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Is there a tool that allows you to monitor the amount of time spent actively interacting with an application? This would be useful for development work to get an idea of just how long projects take.


I've been using RescueTime as it tracks apps, catagorises them based on productivity levels, and also looks at web pages visited.

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You have two good questions here. Generally, it works best if each question gets a separate post, rather than combining more-or-less unrelated questions. – Daniel Oct 22 '11 at 3:29
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The application Time Sink ($5, Many Tricks) tracks the amount of time you spend in each application (and each window within an application).

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Timing helps in tracking time spent in applications (and their windows) as well. It's similar to Time Sink but seems to provide more grouping and reporting options.

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TimeEdition is an application that I just found. I haven't used it yet, but it's free. However, it doesn't have as many features as Time Sink.

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Time Sink seems to do this job — a job that I find useless —, and costs only 5 little dollars.

Tictoc keeps track of time spent in tasks, rather than in applications. Which starts to be a little more useful.

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Apps Usage is an app for Mac users, who want to know, how much time they spent on each used application.

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