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08/20/2013


First, this site would not be possible if not for the work and public contributions of:

Fog Creek Software – Trello Yukihiro Matsumoto – Ruby Christian Neukirchen - Rack Blake Mizerany – Sinatra John Resig – jQuery
Mike Bostock – D3 Novus Partners – NVD3 Jia Huang - D3 Timeline Jeremy Tregunna – Ruby Trello gem Phil Ross – TZInfo Gem Salvatore Sanfilippo – Redis

This site was built using free software that was created by the list above. I think the full list of the contributors would be insanely long. I am thankful to everyone that I know about and can imagine the ones that I don't staring at glowing screens late into the night. Thanks peepz. It would be interesting to see all the names in one big interactive list from the father of the computer, Alan Turing, and on. Maybe one day I’ll make that list to answer the question: How many lives were involved for me to do this one thing?

If you use this site, the answer is just one person made it. Hi, my name is Brendan Malloy and I created Reports for Trello. I am an independent artist and web developer living and working solo in Cleveland, Ohio. Reports for Trello is my take on a time tracking tool using the Trello API. I love Trello and don't want to change the interface or the workflow to manage my time. With Reports for Trello you can use all the different devices supported by the Trello app and track your time without doing anything extra for time tracking. Dragging cards to lists in Trello makes it easy to collaborate; now you can get time tracking data and reports by moving that same card. One stone, two birds.

The idea behind the current free version is this:

Actions in Trello, like moving a card to a list or making a comment, are stored in a history. Reports for Trello reads your history securely through the Trello API and automagically generates time tracking data. It basically tracks how long a card was in your ‘Doing’ list. Reports for Trello stores the processed data for the next 4 hours in the server RAM. At this point you can edit your time, run reports, and export your data. None of your actual Trello data is ever modified. After 4 hours your temporary workspace expires from the server memory and the internet. You can login any time later to load your most recent 250 Trello activities and get fresh up-to-date reports everyday... for free!

I want this site to be a quick and free workspace for all Trello users. A free 4 hour workspace to view recent activity, edit time, and run reports seems reasonable. The 250 activities will generate a little more than a weeks worth of punches from my Trello usage. It will vary. Hitting the API limit at 1000 records generates months. A more permanent storage solution is in the works, but I think much can be done with API alone. How far back do you need to look to make sure you don't get lost moving forward?

Why the limits? The site is in beta. I have no idea how people will use it. Everything up to this point is how I would like to use/see/trust a website providing a free service. I don’t want my data stored forever. I don’t want to remember a new password. I don’t want my email address stored in another database. I don’t want to use plugins, timers, or apps that work only on a desktop. I want to use Trello as is and get reports fast. With Reports for Trello you can see reports in 4 clicks if you are already logged into Trello. Try it out and tell me what you think on the Trello board for this site.

I hope this idea can grow. If you wish to support this site please consider purchasing a large report. Any amount will go towards its further development (and to help me live).

I hope you find this site helpful in achieving your goals.

Thanks,

Brendan Malloy

Infinite Butterfly Studios LLC



Questions? Ideas? Need help? email: support @ or post on the Reports for Trello Support board.


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