Track Time

I have been ‘playing’ with TrackTime ($19.95) for a while now. Unfortuntaley it isn’t really an application that I can show you a screen shot of as it is extremely revealing of how much time you spend on certain activities on your Mac. Therein lies its strength and its weakness.

It does it very well, and provides the information in a very neat way. At the same time it can become a little depressing when you realise that all the time that the schedule should be saying ‘Numbers’ it is fact saying iTunes, iChat, Adium ……. You get the picture? It is like being spied on, only you are the one doing the spying on yourself!!!

Oh OK, here is a partial screen shot as it is pretty neat the way that it shows stuff. If you click on the arrow by each application it gives you a break down of the individual sessions:

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I started off a little cynical but ended up quite a fan. My natural inclination with applicatons like this is to try and find a productivity gain, or business use, or at the very least some justification for using it. I am sure there are good reasons lurking somewhere, but the application probably needs some tweaking before that is the case. There are three example ‘projects’ called Productivity, Creativity and Recreation which should be the basis for this but all they really do is allow you to track how long you work on a particular project which is OK if you have distinct start and end times but not very useful if you multi-task. I think the answer lies in keeping track of what file within an application, or stored iChat so that you could identify and access the files ….. You can access visited URL’s so I have a feeling this is the direction the developer is heading!

But as a purely fun application it is neat and effective. I will be interested to see how it develops (see below) over time.

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Couple Of Quickies

  • If you head on over to the MacReviewCast you will get 20% off the price of TrackTime
  • The developer acquired TrackTime part way through its beta so this is very much the start of the development process for him and as such he would love to hear your views, thoughts and suggestions.

2 thoughts on “Track Time

  1. Will It Work

    I liked TrackTime while I was playing with it. Admittedly, I got it first because I was going to use it as a way to maintain productivity, but at the time I tried it, it doesn’t recognize Opera! Since Opera is a major browser for me (I test against it, and use it as my primary personal browser), that was a major loss.

    With the Macbook Pro, how does TrackTime work with virtualized apps like in Fusion or Parallels? Can it track the time I spend in IE?

  2. Scotty

    [quote comment=”43544″]I liked TrackTime while I was playing with it. Admittedly, I got it first because I was going to use it as a way to maintain productivity, but at the time I tried it, it doesn’t recognize Opera! Since Opera is a major browser for me (I test against it, and use it as my primary personal browser), that was a major loss.[/quote]

    TrackTime doesn’t support webpage tracking in Opera because Opera doesn’t support Applescript to allow TrackTime to access that information. Opera 9.5 is reported to support AppleScript so hopefully TrackTime will support Opera once 9.5 is released.

    [quote comment=””] With the Macbook Pro, how does TrackTime work with virtualized apps like in Fusion or Parallels? Can it track the time I spend in IE?[/quote]

    It currently just displays the fact that you are using parallels

    Scotty
    Mamooba[/quote]

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