Major Release: Time to Put out some Fires!Posted: July 16, 2009
I remember seeing this little gem on Twitter many months ago and @inem recent retweeted it. The original fellow probably had no idea how much it’s been a call to action for us!
We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’re ready to start putting out some fires and that individuals and teams can now choose to make RescueTime a bit more of a harsh mistress. This is a huge release for us, so I’ll start with a quick summary list of what’s in the release and then I’ll add a list of screenshots to illustrate some of the fabulous stuff in this release.
The Big List of What’s New
- We now have near real-time alerts– right on your Desktop. Set a limit of how much time you want to spend on a particular activity and RescueTime can instantly nudge you when you exceed that limit (we’ll even tell you how much your average coworker is spending on that activity). This is our first step at giving you the option to make RescueTime a “harsh mistress”. We often liken the power of RescueTime to the ability to look at how you spend money with apps like Mint or Quicken. Now imagine if Mint could send you a quick text message RIGHT BEFORE you’re about to spend money at a place you’re trying to avoid spending too much money in! (note: this is a premium feature)
- Tags are officially gone. We broke down our reasoning here if you’re curious.
- SEARCH. Now that RescueTime has the option of tracking documents within many applications, getting at the data you care about has gotten more challenging. Now you can just type in an application name, document name, or site name in the search box. In times past, if you wanted to know how much time you spent on Google related activities, you had to tag everything googly and then look at that report (dozens of clicks!). Now you could just type “google” into the search box to get a report for anything matching that in the URL.
- A brand new categorization system. Previously, categories were a bit sparse and sometimes maddeningly hard to use. We’ve refreshed our categories (with a nested category system) and have made the user experience for adding/editing categories worlds easier.
- Great default categories and scores. Much of the value of RescueTime really only manifested when you took the time to label and rank things– which is a timesink (ironic, no?). Henceforth, all apps and sites will be categorized and scored based on the majority “vote” (you can always override it). This removes most of the ongoing burden and makes the lives of our new users much easier. Rejoice!
- Numerous UI/UX improvements. We pored over all of the feedback we’ve gotten over the past months and attacked all of the confusing bits that we could find.
A new report! A breakdown of your time based on productivity. In this view, blue is good and red is bad.
New categorization selection UI.
New scoring UI