Developer: Touch Studios, LLC
Current Version: 1.4
Last Updated: 4 years ago
Download Size: 1.2 MB - Download
Time tracking just got a whole lot easier, with Finch.
Finch is a time tracking application that monitors what windows are active on the screen at any given time. Using the application's tagging system allows for detailed reports of how much time is spent working on different projects. Finch monitors not only the open application, but which window has focus.
Set it, and forget it
Starting with Finch is as simple as running it, and then proceeding with your work. Finch will quietly sit on your Mac OS menu bar until the end of the day. No messy configuration, just turn the app on and let it go!
Export to CSV
On the reports view, specify your filter preferences and you can export straight to CSV. Get control of your data (it's yours after all)
Competing apps have a habit of uploading your content to their servers. Touch Studios will never have your data as it is stored locally on your own machine. Finch does not require an internet connection and is completely private.
App Group View now enables tagging of multiple entries at the same time
Idle time in apps now shows up as a separate line item
Speed improvements when tagging lots of stuff at once
Memory leaks resolved
More speed improvements across the entire app
Most Helpful Reviews
Love it! - This is great. Really easy to use. I love how this developer's using monitoring - usually used to track employees, to help freelancers with timekeeping, a total pain in the a##.
Disappointed - I’m disappointed and unable to use this app. After reading the reviews, I decided this app was going to change my life in the most simple way and I went ahead and purchased. Unfortunately, I am unable to get past the “enable access for assistive devices” screen even tho I enabled this on my computer. On top of that, I am unable to connect and send a message to the support team. Does anyone know of a work around or have suggestions on how to fire this app up?
More Reviews for Current Version
Great execution, lacking some features - Finch is a great little utility app that is relatively light on resources if you consider that it's monitoring every window change. I was pleasantly surprised that it logs the window title (not merely the app name), so browsing doesn't just show up under the app name, but includes the title of the websites (something necessary for accurate time logging). HOWEVER, the app is extremely weak in the "automatic categorizing" area. You literally have to categorize EVERYTHING in the logs. And items that you don't categorize don't graph. If Touch Studios wants five stars, they need to add what seems to me to be obvious features that are missing: optional automatic categorization (use the base app name as the category as the default), optional window title logging (log only the base app name, not the entire window title…a feature good for others, though not for me personally). Overall, I like the app, and I'm looking forward to an update that will add the missing features complained about in other reviews, as well.
Stopped working! - It's OK, in a minimalist sort of way. I'm not dinging it for not having more features -- minimal is OK here. But the thing that I don't like is that it has a can't-turn-it-off menubar icon/menu. This always-there icon offers very important menu items such as "Tweet this app" and "Like us on Facebook" but adds no real functionality to the application or the system or any workflow. There is not a lot of room on this laptop's menubar, and any space really needs to be reserved for actual features. Please make this icon/menu removable! I'm using it to trace my steps a bit, in case I forget to log in or log out of my actual client time logs, but if I were to rely on this for any accurate picture, it would be an awful lot of work. I guess it's because I change apps/documents so much in my work. It seems hard to get it to understand automatically that any photoshop file I open is Work, though I've already spent too much time identifying items as Work Play, etc. For two hours of logged work, it gives me about a half hour. So, not useful for any real time-accounting, but it's a kind of belt in case I forget to use my suspenders (On The Job). (update:) After using it for only a few days, it saved my skin. I was able to trace back and find exactly what I was doing, more easily than with SLife, which is what I was using before. Still down a star for the gratuitous menubar icon, and down one for not being able to learn that certain apps are always in a category. update 2: I was looking for it to save my skin today, and it had stopped working some time past. And in fact I can't get it to work. Maybe if I reboot, but I'm not going to reboot now.
Great for tracking time in apps - This app is what I needed. It tracks every application window that is active on the mac. for example, I can easly see how much total time I spend in Safari, plus a breakdown of each page I went to. Tags allow me to assign what each type of page was, and Finch seem to learn from the taging and starts to auto tag. That's a time saver as well. Works great with Adobe apps, so I can track total time on a project very eaisly and reliable. Grat for managing projects, free time and overall computer use.
Broken in Mavercks 10.9.2!! - I just purchased Finch from the app store and when I fired it up it asked me to enable Assistive Devices.. which I did for Finch under the security & privacy/accessibility for Finch. Unfortunately it does not register that this has been enabled!! It just continues to wait for the setting to completed till I Force quit the app. Is there a work around for this? I will update my review if there is a work around.
Many basic functionality not working - It is a nice concept though it still needss a lot of development. Search does not work, sort does not work and it logs things that are idle too which does not make sense to me since you want to know where you are actually spending your time. How can some one give 5 starts to this?