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New Time Billing Features Released

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DM Cloud and Pro Cloud have New Features!

We are introducing new features for DM Cloud and Pro Cloud. The features are automatically added to your software at no charge. Inspired by designer feedback, these new features are designed to save you time and make your life easier.


Time Import

Do you prefer to use Excel or a mobile time app to keep track of your time? Well, now you can easily import a file into Design Manager to create your time entries; whether for billing your client or for keeping an employee time record.  With Design Manager's new Time Import window, you can import time from Excel spreadsheets, time tracking apps, or from your favorite calendar app like Outlook or Google.

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Excel Time Sheet
Quickly email your employees an Excel Time Sheet.  You can use the Time Sheet that is included, or create your own.  The Excel Time Sheet includes the Project, Date, Time, Hours, Activity, and more. This feature is great for companies who previously needed their employees to log in to enter their time.  Now all they have to do is fill out a time sheet each week and one person can manage the import.

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Track Your Time On The Go
Ever feel like you don't have a good handle on time - when you ought to be tracking employee hours or your own billable hours for clients?  Now, use your smart phone or tablet and any of the top-rated time apps, like Hours Keeper, to keep track of your time on the go.  Enter the project, start and end time, hourly rate, and comments to track your activity.  Next, email yourself a CSV file from a specific time period or a specific project and import this file into Design Manager.

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Track Your Time On Your Calendar
Track your time on your favorite calendar app and import it into Design Manager daily, weekly or monthly.  Start by tracking your billable time on your calendar app, like Google or Outlook.  Next, save your calendar as an .ICS file and import it into Design Manager.
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Monthly Time Buckets
So many of our clients bill their time on a monthly basis, that we wanted to make this billing method even easier within DM.  With our new setting, DM will automatically create monthly time items and place new time entries into the correct month.  For example, if you were to enter a new time entry for July 1, 2016, a new item will be created automatically called “Time for the Month of July 2016.”  Your 7/1/16 entry and subsequent July entries will automatically join to this new time item.  When you enter the first time entry for August, an August item will be created for all August entries and so on.
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Use the Time Import Window as a Posting List
Entering time into the Time Import window, but not ready to post them to your projects?  No problem!  Simply mark time entries that you are not ready to post on "Hold" so you can come back and make changes later.  You can leave the Time Import window without posting your entries and they will be waiting in your Design Manager when you come back to it later.  This means, you can double check your work, or post all of your time for the day, week, or month at once.

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If you are interested in learning more about the above time billing features please watch our demonstration video:


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Please visit our new Release Notes page to find the complete listing of releases for DM Cloud and Pro Cloud.  On this page you can also find the latest announcements and service notifications.


Lindsay Paoli
Lindsay Paoli
Lindsay is in charge of the Sales and Marketing team at Design Manager and has enjoyed growing the DM company for the past 10 years. In her spare time though, you can find her taking care of her two adorably demanding little rugrats, traveling, enjoying new restaurants or cheering on her beloved Philadelphia sports teams with her friends and family.

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