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MacFreelance (Mac)

by Macware
Mac OS X
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Create & maintain client lists
  • Setup multiple companies to bill from
  • Add fixed or timed charges
  • Bill in hours, minutes, days, weeks or months
  • Manage project timelines
  • Project timer
  • Customizable invoices
  • Report generation
  • Mileage tracking & reporting
  • Track payments
  • Robust tax support
  • International currency support
  • Integrates with Address Book, iCal & Spotlight
  • .Mac and local backup
  • Save reports as PDFs
  • …and more
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 19 x 13.7 cm ; 68 g
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  • ASIN: B000SAQTAC
  • Release Date: 2 Nov 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,449 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better 4 Feb 2008
Having spent years creating invoices in Adobe Illustrator, tapping away on the calculator working out my freelance hours, etc., I read the approving review in MacUser about this product, thought it would automate everything that I hated doing and so invested direct on the website.

After receiving the package in the post (after playing with the trial download) I set up the relentless preferences, baulking at the slightly clumsy interface. But my main gripe is in the documentation (or lack of it) when getting to grips with the jargon, as well as "why am I doing that/why do I have to do that". As a creative freelancer, I didn't expect to feel so lost in a product which is built and aimed at 'creative freelancers'. A bit over-egged for simple timed invoice creation. I want to create invoices, not run whole projects on it.

Had a few teething problems too - last update they sent me has sent all dates into US format and NOTHING can alter this at all. Silence from the support centre about this too - keep sending me emails how to set up my prefs... which were perfect before the update.

Try the download trial first to see if you can work your way through this.

UPDATE:
2 version updates to this program have solved all problems. This software is now doing exactly what I need it for, plus better online manual and setup guide are a bonus - 3.5 - 4 stars!!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Billing and Invoicing made almost easy 6 Oct 2007
By Z. Zaletel - Published on Amazon.com
MacFreelance bills itself as 'Invoice and billing software made for Creative Professionals'. Having recently taken on a consulting job, I thought this might just be the software to make things in my life a bit simpler. I don't have any experience with other hour-tracking/billing software on the Mac, so

In the box, you'll receive a CD and a brief, ten-page Quick Reference Guide. Installation of the software is simple and on par with most any other program - open the disc, drag the program to your applications folder. Simple and easy.

Once you open the program, you're presented with the main window of the program, which presents a series of icons along the top edge and shows you clients, projects and ongoing charges tied to those projects. The first thing you'll want to do is set up your business. You can do business and send bills out as John Q. Public, as CreativePublic LLC, or under whatever name suits. You can enter multiple businesses for various project or clients with ease. Importing from the Address Book is also possible.

After getting whom you'll be billing as sorted out, you can now move onto adding clients. You can accomplish this by either double-clicking in the 'Clients' field, clicking on the Clients icon along the top bar, or through the menu system. While there are a variety of ways to accomplish this task, I found this to be somewhat cumbersome: double-clicking in the clients field isn't mentioned anywhere, and I stumbled on it by chance; the clients icon in the top bar is grayed out at various times for reasons not immediately apparent. That said, once you have the clients window up, it is simple to add clients, either manually or from the Address Book. You can also configure how invoicing is handled and which company or companies you use to bill the client.

Setting up projects is simpler and more straight forward than the troubles I encountered with clients, though not without some quirks. To add a new project, simply click the '+' button below the Projects field. You can title the project and enter any additional information in the tab below, who will bill the project, whether to produce a quote, tax information, mileage, discounts and add any dates to the calendar in iCal. Adding various Timed Items or Fixed (rate) Items is straight forward. The program does not allow you to add new items when you've got the clock running, as you wouldn't want to be billing for administrative activities, now, would you?

Once you're set up, you can start working. MacFreelance puts a small icon in the upper right-hand menu-bar icons where you can start and stop time-tracking for any hourly projects you've set up. You can also bring up a larger Task Monitor window to keep track of information. Finally, you can also start and stop timing from the main program window.

Once you've finished a project, or at least come to the point where you need to create an invoice, MacFreelance provides a variety of options. You can customize your invoice header and information through the program preferences. With your invoice preview created, you can easily print or email it out. MacFreelance also has an invoice book which allows you to keep track of the outstanding bills, advances, paid bills, and any other tracking information you might need. The main window in the program also has a Statistics tab which gives a variety of time worked, billed, paid and other information in concise form.

Mileage tracking, which is a must for some projects, is also available. This feature is initially disabled and must be turned on in the preferences. You can track either through the entry of actual mileage or odometer readings. Entering miles traveled was simple, though I could not figure out how to enter the odometer readings into the program, and the help function was of little help, other than to let me know the feature was there and how to enable it.

Generally, I found the software to be adequate. MacFreelance integrates with a number of other applications seamlessly, which makes for simple billing and calendaring. The program itself has some frustrating user interface inconsistencies which keep it from achieving its full potential. Additionally, the help features are relatively thin and not completely up to speed with current version of MacFreelance. With some time to gain familiarity, MacFreelance will enable you to easily take care of invoice and billing tasks, but some of the features are not intuitive. With a few changes, I feel MacFreelance could go from adequate to quite good.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good price, terrible UI 29 July 2008
By Cosmin Stejerean - Published on Amazon.com
After seeing the reviews I decided to download the demo and see for myself before buying the product. I was pretty disappointed. The interface seems to try and cram as many features as possible and the result is an unintuitive mess. At the price it might be a decent piece of software that gets the job done if you're willing to figure out how it all works, but definitely get the demo and see if it works for you before buying.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total waste of time. 22 Feb 2008
By CF - Published on Amazon.com
Seems like a simple enough product, however, MacFreelance fails to deliver on any of its promises.

After installing the software and setting up a few test jobs, I thought I had the hang of it. I then added a handful of real jobs, closed the program and went about other business. Later, upon reopening the program, I realized that all of the information I had spent time inputting was gone.

I emailed macXware (because there is no customer support phone number), and they told me I had to install an update. I did, and again, everything seemed to be working. I then repeated all of the entries I had made, ran reports, everything seemed to be fine.

Too good to be true. Once I quit the program and reopened it, everything was gone--AGAIN!

Now, I've emailed the tech support, again, but I've gotten no response. Since that is the only option to request support it looks like I'm fat out of luck, and several hours of my busy day.

I'm furious with the false promises made by this product, and I highly recommend avoiding the frustration I've experiences by not purchasing this item.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy this product only if you enjoy pain and anguish 26 Sep 2009
By D. Kiley - Published on Amazon.com
I would highly not recommend purchasing this, it's a near complete waste of time. I've put up with it for over a year now, and am finally ditching it.

- Bugs are too numerous to list, but a few dealbreakers - records time incorrectly, or erases the time that you have spend all day recording, and reporting is highly error-prone and innacurate
- Has no online, mobile or even dashboard widget integration, forget recording house unless you are sitting in front of the computer that it is installed on
- Expect zero response from customer service, it simply does not exist.

I could go on, but hopefully that is enough to convince you. I wish I hadn't invested all the time in it I did.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No support 26 Jan 2010
By Blue Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Be careful - don't hit "skip" when the start-up wizard pops up, or you'll never be able to get back to it. And good luck getting support. There is no support phone number and you're lucky to get a response after waiting several days from their e-mail support. I'd reconsider before ever buying a software product from a company that's too cheap to provide phone support for its products.
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