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Drag, Drop and Wow!

cead22 —  July 16, 2014 — 1 Comment

WOW Fridays, internally referred to as “fWOWdays”, are an experiment we just started at Expensify, and the main idea behind it is to allow engineers to devote 20% of their time working on cool projects that improve our customers lives and WOW them at the same time.

You may have heard of other companies doing something similar, but none of them really do it the way we do expense reports, that is, in a way that doesn’t suck. By focusing the 20% time on “Don’t-break-things-Fridays”, and shielding developers from support and other non-critical issues, they can stay in the zone and collaborate with other undistracted developers to build cool things.

This is a brief story of one of the first and probably smallest results of this experiment.

Drag and drop receipts to upload them

Drag to Upload

Drag and Drop Receipts Everywhere

Dragging and dropping receipts on the receipts page is the easier and faster way to import receipts from your computer into your Expensify account. We just enabled this functionality on the whole website, and made it smart enough to attach the imported receipts to expenses and reports automatically when you’re editing them.

Drag and drop receipt on report to attach it

Drag and drop receipts on report to attach it

As a consequence of this, an idea that had been in our designer’s wish list for months resurfaced, I call it “drag to report”. In that sentence, report is a verb, and put in words the idea is that as you drag expenses, a list of reports appears so that you can drop them into one of the reports to add said expenses to it.

The WOW factor

We’re constantly trying to make simple things simpler while saving our users valuable time. In this case it’s only a few seconds, but you’ll see how little savings tend to add up noticeably.

Drag to report expenses

Add 130 seconds (avg. number of expenses on a report * time it takes to SmartScan a receipt from your phone = 13 expenses * 10 seconds/expense = 130 seconds) and you end up with an expense report that don’t suck created and submitted in under 3 minutes.

Happy expensing!

This week we’re releasing version 4.3.0 of our mobile app on iPhone and Android. In addition to the many small bug fixes and other improvements, this release includes the ability to use Wingman on your phone. With Wingman, you can give someone full access to your account full access to your account without having to share your password. Expensify will continue to keep a paper trail of each user’s actual actions. So when your Wingman performs an action on a report, we record that it was them, not you.

Signing up for Wingman

It’s extremely easy to add a Wingman. Just log into the web app (at expensify.com), navigate to your settings, and invite someone to be your Wingman.

Wingman Settings

Here is a screenshot of Carlos account ( I used Wingman to get it ;) )

Above you see that Giorgio, Garrett, and I have Wingman access to Carlos’ account and that Carlos can log into two tests accounts and Giorgio’s account.

Using Wingman

To use the feature on the web, I just click on the user menu ( avatar in the top right ) and I can see the list of accounts that I can access.

Using Wingman

On my mobile app, I can go to settings to connect to Carlos’ account.

Access to Wingman on Mobile

Tapping on this row shows the list of users that I have Wingman access with.

Wingman accounts

Now I just select the user’s account I want to access.

I am Carlos!

Back on the home screen, I see that the header and tabs are a different color and there is a small wingman icon on the settings.

HomeScreen

I can even forward receipts into accounts that you have access to:

Wingman Email

Go give it a whirl!  And remember, always practice safe Wingmanning.

Great news for those of you in the middle sliver of the Expensify and Bill.com venn diagram! You can now have your employee’s expense reports submitted directly to Bill.com if you are on our Team or Corporate plan.

Create the Bill.com Connection
Go to the Connections section of your policy settings (Settings > Policies > [Policy Name] > Connections) and choose “Connect to Bill.com”. Then enter your company’s Bill.com email address and click “update”.

All employee expense reports on this policy will now be submitted to this Bill.com email address.

Submit Reports
When employees click “submit”, they will see the Bill.com email address listed. This field is non-editable.

Once the report is submitted, a PDF copy will be placed in the company Bill.com account. The report will then be put in the “closed” state in Expensify and the report will be marked as exported to Bill.com. If you have any questions about this, contact us at help@expensify.com and we’ll get you sorted.

Funny how the most obvious things slip by. You might recall that we just released a new “Mileage (and other unit) support” feature. It just occurred to me that a perfect use of this “other unit” functionality is foreign currencies, duh! It’s so incredibly obvious, naturally I’d only realize it once I had the need to log a cash expense in Turkish Lira. So to do that I simply:

  1. Went to my settings page
  2. Created a new unit named “lira”
  3. Set it to the current exchange rate ($0.65/lira)

Now I can log Turkish expenses by just creating expenses like “160 lira – Korean hostel 2 nights 4 people”, and it automatically converts it to the relevant USD amount. Brilliant! I mean, I knew we were pretty cool, but even *I* sometimes underestimate ourselves.