Frequently Asked Questions
What does Timing do?
Timing automatically tracks which applications, documents and domains you spend time with. This way, you can quickly figure out how much time you spent on different projects and which activities (like games, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) have the worst impact on your productivity.
How does it work?
Timing can track your activities by placing a tiny utility (called the menu item) into your menu bar that automatically tracks your activities. As long as the menu item isn't running, Timing won't be able to record the time you spend using your Mac.
Which applications is Timing compatible with?
Timing automatically tracks the currently viewed document of the active application. Below is a list of applications which have been confirmed to be supported by Timing. Applications listed with a have not yet been tested, but are supported with very high probability.
In general, most document-based applications are automatically supported by Timing.
And even if Timing can't track document paths for an application, it will still track the name of the application and its window title.
It might very well be supported anyway —
Download the free trial and check for yourself!
(And please let us know if you discover any supported apps not listed here.)
|Chrome & Chromium|
Office / Writing
|Cyberduck||(connection name only)|
|Yummy FTP||(connection name only)|
|Ingredients||(window title only)|
|X11||(window title only)|
|Remotix||(connection name only)|
Graphics & Illustration
|Final Cut Pro X|
|Pixelmator||(image title only)|
|GIMP||(X11 application, thus window title only)|
|Inkscape||(X11 application, thus window title only)|
|Netbeans||(project title only)|
|Sublime Text 2 & 3|
|BBEdit & TextWrangler|
|MacVim & AquaMacs|
|Smultron & Fraise|
|Parallels||(tracks app name and window title of Windows apps in Coherence mode)|
|VMWare||(VM name only)|
|VirtualBox||(VM name and window title only)|
|MailPlane||(account email address only)|
|Adium||(window title only)|
|MPlayerX||(video title only)|
Audio & Video Editing
|Logic Pro X|
|Pro Tools 12|
|Final Cut Pro X|
Can Timing extract data from Parallels?
Timing can't cross the VM boundary, so tracking individual files edited in Parallels VMs.
If you are using "Coherence" mode, though, Timing should at least be able to track individual apps and window titles.
However, we still recommend to download the free trial and see for yourself.
The best way to see if your app is supported?
Does Timing slow down my Mac?
Much care has been taken to ensure that the menu item will not slow down your Mac in any way. Although it tracks your activity every second, the menu item's average CPU usage is less than 0.5%. In addition to that, the menu item uses a maximum of 30 megabytes of system memory. Regularly memory consumption will be much less. The activity storage is also very small, growing by just a few megabytes per month.
How about privacy? Can I disable tracking for some activities?
It seems like Timing didn't track some activities.
Normally, Timing should be able to track activities in all apps — even if Timing doesn't support tracking document paths in a particular app, it should still track the app's name and window title.
But if some activities seem to be missing, please check the following:
- Make sure that you have selected a date range (in the picker at the top of the window) for which Timing should have tracked data. If in doubt, "Past 90 Days" is a good choice.
- Make sure that the helper menu item is running and tracking has not been paused. If it isn't, you can start it via the main app's Timing menu and let it start automatically when you log in.
- Make sure that you have allowed Accessibility support for Timing.
- Make sure that the activity is not filtered out by your project selection in the sidebar.
- Make sure that the activity is not filtered out by your filter selection in the toolbar.
- Try restarting the Timing menu item. You can quit it by clicking the menu item itself, then restart it from the 'Timing' menu of the main app.
Is there a way to export my activities?
Yes. We have a dedicated article on that.
Where does Timing store its data?
Timing normally stores its data in the
Library/Application Support/info.eurocomp.Timing2 directory of your user folder. There are also cases where it stores its data in
Library/Application Support/info.eurocomp.Timing-lite, or
Library/Application Support/info.eurocomp.Timing-setapp . You can open it by selecting 'Go To Folder' option in the Finder's 'Go To' menu and entering
The app's settings are stored in the
Library/Preferences directory of your user folder, with filenames
info.eurocomp.TimingHelper.plist. There might also be preferences in
Will Timing track the time I don't spend at my Mac?
Timing will automatically suspend tracking after a configurable time of inactivity (3 minutes by default, but can also be disabled altogether). It will resume as soon as you return to the Mac. In addition, idle time tracking is disabled when the frontmost app prevents your screen from going dar.
Can I enter time manually?
Yes. Just click the Timing menu item and select 'Start Task'. In addition, the menu item has an option to automatically ask you what you did when you return to your Mac after having been idle.
Why is Timing asking me to enable Accessibility support?
Timing has been designed to not only track the application you are currently working in, but also which specific document you are editing. In order to be able to find out the path to that document, a specific setting in System Preferences needs to be enabled. You can do so via the following procedure:
- Open the Security & Privacy preference pane from the System Preferences application.
- Navigate to the Accessibility section of the Privacy pane.
- Enable TimingHelper in the list of applications.
Is there an iOS companion app?
Can I sync my data between multiple Macs?
Timing generates thousands of individual events every day. Syncing those reliably (and managing e.g. any overlap when you use multiple Macs at once) is very hard, so Timing unfortunately does not support syncing data at the moment. In addition, the data tracked by Timing is very sensitive, so privacy is also a big concern when implementing sync.
You can, however export the data (e.g. as CSV) and then import it into Numbers or Excel to merge it manually.
In addition, Timing 2.2 adds support for scripts that let you export your projects and tasks on one Mac and import them on another one.
An iOS companion app for Timing would require such sync. Therefore, it is currently not available, either.
We do hope to offer sync and an iOS app at some point, but can't make any promises just yet.
Is there a hotkey for displaying today's data?
Yes — ⌘-⌥-1. If you would rather use a different hotkey (e.g. ⌘-T), you can override it yourself as described in e.g. this article.
I have received a message saying that I can't re-assign app activities that are part of a task. What does that mean?
To avoid double-counting time, Timing can only assign a given period of time to at most one project.
In case a period of time is covered both by an app activity and a task, these two might be assigned to different projects, causing a conflict.
In that case, Timing will always count the time towards the task's project, so assigning the app activity to another project will have no effect.
So if you'd like to assign that time to a different project, you'll need to re-assign the corresponding task instead.
The easiest way to do so is by switching to the Reports tab and selecting one of the 'Timesheet' presets, as these list all tasks in an orderly fashion.
Then, simply drag the tasks in question onto the desired project.
How can I uninstall Timing?
Is there still a version available for OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite?
Do you still offer Timing 1 somewhere?
Yes. You can still download Timing 1, which supports X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite.