Connect with us

Tech News

Timeneye: Gorgeous time-tracking tool for freelancers

Being that there is, theoretically, no clock to punch while freelancing, it is up to the worker to track their own hours. This is why they have developed an easier way for freelancers to keep an eye on their time tracking. They also take it one step further by allowing teams to integrate and track time together.

Published

on

“Your time is priceless, take better care of it”

While freelancers are able to enjoy different luxuries including working from home and making their own schedule, some things are harder to do outside of a typical workplace. Being that there is, theoretically, no clock to punch while freelancing, it is up to the worker to track their own hours.

bar
According to Timeneye, “your time is priceless, take better care of it”. This is why they have developed an easier way for freelancers to keep an eye on their time tracking. They also take it one step further by allowing teams to integrate and track time together.

More than just a punch clock

The company has created a new platform for tracking time on the web or on the go with a mobile device. The site offers time tracking, team status, project monitoring, and time reports.

With time tracking, users are able to either track time manually or with a timer. They can browse between projects, select tasks, and add descriptions. There is also the option to view a personal recap, which includes monitoring daily, weekly, and monthly efforts with a real-time pie chart.

Team status offers a collaborative element for people working together. Project managers are able to keep an eye on team performances and projects workflow in real-time. This element also offers recaps as well as engagement statistics.

Manage and monitor projects

Project monitoring includes statuses on projects as well as budget monitoring. There is also a way to boost productivity by analyzing team productivity and workflow by seeing how each user budgets time.

With time reports, users are able to generate reports that allow them to see where the business is allocating its time. There are options for different filters that let users monitor projects, single users, and clients.

Integrates with all the best team software

Timeneye has already implemented integration with teamwork software, including: Basecamp, Trello, Redbooth, Wunderlist, Asana, Google Calendar, Breeze, Podio, and Chrome widget.

There are different pricing plans available depending on the size of the team. For solo use, the interface is free to use, while team plans include a free 14-day trial.

A mobile app is available in conjuction with Timeneye and can be downloaded by both Apple and Android users.

#Timeneye

Taylor is a Staff Writer at The American Genius and has a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Illinois State University. She is currently pursuing freelance writing and hopes to one day write for film and television.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Julian Servans

    March 23, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Taylor!

    This tool seems really promising, I’ll make sure to give it a try.

    • Lani Rosales

      March 23, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Let us know how it works for you – we haven’t gotten to poke around too much, so we’ll be watching them grow for sure!

  2. Nada

    March 24, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Looks interesting. I am currently using Bitrix24, not as aesthetically pleasing, but it’s totally free

  3. Pingback: Freelancers: This site creates all of your client docs for you - The American Genius

  4. Pingback: Freelancers: Get on this desktop app to streamline your productivity - The American Genius

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Tech News

Making Slack actionable makes you productive

(TECHNOLOGY) Slack is an amazing productivity tool, but of course can add more to your plate – this feature puts you back on track.

Published

on

slack

You know when you’re using Slack and you’re having a conversation with your teammate about whether or not you should grab lunch or go to Soul Cycle, but before you can answer, your editor Slacks you about deadlines and your design partner messages you proofs and suddenly you snap back to reality and remember that you’ve been working on a blog post for an hour and your concentration is completely shattered? You know, the exact moment when your productivity is officially derailed?

Well, Slack now offers Actions to help make sure that doesn’t happen. Your day may get busy, but at least nothing will slip through the cracks, work-wise.

Integrated with project management tools like Asana, Zendesk, and Jira, Actions allows users to create and comment on tasks, tickets or issues within conversations. That means no clicking through tabs or apps until you can no longer remember why you started clicking in the first place. More importantly, Actions keeps track of the work you need to do and when you need to do it.

So, how do Actions work?

1. Need to create a deadline or set up an appointment? Anything you see in Slack that needs a follow-up can be turned into an action when you click the ••• icon and choose an “action.”

2. When you’ve completed an action, a message appears in your Slack channel and lets your team know you’ve flagged it for follow-up.

3. Whichever app you’ve integrated with will alert Slack at which point you and your team can determine the next steps.

Bottom-line, Actions help keep your workflow moving. While it may not stop the onslaught of Slack messages from breaking your concentration, at least you’ll know what you should to be concentrating on.

If you’re curious to know more about Actions, the company has ample info on their API pages for your perusal.

Continue Reading

Tech News

Freezetab streamlines how you save tabs in Chrome

(TECH NEWS) Freezetab is the newest chrome extension that allows you to organize saved tabs in a myriad of ways.

