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Review From Law Office Computing:
Excerpt: I really like the Time Logger program and believe you get a lot of bang for your buck. The Palm interface [for other applications] alone can cost as much as the entire Time Logger package. The program contains all the best features and should have you whistling "Happy Days are Here Again" as your collections increase.
Review from A1-Yippee Software:
Responsive Time Logger has an extremely easy-to-use interface which is helped by the automatic guided tour at startup. RTL has support for PalmOS which makes this an extremely versatile logger. It has a cornucopia of features such as SQL support, duplicate entry searches, and billing features. This is a well rounded application that will prove useful to anyone who works on a wage or bills by the hour.
Review From The Naked PC:
Time Logger was the featured product in TNPC's recent publication. Click here to see the review.
Here's a reprint of the TNPC review:
From TNPC issue #3.08...
Product Review - Time Logger
by Al Gordon
One of the joys of the shareware world is
happening upon one of those programs that is
"just what I was looking for." Better yet,
EXACTLY what I was looking for, and without the bloat
associated with commercial software that has to be all things to
Alan Macy's Berkeley-based Responsive Software's Time
Logger is my most recent "just right" discovery. In my day job
as a consultant, Hourly Billing R Us, when time really is money,
you want to keep the best possible track of it. And you want to
be able to turn those time records into billing invoices with the
least possible hassle.
I had been trying to make a go out of Intuit's QuickBooks Pro.
This is immensely powerful software that can run a fairly decent
sized company. From my purposes, however, I found that it was
demanding way too many potentially billable hours.
Responsive Time Logger (RTL) is simple but powerful. Think of it
as a stopwatch with a database attached.
The main window (customizable) is a familiar database records
table, into which you can manually record time events. You can
also automatically generate records by running Time Logger's
"stopwatch" dialog. You activate the timer function when you
begin a task, pause it when you take a break, resume timing,
and so forth and so on until you are finished. Even better, I have
discovered from use, is that when you forget a part of the above
sequence, you can manually correct your errors. A helpful
optional settings allows you to set minimum billing increments--
for example, the common 15-minute billing step.
While the stopwatch is running, you can minimize RTL, and
start and stop the timing by right-clicking on the taskbar icon.
The interface provides ample fields for identifying jobs: client,
project, subproject, activity, and a place for narrative about the
work done. The fields are customizable. Once you have your
client and project information in place, timekeeping is simply a
matter of working with drop-down lists in RTL's dialogs.
There also is a client for Palm organizers, which allows you to
keep time logs on your PDA and then import them into your
The touch that absolutely sold me on the program was the way
it helps you prepare billing reports. For one thing, it uses
conventional .dbf to store data. That means that you can bring
up the records in Excel, Access, or any other standard
database management software and use their capabilities if you
want. Even better, RTL's internal report system puts the data
into your word processor. The program ships with a number of
pre-fabricated word processor templates which you can modify,
or you can create your own using a lengthy list of field codes.
These are Responsive Time Logger-specific templates, by the
way, not the word processor's own templates. (For Word, that
means it's a .doc file not a .dot.)
Time Logger also can export to .qif (Quicken) and .iif
(QuickBooks) formats, allowing you to input the information into
either program. My personal method is to keep my checkbook
in Quicken and use this feature to integrate the two.
QuickBooks does have a "Timer" applet, but it is much less
useful than RTL, and if you use it, you have to do an import into
QuickBooks anyway, so its integration advantages are minimal.
Basically, you can make the look and design of your invoices
consistent with those of all your other Word documents. In fact,
once an invoice is created, it is a Word document, and you can
edit to your heart's content. Time Logger notes whether you
have invoiced a client for particular jobs, and keeps track of your
"Customizable" is a hallmark of the program, a welcome relief
from Intuit's "do it our way or else" protocol.
Responsive Time Logger isn't cheap--$89 for single-user, a
sliding scale for site licenses. But if it helps you identify billable
time that you might otherwise have forgotten, it can very quickly
pay for itself.
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Product Review - Time Logger
by Al Gordon
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Review From CPA Software News:
Excerpt: Responsive Time Logger is a very easy-to-learn and easy-to-use application that provides ample reporting features and good data sharing capabilities, which could minimize software transfer time. The program would likely work best in small to mid-sized firms that bill for their time and expenses, and for whom the built-in mileage calculator/expense function would serve as a benefit.
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