What Is VeriTime Time Tracker?

VeriTime is a time tracking application that runs on the Microsoft Windows platform. It is fully self contained and can even be placed in a USB stick thus making it portable. All the files it needs all reside in the same folder where it is installed.

Tracking one’s time spent on tasks is a good way of measuring productivity. VeriTime enables you to track time spent on a task or several tasks. It also allows you to pause the timer in those instances where you may have to take a brief break (not long enough to actually stop). The tasks that you want to track the time for are presented in a grid which makes it easy to see which are active and not.

Here is a screen shot of VeriTime’s main window:

The tasks can be flagged as billable which makes VeriTime useful for contractors, freelancers, virtual assistants, etc.

Aside from tracking time you can also record expenses that one incurs when working on a task. Personal expenses can be recorded as well.

It might be light on features unlike other time tracking applications because I want it to focus on tracking task times well. Who knows, maybe from feedback received additional features may be added.

You can download a trial version of VeriTime to see for yourself and decide whether or not it is for you.
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Why Have Another Task Timer?

Why not? Some of you may think that it is a futile exercise to make available another task timing application especially in the era of mobile phones, tablets, and web-based task timers. I have to admit it is probably not a good idea to do this but at the same time I am sure there are people out there who are still happy to track time for their tasks through an desktop application.

I for one is one of them. It’s not for the lack of trying. I tried task timing applications that ran on the mobile platform as well as web-based ones and oftentimes found certain features lacking or it just did not feel right. I gathered my thoughts on why I am pushing forward with VeriTime and here they are. Some of you may not agree with some or all of the points below and that’s fine by me.

  • Web-based applications obviously require an Internet connection. What happens when there is none? I know that it is almost impossible not to be connected to the Internet 100% of the time but there will be that odd moment when one does not have an Internet connection.

  • I still find the user interfaces for mobile-based to be as not as feature rich as the desktop ones. In mobile apps there is a limit to the number of controls that can be shown to the user at any given moment.

  • Having a time tracker app on the laptop or desktop which one uses for work makes it easier to record times for tasks. If the phone or tablet is used one has to look away from the computer and look at the device where the task timer app is running. I know it is a small thing but if the device goes on sleep mode then one has to ‘wake it up’ before continuing.

A New Look

It has been a long time in coming but finally pcfworks.com has a new look. I’ve timed it specifically to coincide with the new version or the re-release of my time tracking application, VeriTime which had its beginnings in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I know that’s eons in Internet time. I had quite a few registrations and received good suggestions on how to make it better.

Sometime mid-2008 I was working on a new version when the hard disk of my development machine crashed taking along with it VeriTime’s source code. I committed the most basic of software developer errors and that is I did not have a backup! You developers out there would know the sinking feeling of such an event. Suffice to say I was devastated and as a consequence I did not write any code for almost a year. I had several tries in resurrecting VeriTime but to no avail. On a positive note, I am now using Assembla to store the source code of my different development projects (I am using SVN).

In the last couple of months I started tinkering with VeriTime’s source code (from an older version not the one that got wiped out) and finally mustered enough drive to re-develop it again and release this new version. At least I’ve improved the task timer function especially the management of the time of tasks being paused and resumed since this was the source of several support requests.