By Touch Studios, LLC
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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.
What's New in Version 1.4
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
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.
Good with Caveats
This could solve a lot of problems for me, and as someone else said "Save my Skin." The one major downside I've see just playing with it for a little while, is that I don't see a way of excluding certain apps from being tracked. I'd love to be able to have this going only when certain apps are open that I want/need to keep a running total on. Maybe I'm missing something and this can already be done.
I already use Taskcapture, which is supposed to do something similar, but it doesn't seem to work that well with MS Word anymore. And it doesn't handle gmail that well either. So this app could be a nice fallback for that stuff. But only if I have more control over what apps it tracks.
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.