Settings gets a makeover

Today we're really happy to share something we've been working on for months. Our new and improved settings section.

In short it's cleaner, more accessible, easier to navigate and just makes more sense than the old "grid of doom" that forced you to navigate back and forward.

New additions

- Destructive actions like account cancellation and changing leave year are now handled in the Danger Zone (Top Gun soundtrack optional ✈️)

- Public holidays now show you the number of users assigned to a location and the number of days in this calendar year for that location

- The API docs have moved to Integrations

There's a huge number of improvements to text contrast, copy, colours, and accessibility and it's far too much to wrap up in this post. Click around, see how you get on 🙂


๐Ÿš€ NEW MOBILE APP ๐Ÿš€ - beta testers wanted!

Hi there,

We've got an entirely new Timetastic mobile app in the final stages of development and need some beta testers, some people keen to see the shiny new app and feedback any issues or problems.

This isn't some minor enhancement to the existing app, this is 100% new. New design, new screens, it's even got dark mode! 👏

It's open to any existing Timetastic user:

I'll share a few screenshots so you get a flavour of what to expect:


Leave Type Icons

Ever look at the Wallchart and think? What is pink? Is that Annual leave or Sickness?

Well, wonder no more - you can now assign an icon for each different type of leave, and your calendar comes to life :)


You can choose which icons to use in SETTINGS > LEAVE TYPES:


They'll appear on your Calendar, on the Wallchart and on the summary in your calendar, like so...


Hope you like!

Better Preferences Menu

"My preferences" and "Sign in & security" have joined forces under our new, much clearer Preferences menu:

Now you can change your email notification settings, password, set up 2FA or see your sign ins all from the same place. Much clearer, much easier to scan through and hopefully you'll agree, much easier to use.


Other updates:

- We've also cleaned up an edge case permissions issue where some updates on users wouldn't save properly

- We've opted out of Google's controversial FLoC experiment on our website (see: https://plausible.io/blog/google-floc#what-is-federated-learning-of-cohorts-floc). 


The Fire Wire!

For our Pro users, the Burnout Board is shining a light on those people who aren't taking time off and might be overworking. But leaving it down to ad-hoc logging in and checking is pretty weak.

So, The Fire Wire is your quarterly update from the Burnout Board.

It's sent to both admin users and department bosses (for their department).

If nobody's on your burnout board that's great news, we won't send anything.

The email looks like this: 



๐Ÿ”’ Two-factor authentication (2FA)

Happy new year, folks! 

We might all be on lockdown (again!) here in the UK, but at Timetastic we're thinking about a different kind of lockdown: how we can help you keep your Timetastic account safe and secure 🔒.

So in today's release we introduce two-factor authentication, using your favourite authenticator app: Google Authenticator, Authy, etc. You're probably already using 2FA with many of your other software apps.

You can set up 2FA on a new page: Sign in & Security, which you can find under your profile menu:

Profile menu -> Sign in & Security

This page now gives you a single location to:

  • Change your password
  • Set up 2FA and manage your recovery codes
  • View your sign in logs


Timetastic Pro

Timetastic Pro users get the additional option to enforce Company-wide 2FA. You'll find this option under SETTINGS > SECURITY:

That's all for now but you can find more detailed information in our Help Centre.


Other changes

Fix The Excel backup report had user allowances misaligned in the columns, that's now fixed

Improvement We've improved the auto column widths in all excel downloads to accomodate the filter checkboxes now.


Stay safe, stay secure everyone.

Sign-in changes

New, nouveau, neu, nuevo - security page and sign-in flow.

Following hot 🔥 on the heels 👠 of last week’s release, today we introduce some changes related to how you sign in to Timetastic. 🔐

You’ll notice, when you’re next prompted to sign in, that we’ve spruced up the look-and-feel of the sign-in process. The changes are not entirely aesthetic though: we’re splitting entry of email address and password in order to pave the way for additional options in future (🤫).

Finally, we’re recording user sign-ins so that we can give your admins the means to view this information for your organisation. They’ll find it on a new Security page, under Settings.

New Reporting page

Say hello 👋 to “Recent Transactions” our new addition to the reporting and backup page. 📊

As an Admin user, you can now see a list of recent leave events (bookings, approvals, cancellations etc.) and download it from the same page you normally get your reports.

To fit recent transactions in, we’ve redesigned the reporting page to make it a bit more organised and clean.

Also we fixed a really edge case bug on rendering public holidays on the Wallchart 🛠

That’s it for now, stay tuned for more!

Another week, another maintenance release

A couple of small improvements today:

  • We’ve tweaked the way we load user profile photos as, in some circumstances, we were inadvertently trying to load non-existent images.
  • We’ve upgraded a client library to ensure that we’re keeping up to date with maintenance releases by our platform providers (ever seen the film “Inception”? 🕶 ).

Design update ๐Ÿ™Œ

Today we start the long journey to updating the main Timetastic design to be in line with our new branding. You’ve already noticed the website’s been updated so this change is the start of removing all the purple and moving us to the new colour scheme in Timetastic itself.

We’ve outlined the main reasons for these changes in the blog here: https://timetastic.co.uk/blog/a-new-look-for-timetastic/

But to summarise that post, this will make accessibility, contrast and readability better for everyone in the long term.

If you spot some purple somewhere that we’ve missed, drop us a tweetand we’ll fix it in the next update 🙂

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