Last Update: 2017-11-25
I am writing this to provide more information about how to contribute to the InvoicePlane project. This post is very important as I only have very limited time to work on the software recently and most of my time for InvoicePlane is spent on administrative tasks and some user support.
This overview will show you, the community, what needs to be done and some of my usual tasks. I would really appreciate if you could take some minutes of your freetime to solve some problems or just help other users.
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- Programming Help
- General information
- Overview of open Issues and planned Features
- Testing Help
- Non-Programming Help
- User Support
- Wiki Improvements
- Translate the Software
- Donate for the Project
- Spread the Word
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Issue is a bug that causes erroneous behaviour
Issue is an improvement of an existing feature
Issue is a completely new feature.
Indicates a critical issue that affects all users and need to be resolved as fast as possible.
Indicates a critical issue that affects some users and need to be resolved fast.
Indicates a major issue that should be addressed in the near future.
Indicates a minor issue that is not important and does not need to be fixed fast.
The current development of InvoicePlane 2 is paused as there are too many open questions and general tasks to do that I just can’t keep up with. It does not make sense to work on version 2 alone. Therefore I invest many time in InvoicePlane 1.
If you want to help with your programming skills please take a look at the contribution guide first. It’s not very long and will give you an overview on how to work with InvoicePlane.
Remember that we have a Slack chat you may join if you need further help. I’m usually online on Slack during work from Mo-Fr 10am - 6pm CET.
Please assign an issue to yourself if you start working on it to prevent duplicate work.
The Assignee field can be found in the top right of the issue details. If you are logged in there is a “Assign to me” link.
Overview of open Issues and planned Features
Expenses Module: A developer already started to implement an expenses module (pull request 371) but then abandoned his work without finalizing it. Maybe another developer could take his work and do the final steps.
Implement template files for emails in the same way like they are used by PDFs. Rather big feature, I suggest contacting me for more information.
Let users specify an own email address for the “send all emails as bcc to administrator email address”. Pretty small feature.
A feature for PDF templates needs to be improved, mostly work for the settings.
The password reset function does not use the mail method and credentials specified in the system settings.
The Import feature needs to be updated to work with the latest database changes for version 1.5.0.
This is a quite heavy but rather conceptual issue. Currently, all online payment providers show a credit card form no matter if they support credit cards or not. However, the form can’t be removed as some providers like Stripe need to get pre-entered credit card details from InvoicePlane. Task is to find a solution to show the form only for providers that really need the form.
Online Payments: Mollie is not working correctly. A small issue that may be fixed in a couple of minutes.
The following bugs are not scheduled for a specific release yet because the cause is unknown and/or it only occurs for some but not all users. Bugs usually get scheduled for the next release if they break something in a heavy way and occur for all users.
All non-scheduled bugs can be viewed here.
There are some features or bug fixes that need to be tested. To test a feature, download the test package, check whenever the feature is working and give a small feedback via Slack, as a comment in the forum or via mail.
Please do not test with your business system.
IP-638 - Product filtering
Check if the filtering of products is working correctly in the product overview.
IP-690 - Markdown Custom Fields
Custom fields support Markdown as a new type. Please check if the Markdown custom fields are properly working correctly.
IP-109 - Select of PDF template
Check if you can select the PDF template while downloading an quote or invoice. Preview image
One of my biggest tasks is user support in this forum. It takes a lot of time and most issues don’t even get resolved properly. If you have some time to spare I would really appreciate any help in this forum. Read new or older issues and try to help the users. Sometimes it’s more like pointing the user into the correct direction or help with configuration.
However, adding solid bug reports to the issue tracker would help to monitor the issues.
If you need assistance with an issue, you may “call me” by adding
@kovah to your response.
I tried to update the wiki with the release of version 1.5.0 but some parts of the wiki are still outdated. You may help updating the wiki and adding descriptions for new features or updating them for improved ones.
The wiki repository can be found here.
If you are not familiar with HTML and Git in any way, you may also write new parts as a text file and send it to me directly.
Translate the Software
You know another language besides English? Great! You could help us translate the application to make it more accessible for foreign users.
Join your translation project on Crowdin and start translating.
Donate for the project
Even if this won’t help me find more time for the project you will support our infrastructure and we may use the budget to set up paid bug bounties: pay other developers to fix bugs withing InvoicePlane.
Did you know: you can donate via PayPal, Credit Card, Bank Transfer or Bitcoin or support us with monthly payments via Flattr or Patreon.
PS: If you are registred at the forum and donated, you should contact me to get your Donator Badge.
Spread the Word
Last but not least: spread the word about InvoicePlane. A larger community may also attract new developers that may be willing to develop new features or fix bugs.
Just posting about InvoicePlane on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network helps the project.
You may also mention InvoicePlane in forum or blog posts. Every single mention helps us. Please link our main website https://www.facebook.com/InvoicePlane in your mentions.
Thanks to all users and contributors.