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Drop Dead Sexy Time Tracking With Klok

Whether you are billing by the hour or verifying your job time estimates, accurate time tracking is critical for most web workers. Despite this importance, it also tends to be one of the most oft ignored functions. While there are a multitude of widgets and services available, I think the issue with most of them is that time tracking is just so terribly unexciting and the tools designed for this purpose typically do nothing to overcome that.

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Enter Klok – Personal Time Tracking Made Easy. It has all the capabilities one would look for in such an app including the ability to track your work by client and project as well as a seemingly unlimited level of sub-projects or tasks. It has a built in start – stop timer and capable reporting options.

The killer feature, though, is that it’s drop dead sexy and brilliantly easy to use.

I’m typically not easily dazzled by eye candy but in this instance the Adobe Air platform is a perfect match for Klok. Each project item is color coded and it’s a snap to drag and drop items to the timesheet or to the built in timer to create your entries. Everything is easily moved and resized and you can drag anything to the trash or to the archives to keep things tidy.

When it’s time to export your time sheet just drag it into excel and you’re all set.

It’s appealing to look at, fun to use, and does what it is supposed to do competently. All of those things add up to make this the one time tracking application that I actually enjoy using.

Klok is freeware and requires the Adobe Air Runtime.

12 Responses to “Drop Dead Sexy Time Tracking With Klok”

  1. We just release version 2 of Klok. Check it out at

    @Justin – It does work on Linux
    @Chris – You can do almost everything without drag and drop if you want to
    @Stephen – You can now select a project in the tree and double click in the week view to create a new entry

  2. The interface is really nice. Drag-drop project creation is slick (though the expectation in most interfaces like Google Calender is to click in a column to create a new entry). The charts and excel export are clutch, too. Downside: it’s on a desktop and not the web (a challenge with multiple computers), and it’s geared towards solo freelancers so you can’t work with a team.

    (full disclosure: I’m on the Tempo team, another product in the time tracking space)

  3. Chris – I think you are a little over-critical. Many usuability studies have shown that direct manipulation through drag and drop is a superior way to handle interaction in many situations. The iterface is something that I won’t have to “bear with” but rather, it is something that is enjoyable to use.

  4. You should have warned us that the usage is pretty unconventional, e.g. every operation is a “drag” and all active elements look disabled (greyed out). This is probably what makes this tool somewhat more “exciting” than others. I wonder why the mouse does not move in a mirror-inverted way or something. But to be fair, the application is pretty nice and useful if you can bear with the interface.

  5. Marvin

    I notice that at the end of any alotted time if you are away from the monitor there is no way to tell if your time is up. To make a long story short it needs sound.