Time reports update: Breaking out Google docs and Office Online by app

Hi folks,

We just made a change to how we record time spent in Google Docs and Office Online. You will now be able to see the type of document you’re spending time on, instead of just having everything grouped under the generic “Google Docs”, label.

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Changes that affect the lower level data stream are a pretty big deal for us, so they don’t happen too often. We thought this one was worth doing though, because it will help you understand your time more clearly. And, importantly, it will make time spent on your online productivity tools compare more precisely to your time spent on tools you install on your computer.

Here’s the gist:

  • When you enter in a Google web application from Google Drive, for example open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets (they have about 3 different names for it, that is one), that will get tracked separately from time spent on a presentation opened in Google Presentations (aka Slides).
  • Similarly, using the same web applications in hosted google accounts (aka Google Apps), they will be broken out to the various web apps, with the suffix ” – Google Apps”.
  • MicroSoft Office Online (aka office.live.com) applications will be broken out as Word – Office Online, Excel – Office Online, PowerPoint – Office Online.

3 Comments on “Time reports update: Breaking out Google docs and Office Online by app”

  1. saturnonostropicos says:

    Thanks for the update!

    Could you do the same with NewsBlur and the current feed I am reading? Since it never changes the title of the browser, it always reads “newsblur” although the URL changes.

  2. Arnaud Philippe says:

    Rescuetime doesn’t sync today. Do you know why?

    • Robby Macdonell says:

      There are no problems today that we know of. Can you open a support ticket? We’ll look into it and figure out what’s going on. Thanks!