If you get paid by the work you do, then tracking time is important, especially for independent contract workers, freelancers, students, or anyone who works on time and expense projects. Here’s a new Mac time tracking app that’s worth a look.
Timelime Tracks Time
To be fair about this endeavor, I’ve tried a dozen time tracking apps through the years so I might be either very experienced, or skeptical, or somewhat jaded.
What caught my eye about Timeline is the name. Look closely. It’s not Timeline. It’s Timelime, l-i-m-e, as in lemon lime.
Alright, now Timelime is memorable, but is it worth trying out? Yes, but only if you’re into the leap of faith mode.
Timelime doesn’t have a free trial version. It’s Mac App Store only, and somewhat above my recommended threshold of buying an app without a trial version (about $2.99).
How hard is it to make a trial version?
Regardless, Timelime is full featured and arrives with eight functions that anyone with a need to track time on projects will appreciate.
First up, Timelime gives you a quick glance at all your projects, by name, with total hours, and hours this week, with a Menubar click.
Second, the interface is decidedly modern Mac-looking with one-click access to all your project timings, and charts (pie, line, bar) to view progress.
Past activity on specific projects is easily viewed in a continuous calendar with selectable date ranges.
Even while timing your work on a project Timelime hides out of the way, but is always available (in any app) with a click to the Menubar.
Tasks are easily grouped by drag and drop (tasks make up projects, but each can be individually timed). Timelime also works across multiple time zones, a problem I run into here in California when doing work on the East Coast.
It also detects your idle time, comes with undo and redo support, and each task and timing can have notes. This is one Mac task and project timer that is surprisingly friendly, easy to setup and use, and the only real caveat I have is the price.
No, Timelime isn’t expensive, there’s just no try-before-you-buy option.