We love some of the features of FreeAgent mobile, but some like the task timer aren’t available to the desktop version of the website. You can add /mobile to the domain of the site and get the mobile version, but it often falls out of it and you end up with the desktop version.
As accurate time-recording has become important to us, a desktop client for FreeAgent that just works like an application would help us a lot. There are some for OSX, but paid for, and ultimately, for what we need, web is just fine.
So, we thought about it and James came up with a way to get Chrome running such that it could act like an application with the mobile version of FreeAgent.
Step 1: Make sure you’ve got a folder called c:\data\chrome and the following will give you a proper mobile version of FreeAgent.
Step 2: Create a shortcut and use this as the Target command making sure the URL is correct for your company’s FreeAgent account and tweaking sizes for your screen and preferences:
chrome.exe --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.0.2; en-us; Galaxy Nexus Build/ICL53F) AppleWebKit" --app-window-size=400,900 --user-data-dir="c:\data\chrome" --app="https://yourfreeagentaccount.freeagentcentral.com/"
Step 3: Set the Start in value as:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application
Step 4: Now you can save your shortcut somewhere useful and off you go!
I run two different FreeAgent logins – a full access one, and a limited one for time keeping, etc which I use for logging on to the mobile edition of the site. Saves a lot of hassle if you’re the boss.
The end result should look a lot like this:
If you’re a Mac owner I believe the options string for Chrome should work for you. We’ll post specific instructions on here when we get a chance.