Yes, that’s right, we have a manifesto!
Boiled down, our manifesto can be summed up as software doesn’t have to hurt.
Or, if you’re a glass-half-full kind of person (and we are), good software is cheerful software: it behaves cheerfully, and it leaves you cheerful, too. Good software is like a good concierge: there when you need it, with what you need in hand, fading away magically into the background when you don’t need it.
Here are our bullet points—a no-doubt evolving list.
Good software should:
- respect your time. Long-lasting login sessions. Mouse-free time entry forms. Quick-loading, simple screens. The power to log time—or run reports—from every page. These things are just some ways that we made freckle to respect you.
- make no demands. Good software exists to serve, not make requests. We got rid of everything (& every configuration screen) between you and your work. Log time immediately: no setup required.
- understand your job. You’ve got a job to do, and we’re guessing that your title is not Chief Executive Time Tracker. freckle has baked-in support for consultants’ minimum billing increments and other goodies that other software just doesn’t understand.
- anticipate your needs. We’re freelancers, consultants, and rogue agents, too. We saw where other software let us down and we built freckle in exactly the opposite way. There are little touches everywhere to help you do what you have to do in order to get back to what you want to do.
- surprise you—in a nice way. Good software is better than you expect it to be.
We’ve guided ourselves by these principles when designing freckle, and continue to apply them to freckle as we move forward.