Slack Time Tracking That’s 100% “Passive”

Slack time tracking that’s 100% automatic thanks to Chrometa?

Thanks to our always-talented CTO Chihab, the answer is now: “Yes.”

You can now connect your Chrometa account up with Slack time tracking, which will let our time tracker “see” and capture the time your spending in various Slack channels. It’s a one-click setup – just set it up once, and you’re good to go.

Slack Time Tracking Example

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And More Time Tracking Integrations

Here’s are more systems for practice management, accounting, and billing that you can now integrate Chrometa with as well:

  • Harvest
  • CosmoLex
  • Clio
  • Office 365
  • FreshBooks
  • QuickBooks Online
  • … and 13 more.

What’s Next in Passive Time Tracking?

Here’s the feature request list that we work from when prioritizing “what’s next.” We make it available to users like you so that you can help suggest, comment on and “vote up” features that you like best.
Click here to contribute to our product roadmap here.

iPhone Time Tracking is New, Right?

Right. We developed a “VoIP app” that will help you capture your phone calls and text messages directly from your iPhone and sync them up with your Chrometa account as time entries.

And we’ve already released three new versions of the app since we spoke last a few weeks back. Thanks to feature requests from astute iPhone users who have lended a hand with suggestions.

If you’re an iPhone user, and you haven’t had a chance to take our new iOS app for a spin, here it is again:

iphone time tracking

1:1 Timekeeping Training

Our expert trainer Lori is off in New Orleans this week living up life at Clio’s Cloud Conference. She’ll be back next week, and available to help you with your Chrometa training questions. (Make sure you talk really loud on the call to help with any lingering French Quarter headaches!)

Here’s the link to schedule your 1:1 session (open to all users).

Can I Get a Free 30-Day Trial of This Amazing Time Tracking App?

Of course. You can click here to start your free trial, and implement 100% “passive” timekeeping today.

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3 New Chrometa Features for February

Here’s Chrometa’s February 2017 product update – we’ve got three new features to discuss!

Have an idea or request? Please click here to get a look at our product roadmap and help contribute to our product prioritization.

Now let’s talk about our new Office 365 integration…
#1: Capture Outlook 365 Email Time
Outlook 365 users can now enjoy the advanced “email time capture” support that regular Outlook, Gmail and Mac Mail users have. Just connect Chrometa up with your Outlook 365 account, and we’ll capture the time you spend reading and composing each email along with the:
  • To
  • From 
  • Subject Line
To connect your Chrometa account with Outlook 365, click Integrations – Office 365 – Connect.
Submit Feature Requests Here
Have an idea for a new Chrometa feature or integration? Want to see our current list and product roadmap? Click here to submit your thoughts and “vote up” ideas that you like best.
 
#2: Recent Projects in Dropdown
Some of you have asked for a list of Recent Projects to appear first in theMove To Project dropdown. Next time you use this dropdown, you’ll see the last 5 projects you assigned time to at the top of the list – with the other projects below in alphabetical order as they were previously. 
 
And don’t forget you can also use the Active Search box to narrow down both lists. Just start typing the name of your Client or Projects and the list will filter automatically.
#3: New Timeline Options
The Timeline view is a play-by-play of what you did throughout the day. It’ll give you a breakdown all the way down to the minute when needed.
 
We’ve been gradually adding additional “toggling” options to the top of the Timeline view. We now have:
  • Latest first (to flip the view to most recent entries on top)
  • Hide categorized (for time that’s already been bucketed)
  • Highlight uncategorized (for time that has NOT yet been bucketed)
  • Collapse block hours (to collapse entries down to their hour blocks)
If you don’t look at the Timeline view often, here’s a shortcut for you: To select a group of entries in a row, hold down the Shift key while you click the start and end of your activity. That will highlight all entries in between.
 
Once you have a run of entries highlighted, you can then categorize and annotate them at the same time using the Move To Project dropdown – and they’ll roll up to your Timesheet as one entry.
30-Day Free Trial, Free 1:1 Training
If it’s been awhile since you looked at Chrometa, we still offer a 30-day free trial free trial along with complimentary 1:1 training sessions (click this link to schedule yours today). 
 
Any questions about what we’re working on? Please reply directly to this email and let me know.
 
Review Chrometa & Next Month’s on Me

If you’re able to take a few minutes to leave an online review, your next month’s subscription is on me (and maybe more if you have time to leave more reviews!)

Here are some websites and forums we’d appreciate you considering

And if you’re a Chrometa for Android or iPhone user, we’ll gladly toss in an extra free month for an App Store review, too:

Thanks so much for your support!

