I've been selling and supporting Apple systems in the Frankfurt area since 1990. Today I cover the full range from iPad to server, along with networking and Internet services. I take care of technology, so my clients can take care of business.
It was a legacy FileMaker solution, designed for a 640 x 480 screen, and wouldn't even allow me to reorder line items on an invoice. And yet, no other solution I tried allowed me to design my templates the way I wanted them to look, so I was stuck.
The template system, while challenging to master, is extremely flexible and provides top-notch printed and PDF output, and the modern UI makes Billings Pro a pleasure to use.
I was happy with Billings, but stayed on the fence because it was limited to a single user. With Billings Pro and its advanced multiuser capabilities, I can finalize and print invoices on-site with my MacBook while my assistant reconciles payments back at the office, and later on everything will show up on my iMac. Now, there's no going back.
Since I always bent over backwards to make my invoices comprehensible and good-looking, my clients haven't noticed much of a change. The amount of pain saved on my end, however, is considerable.
Invoicing has always been my least favourite task this side of a root canal. Even Billings Pro can't make it fun, but at least it's quick and easy, which is the most I could ever hope for.
The simpler it is to record time spent, the fewer billable hours fall through the cracks. Time slips in Billings Pro are a big help, and I hope to catch even more billable time with Billings Pro Touch.
With the recurring invoice feature, no monthly, quarterly or yearly invoice goes unsent. It also provides a convenient summary of valuable client relationships worth maintaining and expanding. And time no longer slips through the cracks.
While a variety of invoice templates are included with Billings Pro, almost any design can be implemented with the powerful template system, which includes F-Script, a complete scripting language that puts FileMaker's scripting to shame. Non-technical users will probably want to consult a Marketcircle Partner if they need advanced scripting, but the template editor in Billings Pro makes it easy to tweak the design of the included templates, and there is a good selection to choose from.