By Niko Kramer
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Timelime is the easiest and most beautiful way to track and visualize your working hours.
Timelime is the perfect assistant for:
◦ Freelancers and independent contractors who have to track their time spent on projects
◦ Students who want to spend more time studying by monitoring their daily/weekly/monthly workload
◦ Individuals who are interested in how they spend their work time
◦ People who wish to reduce the amount of time not being productive
◦ Anyone else who likes simple yet powerful time tracking and visualization
Timelime’s key highlights are:
SYNCHRONIZATION - Keep your data in sync using the optional synchronization setting. When enabled your data syncs automatically and immediately on all your Macs via iCloud or Dropbox.
UNOBTRUSIVE INTERFACE - When timing, Timelime hides away in the menu bar. Even the menu bar icon is customizable to make it as unobtrusive as you like. Start and stop the timer from the menu bar or by a hotkey.
TASK GROUPING - Organize your tasks by groups using simple drag and drop. Timelime supports up to two levels of subtasks.
CALENDAR VIEW - View your daily work activity in a unique continuous calendar, which also allows you to select date ranges for review.
BEAUTIFUL CHARTS - Whether you want to display your workload in a bar, line, or pie chart, Timelime enables you to generate customizable and beautiful charts.
CONSISTENCY ACROSS TIME ZONES - Are you working in different time zones? Timelime automatically takes care of time shifts; your timings and reports will always be time zone independent.
INTELLIGENT IMPORT - Never worry about duplicate tasks or timings when importing any Timelime data.
EXPORTING - Timelime offers selective export of both your data to CSV or XML, and your charts to PDF, PNG, or JPG for easy import into your reports.
INTUITIVE INTERFACE - Timelime makes time tracking intuitive with its clean and simple interface. Start time tracking right away. It just works!
• Task archiving
• Idle time detection
• Undo/Redo support
• Backup and restore your data manually
• Automatic Backups
• Adapts to localized date and time formats
• Import data from TicToc App
• Add notes to your tasks and timings
• Manually add, edit, or delete timings
• Retina display support
Please note that Timelime only supports the Gregorian calendar.
We’d love to hear from you!
You can reach us by sending feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or feature requests please start a public or private discussion at http://support.timelimeapp.com.
What's New in Version 1.3
Synchronization is finally here! You can now sync your tasks and timings across all your Macs via iCloud or Dropbox. Enjoy :)
Other new features:
• Configurable automatic backups of all your Timelime data
• A more minimalistic menu bar item (optional)
• Panels can be attached to and detached from the menu bar and pinned to the desktop
• Move the start time of a running timer back to the end of the previous timing or the last system wake from sleep
• Duplicate a task and all its subtasks
• Assign a timing to a different task either by dropping a task on it or using the contextual menu in the “Timings” view
• Drop tasks onto the calendar to create new timings
• Toggle between compacted and detailed display of timings (non-destructive)
To read more about the new features select “What’s New in Timelime” from the app’s help menu or go directly to timelimeapp.com/blog.
Please backup your Timelime data before updating (Timelime Preferences > Backup).
Thank you for your support, we hope you like the update!
If you experience any trouble updating, let us know and we’ll gladly help.
Good looks, basic functionality — revised
The update delivered some improvements but this application doesn’t perform most of the basic tasks that I need.
Sure, if you just need a beautiful application to track your time because you’re curious how much time you spend surfing FaceBook, then it fits the bill. However, if you need to track your time for business and billing purposes, keep looking.
The menubar dropdown timer shows the total time for the currently running project group for the entire year, not how much time I’ve spent on the task I’m currently working on.
There are two states for each group: active and archived. These can only be set for the entire group, not for tasks within it. So if you have a running project where you need to bill periodically, forget it.
There is no rounding option for the time spent on tasks.
There is no way to enter hourly rates for clients or project type. You can only track time, not income.
There is no hours reached alert.
There is no way to turn off the calendar pane.
There is no way to turn off the dock icon and only have a menubar icon.
Timelime is hands-down the best-looking time tracking software I’ve ever seen. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the best-looking apps, period. It works fine as a time tracker but the current version lacks a few options. The good news is that the developer seems responsive to user comments and claims to be working on an updated version with improvements and additional features.
After my favorite app TimeLog was abandoned I tried using its successor Timings for a year but hated it. So I decided to find a replacement and spent weeks reading reviews, and downloading and trying out demos. During this time I kept coming back to Timelime. Although the available documentation was scarce and there is no demo, the positive reviews and the design caught my attention.
Finally I decided to take a leap of faith and bought it.
As a basic time tracking app it works great. While not completely intuitive, it took only a short time to figure out how things work. The layout is straight forward and easy to work with. All in all, I'm very please with this app. I consider the price appropriate for something that I use every day for my business.
I'm looking forward to seeing what improvements and added features the developer has in store in the next update.