This shows each individual file that was edited, when it was created and last opened, along with how many times it has been accessed.
>They’ve thought of everything
What amazes me about Project Tracker is how complete it is, especially for a Version 1.0 program. Here’s
a case where the program designer has clearly spent a lot of time talking with people who work at the computer and finding out what they need for accurate and flexible time tracking.
The program is a collaboration between Michael Cervantes, a Cuban exile living in Puerto Rico, and Alex Vakulenko in the Ukraine. This is a fine example of how the web is uniting the world and giving us better software through the meeting of more minds.
Unlike many proprietary programs, Project Tracker allows
you to export your data into many common formats, so you can import and use them in your spreadsheet, database, or other software.
Project Tracker automatically launches when you start your computer, automatically saves it’s files as it goes (so you won’t lose track of your time even if your computer crashes), and makes it easy to back up your tracking files. You can print complete reports, too.
Project Tracker costs $39.95 for the latest version (just $14.95 for V1, which is
what I reviewed here), and it can pay for itself quickly if you actually spend more time on your work than you realize (of course, just being able to track for all your time doesn’t mean you can bill for it, but that’s another story). I did not have a single problem with the software—it worked accurately and reliably.
Here’s a truly useful utility that can help your business—as well as helping you personally get a better idea of how long you really
spend on each project. The results may surprise you, but at least you will finally know “where the day went.”
Vacker Project Tracker is available from the Vakcer site.
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