Time Sink

Developer: Many Tricks

Current Version: 2.0

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 9 MB - Download


Time Sink helps you track how you spend your time on your Mac. It automatically logs opened windows and applications, and keeps track of how long you've spent using things in total (i.e. running), and in the foreground (i.e. actively using). It does this without any user intervention required to start or stop processes - it's just set-and-forget easy!

New ad-hoc timers even let you track time you spend away from your Mac, so you can capture your entire day.

You can view graphs showing your usage over time, sorted either by date and time (showing a logical view of your work habits), or by total and/or foreground time used, showing which apps and windows get most of your time. You can also create pools, which are groups of associated windows, to allow automatic tracking of activities -- put Safari, Firefox, and Chrome in a Browsers pool, for instance.

Data can also be exported manually or automatically, for further analysis in a spreadsheet or database program.


Release Notes:

• Use ad-hoc timers to track non-Mac activities
• Timers now pause automatically when the display sleeps
• Easily pause and resume tracking of your activities
• Choose time frame for Reports via simple pop-up menu
• Open exported reports in Time Sink to look at historical data
• User-definable time for "start of day"
• View time usage as percentages instead of hours/minutes
• Choose the original appearance theme, or one of two new themes
• Use window title filters to merge windows from apps that include always-changing info, like zoom level


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2
Review by jonamar

Where have you been all my life? - So this review is from the perspective of a "power-user". I'm sure Time Sink would be awesome to just install and walk away from, to check back in on out of curiosity occassionaly. But I had specific needs and was blown away when it delivered in spades. My needs: I run a freelance business and need to keep track of my hours as accurately as possible, while spending as little time as possible. I've tried a lot of time tracking apps. Obviously, something that automates much of the process is the holy grail, but I've not stopped there. On the manual timer side, I've tried everything from Billings, to Harvest, to Freshbooks and a slew of others: small and large, web-app and desktop, adobe air and proper OS X, mobile, etc. I've also tried a variety of 'holy grail' services that purport to do the same thing as Time Sink: Timing, also on the app store, which is good but falls short of Time Sink; and, again, a slew of others. Here's the thing that makes Time Sink stand out: it lets you create smart categories that count time by "application + keyword found the app's title". This single feature makes the app truly useful like no other i've seen or tried. Then, when you work in the carefully though-out details, the ways you can move data around, export it, view it while in-app… it's a polished piece of design from what is clearly a thoughtful team. And even if it didn't have the one aforementioned killer feature, it would still be the best in class by a good lead. Not to mention retroactive categorizing of time-spent (hold down shift as you drag the app/window into a Pool). The icing on the cake? I experienced a bug and emailed their support (directly of course, not through the app store which seems to be some sort of blackhole for support on all apps). I recieved helpful and FAST reponses, we emailed back and forth for a couple of days, they never took more than an hour or two to repond. They were great, even sending me specially recorded videos to help me troubleshoot. Of course, one thing you must understand is that this doesn't do a great job of saying 'Client A, project, task = X hours'. If you tried to make a 'pool' for each task Time Sink would quickly become unweildly. So you'll still need a secondary place to keep track of that, if you care about being that detailed. That said, I've found it to be so powerful and so set'n'forget that taking note of those additional details occassionally is saving rather than costing me time. Currently usign a free version of the toggl web app to that end. :) Time Sink is like an automated stop watch, at least that's where i feel like it excells and how i've put it to use. Last point, I'd take SJP-iPad's advice and spend some time learning the app. 30 mins of reading through the documentation will uncover a bunch of hidden features that will really step up the app's usefulness. Hope my review helps and that if you get it, you enjoy it as much as I do! ps - a tip, if you use firefox (latest) and get Time Sink, use the 'group your tabs' feature in FF to name the tab groups. using this in conjuction with time sink lets you browse inside a category, which then shows up in FF's title, which can in turn be dynamically tracked using the *keyword* trick in time sync. sounds complicated. it's actually not. but more importantly it changes everything for auto-time tracking if you spend many of your billable hours online.

Found helpful by 26 out of 26 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by Pete Allport

waste of money - This app is unclear and poorly designed. It also isn't optimized for retina display.

Found helpful by 2 out of 13 people