Time Doctor versus Chrometa

Time Doctor and Chrometa are both tools that are used for time tracking. Let’s take a look at both of these tools and compare their features and benefits.

Chrometa away time
Chrometa’s Away Time

Chrometa captures time entries by recording how much time is spent working in an application or a website. Its mobile applications for Android and iPhone capture time details, including the time lost and away time, and also turn phone calls into billable time entries automatically:

Chrometa mobile time

Time Doctor focuses on improving the productivity of individuals and organizations. It offers features to ensure that the time tracked is accurate. It is based on a task list and selecting the task that you are working on at any point in time. Time spent away from the computer is automatically noted as “Away from computer” time.

Recording activities or tasks versus tracking websites and applications

Chrometa tries to track time worked automatically by capturing time spent on specific applications or websites and then allocating these to a client or project.

Chrometa time tracking

The idea is that you can automatically allocate time based on the application that you are using on the computer. The downside of this type of tracking is that it does not capture all time worked. For example there are times when the computer is in a transitional state and you are not viewing a specific application or website or there are times when you are away from the computer and in a meeting. These times cannot be captured automatically.

Time Doctor works in an entirely different way by keeping a list of your tasks and time is tracked by selecting which task you are working on.

Time Doctor time tracking software
Time Doctor Task main user interface

Time Doctor also records applications and websites visited, but this is more of a secondary feature rather than the primary method of recording time worked. The following table shows a comparison of the features for both these tools.

Features Time Doctor Chrometa
Real time tracking Yes Yes
Track time for projects/clients Yes Yes. If an automatic project match for the time entry is not found, the time entry is added to Unbilled Time Section.
Record time for a specific task/activity Yes Yes
List of tasks Yes No
Track time spent away from computer. Yes. It prompts to log time on return. Yes. It allows to enter the task worked on.
Record time spent on an applications, documents, file or emails. Yes Yes
Avoid Distractions Yes. It sends a nudge to user for spending excessive time on personal web browsing or Youtube etc during work time. No
Monitor websites visited Yes Yes
Generate time usage reports Yes. Weekly as well as daily reports outlining time spent on tasks, total time worked, time spent on chat, email, websites visited and applications used. No
Create client invoices and export time to billing applications No Yes
Integration with Jira and Basecamp Yes No
Optional screenshots recording Yes No
Attendance tracking Yes No
Available for Windows Yes Yes
Available for Mac Yes Yes
Rob Rawson

About Rob Rawson

Rob Rawson is a co-founder of Time Doctor which is software to improve productivity and help keep track and know what your team is working on, even when working from home.

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