some of you may already know that FusionInvoice was shut down some days ago. FusionInvoice and InvoicePlane have some kind of special relationship as the software is the commercial successor of an early, formerly open source version with the same name, while InvoicePlane continued the development on the open source version. You can read more about the history of InvoicePlane and further details of the story here.
FusionInvoice is now InvoicePlane 2
FusionInvoice is an awesome software with a 10-year long history and it was kinda sad to hear the the project was shut down. I thought about this stop a lot and after @gnacho asked about a possible incorporation I decided to write Jesse. Jesse and I talked about the future of the software and agreed that InvoicePlane will take over the stable code of FusionInvoice. It will be published as InvoicePlane 2.
So, what now?
FusionInvoice version 2018-8 is now InvoicePlane version 2.0.0 Alpha 1. I decided to not release the software directly as version 2.0.0 but instead make it available as an alpha version because in the current state FusionInvoice and InvoicePlane differ a lot and it takes some work to bring it on a level that is fine for both existing FusionInvoice and InvoicePlane users.
Expect a lot of conversation in the next time. I would like to know what you need, what you expect from the software. I need you input and your ideas. Please help making InvoicePlane 2 a piece of software that is your perfect invoicing solution.
Information for existing FusionInvoice users
For now, nothing changes except that you can download your software from InvoicePlane.com now as version 2.0.0. Alpha 1. This version is exactly the code from FusionInvoice 2018-8 with the only change that some standard settings like the skin and the title were changed to “InvoicePlane”.
An upgrade from FusionInvoice to InvoicePlane 2 is only available from version 2018-08.
Information for existing InvoicePlane users
The new version 2 is currently not compatible with InvoicePlane 1. There is no way to update the app or import any of your existing data. If you want to test the new version you can download it from the website but expect a lot of things to change until we release a stable version.
Information for new users
If you are interested in InvoicePlane 2 I suggest to wait until we release a stable version of the application. The current version has the Alpha status, meaning that a lot of things will change. However, you can also try out InvoicePlane 1 which can be downloaded from the website too. You will be able to upgrade from InvoicePlane 1 to version 2 later.
Information for Developers
You are interested in helping with the development of InvoicePlane 2? Please contact me directly via direct message or via Slack.
The next steps
In the following weeks I will evaluate which features are implemented in the different versions and compare them.
- Existing features of version 1 will most likely be implemented into version 2.
- Existing features of version 2 will be evaluated and either be kept in the app or changed in favour of a new implementation.
After that I will plan what needs to be done for version 2 and add new tickets accordingly. If you are interested in helping with development please contact me.
A last note to all users: please share your opinion, your feedback, your ideas and wishes in this thread. I would like to develop version 2 for the users, not for me alone.