I understand you concern and a lot of freelancers choose to use fixed-price contracts or manual time for same reasons. However, many freelancers prefer to work on hourly contracts and log time using Upwork App for many reasons as well. Upwork Hourly Protection is one of those reasons.
Just to add my 2cents. I tried the TimeTracking app for the first time yesterday, for all of 10 min. Yes, just enough time for it to take 1 automatic screenshot, before I was going through the settings and when I realised there wasn't a choice to turn it off, I ditched time tracking for good.
It does feel a bit 1984 esq, and I don't like it. I feel it goes against the idea of freelancing and tips control in favour of the client who is already like a kid in a candy shop. Able to shop around and go for the cheapest freelancer they can find, while expecting them to complete huge projects in just a short time, and have the ability to spy on their screen every 10min... what?
Upwork isn't for freelancers, Upwork is for clients and their own 20%. We are just the life blood keeping this whole thing afloat.
Please refer the the information Valeria shared in a post right your own regarding adding manual time and using a different contract type if you have any issues with the way the Desktop apps tracks your work.
Also note that freelancers are able to bid, discuss job requirements and accept offers that they feel comfortable with and which are in line with their preference, terms and expectations.
Other freelancers will follow up soon but in my personal experience, Upwork works both ways as freelancers have the ability to browse through available job posts, and freedom to choose jobs/clients they'd like to work with.
re: "Able to shop around and go for the cheapest freelancer they can find"
...Or the most expensive freelancer they can find, which is how my clients find me.
For what they're paying me, I'm happy to have the time-tracker running.
The screenshots feature is super annoying. This morning, it took a screenshot and the image was ghosted on my screen, with no way to remove it. I had to restart my laptop and lose a file i started working on because of this. I will not be using this app ever again.
@Daniel B wrote:
This morning, it took a screenshot and the image was ghosted on my screen, with no way to remove it. I had to restart my laptop and lose a file i started working on because of this. I will not be using this app ever again.
Strange. It's taken over 66,000 screenshots on various computers of mine over the years, and never once done that to me.
I also haven't experienced or came across a user reporting a similar issue with the Desktop app. You don't happened to have a screenshot of the ghosted image? If it happens again, please take a screenshot and share it with our team, so we can investigate.
Hi Vladimir, i don't have the screenshot of the ghosted image.
The issue could be due to the graphics card drivers. As most laptops these days, mine comes with dual graphics. One is the onboard Intel HD, and the other is a dedicated nVidia GF 960M. The issue here is that drivers for these cards are packaged by latptop vendors, not the graphics cards vendors and thus updated rarely, if ever. I had similar issues on my old HP laptop as well.
I personally don't have time to troubleshoot this as my laptop is already set up for work and i can't afford to potentially create more problems than necessary.
Is there an update of some kind, or a different build of the Upwork desktop app i could use?