It gets the job done
Is it reliable? Yes. Does it track time? Yes. Is it particularly fancy, or offer a ton of customization/reporting? No. But it does work, and what it does - it does well. Solid 4/5.
Superb and Accessible Time Tracking
I don’t write many software reviews, but Niko definitely deserves kudos for Timelime. This is a superb app that has made a dramatic difference in how I approach time management and how I can wrangle back my personal time. The software is absolutely intuitive in use and with only a few minutes of getting acquainted, I was tracking my various time sinks. I really appreciate the Dropbox sync capability that allows me to have multiple instances of Timelime running on different computers but to maintain my ability to track against a common database. Also, I really like the minimal presentation when the app is running in the background and presents on the menu bar only a “time on” indicator and the assigned time sink. I’ve also notice that I sometimes forget to “clock out” and Timelime notifies me after 15 minutes of idle time that it’s still tracking and gives me an opportunity to reset back to the point where the idle time started (I use this FAR too often). When I do screw up my tracking (e.g. tracking against ProjectA when I should be tracking against ProjectB), Timelime allows me to go back and adjust accordingly. Finally, the reporting capability is excellent and allows me to easily find out how much time I need to invoice to each customer (I typically invoice bi-weekly, which makes it even more important that I have an accurate accountime of time). Timelime is one of the very few apps — of any kind — that I can say has truly changed my life as it has helped to give me a much better sense of where time goes, where it is wasted, and what I can do to wrangle back time for what matters most every day, especially my personal time. Definitely five stars.
A Life Saver and Business Saver!
I do NOT know the developer and I am NOT paid to write this. I say that upfront, because I am going to give this the best review ever, and I don't want anyone to think it's insincere. I was struggling to keep track of where my time went in the work days, and understand how much time each job/task actually took. I THOUGHT I was working way more hours than I actually was (Facebook is a horrible invention). With Timeline, I am able to track every single thing I do for clients and for self-promotion of my own business, and I'm able to gauge past and current time allocations towards future quotes to help my proposals and price estimations be even closer to realistic time spent on each task/project. I was seriously struggling in my business, and I didn't know why. Once I started using Timeline, I realized where my hours were going…and where they weren't. Understanding how exactly I was and wasn't spending my time helped me hone in my business, my daily hours, and understand which clients weren't getting the attention they deserved, even if I thought I was giving that time. Now, with Timeline, I can make sure I'm spending an accurate amount of time on each project and task, and make sure I'm within the estimated hours, and billing properly for the time worked. The developer made some great improvements with this new version as well, and what was already a life-saving app has now gotten even better. Again, I don't know this guy, but I wanted to tell you that downloading this app for $15 or whatever it costs is a must, because that small price is nothing compared to the organization and time savings you're going to get once you use this app to help you stay organized. I’m going to say this again and again…the developer of this app is OUTSTANDING! Whenever a bug is found, he fixes it immediately, and strives for perfection across all systems and uses. I have never seen a developer with such an immediate passion for putting out a great product, and for ensuring his customers are happy. If Niko did more apps, I’d buy every single one even if I didn’t need them. I can’t tell you enough how much this Timeline app has helped me track my business time and keep me organized.
Hourly Tracking Gem
For people that bill hourly for their services, this little menubar application is exceptional. What was missing in an earlier version was the ability to reassign a ‘Timing’ to another project though that is included in this version and works perfectly. Sometimes you forget to hit the start button as well the end button, or you take an hour break and the timer keeps going. This means that the recorded time may be inaccurate. The ability to edit the data is critical and that has been improved as well. The designers of this applicaiton are very talented. The ability to combine graphic beauty, ease of use and integrated elements while maintaining the over-riding purpose of an endeavor requires an array of skills that come together beautifully in Timelime. Basically, it looks good and does exactly what it claims to do and more. You can export data in CSV format for inclusion in a spreadsheet if needed too. In essence, this is an easy to access and easy to use timesheet for hourly billings, or what-have-you time tracking….. OSX style. Well done….. Looking forward to other components that you may consider to add moving forward. It’s well worth thte $15.00.
Good looks, basic functionality — revised
Revised review: 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. For instance: 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.