Have you ever hired freelancers? Or do you have a remotely working employee? If yes, then you've already faced a problem of how to evaluate their working activity without fear or favor.
We've found an answer for you
Tik-Tok Coach is a desktop app and a web-portal that offers you time-tracking, screenshot taking, goal setting and evaluating each employee's part in the working process.
Tik-Tok Coach features
We achieved a significant cut down of the project's worktime by simplifying the app porting on different paltforms (saved up to 90% of the code).
Unlike other trackers, Tik-Tok Coach continues working offline.
You can type in an issue's name, a user name, an e-mail as a solid text — the app will automatically differentiate them.
Tik-Tok Coach can be easily launched on any computer, even on the old ones!
Tik-TokCoach is made by us from a scratch!
With the tracker you can keep a record of worktime by tasks, projects, clients.
Tik-Tok Coach organizer
Years on the market
Hours of work
The whole development process is divided into several stages. Of course, only in retrospect. As Steve Jobs said,
You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.
1. The idea
At the moment of creating the app some tracking systems already existed (Odesk Team, Elance). But they were not meant to work offline and the time managing accuracy was pretty low — around 10 min. Besides, the web apps themselves were uncomfortable to work with, and users had to pay a big fee (about 15%).
We set a target to make task and time management available via the desktop app and to improve UX.
2. The prototype
Building the first prorotype took us 6 months. At that point we had a working version of the app and understood that there was a room for improvement.
Just then we got the first client of Tik-TokCoach ever. 2012 was a period of our close cooperation with a publishing house. When its CEO got to know about an opportunity to manage the working process, he was willing to implement it in his own company, although it was just two months after the prototype release.
3. The web portal
With 50 new users we had, we couldn't do it with just a desktop app. The portal was a must-have at that point.
The picture shows how the process of data transfer is driven.
4. The app redesign
The next stage was about functionality improvement and redesign of the desktop application.
That was the moment when Tik-Tok Coach started looking like it looks today.
5. The porting
It's an open secret that every project wants to grow, and so did we. But the prototype was created only for one OS — Windows.
We severely cut down the time of working on the project by employing all our magic skills and re-using the Windows version code (up to 90%) for porting the app to MacOS and Linux. To make cross-platform processes easier, we used C# right from the start and gave up the libraries that engage only with one OS.
6. The portal redesign
We made several portal redesigns and managed to create a comfortable UX.
Data input is super easy: you can type in an issue's name, an user's name, an e-mail as a solid text — the app automatically differentiates them. Also, our users acquired the opportunity to open their MS Office documents right in the browser. It became possible via integration of Tik-TokCoach with MS Office Online using WOPI.
Here you can see the development of the desktop app design
Experience the process of creating Tik-Tok Coach
Tik-Tok Coach project helped our company realise in what direction we want to grow further — custom development.