Grindstone (time-tracking software)
|Initial release||October 10, 2008|
3.1.106 / May 16, 2013
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Available in||U.S. English|
|License||Proprietary Software with EULA|
|As of||January 23, 2012|
Grindstone is a free Microsoft Windows desktop application that allows users to create and organize tasks and to track time. The application features a Task List window for managing tasks and time, a desktop gadget-like stopwatch for controlling the timer, and can produce reports and detect when the user is away. In addition, Grindstone can synchronize time tracking data for multiple users via a paid service called Task Force.
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Grindstone 2 received five out of five stars on CNET's Editor Review scale. "We were impressed with Grindstone 2's performance and pleased by its extras. It's easy to use but does a lot, so the excellent Help file, online forums, and video tutorials go a long way toward getting the most out of all that this fine free tool offers."
PCWorld's review of Grindstone 2 focused on its functionality and features, calling them "incredibly simple, yet incredibly efficient." However, PCWorld's editors did indict Grindstone 2 for having a less than entertaining graphical user interface. "Once you delve into the app, its power becomes apparent, as does it ability to help you manage your time, but with its bland design, Grindstone can feel about as appealing as work."