Dear InvoicePlane community,
I just wanted to inform you all about the current state of the project, the planning and the future.
At the moment I have not much time to spend on the project as I started working full-time. The most time I can get will be invested into the development of InvoicePlane 2. I hope you understand my current situation. I would really like to work full time on the project but I can’t live from nothing as I don’t earn money with the software.
This means that the planned release of an early beta will not be available in fall this year. If I doesn’t get any help from other developers the application will not even be released this year. There is so much to do that I can’t handle in the small amount of time I can get.
If you are a good developer or you know one please contact me. Even smaller amounts of help, like creating mockups, or defining controllers or models will help a lot.
Addition: About InvoicePlane v1
As I got a message over Reddit I just wanted to clarify what will happen to the version 1 in the future: InvoicePlane 1 will not be abandoned or discontinued. The version will still be available and receive smaller updates and fixes because I think that the version is still widely used and supports older environments.
The only thing is - as stated in another post - that I will not work on new features. If another developer submits a new feature this will be included but I spend my time only on bug fixes and InvoicePlane 2.
Requirements for InvoicePlane 2
As you may already know IP 2 is based on Laravel, the framework that is used to build the application. With the release of Laravel 5.1, which will be a long-term-support version we can make sure that security patches will be available for a long time.
Additionally I want to use a PHP library that supports handling of larger amounts than the current system.
So, these are the new requirements:
- an up-to-date web server (Apache >2.4 or nginx >1.6)
- PHP > 5.5 with the following libraries/extensions installed
- BC Math
- MySQL > 5.6
- a modern, up-to-date web browser (see this overview for the latest versions)
(this is not the final list, it may get updates in the future)
Before some of you may ask why PHP 5.4 will not be supported I would like to say just one thing: PHP 5.4 will not be supported anymore after 14th of September this year. This means all old or new security issues will remain unresolved which is a big issue for applications like InvoicePlane which stores sensitive business data.
If you are currently running a web server with PHP equal or below version 5.4 I advise you to upgrade to a newer version. If you can’t upgrade on your own contact your hosting provider to do so.
There will be a huge update for the wiki for InvoicePlane 2 so it should be no problem to install InvoicePlane and it’s requirements on your own server.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask.