- Open Google Chrome
- Sign in to Chrome with your rater Gmail account. More info here.
- Open LBTimer's page in Google Chrome Webstore
- Click on the + ADD TO CHROME button on the top right
LBTimer is now installed and you can see the icon at the right side of the address bar
- Upon installation, you'll be prompted to give LBTimer authorization to access the Firebase database, where your work records will be stored, and the Main Panel will open.
- LBTimer will work automatically when you open the Raterhub page.
LBTimer's icon appears at the right side of the address bar (Omnibox)
The icon provides information about the current state of the extension← There are tasks available in the Raterhub page.
← There are no tasks available in the Raterhub page.
← A task is active and the timer is running.
← You are getting close to the allotted time for the current task.
← You have reached the allotted time for the current task.
← The timer is paused
← The extension is inactive.
Clicking the icon will open the Popup menu.
You can open the Popup menu by clicking on the extension's icon in the address bar.
From the Popup menu you can open the Main Panel and have a quick glance of the tasks completed and time spent in them during the day.
It also provides quick access to the main automation features: automatic submission of tasks, automatic acquisition of tasks and automatic reloading of the index page when no tasks are available.
In the lower part, you have a button to send the current page to the developer (!), a view of the current timing if a task is active (where you can pause or resume the timer), and a switch to activate or deactivate the extension (active by default).
You can open the Main Panel by clicking on the orange bar in the popup menu.
When you first install LBTimer, the Main Panel will show a welcome message with some instructions:
Hovering your mouse over the top left clock icon will display the main menu:
From the main menu you can:
- Open the extension's log where you can read the list of tasks acquired/submitted/released since the extension started and other important messages from the extension.
- Open the Monthly timesheet to view the time spent rating tasks during the whole month. More information in the next section.
- Open the Weekly timesheet to view the time spent rating tasks per task type and day. More information in the next section.
- Open the settings and customise the working of the extension's notifications, sounds, automation, and more. See the section "Settings" below.
- Export the data to CSV format so you can save a copy of the recorded data in your hard drive. You can also import the saved data from a previously exported CSV file.
- Open a popup clock to view the time in a bigger window or manually track the time spent on mobile tasks.
- Delete the recorded data once you don't need it anymore: for example, you can delete the records of the months you have already been paid for. Deleting old records may speed up the extension's startup time.
- Scan Chrome's history for acquired tasks: this tool allows you to check what tasks have been acquired according to Chrome's history in a specific date. You need to authorise LBTimer to read your Chrome history.
- View what's new: a summary of the most recent upgrades of the extension.
- Contact the developer: here you find contact information of the developer, you can send him feedback from the extension directly, rate the extension in Chrome's Web Store and show your appreciation with a donation.
In the weekly timesheet you can see the tasks completed and time spent in them during the week. The tasks are divided by task type and the last columns show the totals for the week. You can also see a month summary in the bottom left.
The times are shown in minutes, with the totals shown either in minutes or in hours:minutes format. You can change how the totals are displayed in the settings (Settings > Timing > Show totals in hh:mm format). To quickly change the format in which the totals are displayed, click on any cell that says TOTAL.
Hovering your mouse over any cell with a timig total (daily, weekly or monthly) will display the earnings of that period. You can configure your hourly wages in the settings (Settings > Misc > Hourly wage)
You can navigate to the previous or following week using the buttons "<<" and ">>". The button labeled "today" will show the current week, with the current day highlighted. You can also use the date picker under the "today" button to quickly navigate to any specific date.
You can quickly open the monthly timesheet by clicking on the month's name in the bottom left summary table.
To edit any day's record, click on the date you want to edit on the top row. A dialog will open where you can manually edit the records for that day.
When it is time to fill your Lionbridge timesheet, Appen invoice or RaterLabs timecard, LBTimer can fill it automatically for you with the recorded data. Just click one of the buttons shown below to automatically fill the timesheet with the AET (average estimated time) or the real time spent in the tasks.
The monthly timesheet shows the time spent in rating tasks during the month. Clicking on any day's time will open the corresponding weekly timesheet.
Hovering your mouse over any cell will show the earnings for that day. You can configure your hourly wages in the settings (Settings > Misc > Hourly wage)
You can navigate to the previous or following month using the buttons "<<" and ">>". The button labeled "today" will show the current month, with the current day highlighted.
- When tasks available: A desktop notification will appear when the Raterhub page is loaded and there are tasks available.
- When a task is acquired: A desktop notification will appear when a task is acquired, indicating the task type and average estimated time.
- When a task is submitted: A desktop notification will appear when a task is successfully submitted, indicating the task type that was submitted and the task's id number.
- When the timer reaches __% of AET: A desktop notification will appear when you reach a specified percentage of the AET (average estimated time). You can select at which total time's percentage you want to be warned.
