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Dr Darren of Webel IT Australia says:

I used iBiz software for over nearly year, primarily because I had invested too much effort in time entries in the first weeks to change ship; in the end I just had to abandon it. Do not trust this software with your time and data, and do not trust the testimonials - at least not if you are running Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8. Do not inflict its penchant for hogging up to 90% of your CPU on yourself. It does however have some very useful features that are missing from, for example, onecompetitor Billings.

I try to remain grateful for what I could achieve with it and for what I did do with it; no, it's too buggy, unreliable, and CPU consumptive for that, I can't be truly grateful, for the developers are too hard to help, offering thanks here would be rewarding negative behavior too much, and the app just wasted too much of my life. And I don't seem to be rescue all that precious time-tracking data sensibly.

I have moved, for now, to the (only slightly) less evil Evil yet "awarded" Billings. Software developers should note. If you are too lazy to pick up a phone (as requested) to discuss bugs at the convenience of your customers who are trying to help you, and if you expect unpaid customers to waste time on your support emails, you will lose customers and public support.

Application Featuresort icon Dr Darren's Vote Test result Remark
iBiz (Option to enforce) only one timer runs at a time.
0.05
passed
iBiz Access contributing items and their property sheets directly from reports
0.05
failed

No, the reports are "static", and the developers do not understand Model-View-Controller. There should be an option to "freeze" reports if that is needed. (This very useful feature should be well known to users of MYOB.)

iBiz Access stored timesheet data by SQL
0.05
UNKNOWN
iBiz Column-delimited data export (easily imported into spreadsheet applications)
0.05
failed

The text export is a god-forsaken mess combining different types of data and without clean columns. Can't be real in 2010.

iBiz Convenient and quick editing of job event title and notes
0.05
failed

The iBiz web site claims "Faster Editing and Entry", but in fact I found that sometimes when editing just the title of a job event entry in the property box took over a second sometimes for the cursor to move along, and highlighting made it grind to a halt. I'm giving this a fail (the feature exists but is not as claimed). Do not believe the hype Tongue

iBiz CPU usage efficiency
0.05
failed

Appalling. The iBiz version 4.1.1 typically hogged 90% of my Mac Book Pro with 2.5Ghz Core 2 duo, rendering it and all other applications unusable. Clearly not tested properly, put me off this app forever. Awful ! Angry

iBiz Customisable reports
0.05
failed

Not AFAIK.

iBiz Documentation easily navigable
0
UNKNOWN
iBiz Easily select all job events within a subset of projects
0.05
passed

They almost got this right under Advance Invoice, however one has to reselect the subset of projects each time, i.e., there is no proper persistence of the chosen project subset parameter.

iBiz Easily start/pause/restart timers (without completing/closing job event)
0
passed
iBiz Easy access to start/stop timestamped logging of job sub-events
0.05
passed

Nice optional display in right pane with clear start/stop indicators.

iBiz Editable log of start/stop of job sub-events
0.05
passed

Not as far as I can tell.

iBiz Export reports (not invoices) as PDF
0
failed

Not AFAIK.

iBiz Filtering and sorting of job events by date across projects and/or client
0
failed

Not AFAIK.

iBiz Financial information cent-accurate
0.05
failed

Definitely not. For some reason the data walks away, there are bad rounding errors somewhere.

iBiz Generate invoice/report for a given fine-grained period (hh:mm accurate)
0.05
passed

And the choice is persistent between report and invoice generations.

iBiz Hyperlink job event to external resource as URL
0
failed

As in iCal. Not in iBiz AFAIK.

iBiz Job event groups with weighted time and service rate averages of sub-events
0.05
passed

Very useful feature, done well.

iBiz Option to show unbilled items in reports and/or invoices
0.05
passed

This is nicely displayed in reports as greyed out service items next to normal billed ones, for those job events where "unbilled" is selected. AFAIK, one has to, in order to send this to anyone (which I often need to do to show clients what they are NOT paying for), take a screenshot of the report.

iBiz Pie-charts and percentages of time spent by project/client.
0.05
passed

In case you like this kind of visual overview, can be handy.

iBiz Reliable export of start/finish job event data to iCal
0.05
buggy

iBiz completely mangled my iCal entries Angry (and if you Google "iBiz sucks" you'll find I'm not alone). Whatever you do, switch OFF iBiz to iCal "integration" in both directions. Do not even bother to test it. Let their developers test it this time ! And maybe they should change this claim on their site:

'With a completely new iCal sync engine, iBiz 4 takes a leap forward in management and scheduling of billing, projects, job events, to do lists, alarms and more.'

Piffle Tongue !

iBiz Tag completed job event by completion state: like PASSED, FAILED, etc.
0
suggested

randomness