Openhour’s TimeTracker winner of a Visual Studio Magazine 2015 Reader’s Choice Award

Visual Studio Magazine announced the winners of its 22nd annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The 2015 winners are chosen by the readers of Visual Studio Magazine and honor the best Visual Studio-related tools and services in 31 categories.


Openhour TimeTracker received the Silver award in the category of Visual Studio Productivity Tools.


TimeTracker automatically captures and informs software engineers of how they spend time against multiple projects. TimeTracker can even automatically generate timesheets with billing codes, if desired. The insights presented by TimeTracker can help drive profitability and streamline corporate workflows.

“Openhour is thrilled to have been nominated and selected by readers of Visual Studio Magazine to represent Visual Studio’s most compelling application offerings,” expressed Mark Hirsch, CEO of Openhour, in response to the win.

Michael Domingo, Editor in Chief of Visual Studio Magazine, explains of the award, “In casual conversation and e-mail exchanges with developers over the past year, most of them have been quick to let you know what tools and services have had the most impact on their careers.”

Visual Studio Magazine presented three awards per category: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The awards are based on the responses of hundreds of Visual Studio Magazine subscribers. The online ballot, which was compiled by the editors of Visual Studio Magazine, included more than 400 products.

The winner’s list will be available online at Visual Studio Magazine, and in a special edition PDF available for download in December.

Timesheets, better, with TimeTracker

TimeTracker is a tool designed to automatically capture users’ professional productivity, generating accurate, comprehensive timesheet drafts for easy review, modification, and submission to existing administrative systems, including many popular ERP platforms.

The results – an accurate assessment of your time, without the burden of the effort or time required to compile and compose your daily timesheet details.

With TimeTracker, users and organizations can boost billable hours, and garner the project and productivity analytics necessary to make intelligent, data-driven business decisions.

For more information on how Openhour’s TimeTracker can integrate with your business, contact our team at info@openhour.com.

Easy calendar integration, with TimeTracker

At Openhour, improving productivity is top-of-mind in every feature we build and launch. We’re always striving to find ways to make time tracking easier, and our calendar integration is just one way we’re meeting that goal.

TimeTracker saves you time by automatically tracking activities on your computer and phone, then matching your activity with project codes.

Calendar coordination, with TimeTracker.
The effort required to compare the content of one’s calendars, timesheets, and daily activities demands time that could be better focused elsewhere. TimeTracker saves users time by including scheduled meetings and other activities, removing the need to compare and contrast information across platforms.

By simply inserting #TT into the meeting description on Microsoft Exchange, Google, or iCal calendar, TimeTracker automatically transfers each tagged meeting to your timesheet. And TimeTracker assigns the correct billing code to all meeting participants, saving both you and your colleagues the need to individually enter that time.

Like everything else in Openhour’s TimeTracker solution, you have control and can decide to add/edit/remove any items before submitting.


For those already using TimeTracker, directions to get you started:

  • Microsoft Exchange Calendar: Your Administrator can enable TimeTracker for your organization. Once enabled, you can opt-in or -out via the TimeTracker Account Settings. See upper right pull-down in the TimeTracker browser.
  • Google Calendar: You can easily configure TimeTracker to retrieve your meetings. You can see instructions here at this Google Calendar blog post.
  • iCal Calendar: If you use iCal, here are simple instructions for associating an iCal calendar with a Google Calendar, which TimeTracker can access.

TimeTracker now integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015

TimeTracker integrates with an array of tools offered by Adobe, Apple, Google, Intuit, and Microsoft, and we are continually expanding the capacity of Openhour’s premier productivity-focused platform.

Today, we are pleased to announce the integration of TimeTracker with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015.

With TimeTracker automatically capturing time for those building within the Visual Studio Development Environment (IDE), we can help document and understand how developers spend their productive time, and eventually provide thoughtful analytics to guide professional endeavors and improve developers’ overall workday experience.

“Together, Openhour and Microsoft provide a solution that helps developers focus on what matters most,” explains Openhour CEO, Mark Hirsch.

We anticipate further integrations with Microsoft services to better serve Openhour customers – providing fitting solutions for businesses, large and small, and across industries.

Be the first to get TimeTracker for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015. Register here.

TimeTracker announces integration with QuickBooks

TimeTracker integrates fluidly with tools available in Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as productivity applications by Apple, among others.

Today, we are thrilled to highlight our integration of TimeTracker with Intuit QuickBooks. With TimeTracker automatically capturing time, it is now even easier to submit time to QuickBooks, providing a streamlined process for submitting completed projects to clients.

Together, TimeTracker and QuickBooks provide a solution that lets professionals focus on what matters most.

We are encouraged by the partnership with Intuit, and look to continue integrating with Intuit’s other business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals.

Be the first to get TimeTracker for QuickBooks. Simply register here and then in your Account Settings (Preferences section), simply click the “Connect to QuickBooks” button.

Connect to QuickBooks Button

Organize your time: Past, present, and future with TimeTracker

For those professionally invested in client services – from a digital creative agency crafting developing applications, to a legal firm verbalizing the respective positions of clientele – it’s likely your day-to-day workplace endeavors are in a constant flux; from new clients to fresh projects, each day invites something different – often requiring a different focus.

TimeTracker is built to adapt with you, to make sure tracking your time remains as effortless as possible.

Your project efforts, captured with ease.

With TimeTracker, you can add, edit, or hide projects in your Projects List at any time. Click the gear icon of the Projects section on the right side of the Calendar View.

If you have an individual account, you’ll be able to Add/Create projects in the same location. If you have a TimeTracker Team or Enterprise account, you’ll be able to Add projects to your list from the organization’s list. Just double-click on a Project to move it into your list.

Cross-platform syncing.

Your Project List will be visible in all of TimeTracker interfaces – browser, desktop application, and the Adobe Creative Cloud extension. Make a change in one place, and all interfaces will sync.

Within the Edit Projects panel, you make Hide/Unhide a Project by clicking the Eye Icon. This can be particularly useful if your company has numerous ongoing projects. Simply Hide them when you’re done, and Unhide them when they’re needed once more.

We are continually looking for new ways to improve the TimeTracker experience – if you have feedback and a moment to spare, please contact our team at feedback@openhour.com.

The market for analytics: Openhour is making data meaningful

With a mass of headlines and marketing campaigns highlighting the importance of Big Data, it may seem somewhat obvious to assert that data is big. Especially now.

Over the past decade our capacity to capture and assess massive swaths of data has increased significantly; analysis that would have once commanded hours of processing now requires mere seconds. And we’re only recently beginning to envision how best this newfound ability can be harnessed.

Those of us at Openhour are thrilled to be playing a part in this shared venture by making data meaningful, starting with TimeTracker.

Making data meaningful.

TimeTracker provides you with the personal intelligence needed to continually improve your expenditure of time, from the simplest on-time timesheet preparation, to offering analytical insights to help users understand where the minutes and hours of every day are being spent.

With weighty companies like Microsoft identifying unique ways to integrate data in users’ day-to-day, via platforms like Office Delve and their recent acquisition of VoloMetrix, we’re excited by the market validation, knowing that Openhour’s patent-pending efforts can extract unique productivity analytics from the myriad of data-centric apps and user applications.

Moving forward, with TimeTracker.

As we continue building TimeTracker (and beyond), we’ll offer updates on features, feature benefits, and insights from Openhour’s ever-growing data bank.