There are many time management tools on the market and some of them have really great features for teams. But the goal of Qbserve is to be the most powerful productivity app for individual users like freelance developers, designers, artists, writers, and many other self-employed independent professionals.
Qbserve solves one of the main problems of time tracking software: it can differentiate between chats of popular messaging apps – Skype, Slack, and Telegram. This is especially useful for remote workers because you can log the hours of communication with your teammates separately from the time spent chatting.
For the same reason, YouTube videos and Reddit.com forums (subreddits) are also tracked separately so that you can assign work or study related videos to correct categories, and your productivity stats will not be impacted. Additionally there are other controls to customize time recording for your personal workstyle: setting weekdays and time periods to track, pause, or ignore specific sites, applications, or windows.
Tracking is not the only purpose of time management tools; the other one is staying focused and motivated. Qbserve approaches this with instant feedback on your actions. Its dock and menu bar icons change colors dynamically to highlight your current productivity in real time. You can also set alerts to notify you when you are reaching your goals or spending too much time on distractions, and compare your performance between days, weeks, and months.
Qbserve even tries to assist you in maintaining work/life balance with the ability to set regular reminders for your repeating activities, like taking breaks, stretching, exercising, or being mindful.
In addition to all these features, Qbserve is completely secure. Unlike many popular time trackers it works offline, doesn’t require registration, and keeps all the tracked information on your machine. It may ask to submit unrecognized sites and apps anonymously, so that they can be added for all users in future releases, but you can easily opt-out from these requests in settings.