Rize Apps v0.18.15 Release
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Our first release of 2023 includes a few new features and improvements including:
1. Upgraded Windows App Certification
- With our new Windows App Certification, the Rize app will no longer be flagged by Windows Smart Defender as unsafe. You'll be able to download and run Rize from all browsers with no issues.
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2. Do Not Track Titles Privacy Setting
- This new privacy setting allows you to prevent Rize from tracking window titles. Keep in mind, with this setting enabled, you will not be able to utilize any categorization or project keyword rules. You can update this setting in
Settings > Privacy > Title Privacy
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3. Refocus Notification Threshold
- In addition to disabling or enabling the Refocus Notification, you can now set a specific threshold for when that notification is shown. The notification will not be shown more than once within that time threshold. The default is 5 minutes which means that Rize will not remind you to refocus more than once every 5 minutes. You can update this setting in
Settings > Notifications > Refocus Notification
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4. Firefox on Windows incognito browsing fix
- Firefox recently updated the way they mark their browser as incognito. Due to this change, Rize was incorrectly tracking titles for newer titles in Firefox even when the browser was in incognito. This issue has been fixed.
Focus Session & Meeting Ending Soon Notification
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We just released a new notification that will send 5 minutes before a Meeting or Focus Session comes to an end. This has been a long requested feature by users so they take some time to wind down their focus work or wrap up their meeting. Right now, the notification will link to the Session Timer. Soon you'll be able to extend the session directly from the notification. You can disable this notification in
Settings > Notifications > Session Ending Soon
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Removing Work Hours without Breaks Feature
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Due to some unforeseen technical blockers, we're going to be temporarily removing the setting for showing Work Hours without Breaks. I'm sorry about that. I know that's not ideal. We definitely plan on adding this feature back in the future.
We rushed this feature out and take completely responsibility for this screw up. However, we don't want a feature to exist if it doesn't work perfectly.
Until we add this feature back, Work Hours will include Break Time for all users.
Launching the New Home tab with Vertical Timeline
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We just launched a new Home tab that is centered around a vertical timeline of your activity. The timeline has four columns: Activity, Projects, Sessions, and Calendar.
Activity
The Activity tab shows time that is automatically tracked and categorized by Rize. In the vertical timeline format, you easily get a readable sense of your day. You can hover over an event to see the breakdown for that time range.
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You can click on an event to take actions. If you click "View Details", you'll see the exact breakdown of apps and websites and can easily make changes there. You can also click on a time block and select "Add to Project" to allocate that time to a project.
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You can drag and drop on the timeline to add or edit your activity as well.
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Projects
The projects column allows you to easily allocate time to specific projects. Hovering over a project time block will show you the breakdown for that time period.
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You can drag and drop to add time to projects.
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Clicking on an existing project time block allows you to edit or remove that project.
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If you select "Edit Project", you'll see the edit project form.
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Sessions
Sessions are periods of time designated as Focus, Meeting, or Breaks. They can be automatically created via your activity or calendar as well as manually created by the Session Timer.
Hovering over a session will show you details about that session. You can see how that session was created (from your activity, calendar, session timer, or by you).
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Dragging and dropping on the timeline allows you to create a new session manually.
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If you select "Add Session", you can choose the session type (Focus, Meeting, or Break) as well as the time category.
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Clicking on an existing session allows you to edit or remove that session as well as see the details for that session.
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Calendar
The last column will show your integrated calendar events. These events will be shaded pink if they have 2+ attendees or include the keyword
#rize-meeting
in the description. They'll be shaded teal if they include the keywords
#rize-focus
,
flow
, or
focus
in the description or title. They'll be shaded blue if they include the keywords
#rize-break
or
break
in the title or description.
You can read more about when theses events will automatically create sessions in this changelog post.
You can hover over a calendar event to see details. Clicking on icon in the top right of the tooltip will take you to that event in your calendar.
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Daily Summary
On the far right of the Home tab, you can see your daily summary. This includes your Work Hours, time breakdown, top categories, and top projects.
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Outlook Calendar Integration
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We just released our Outlook Calendar integration for Rize. To integrate, just head to
Settings > Calendars > Add Outlook Integration
. The Outlook integration is feature complete and provides all the same functionality as our Google Calendar integration.
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Add Secondary Google Calendar Support
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Previously, Rize only let you integrate with your primary Google calendar. Starting today, you can integrate with as many secondary Google calendars as you'd like. Just head to
Settings > Calendars
and check all the calendars you'd like to integrate with. By default Rize will integrate with your primary calendar only.
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Improved Keyword and URL Categorization UI
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We've made it a lot easier to create advanced categorization rules based on the title or URL.
Head to
Categories
, select a category and then click the expand arrow icon on the right.