The Best Time Tracking Software for 2017

In 2017, let’s make “passive” timekeeping work in your favor. Here are five Chrometa features you can take advantage of to capture 20% or more hours – while actually working less – thanks to the best time tracking software for 2017.
(And if you need to reactivate your Chrometa account to take advantage of these features, you can restart with a free 30-day trial here).
Feature #1: Timeline for Multiple Days
Our Timeline view is a play-by-play recording, down to the minute, of every piece of work you’ve done on every device (computer or smartphone) through the workday. By request, you can now view your Timeline over multiple days:
 
Every Minute of the Day, With Details
best time tracking software 2017
 
Great – but how do we turn this amazing level of detail into something we can put on a Timesheet? 
#2: Select a Block of Time
Here’s a shortcut that will let you sweep multiple minutes of time into one time block quickly. If you were jumping around between applications (such as email and Word) but really working on the same task, this is a good trick to help you group everything.
 
Left-click the first entry you want to bucket. Then hold down the Shiftkey while you scroll down and select the last entry in your task – and everything in between will be highlighted for you.
 
Use Shift + Left-Click to Select Consecutive Entries
 
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Now let’s get these combined, rounded up and assigned to a client and project.
#3: Autocomplete in Move to Project 
Towards the top of your screen, there is a big blue button that says Move To Project. Click this to access your Client and Project list.
 
Then you can just start typing the name of the Client or Project you’re looking for in the active search window that appears. Your list will be filtered down as you type, so that you can quickly find the project you want to assign this block of time to.
 
Use Active Search to Filter Your Project List
 
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You can select the Project to move and group these entries at the same time. Or, you can take advantage of the & Annotate shortcut.
#4: Annotate While You Move to Project
As you mouse over your Project name, you’ll see two mouseover buttons appear toward the right side. The left button is an & Annotate shortcut that lets you assign an annotation as you specify the project.
 
The “& Annotate” Shortcut
 
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Think of an Annotation as the translation from the computer-speak that Chrometa captures to the human-speak that you will place on your Timesheet. You’ll specify this using the popup that appears next:
 
Categorize And Annotate Popup
 
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#5: Back To Summary, or Export
Remember those jumbled 13 minutes of computer time? They are now a concise 18-minute (or .3) time entry on my Timesheet:
 
Ready for Export
 
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This time entry is now on your Timesheet, ready for invoice or export! Your client will never guess that you created it with a few clicks of the mouse.
 
If you’re export to another billing, practice management or accounting system (such as Clio, CosmoLex, QuickBooks Online, etc) this entry will show up as if you created it directly in that system manually.
 
This 5-step time entry sweet will become faster and faster as you get the hang of things. If you have questions, or would like to take advantage of our complimentary 1:1 training sessions, please let me know.
 

Chrometa Version 5 is Here in Beta

Version 5 of our passive timekeeping software is ready for you to use. We’d love to hear what you think – it’s our biggest revamp of the main web interface since 2012 (yeah time really does fly).

You can upgrade to the latest release by going to Account – General – Change Version. That’ll flip your interface over to “v5.”

If you decide you’re not ready for it yet, you can flip back. But we’d love to get you using the new release so that we can start receiving feedback and prioritize new features accordingly.

What’s New in v5

The interface is the big overhaul. We now have the navigation on the left, so that you can single-click directly into any other area of the product.

The time capture display is a bit bigger. We still capture and display time the same way (down to the minute… actually down to the second but rounded up to the minute with a fancy algorithm).

Our big goal with the new release is to help speed up the categorization of time entries. We capture a lot of stuff – getting it all onto a timesheet can be challenging, we know.

To that end, we have a new rules preview feature that will give you a look at how the rule will bucket time before you implement it. Gmail users, this will look familiar to you if you make use of Gmail’s filters.

Going forward, now that the interface is ready, we will be looking at more ways to speed up timesheet creation. We’d love to hear from you on this front especially. Which brings me to my next point…

Help Suggest & Prioritize Features

We setup a dedicated v5 feature forum discussion in our Zendesk help desk software. You can access the forum here.

Remember those feature requests you’ve mentioned to us before? Please be sure to post them here after you check out the new interface.

You can also “vote up” features that you like the best. This will help us prioritize our development – whatever gets the most votes will get worked on next.

How To Get Started

As I mentioned earlier, current Chrometa users can go to Account – General – Change Version to upgrade to v5.

If you’re not yet a Chrometa user, or you were in the past, you can restart your 30-day free trial right here. And then follow the step above to upgrade from v4 to v5.

Questions? Suggestions? Need a trial reset? Please reply to this email so that we can help.