Time-wasting time sheets

Plan on lots of trial-and-error if you want to figure out this confusing program.

Freelancers, attorneys, project managers, and anyone else who need an easy way to keep track of the time spent on particular projects or clients often turn to software to handle this task. There are quite a few programs that do this quite well, but unfortunately, TimeSage isn't one of them. Although there's nothing functionally wrong with the program, it's not nearly as intuitive as many other time-tracking programs we've used.

The basics of the program are easy, as they should be: there are buttons to start and stop tracking time. But it's not immediately clear how to create new projects, and we had to spend some time fiddling around with the program before we figured it out. The HTML Help file gives no instructions for getting started, and very little in the way of other types of guidance. Although we were able to create new time sheets within our projects and use the program's timer to keep track of our time, we had trouble configuring the billing features and getting the program to total the time that was entered on our time sheets. There's nothing about the interface that suggests how users should proceed with any step of the process, and we don't know about you, but we don't have time for trial-and-error when we could just use a program that's well-designed and has an adequate Help file. Overall, we found TimeSage to be frustrating and time-consuming, and we suggest that users in the market for this type of software look elsewhere.

TimeSage installs a desktop icon without asking and leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program with reservations.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of TimeSage 2.1.3. The trial version is limited to 30 days.

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