Published

on

freezetab

Internet made easier

With the browser becoming more and more of a workspace than merely an application, the built in bookmarks tool may leave you a bit hungry for more.

bar
Chrome users who need better tools to organize and manage bookmarks may find the power they need in Freezetab.

Bookmark’s cooler, hotter younger brother

Freezetab seeks to answer the questions of “what if I could organize my bookmarks by website” or “I only want to save all but two of these tabs on zen office designs.” It seeks to give you more options beyond the “one or all” choices in chrome. Here is the lowdown:

  • The calendar feature remembers WHEN you saved a tab – so if you can’t remember the title you can just go back to the day.
  • Chrome either lets you save one or all tabs. Freezetab expands those options to include: all, current, everything but current, right of, left of, or pick and choose.
  • If you are sharing a collection of tabs with a workgroup or a partner, it exports as a nice textbox that is easy to share in integrated messaging, IM, or email. Or even social media!
  • Sorting is robust, and there is a solid search feature that searches as you type.
  • That quick save feature saves all the tabs and closes them – and you can adjust that quick save feature to meet your needs.
  • There is a handy little star feature to note important bookmarks (i.e. recipes and excel techniques).
  • Enhances your close tab capability to close everything to the left and specific tabs – this great if you work in chrome and have 75 tabs open that have one letter names.
  • It is easier to sort tabs after you save them – you can search for them and then sort into folders you create rather manually organizing them into folders.
  • As a bonus: for those who don’t want to have to sort bookmarks – unlike Chrome which requires you to pick a folder or risk turning your bookmarks to an unorganized mess, the extension automatically organizes it for you.

Freezetab findings

After spending a few moments with Freezetab, it does fit in nicely with a workflow. Solidly reviewed, the developer did solve an issue with “pinned” tabs in the 1.2 update. – so it doesn’t remove or add them. The features are nice and easy to use, and it doesn’t require more than five minutes of playing around.

One complaint – if you choose to the right or left of the current tab to close, it did close the active tab as well – which was a little funky. But once you get comfortable with the nuances, it’s easy to use.
The interface is function over form, but you won’t have any problem using or customizing this extension. Now Bookmark smart y’all!

#FreezeTab

Continue Reading

Tech News

We’ve all seen job listings for UX writers, but what exactly is UX writing?

(TECH NEWS) We seeing UX writer titles pop up and while UX writing is not technically new, there are new availabilities popping up.

Published

on

writers net neutrality twitter facebook outlook email drag

The work of a UX writer is something you come across everyday. Whether you’re hailing an Uber or browsing Spotify for that one Drake song, your overall user experience is affected by the words you read at each touchpoint.

A UX writer facilitates a smooth interaction between user and product at each of these touchpoints through carefully chosen words.

Some of the most common touchpoints UX writers work on are interface copy, emails and notifications. It doesn’t sound like the most thrilling stuff, but imagine using your favorite apps without all the thoughtful confirmation messages we take for granted. Take Eat24’s food delivery app, instead of a boring loading visual, users get a witty message like “smoking salmon” or “slurping noodles.”

Eat24’s app has UX writing that works because it’s engaging.

Xfinity’s mobile app provides a pleasant user experience by being intuitive. Shows that are available on your phone are clearly labeled under “Available Out of Home.” I’m bummed that Law & Order: SVU isn’t available, but thanks to thoughtful UX writing at least I knew that sad fact ahead of time.

Regardless of where you find a UX writer’s work, there are three traits an effective UX writer must have. Excellent communication skills is a must. The ability to empathize with the user is on almost every job post.

But from my own experience working with UX teams, I’d argue for the ability to advocate as the most important skill.

UX writers may have a very specialized mission, but they typically work within a greater UX design team. In larger companies some UX writers even work with a smaller team of fellow writers. Decisions aren’t made in isolation. You can be the wittiest writer, with a design decision based on obsessive user research, but if you can’t advocate for those decisions then what’s the point?

I mentioned several soft skills, but that doesn’t mean aspiring UX writers can’t benefit from developing a few specific tech skills. While the field doesn’t require a background in web development, UX writers often collaborate with engineering teams. Learning some basic web development principles such as responsive design can help writers create a better user experience across all devices. In a world of rapid prototyping, I’d also suggest learning a few prototyping apps. Several are free to try and super intuitive.

Now that the UX in front of writer no longer intimidates you, go check out ADJ, The American Genius’ Facebook Group for Austin digital job seekers and employers. User centered design isn’t going anywhere and with everyone getting into the automation game, you can expect even more opportunities in UX writing.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Our Great Partners

The
American Genius
news neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for news sent straight to your email inbox.

Emerging Stories

Get The American Genius
neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to get business and tech updates, breaking stories, and more!