Update to Torch’s Offline Mobile Access

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

The interface of Torch Project Management's Offline Mobile Access has been improved to better blend with the iPhone and Android 2.0 interface. Additionally, the filter speed has been dramatically improved. This means you can search any list of items in the application extremely quickly.

Torch's HTML5 Offline Mobile Interface for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android

If you haven't tried out the offline mobile interface your really missing out. You can work entirely offline and have your changes automatically sync back to the Torch service once you get an Internet connection.

Offline Mobile features include:

  • Time
  • Expenses
  • Budgets
  • Upcoming events and tasks
  • Recent messages and comments
  • Adding messages, events, time and expenses

Additionally, due the way HTML5 applications work, any update is automatically installed. No more need to download updates manually. For install instructions, look under your help section and select "Mobile."

Torch Project Management has Expense Tracking

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

You can now track expenses in Torch Project Management. This is really handy if you buy products on behalf of your client and later bill for them. You can also use expense tracking to make sure your project expenses don't get out of control (whether you later bill for them or not).

The Expense Page:

Expense Page

Importing into Invoices:

Just like time entries, you can import expenses into invoices. Torch keeps track of which entries have been billed, so you can continue to use the same categories throughout the entire project.

First, click "Expenses from Category":

Import to Invoice

Then, select the correct category:

Select Category to Import to Invoice

The category now shows up on your invoice as a section:

Imported Category

Accessing Expenses from the Offline Mobile Interface (for iPhone and Android):

Over the next few usages of the Offline Mobile Interface your app will be upgraded to support expenses automatically. Here is the new main screen:

HTML5 Front

Adding expenses:

HTML5 Add Expenses

Adding Expenses from E-Mail:

You can add expenses from any e-mail being sent into Torch using the following command:

[expense:Note about expense:200]

You can have as many of these on a single message as you want, however each must be on its own line.

Adding Expenses from a WebHooked App (like Beanstalk or GitHub):

You can add expenses using the following command:

[expense:Note about expense:200]

You can have as many of these on a single commit as you want.

The API has also been updated to support expenses.