I also had hoped for the timer to be included. As soon as you have a task list, it's hard to know _where_ you're really spending your time unless you have a way to measure it. I hope this might be added soon.
I'm wondering if you would be able to create an export that had not just the tasks, but related tables and categories all as a single SQLite database. There are lots of 3 party tools that can read this file format and it'd make me much more comfortable to have a "snapshot" of the tasks accessible this way. - Clark