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You'll see a list of all the titles and URLs for that particular app or website. Click on the category next to a title or URL.
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That will open the categorization model. Here you'll see the title and URL (if present). You'll have options to create a rule based on title, create a rule based on the URL, or just recategorize for that time period.
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If you select the title or URL options, you can choose to match the title or URL exactly or partially.
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As a final step, just hit save and you should be all set. We're working on improving out Tracking Rules settings next so stay tuned for more improvements.
New Activity Log
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We just released a new activity log so you can easily view and search your recent history. You can search by clicking the spy glass icon in the top left.
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To delete an event, just click the trash can icon on the right.
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Dashboard Redesign
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tl;dr
We just completely revamped our dashboard to simplify the product and better serve our different use cases.
Overview
We’ve continued to add new features and functionality as the Rize product has grown over the past two years. As it stands now, Rize is the most intelligent, automated, and customizable time tracker in existence. However, increased functionality has come at the cost of increased complexity.
Interviewing new users over the past few months has made it abundantly clear that Rize can be complicated and confusing. Furthermore, Rize now supports multiple time tracking use cases including time categorization, focus management, and project tracking. Our attempts to support all those use cases in a single view led to crammed UI and information overload.
In response to these issues, we completely redesigned the Rize dashboard with two goals in mind: reduce complexity and better serve our separate use cases. Below, I cover the main changes coming to Rize as well as each new view we’ll be adding along with their core responsibilities.
Product Changes
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Everything Builds Off Categorization
The most fundamental shift in this refactor is that it alters the information hierarchy. Until now, we’ve prioritized derived productivity metrics such as Work Hours, Focus Time, Break Time, and Meeting Time as the most important pieces of information. Your time spent in different categories has been second to these metrics. Moving forward, your categories will be the most important information in the dashboard.
Time categorization is the most fundamental aspect of Rize. Every other feature, such as Work Hours and Focus Time, only functions accurately if your apps and websites are categorized correctly. Track time, or the sum of all time tracked in any categories, will be the core denominator for categories, focus time, and projects. This is a shift away from Work Hours playing that role in the past.
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Work Hours Simplification
Our goal with the Work Hours metric is to accurately show you the amount of time you spent working each day. This is different from all tracked time as if I spend 2 hours watching Netflix, I obviously don’t want that added to my work hours total. Over the past two years, we increasingly tried to cover the many corner cases of accurately calculating this metric. This included automatically adding break time, adding non-work categories that occur in Focus or Meeting Sessions, and many other one-off exceptions. However, we’ve ended up with a current Work Hours metric that is opaque and confusing, and yet still lacking in accuracy for many users.
We’ve decided to shift back to simplicity. Work Hours will is be the sum of your work categories with an option to include or exclude Break Time. You will be able to calculate your Work Hours by simply summing your Work Categories and adding Break Time. We believe this to me the most simple and accurate solution.
New Layout
Home View
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The new Home tab will show you a summary of your day and a list of any actions you need to take. It should allow you to gain the most important information at a glance and easily deep dive into any section that you’re interested in.
Categories View
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The Categories tab’s primary responsibility is highlighting your time spent in categories, apps, and websites. Here you can view the previous history and trends of categories as well as easily edit your categorization tracking rules for all apps and websites. As mentioned, correct categorization is fundamental to all other features working properly in Rize. Automated and fully customizable categorization is also a huge benefit in its own right.
Focus and Productivity Hub
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Improving your productivity and focus are core value propositions of Rize that will not be changing. In this tab, you can see a deep dive of Focus, Breaks, Meetings, and Work Hours. We want to show you insights as well as productivity coaching. Some questions that we hope to answer here include: what time of day do I focus the best? What apps or websites are preventing me from focusing? Am I taking enough breaks? What meetings are no longer productive for me to be a part of?
Projects
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The new Project tab adds a huge amount of functionality to the Projects feature. Here you’ll be able to easily tag time towards projects, create keyword rules for automatic project tagging, compare projects, and export custom reports for projects.
Session Timer
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The Session Timer won’t be changing much with this update. It will remain the place where you can start focus sessions and breaks to work more productively throughout the day.
Goals
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The Goals tab is where you can engage with the community to achieve your productivity goals. You will be able to continue to set personal goals but we’ll be adding group goals too. We’ll also be reworking the UI to better support users with multiple goals. Additional new features coming to goals include custom reports for goals and editing goals.
Launching Rize Goals
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Rize Goals V1
We just released our first version of Rize Goals. Now you can track goals around Focus Time, Break Time, Work Hours, specific Categories and more.
Just head to the Goals tab to view and create your goals. Rize comes with some predefined templates that are all completely customizable.
Goals Templates
You'll receive desktop notifications when you hit or miss a specific goal. You'll also receive your goals each day in your daily email.
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