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HoursTracker Pro for iOS, Reviewed

June 16, 2015

HoursTracker Pro App Icon

 

HoursTracker has seen more than 1 million downloads from the App Store since its 2009 release. I’ve been using HoursTracker Pro for a couple months now, so report back to you here, with a look at some key features.

 

Clocking in and out

 
This is the main job of any time-tracking app (obvs), and it’s executed nicely here.

 

Clocking in

Clocking in

 

Clocking out

Clocking out

 

It’s easy to add a break, or just pause the timer. You hold the “Clock Out Now” button for more options to appear:

 

Take a Break

 

Tag and filter your work

 
Tags and filters offer a sophisticated way to manage and pare down the data you see. You can toggle various filters on and off, as desired.

See some of what’s possible here:

 

 

Get notifications that you’ve worked a set number of hours

 
This is particularly cool. You can decide you want to work two hours on a certain job, then the app will track it for you.

 

Set time per day

 

Then it will let you know when two hours is up, even giving you warnings beforehand:

 

Notification of Time

 

Notification of Time 2

 

I think this has been my favorite part of the app.

 

Invoicing?

 

Although HoursTracker Pro allows you to track work done for specific clients at whatever rates you like, it does not include an invoicing feature. You can export your timesheet data, but the app could be even more of a one-stop shop–especially for consultants–if it were to add automatic invoicing options in a future release.

 

Export options are really good

 

Data export options are really good. With just a few taps (and within seconds), you can have an email in your inbox with all your timesheet data as a .csv file that includes duration, break times, notes you entered for a given job, tags, and more.

 

It’s customizable

 

HoursTracker is quite customizable–taking notes and using tags and filters make this a sophisticated app. Here’s what the Settings section looks like:

 

HTP Settings

 

In conclusion

 

If you want to try before you buy (the Pro app is $9, here,) HoursTracker is free here.

The Pro version is probably more than someone would want to sink into an app, if they were only tracking a job or two. But if…

  • you are tracking multiple jobs or projects, and
  • you want a way to tag and customize your data, and
  • you want to be able to access a clean and robust export

…you’ll want to check out HoursTracker. Spend some time with the free version, and then you can decide whether you want to pay for the full Pro version.

Happy time tracking! If you are a time logger, HoursTracker gives you an aesthetically pleasing environment for recording time, as well as has enough features for you to get it to do just about anything you need.

 


 

Thanks to the good people of HoursTracker, for giving me a download of HoursTracker Pro for the review. Check out the app’s iOS page here (Pro) and here (free). See my other AppTastic Tuesday reviews here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul permalink
    February 7, 2016 12:50 am

    I have found the app helpful as well for tracking time with my business. It is more flexible than another I tried, even if the aesthetics are lacking. How do you deal with the invoice issue? I have been exporting my data to my email then cutting and pasting into an invoice template either on Numbers (Mac) or Excel. Hardly as simple as it should be and requires quite a few changes in formatting.

    • February 7, 2016 1:23 am

      Hi, Paul! Thanks for your comment. Agreed–that seems like a good way to do it, but not as one-step as one might like. I simply have used another app to create invoices.

      • Paul permalink
        February 7, 2016 1:35 am

        Which invoice software have you used and does it tie in easily with HoursTracker or do you instead use another app instead?

      • February 7, 2016 1:41 am

        That’s a great question–I don’t know of anything like that. I’ve just been using Mellel (though it really could be any word processor with layout capabilities) to manually generate an invoice from hours tracked. Probably not the ideal solution, but it has worked for my purposes so far.

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