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Toggl Desktop is now smarter than ever!

We’re happy to announce that Toggl Desktop version 0.9.3 has a new and intriguing feature. It now has the ability to learn.

What do you mean by “learn”?

It works like this:

  1. Toggl Desktop memorizes the titles of the windows you use and connects these words in the title with the projects you track.

  2. After a short learning period it can give you suggestions on the project to track.

Can you give me an example?

Of course! For example, if you are tracking a task in project A and open a window that you used when tracking a different project, let’s say B, then Toggl Desktop will show you a little popup suggesting you to track project B. You can ignore the popup or agree with the suggestion and Toggl Desktop will automatically start tracking on project B.

How can I try it?

If you noticed, then you see the new autopilot bar at the bottom of Toggl Desktop main window:

Autopilot off

It is turned off by default so you have to turn it on by clicking on the black triangle or the text “Autopilot off” itself.

After turning it on, it starts memorizing the titles of the windows you use when working on your project. You will also see study progress while Toggl Desktop is learning.

Autopilot on

After some time, when enough information has been gathered, Toggl Desktop can start suggesting which project to track. If you see this “Studying complete” status message, then you know that Toggl Desktop is ready to start helping you.

Study complete

So, how does Toggl Desktop contribute to my projecttracking?

If Toggl Desktop thinks (based on the information memorized) that you should be tracking a different project from the current project, then a small popup window emerges. It asks if you want to start tracking the project it suggests. If you ignore the window, it will go away automatically after a few seconds but if you click “Yes” then Toggl Desktop will start tracking the project suggested.

As you see in the picture, Toggl Desktop is offering you to start tracking an existing task:

Existing task suggestion

If you have not tracked a task under this project in the current session then Toggl Desktop will suggest you to start a new task:

New task suggestion

I don’t want to use this new feature, how can I make it disappear?

Of course, if you are not interested in this feature then simply turn it off if it is on (default is off) and you can hide the autopilot bar from the settings:

Settings

Can anybody see the memorized data?

If you are worried about your privacy then don’t be because no information that is collected will be sent to our server or anywhere for that matter. All the data will stay in your computer under your user account.

Try it out and see how it works for you ! 🙂

P.S. We would very much appreciate any feedback on how our new feature is functioning! Thanks!

P.S.S. Oh, and did I mention that the new version also has many bugfixes?

By On October 13, 2008

  1. […] all the functionality of the old one and there will be more. Soon, the new and very much improved autopilot will be available in the new Toggl Desktop. The new version of the application also has much […]

  2. OK, just noticed this. I’m using Toggl Desktop ver 1.0.1 & this is what I’ve done :

    1)Go to ‘My Settings’ >> ‘General’>>Clear check box for ‘Show autopilot bar in main menu’ >>’Save’.

    The pop-up windows I mentioned earlier should have disappeared, right ? WRONG ! It’s still coming up ? Why, I wonder ? Something I’m doing wrong ?

  3. Hi Jaanus,

    Thanks for your prompt feedback. Sorry, missed out the article on the Autopilot feature. Thanks for pointing in the right direction.

    Seems that anything with O-G-G-L in its name is a winner !!

  4. Thanks for releasing the new version closer to the original, it is a much better UI/UX. The rollover feature in the list previously was extremely hard to adjust to. It is much better this way!

  5. hi Toggl team. Just wanted to congratulate you on a job well done. I find Toggl a highly useful tool in my work.

    I work in a Project Management company, designing, installing & commissioning engineering works for the railway industry. As such, I have to carry our multiple tasks on multiple projects. Toggl has proved invaluable for me to track my time used for these tasks. The weekly report is exactly what I needed as I need to file in a weekly Time Sheet on my work done on various projects. Previously, all my tracking was done manually (i.e. using the watch & recording in my diary, summarizing at the end of the week). However, with Toggl, not only do I get a more accurate time taken, the weekly reports generated are in about 90% the format that I use. Therefore, it has reduced my work & end-week report writing considerably.

    I have recommended using Toggl to my colleagues but it hasn’t caught on properly. Nevertheless, you have a staunch supporter in me, to keep propagating Toggl’s use in the company. Keep it up, guys ! Thank you for a great product.

  6. I wish I could just modify the applications it thinks it learned afterwards. Or better yet, just specify them manually, would be great if I could either point & click or specify a keyword of the windows title. Autopilot is quite unusable for me right now, I don’t seem to get it right at all. Where are it’s settings located so I could atleast try to manually teach it?

    Another feature I’d like is:
    “[x] Automatically switch projects when autopilot is on without asking me.” Those popups annoyed the hell out of me very fast.

  7. This feature is a great asset, however the logged data (i.e. study data) should be kept on the server for two reasons:

    1) I use multiple computers; it would be nice to see the app “learn” from the other installed instance

    2) I just recently rebuilt one of my system and now I have to “study” all over again for my test… 🙁

    Other than that I think it’s a fabulous idea.

  8. Thanks for adding the “New Project” entry into the Desktop app! Will you be adding a way to add a new client as well?

    Thanks for such a helpful tool!