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Tictoc is a simple task timer for your menubar. It was built to integrate with YOUR workflow not someone else's method of tracking time. Tictoc offers exporting of all your data to XML and CSV for easy importing into your favorite accounting or project management application.
+ Doesn't support clients
+ Doesn't support projects
+ Doesn't waste your time managing tasks
+ Simple interface that gets out of your way
+ Start and pause timer from menubar
+ Exports to XML and CSV
+ Option to show full task name in menubar
+ Detail view of each task timestamps
+ Idle detection
Great for freelancers, independent contractors, small business owners/employees and anyone else that has to report their time.
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What's New in Version 2.2
• Retina Support
It’s the best of the timers…not sure why some of the poor ratings.
I tried all of the top five apps in this category but none of them come close to Tictoc. I use the app to time sessions when I’m providing end-user customer support for a software app to keep track of my actual hours worked. It’s so easy to use, stays out of the way unless needed, easily displays when it’s running in the Menu Bar so you don’t forget it, but if you do, you can set reminders that you’ve been idle and it will let you know. Also, the sessions are easily modified in case you forget to turn it on, etc. Also, contrary to some apps, everything in the interface is large enough font that you can easily see it. Great app!
CSV Export Not Compatible with Excel Time Functions
Though this is a great menu bar task timer, the CSV export puts duration in values that Excel cannot work with (e.g. 2h 22m) rather than ones it can work with (e.g. 02:22:00) and this ultimately undermines its value if hours need to be tracked and exported for business purposes. Though the developers said they would consider this update for a future release, it's been four months and no update.
Also, this does not allow you to track tasks within a project (unless you use the Comment field). I have downloaded a number of simple task timers and, even though I like Tic Toc's UI the most, at least Chronos 1) Exports CSVs that can immediately be used by Excel functions and 2) Allows you to create a Project, Task, and have a Comments field. It's not a menu bar app (I wish it was), but by offering these minor features, it's far more useful.
Does exacty what it is supposed to do and does it well
This app does one thing and does it very well: tracks the time you spend on tasks and exports the results. It has a very attractive, well-thought out UI, and the idle timer is invaluable for making sure the timing is accurate.
One feature request: a keyboard shortcut to start and stop the timer.