update recap: enhancements to offline time tracking, new billing options, search, and more

We’ve been pretty busy lately trying to add some new features before the end of the year. Here’s a recap of some things you may have missed:

You can now sign up for RescueTime Pro using PayPal

We just added a support for PayPal as a billing option for RescueTime Pro users. We’ve gotten lots of feedback from our users requesting it, and we hope it will provide an alternative for users who can’t (or don’t want to) use a credit card. You can read more about it here.

New ways to use your RescueTime data

We set up integrations for two third-party services, Beeminder and Geckoboard. With Beeminder, you can import your RescueTime data to to automatically track your progress towards a productivity goal in Beeminder. With Geckoboard, you can display your RescueTime stats alongside your other business metrics on a custom dashboard.

Updates to offline time tracking

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A few months ago we made some pretty major updates to how you can log offline time with RescueTime, but they came with a rather annoying constraint: You couldn’t manually go back and enter time on days where no no computer time had been logged. This was, by far, the most common complaint about the new interface. The issue was due to some technical constraints, which we eliminated last week. Now there are no restrictions for when you can enter offline time.

Overhaul of our search system (with much better performance)

For a long time, pro users have had the ability to do keyword searches, but recently the performance had really started to suffer. We made some significant changes to our search architecture to handle the extra load. These presented some pretty interesting technical challenges, which required  a more creative solution than simply throwing more hardware at the problem. If you’re technically inclined, we’ve summarized the experience here. For most users, however, all you need to know is that it’s way, way faster than it was before.

New weekly summary email design

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This is jumping the gun here just a little bit, but we’re in the process of rolling out some updates to our weekly email. We’ve reworked the design to make it more digestible, and added a few new data points so you can get an even richer understanding of your time. We’re rolling it out to our Pro users first, and then all users over the coming weeks.

More to come in the new year

We’re excited about these recent updates, and have even more planned for the next couple of months. Stay tuned!


One Comment on “update recap: enhancements to offline time tracking, new billing options, search, and more”

  1. brad5patterson says:

    Keep rockin fellas. Love Rescuetime and really enjoy seeing all the evolution in the service.

    Enjoy the new year and best to you all in 2013.

    -Brad