Product Announcement – Independent software developer, Daniel Alm of Munich, Germany has released Timing 2, his popular time tracking application for OS X. Timing 2 keeps track of one’s time – all by itself. The Mac app records meticulously how much time the user has spent on apps, documents and websites. This data can then be used to analyze one’s productivity, but is also essential for billing hours. Timing 2 introduces a completely new interface, automatic productivity score estimation, and the ability to automatically detect blocks of time that belong together, for even more accurate time sheets.
Professional Mac users need to know how they spend time on their Mac – otherwise, keeping track of which projects consume too much time is a nearly impossible task. Timing 2 answers this question by automatically tracking time spent in each app, document and website. The user can then later inspect this data using Timing’s extensive analytics features and assign activities to projects. Rules let the user further automate those assignments.
For those who need to bill their hours as accurately as possible, Timing 2 also supports classic start/stop timers and lets the user create tasks retroactively. Timing 2’s detailed timeline even shows when the user did what, and automatically suggests tasks for blocks of time that belong together. This automatic grouping feature lets the user assign a whole day’s worth of time in just a few seconds. The app can even automatically ask users what they did as soon as they return to their Mac.
Timing 2 also supports creating exhaustive reports over the tracked data, including timesheets or “weekly snippet” summaries. These reports can then exported in Excel, CSV, PDF and HTML formats for further processing or forwarding them to a client. Even though it collects sensitive data like the currently used document, Timing will not compromise the privacy of its users. Recorded data stays safe on the users’ computer and any entry can be erased retroactively. In addition, tracking can automatically be disabled outside working hours.
- Mac OS X 10.11.0 or later
- 100 MB disk space
Timing 2 is offered in three variants on the developer’s website. The “Productivity” edition ($29 USD) tracks all details on how apps are used. The “Professional” edition adds support for creating tasks, manual start/stop timers and has reporting functionality. The “Expert” edition comes with more filtering options, customized reports, and AppleScript support.