- When the timer reaches the AET: A desktop notification will appear when the timer reaches the AET (average estimated time) for the current task. you can submit the task directly using the button of the notification.
- Daily/Weekly/Monthly goals: A desktop notification will appear when you reach any of the configured time goals. To disable the goals notification set the goal time to zero.
- When tasks available: A bell will tinkle when the Raterhub page is loaded and there are tasks available. You can also make the sound to be repeated until a task is acquired or no more tasks are available.
- When timer reaches AET: A bell will tinkle when the timer reaches the AET (average estimated time) for the current task.
- Auto-reload: When there are no tasks available in the Raterhub page, LBTimer will automatically refresh the page at the selected interval.
- Autosubmit: When this setting is active, LBTimer will submit the current task when the timer reaches the AET (average estimated time). NOTE: LBTimer will not check that the task is complete before trying to auto-submit it.
- Autosubmit sooner: With this setting active, the autosubmit feature will be triggered earlier if you are running behind AET in the tasks of the current type during the day. You can select how much sooner you allow the extension to try to auto-submit.
- Autosubmit later: With this setting active, the autosubmit feature will be triggered later if you are ahead of AET in the tasks of the current type during the day. You can select how much later you allow the extension to try to auto-submit.
- Auto-acquire: When this setting is active, LBTimer will acquire the first available task that matches the task type(s) selected. This feature is specially useful paired with auto-reload when tasks are scarce.
- Auto-acquire only after NRT This setting will cause auto-acquire to be triggered only if previously there were no available tasks. This way, if you land on the tasks index after completing a task you can manually choose which task to acquire, if any are available.
- Coundown clock: This setting will cause the clock displayed in the extension's icon to count from the AET (average estimated time) to zero.
- AET mode: When active, the timesheets will display the time recorded according to the AET (average estimated time) for the tasks. In this mode, you can hover your mouse over any time cell to see the real time spent. If this setting is inactive, the timesheets will display only the real time. This setting only affects how the timings are displayed: regardless of it, LBTimer will always record both the AET and the real time spent in the tasks.
- HH:MM format: This setting will change how the totals are displayed in the weekly timesheet: if active, the times will be shown in hours:minutes (e.g: 2h 30m). When inactive, the totals will be displayed only in minutes (e.g: 150).
- Check midnight passing: When active, LBTimer will check the current date everytime the Raterhub index page is loaded/updated, in order to record the tasks completed in the corresponding day. With this setting inactive, all tasks will be recorded in the day the extension was started (usually when Chrome was opened).
- Pacific time: When active, LBTimer will use the Pacific timezone. This timezone may be a requirement of your vendor or employer.
- Week start: You can choose to show the timesheets with the weeks starting on Monday or Sunday.
- Continuous timer When active, the timer will be automatically restarted as soon as a task is submitted, without waiting for the next task (if any) to be loaded. When inactive, the timer will stop when a task is submitted and restart when a new task is completely loaded. You can select a time threshold for the continuous timer so it works only on long tasks but not on short ones.
- Send e-mail when tasks available: An e-mail will be sent to the selected e-mail addresses when tasks are available in the Raterhub page. You can select multiple e-mail addresses to be notified by separating them with semicolon (;). To prevent flooding the e-mail, the notification e-mail will be sent only if previously there were no tasks available.
- Rate-from-LP: This setting will enable the experimental feature Rate-from-LP, that shows a small rating panel in the NM and SXS tasks' landing pages when opened with LBTimer's link openers. The panel will allow you to input your rating directly from the landing page. This way, you rate what you see while you see it, and also save time by not switching constanly between the task page and the landing pages.
- Hourly wage: Set your hourly wage so you can preview your expected earnings by hovering your mouse over the time cells in LBTimer's timesheets.
Custom Research links
The custom research links allow you to quickly open relevant review results to evaluate webpages, for Page Quality tasks.
It allows you to write your own research links, so that you can create your own search queries that are relevant in your locale and language.
It uses a series of "wildcards" so you can quickly research the webpage and website of your task without having to write a new search query each time. The available wildcards are:
- %url → the complete URL
- %host → the hostname
- %main → the main website, without subpages
You can assign a label to each of the 5 possible web research links to easily identify them while completing the rating task.
|Task URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/example/page/here|
Task language: English(UK)
LBTimer: - Open it! - Check scam - Wiki
|Task URL: https://m.lemonde.fr/francais/page/ici|
Task language: French(FR)
LBTimer: - Main page - Reputation - Scam
|Task URL: http://www.newsradioklbj.com/news/austin-local-news/condo-scam-suspect-charged-burglary|
Task language: English(US)
LBTimer: - Open - Alexa - Wiki