HourGuard Time Sheet

HourGuard Time Sheet

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 12 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.44
File Size:
333KB
Date Added:
December 06, 2012
Price:
Free to try; $40.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
12,113
Downloads Last Week:
12
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Keeping track of the time spent on different projects can be the bane of the freelancer's existence. HourGuard Time Sheet is a great option for writers, designers, attorneys, consultants, and other people who bill by the hour to both track their time and create invoices.

The program's interface is plain and intuitive. A few buttons across the top give you access to the program's major features. A pane on the left displays a list of tasks that you have created. To track your time, simply click the task you're about to start on and then click the button to start timing. You can easily stop and start the timer for each task as many times as you need to. We liked that HourGuard Time Sheet lets you create base tasks and subtasks, making it easy to record what you're working on in detail. The program even has an intelligent tracking feature that stops the timer when it detects that you're no longer working, ensuring that you don't waste time making corrections after realizing that you've left the meter running. It's also easy to create a professional-looking time sheet and then print, save, or e-mail it. We found HourGuard Time Sheet quite easy to use, but it comes with an HTML Help file that does a thorough job of explaining the program's features. Overall, we think that HourGuard is among the better time-tracking programs that we've seen.

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  • 1 stars

    "A waste of time for which you won't bill the developer"

    July 16, 2012   |   By ygavryli

    Version: HourGuard Time Sheet 1.40

    Pros

    It's sort of free if you overlook ads and don't count your lost time

    Cons

    It takes time to learn the program and find out that reports generated are lacking all the stuff you have noted/the program recorded except the overall duration. After a while I discovered that all my notes and timing can be digged out from a backup folder and manually ...
    Wanna try yourself?

    Summary

    Look for something else

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  • 4 stars

    "Simple and Adequate"

    March 31, 2012   |   By nws106

    Version: HourGuard Time Sheet 1.39

    Pros

    -It claims it is free, and it is actually free!
    -Relatively simple to use
    -Adequate for my purposes

    Cons

    -Be careful during installation! - they try to shovel more software on you.
    -Interface not very pleasing, but relatively functional.

    Summary

    I was looking for a free solution to track the hours I spend on various projects and give me a report about how I'm spending my time. This solution is adequate for doing so. While not as pretty as some other time reporting software (eg. Advanced Time Reports) it is, in fact, free and not a sneaky trial version with limited functionality or usage period.

    As a previous comment mentioned, they try to install a bunch of other NCH software during the install process for HourGuard. It lists all of this software as "Recommended". Simply uncheck all of the boxes and you won't install it. While technically they ask you to install it, they are pretty sneaky about it.

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  • 3 stars

    "Good enough, but not great."

    December 08, 2011   |   By dilbertg

    Version: HourGuard Time Sheet 1.39

    Pros

    Easy to use, works as described.
    Good for the price... it's free. (However, it does install a bunch of links to their paid products.)

    Cons

    Didn't appreciate the sneaky way they added all those extra links without asking. For me, that is reason enough to look for a different solution.

    Summary

    Good product, but I will not download anything from NCH Software again.

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  • 4 stars

    "Probably very good software"

    February 20, 2011   |   By harster

    Version: HourGuard Time Sheet 1.37

    Pros

    My son and I have tried some other NCH programs. They seem to work very well, lean and fast with a fair number of features, some free apps, some low cost. I downloaded HourGuard for a business I haven't kicked off yet, so not much testing so far.

    Cons

    The "other software", see above, is the "NCH Software Suite". It's links to download a number of their products that will eventually require payment. But they seem to be good from what I can tell and it's easy to ignore. Just don't open the suite.

    Summary

    It appears a number of software publishers are adopting a similar business model: good, low cost software that requires payment for updates/upgrades after the first year or so, but the original has few or no bugs so if you like it the way it is there is no need to "upgrade". Another example is Foxit Software premium packages, good stuff, excellent support and then you pay reasonable charges for "upgrades". Probably worth it to get applications that work right to begin with. FYI, NCH is Australian and Foxit is Chinese.

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  • 3 stars

    "everything I need, except....."

    October 25, 2010   |   By jackyah333

    Version: HourGuard Time Sheet 1.37

    Pros

    love the fact that you can track your time spent, by hitting an on / off button when you start and when you end. you can have mulitple clients.

    Cons

    reporting (to create an invoice) is limited and problamatic.

    Summary

    you can only generate a report over time periods, and not per task or project. this is really frustrating if you want to generate a report of tasks done for the last invoicable month, but some of the tasks started 2 months ago for instance. the report only includes hours in the time you have specified. to include these longer projects you have to make your time window larger and then all the other smaller tasks which you have already invoiced last month are included. this software has been the reason that I invoiced too little hours on some projects and lost money. other than this problem, its perfect for my needs.

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  • 1 stars

    "Installs other internet software on your computer"

    October 13, 2010   |   By mcharls

    Version: HourGuard Time Sheet 1.37

    Pros

    did not run it long enough to evaluate it

    Cons

    installs other software that I did not want on the computer

    Summary

    installs other software that I did not want on the computer

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  • 5 stars

    "Absolutely Perfect!"

    June 16, 2010   |   By dmcaissie

    Version: HourGuard Time Sheet 1.34

    Pros

    Click to start timer.
    Click to stop timer.
    Double click a task to start timing that task.
    Reports show how much time and money has been spent on a task or client.
    Simple and simply perfect!

    Cons

    Nothing to tell. So far it's wonderful.

    Summary

    If you're a freelancer looking to keep track of the time and associated money you spend on a project, this is a great option. It sits on my desktop, ready and waiting for me to use it. I really, really like it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent gadget for recording time spent on projects"

    June 07, 2010

    Version: HourGuard Time Sheet 1.34

    Pros

    Easy to install and use - excellent software for freelances and others tracking time against projects and activities. Produces reports and invoices if needed too. Simple click to start or stop mechanism.

    Cons

    What's not to like?

    Summary

    Got started in seconds having searched for a quick free interface to log my time and projects.

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  • 5 stars

    "Snappy, Simple, Unobtrusive"

    May 17, 2010   |   By RakeyShangle

    Version: HourGuard Time Sheet 1.34

    Pros

    Even an absent-minded fellow like me remembers to log my work time. Verily, the last thing you want in a work time logger is overkill. If you need to track your work time you will actually really use this app. Great reporting and invoicing.

    Cons

    Please make the text that indicates active task and elapsed time much larger and utterly obvious. Put a spinning ball or other garish indicator on the screen.

    Summary

    You track your task time therefore you need this application.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy to use"

    November 25, 2009   |   By fghffghf

    Version: HourGuard Time Sheet 1.3

    Pros

    easy to create reports, and easy to add notes respectively after a task has been stopped

    Cons

    It would be really useful if a report could be created (at the press of a button)showing each line of the timesheet with date, task, narrative and hours without having to export each days pages to csv. Then this would be a killer.

    Summary

    A really good product

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