project to whip it up. We were really impressed with the simplicity of the FreshBooks API, so the whole thing went in smoothly in just a couple hours. Accordingly, behold! FreshBooks expense reports exported straight from Expensify!

If you know that that means, take a look at drop me a line to let me know what you think. There’s a couple ways to do it and we’ve opted with the simplest for now; let me know if you’d like the data exported in a different way.

On the other hand, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it basically means this:

  1. Import your credit card into Expensify, as normal.
  2. Create, submit, and process an Expensify expense report, as normal.
  3. But when done, check out the flashy new Export to FreshBooks button.
  4. Click it and we’ll connect straight to your FreshBooks account, create a new invoice, and attach each of the itemized expenses.

The upshot is it lets you harness the power of Expensify for expense reporting, but combine it with the power of FreshBooks for invoicing. This is particularly handy for contractors with lots of “rebillable” expenses, as you can use Expensify to record those on the road using our suite of mobile apps, manage all the receipts online, export into QuickBooks for tracking, and then export to FreshBooks for invoicing. Pretty slick, eh?

Oh, and how much does it cost? It’s included for free in a standard Expensify account (which is free for individuals and very-small businesses).

And perhaps it’s not worth mentioning but I will, this works with all the standard Expensify features including support for 58 international currencies (with conversion on the day the expense was incurred), hour and mileage tracking, mobile expense logging and receipt scanning, direct import for most debit cards and 94% of US credit cards (and OFX upload for the rest), etc. By itself it’s a pretty small feature, but in conjunction with everything else, I’m hoping it’ll be a huge help for all the contractors who have requested this. Enjoy!

-david
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