Harvest is a business tracking application dedicated to all those that own a company and want to effectively monitor their expenses, receivables and revenues. Considering that time is the most important asset, Harvest tries to be fast, intuitive and sleek, allowing the easy tracking of time, the logging of expenses and the billing of clients.
Harvest is a service of Iridesco, a web software company from New York. In 2003 Iridesco was intended to be a creative agency, but in 2006 it evolved into a software service provider. Harvest represents the company´s main application, being focused on maximizing the efficiency on any business, be it small or huge. Thousands of customers from all over the globe use Harvest to track time and serve the billing needs, from freelancers to companies that are constantly referred to as some of the most prestigious in the world.
Harvest wants to be different from other similar applications by offering a simple interface that requires a minimal learning curve, and features that are easy to use. Being web based, the compatibility of Harvest is another advantage that this application has over some of its rivals, as it can be used on both PC and Mac. Also, Harvest emphasizes on visual elements that give clear and gorgeous interpretations for each project creating excellent statistics and comparisons.
Harvest has an interface designed to make it very accessible, even to those that are not very familiar with computers and software. Well polished, Harvest runs smooth and looks at the same time both solid and flexible.
In order to use Harvest an account needs to be created. For new users there is a 30 days free trial that requires no credit card or any other payment methods to be set up. The registration is easy, and can be done in less than sixty seconds. After the registration, no downloads are required, as the application runs in a web based environment. Besides the usual password and user name a valid email address will be required, that will be used for confirming the account. Also, Harvest allows anyone registered to choose his own Harvest unique web address from which he can log in to his account and use the application. A free edition of the application is available if the user runs a one person operation, with less than three projects. It can be acquired by upgrading a newly registered trial account.
For users that have to deal with many projects and a larger number of clients, Harvest features a monthly subscription service that offers the possibility of upgrade of downgrade of the account at any given time. The subscriptions available include: Solo is addressed to the individual who handles only a few projects and that seeks a way to better organize them. (Starting from 12$ per month – 1 active users). Basic is addressed to a small business and attempts to keep connected the user with both his partners and employers. (Starting from 40$ per month – 5 active users). Business is addressed to big businesses that have a significant number of employers and that want an excellent time tracking solution that can increase drastically the efficiency of the business. (Starting from 90$ per month – 10 active users)
Harvest is targeted on individuals or companies that run small or big businesses and that want to be better organized, allowing them to have a better control of the course that their business is following. Both companies and freelancers will find Harvest as something that will increase their efficiency and not just a mere application that just offers a smooth interface and detailed reports. Its usability, especially in the long term, is unquestionable.