Who does a Mac user track time? Fortunately, we have a dozen or so timer apps that range from free to crazy expensive, but most have one thing in common. They track the time we devote to tasks and projects. Here’s a quick look at one of the best for the money.
Don’t let the name or the nominal price tag fool you. QuickTimer is more than the sum of the parts, if anything because it works so well with Intuit’s QuickBooks timer format (and other apps which can import timer data).
The idea behind a good timer app isn’t just timing a task for a project or client. It’s making it easy enough to use, yet with enough detailed information to account for the work completed so you get paid what you deserve.
Two things impress me about QuickTimer. The first is the price. The second is how comprehensive the details of time tracking are.
QuickTimer starts off with defaults for clients, employees, class, items, plus billable and non-billable items. Time itself can be rounded up by a second to half an hour. Data fields can be renamed and customized to match your needs.
Of course, there’s also the Start and Stop Timer buttons but with the added benefit of Start and End times for specific tasks. All that simply means you can track tasks for projects and clients by client, by task, by employee, and get detailed descriptions of the work performed during the time period.
All that collected data can be viewed with ease, exported to QuickBooks (or other apps which take time data). Of course, we’re a nation of mobile device users, so there’s also a QuickTimer for iPhone and iPad so time tracking can go with you on a project or task.
QuickTimer is not a billing or invoicing app. It’s a time tracker. The price tag is less than nominal considering all it does and the number of four and five star reviews it gets. The only negative, and it’s not a QuickTimer issue, is that QuickBooks for Mac does not yet import Timer IIF data (but the developer says it’s been tested with QuickBooks Pro and QuickBooks Premier).
QuickTimer is just a sweet and simple way to setup task time tracking that grabs plenty of detailed information but does’t cost much more than a cheap lunch.