We just had a new release the changes are:
> Make it easier to click and drag the activity bar
> New working and break icon for the activity bar
> Fixing issue with Numeric enter key
> Fixing issue with TD returning to default size after sign out and in again
> Fixing issue with online and offline options
> Fix potential crashes and some other small fixes
We have two small new features just released.
Add all people to all projects
This is a simple new feature where you can select for all people to be added to all new projects. This is useful if you have a lot of people in your company and you want to really add everyone to all of your projects. It can get tedious to do this one by one, so this way you can automatically add all of your new people to your new projects. This feature applies more to companies that have at least 10 users.
Prevent deletion of screenshots
This one we debated about quite some time before releasing it. It’s a simple feature where an admin can prevent deletion of screenshots. We introduced the feature because we had several requests for it. The way that deletion of screenshots works is that it will delete the length of time of the screenshot from the person’s worked time. So there shouldn’t normally be any need to prevent deletion of screenshots. However some companies are very interested in this feature so we have added it as an option.
My personal philosophy around screenshots is that they are not critical for most people in your business. They are a useful addition to the software because you can see a person’s workflow to look for improvements in processes and also if you have a problem team member, you can take a look to see what is going on and where they are actually spending their time. However it does take some time to examine screenshots, and so I personally use it more as an occasional thing rather than an every-day process. The way Time Doctor is designed is that as a manager you receive weekly and daily reports that give you the information you need at a glance to understand what everyone is working on and the productivity of your team.
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We launched the initial version of the Time Doctor iPhone app and I wanted to give you a run-down on how it works and the thinking behind the app.
The app is designed for people who are tracking time away from their computer a lot. This could for example be sales people or someone who has to travel for their work. The purpose behind the app is to allow these people to track their time effectively and still maintain as much as possible the accuracy of the time tracked.
There will the same level of confirmation of hours worked when using this app, but it is more accurate than other time tracking mobile apps on the market because it is designed only to work in real-time, and there is a reminder system so that the person can estimate how much time an activity will take and then will get reminded when they have come to the end of that period, to make sure that they are still working on this task.
All of the time that is tracked on the mobile app is noted as being on the mobile app. So for example if someone spends half their time in the office on their desktop, managers will know exactly what times team members are in or out of the office.
Remember that the iPhone app is designed to work with Time Doctor Tasks desktop app and NOT with Time Doctor.
Here is how the app works:
See your folders of tasks
This view shows you the different folders that you have to organize your tasks.
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We’ve recently launched Time Doctor Tasks which is the task management version of Time Doctor. This version is for individuals that need to manage their tasks into groups and want to organize and prioritize their tasks.
This is a version that we have been working on for quite some time and now we’re excited to launch it as a live product.
This is what it looks like (click to enlarge):
How can TD Tasks help to make me more productive?
This is the version that I personally use to manage my tasks. I have a bunch of different tasks organized into folders. I use generally the GTD (Getting things done) method of organizing tasks.
First you notice there are three main folders for your tasks:
- Today’s priorities
- Medium priority
- Low priority
The purpose of organizing tasks into these folders is that it forces you to properly prioritize your tasks. Productive people are productive NOT because they get everything accomplished every day. In fact if you are getting every single task accomplished every day that’s probably a sign that you are un-productive with your work. Why? Because productivity is all about prioritizing and making sure that you only work on the very important top priority tasks.
Time Doctor Tasks helps you to do this because you will allocate your tasks into these three different folders.
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We are currently having an issue with the Basecamp integration where it is basically not integrating and pulling the tasks from Basecamp.
This problem should be fixed soon and we will update you as soon as it is fixed.
When the Basecamp integration is working here is how it works (click to enlarge):
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