We may be technical users, programmers, graphic designers, videographers, musicians, but we share one thing in common. We spend time on the Mac. Time which often needs to be tracked. Here’s an app that does that the old fashioned way.
The Stop Watch Metaphor
As is often the case, I’m attracted to new Mac and iPhone and iPad apps often based upon a string of events. The quality of the logo. The app’s description (does it do something I might like?).
Finally, I get around to using the application and trying out the interface. Just as you can’t judge a book by the cover, you can’t judge an app by a logo or description.
But we have to start somewhere. I’ve used Chronos in the past. It’s a rather inexpensive Mac time tracking application.
Time tracking? If you’re working on your Mac then time is involved. If you’re working on a specific project then tracking the time devoted to that project often means money in the bank.
That’s what Chronos does. It tracks the time you devote to a task, related to a project. If it looks easy to use, rest assured that it is.
Chronos lives in the Mac’s Menubar so accessibility is a click away.
Create new projects or tasks by clicking the big Plus button. Give it a name. You’re ready to time whatever you do.
Then, simply select the project and click the record button. Chronos begins timing whatever you’re doing on your Mac.
When you’re done with whatever you’re timing, click again. Chronos remembers the project or task, the start time, the end time, the date, and the total time duration.
In Preferences you can export data for inclusion in email, or a spreadsheet, or an invoicing application. Chronos is smart, too. It detects inactivity, such as when you step away from the Mac awhile, and that time period is not recorded.
What Chronos is not is a full-fledged time tracking invoice application. The Mac has plenty of those available, but the price tag goes up significantly. Chronos does what it does quite well, but could use better reporting instead of just an export option.