iTookOff Online has been in open beta for a few months now and the feedback has been great. Huge thanks to our beta testers, who have helped us shape and solidify the system.
If you've used the system and have a few minutes to give us feedback, please either Contact Us and/or fill out this super quick Survey.
We're preparing the single user side for live launch in the coming month and work on an API so we can build a better iOS app is well underway.
iTookOff Online is ready to start allowing users to beta test the application. If you create an account, please let us know of any features you are interested in seeing.
Some features that will definitely be in place at some point in the near future include the ability to export your data to iTookOff Online from your iOS device, printable reports online, and a mobile device compatible web view so you can finally have iTookOff on non-iOS devices.
Time accrues shortly after midnight Eastern time. If you receive new time, you will get an update email. Make sure our support email address is in your address book!
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I've been thinking about iTookOff a lot and I feel like the mobile app's source code has become very difficult to maintain. I've decided that moving forward, I will be converting the website into an online PTO portal and the iPhone app will then become a thin client to the website.
The benefits of this new system include the ability to check your time anywhere, accrual can occur automatically without having to check the app, new features can be added faster, and I can focus more on UI improvements for the mobile app.
So, in the meantime, please give me any feedback by either commenting here or emailing it to me directly.
If you are interested in beta testing iTookOff Online, also, please let me know!
I've just pushed iTookOff 1.7 to the app store to begin the review process. iTookOff 1.7 is a universal binary for iPhone and iPad. In addition a bug with entering time on the home screen has been fixed. Don't forget to backup your data and phone before updating. Sorry for the delay on this, it was a rather huge undertaking to get it converted.
UPDATE 1/19/2012, iTookOff 1.7 has been approved and is available for download. Please backup your device before updating!
I've received a few questions lately on how to do this. You can easily add multiple days off at the same time by specifying it in the add a day off screen. If you are set to "Days" then you can enter the number of days you want to take off. If you are set to "Hours" you must multiply the number of hours in a day that you have set by the number of days off you want to take.
For example, if you work eight hours a day and work 5 days, you can enter 40 hours.
Please see the diagram below for more information:
iTookOff will skip Saturday and Sunday automatically in the calendar view. We realize not everyone takes Saturday and Sunday as their weekend so that will be adjustable in future updates.
The iPad version will be very similar to the iPhone/iPod version but larger. Eventually I may add enhanced features to the iPad version but the conversion to a universal binary is extremely time consuming due to the way I developed the app in the first place. At any rate, here is a sneak peek at the Calendar view on the iPad version. As you can see I'm leaving the graphics for last. Right now my focus is on making sure all the functionality is working normally.
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I've received a lot of emails lately asking about how iTookOff handles it's internal accounting. When it was originally developed, iTookOff was a much simpler app and used a (what I call) "zero-sum" style of accounting. Time would be added and deducted up front at the time of entry so that at the end of the year, you'd end up with zero. This means your time would sometimes appear as negative if you borrow against your accrual.
This is obviously not always the reality and many people are confused by how it works. I'd like to remedy this to handle everyone's needs but I'd like to find out the majority of user's expectations. I need your help figuring out the best way to proceed with this. So here's where you come in.
Would you prefer that future time can be added but not deducted until it actually passes? Would you prefer it to stay the same? Or would you prefer to have the option to account both ways?
My immediate impression is that there will be support on either side but one side may come out on top. In either case I'd like to accommodate both types of accounting somehow. It's just a matter of which side should I center my development efforts around.
Please let me know your feelings either in the comments below or by responding on the poll. If there are no votes, feelings, or comments either way, I'll just continue in the direction that I believe accommodates both sides equally. Also, if there are actual names for the types of accounting I mentioned above, or if I'm wrong about any labels I used, please feel free to correct me.