focus booster v2.2.0 has arrived

We are super excited to announce the release of focus booster v2.2.0. A lot has changed so have a good read before upgrading.

We have big dreams for focus booster and it feels so good to launch another version so soon after the last. This one ended up being huge, with well over 40 issues to work on. It would be an understatement to say that we feel some relief in releasing it into your hands! So we hope you really like it!

We have made some major changes to how focus booster can be used and also how our plans and pricing work. While we love being able to provide a free offering as part of our service and are happy we can continue to do so. The changes we have made will enable us to deliver more value to our users, in providing an app that really encourages people to use the pomodoro technique and grow productivity. We measure our success on our ability to provide value to you and we are on our way to improving our worth!

So take a look below and see what new and exciting goodness awaits you in focus booster v2.2.0!

Important updates

Mandatory log in

Like many other time tracking apps it is now manadatory for you to log in. We are essentially a cloud service, with the bonus of a desktop app, so as we offer new plaforms and services, log in is going to be important! It also gives us the ability to connect focus booster to other tools and products in the future, for those much requested integrations!

New free plan limits

Previously the focus booster free plan was limited to 3 days data retention, but now we will be limiting our new Starter plan (which is free) to 20 session per month. Which is great because now you will have access to all your historical data!

Creating an account

Please note because everyone using v2.2.0 will now have to sign in to use focus booster, you will need to create an account if you don't already have one.

New features

Auto suggest labels

No need to look back through your timesheets to find out what you labelled the last session, these auto suggest labels are also filterable in the session report.

Create clients in the timer

New clients can now be created on the fly in the timer, no need to go to the client tab in the web app.

Turn clients and revenue off

A great new feature for those not using focus booster with an hourly rate.

Clients and labels are no longer mandatory

You can save sessions without assigning a client and/or a label for more flexibility.

New plans

We have introduced three plan levels. The Professional plan for those who do a lot of sessions or use clients and revenue. The Individual plan for those doing less than 200 sessions per month. The Starter plan for those learning the pomodoro technique, this is our free plan offering with 20 sessions per month.

Extended free trial

All new sign-ups will be receiving a free 30 day Professional Plan trial of focus booster so they can get to know the product and decide what level they need. If you would like to sign up for your free trial again you can do so by emailing your username. We will in turn delete your old account so you can have your free trial again!

Session timeouts

We've greatly improved the workflow that follows when your session times out. We capture this, give you the ability to log in again and repeat your last request.

General improvements

We have done quite a lot of general improvements and bug fixes from version 2.1 too.

So that is the wrap! There is a lot to experiment with so upgrade and get started! We also want to say a huge thank you to our beta testers, for their tireless efforts. We couldn't have done it without you.

Providing value to you

So as we mentioned a lot of the changes we have made are going to allow us to help you be more effective at using the pomodoro technique and ultimately providing you with increased productivity. We will begin offering perfomance reporting emails, prompts to log in and use the timer if you haven't been active for a while and eventually ways to plan out your day and work to it, so you can see how good you are at setting expectations!

Join us on this adventure by upgrading to focus booster v2.2.0.

If you do not wish to have the 20 session limit on your account we suggest you continue to use v2.1.0 without signing in but we will no longer provide updates and improvements to it.

Our future plans

The next updates you can look forward to are;

  • On-boarding, pomodoro education and usability improvements, to help people get the most out of focus booster
  • Reoccurring pomodoro sessions, with a long break option, for total pomodoro functionality
  • Reporting improvements and extensions, allowing filtering and reporting by hours and minutes
  • Organizational plans, for teams and companies to work together using the pomodoro technique
  • Mobile apps, you all want them!
  • Planning functionality, to make focus booster a planning and time tracking and pomodoro tool
  • Integrations, so you can use focus booster with your favourite apps and tools

If you want to get in touch, please email us. We are happy to hear ideas, criticism (constructive of course) and answer questions.

Thanks you for using focus booster. Enjoy v2.2.0 and keep any eye out for the next round of updates coming soon!

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