I don’t keep track of my time because I like to start and stop timers; I do this because, in the long run, it gives valuable insight into how I am spending my time. As useful as it is to have data on the duration of a project or task or on the time that a task consumes compared to other things that I do, the act of tracking itself Even can be tedious, which is why it can be so easy to fall out of the habit of doing it.
The reason I used Timer, the time tracking app for To toggle, on my iPhone and iPad since its release, is due to developer Joe Hribar’s attention to making tracking your time as easy as possible without too much hassle. Features like saved timers, widgets, hotkeys, and hotkey actions to automate timers have made the app a pleasure to use since version 1.0.
In fact, the Timery experience was so good that I used it even though it didn’t have a Mac app, which I rarely do with the apps I use every day. However, with the release of Timery version 1.2 today, I no longer need to use another time tracking app on my Mac as Timery was released as a Mac Catalyst app, with all the features that Timery users already know and love on iPhone. and iPad versions. Today’s update to Timery isn’t just a treat for Mac users, however. Version 1.2 also contains a long list of new keyboard shortcuts and settings for all users, making it one of the biggest updates since the app launched.
By creating a Mac Catalyst version of Timery, the iPad version of the app had to evolve as well, with a left sidebar instead of a tab bar at the bottom of the screen. On the iPad, the sidebar can be collapsed and includes timers and saved time entries, as well as a separate section for toggle settings that can be folded to hide its individual subsections. Besides the sidebar, the design of the iPad version has not changed significantly and the iPhone version is the same.
If you’ve used Timery on an iPhone or iPad before, you’ll be right at home with the Mac version. The app works with both free and paid Toggl accounts. Free users can track time based on projects and tags, while paid users can further refine tracking using Toggl’s task system. Unlike some Mac Catalyst apps, Timery for Mac makes extensive use of the macOS menu system, as well as keyboard shortcuts. While the app doesn’t include a traditional preference window, it’s still one of the best Mac Catalyst apps I’ve seen, delivering the full Timery experience in a comfortable and familiar way to use on Mac.
You’ll find the same system of preset saved timers in Timery for Mac, along with a chronological list of previously saved items in the Time Entries section where you can create unique timers and restart, edit, and delete existing ones. The app also includes extensive support for shortcuts on iPhone and iPad and widgets on all platforms to access saved timers, monitor your current time entry, and review your tracked total time. If you’re new to Timery, who we named Best New App at the 2019 MacStories Selects Awards, be sure to check out our previous coverage for all the details.
Timery already had excellent support for external keyboards, but with version 1.2 the app took that support to a whole new level, which I found I like the most on Mac. When working on my iPad, I often tap on Timery’s project or tag entries to add them to a timer. On the Mac, doing the equivalent with a trackpad or a mouse feels like a heavier interaction. This may be because I usually switch between typing-centric tasks on the Mac, but whatever the reason, the new keyboard shortcuts and other settings added in version 1.2 of Timery have made starting timers with the keyboard incredibly easy.
Saved timers and the ability to restart a timer with a swipe gesture from the app’s saved entries list are great ways to start a new timer, but Timery’s new option to offer suggestions from of a timer’s description field is my favorite way to start a timer now. There is also a new option in the Timery settings that places the cursor focus in the description field by default. Add to that the app’s keyboard shortcut to start a new timer, and the whole process is blazingly fast. It might not seem like much at first, but if you move from task to task throughout the day, being able to start a stopwatch with minimal effort means not breaking your focus or giving up time tracking in frustration.
The process of starting a new timer usually comes down to three quick keystrokes:
- ⌘-N to compose a new timer
- A few quick presses on the arrow keys to choose a saved or recent timer and Back to select it
- ⌘-Back to start the new timer
That’s it. The pivot of the system is the automatic selection of the description field, which can be enabled in the Timery settings, as well as the list of suggested timers.
There are many other keyboard shortcuts for navigating the Timery user interface and accessing and changing the timers as well. The app now offers keyboard shortcuts for up to 30 saved timers, which is way more than the dozen I’ve created. Timery also includes new keyboard shortcuts to access each running timer field, allowing for quick edits.
There is a handbag other new features that are worth mentioning. For example, there are new settings to round time entries up, down, or to the nearest whole increment for a wide range of time increments. Rounding is not a feature that I need, but I think it will be handy for anyone who bills their time in specific time slots. Rounding has also been added as a setting to the Shortcuts action to stop timers, and the app now also supports multi-windowing on the iPad.
Timery version 1.2 is a bit of a dormant version. On the surface, not much has changed on the iPhone or iPad. However, if you spend some time exploring the new keyboard shortcuts and settings, incorporating them into your workflow, you will quickly find that updating dramatically increases your efficiency. Coupled with the all new Mac version, which is a big deal for anyone who regularly works on a Mac and iPad, Timery’s latest update is its biggest update yet.
I’d still love to see reports added to Timery in the future, but I’m glad the Mac was processed first. Time tracking is the type of activity that must exist everywhere to be most effective. I’ve spent the past two years using Toggl’s Mac app, which has improved dramatically over that time, but I’m happy that I can now learn a set of keyboard commands and use them on iPad and Mac. If the lack of a Mac version of Timery was holding you back, now is a great time to give the app a try.
Timery 1.2, which is a free update, is available on the App Store. Some features of Timery require a Timery Club subscription, which costs $ 0.99 / month or $ 9.99 / year.