Time tracking software can be helpful in several situations but especially for freelancers who are getting paid by the hour or users who want to optimize or track their daily workflow.
Programs like TimeSheet are designed for users who spend most of their work day on the computer. TimeSheet records the activities on the computer automatically with an option to add activities manually as well.
All activities are recorded into the default project which is created on first startup. One of the advantages of TimeSheet is the ability to create and assign projects and tasks to application windows and titles which are automatically recognized once they have been configured.
The ability to recognize application titles allows the creation of specific rule sets. This option allows it for instance to assign specific Excel spreadsheets to different projects. This principle applies to all programs that display different titles.
A project can consist of multiple tasks which can be defined in the rules. Tasks define specific activities of a project. A basic example would be project A with the two tasks phone calls when a Skype call is made and web development when Photoshop is the active window.
Rules can be modified at anytime in the application's settings. The reporting can be configured to display activities of a specific time frame or a weekly overview.
An export option is available to export reports into Excel. TimeSheet displays a system tray notification whenever the active program window changes. The notification displays the active program name and project / task it is recorded in. Users who do not need that option can turn if off in the program's settings.
Time spend on projects or tasks can be added manually as well. This way non-computer related activities or activities on other computer systems can be added to the time tracking app.
The program runs in a learning mode by default which will recognize new program windows automatically. The option to create rules for new applications is provided directly in that mode.
TimeSheet is an automatic time tracking software with an interesting feature set. The developer could improve on the export, import and syncing features though.
The rest of the program leaves little to desire. TimeSheet can be downloaded from the developer's website. The software is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system. It requires the Microsoft .net Framework 2.0.
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