The fine folks at Marketcircle, makers of the amazing Mac CRM, Daylite, and invoicing application, Billings, have got people riled up by a recent blog posting of theirs.
We (that’s not a Royal we, that’s myself and a few other folks I know who use their products) have always been frustrated with the Report Engine and the difficulty in customizing invoices and reports in it.
Anyhow, the blog post is here: Stop InDesign Invoicing â€“ Templates Arenâ€™t Enough, and a pile of comments follow it…
My 2 cents?
I know WTL and what he is not saying is that he is a designer and programmer.. and if he thinks the invoice designer needs to be â€œburned to the ground and rewrittenâ€ youâ€™ve got a serious problem!
Iâ€™m a consultant, and when clients come to me asking about Invoices, templates, reports, etc in Daylite and Billings, I just shake my head. Not worth the headache, and I have had lots of time to try to figure it out, I have been using Billings since 2006.
So Marketcircle? Go look at Filemaker and see that a super powerful system can be made friendly, and we can all actually use it. Iâ€™m sure you can build a layer on top of the designer that would let us do what we want, or even a separate application.
While weâ€™re at it, can we get PDF invoices from Billings Touch? And not these mobile invoices, please follow the numbering in the main app! Itâ€™s ok to check out a few invoice numbers when we sync and hold onto them in BT until we sync back. HTML invoices make me look bad. My clients want PDFs!
I recommend Billings to my clients. Keep it up, youâ€™ve got fantastic products that really should only get better!
I’d love to know what you use for invoicing and time tracking.. drop me a line at dave at theconsultant dot net