Release Notes

Version 2.2 "Task Edition" — 11.9.2017

  • ✅ Significant improvements to Timing's Task system:
    • 💡 Revamped the way Timing suggests properties for new Tasks:
      Timing will now make better suggestions for a new Task's Title and Project. In particular, the suggestion list will no longer overwrite the capitalization of the current input. Let us know how this works for you!
    • ℹ️ Tasks with the same title will now be aggregated in the interface and in some reports.
      If you e.g. have ten individual blocks of time labeled "Research", Timing will now group them and show their total duration.
    • ⌨️ Added a hotkey to start a Task from the Timing status item. (⌃⌥⌘T by default.)
    • 🔧 Pro tip: To re-start the most recent task, hit ⌃⌥⌘T to start a new Task, then ↩ to accept the first suggestion (which is for the latest Task), then ⌘↩ to start the Task and close the dialog. Combined: ⌃⌥⌘T, ↩, ⌘↩.
    • In addition, you can now quick-start your most recent Tasks from the status item's menu.
    • 🗒 Added a "Notes" field to Tasks.
      This lets you e.g. list all the stuff you worked on, without cluttering the "Title" field.
    • Added several snooze options to the notification when a Task's estimated duration has elapsed. Long-click the "Snooze…" button on the notification to access them.
    • Multiple "What did you do?" popovers for adjacent times will now be merged into one as soon as you return to your Mac, letting you better allocate all that time at once.
    • You can now reach the Project selector in the Task editor by pressing ⇥.
  • 💡 The Timing status item will now show today's tracked time and productivity score by default, as well as the title and Project color of the current Task (if there is one). This can be customized in the Preferences, including an option to hide the status item completely.
  • 📁 The "Folders" card on the Review screen has been changed to "Paths". In particular, it will now contain a more comprehensive list of all folders and file paths you have been using, for even easier categorization and rule creation.
  • 🖥 🔄 💻 Script-based "Sync" of projects and tasks (but not app usage). (Timing Expert only.)
  • ⏱ 🔄 📅 Added scripts to import events as tasks from or export tasks as events to Apple Calendar and Microsoft Outlook. (Timing Expert only.)
  • 💪 We also have a new side project: Faviconographer! This app combines several technologies already implemented in Timing to display Favicons for your Safari tabs.
  • ⚠️ Dozens of minor improvements that make Timing easier to use, faster, and more stable, including:
    • Idle tracking will now work across sleeping and waking your Mac, etc..
    • When working in a full-screen app, Timing will no longer use your idle time to detect whether you were idle. This avoids counting e.g. time spent reading or watching a video as idle.
      On the other hand, invoking the screensaver will now count as idle time.
    • Added support for Firefox Nightly and improved the reliability of Firefox tracking in general.
    • Improved tracking for Final Cut Pro X.
    • Added support for tracking the current conversation in Amazon Chime.
    • App Usage in incognito browser windows will now be tracked with title "Private" and no path. This lets you add a "Title equals 'Private'" rule to the Blacklist to avoid tracking these activities at all.
    • Speaking of incognito windows — Timing will now also detect full-screen incognito Safari windows.
    • Added keyboard shortcuts to quickly select the past 7 and past 30 days as the current date range.
    • The Overview screen makes much better use of large window sizes now.
    • Added an option to group reports by hour.
    • Timing now uses a nicer font (Lato) with a smaller size in PDF and HTML exports.
    • The popover that shows up when hovering the timeline will now show above it when possible, to avoid obscuring the information below the timeline.
    • If you press the button to show the project list on the Overview screen, it will not be collapsed by switching to another screen and back to Overview until you close Timing.
    • Timing will no longer create Tasks longer than 24 hours or App Activities longer than 8 hours — this avoids weird results when e.g. your Mac's date suddenly changes by a year.
    • While editing a Task on the timeline, you can now drag the handle for its end date even if when the task is very short.
    • Timing will now let you know when many of your activities are not assigned to a project, so you know that you can improve your results by assigning them to projects.
    • The timeline overlay will now show the duration of the hovered app activity and/or task.
    • Fixed a crash on the Review screen when your Safari Favicon cache is corrupted (which Timing is not responsible for).
    • Improved compatibility with macOS High Sierra.
    • And much more!

Version 2.1.1 — 14.6.2017

Version 2.1.1 fixes a possible menu item crash when using application or domain list rules in the blacklist. Sorry about that!

Version 2.1 — 12.6.2017

  • 🚫 Blacklist: Ignore activities, or restrict tracking to specific apps.
  • ⚡️ Import: Added support for creating projects via AppleScript. This now lets you import activities from Toggl and Tyme as well as projects from OmniFocus — see our sample scripts.
  • 👍 Many quality-of-life improvements, such as:
    • 🖖🔍 Pinch-to-zoom on the timeline.
    • 🌍 Expanded browser tracking: Timing now tracks the current website URL in Safari Technology Preview and Vivaldi. (Opera does not support this kind of tracking, unfortunately.)
    • ⌨️ ⌘-A/C/V shortcuts now work in the menu item.
    • ⌨️ ⌘-N now creates a new project in the main app.
    • ⌨️ We did not (and will not) add ⌘-T to show today's data. However, you can use ⌘-⌥-1 for that, or override it yourself.
    • 📅 You can now select start dates past the current end date — the end date will be adjusted accordingly.
    • ⏱ Added a 25-minute expected duration to the menu item's "Start Task" screen. You can use this as a kind of mini-Pomodoro.
    • 📊 You can now share a pie chart of your time distribution across projects from the "Projects & Tasks" section on the "Overview" screen.
    • ⏰ Changing a task's duration will now by default change its end time instead of its start time.
    • 💻 Re-added support for the Touch Bar.
    • Added a few more apps to the sample project rules.
    • Slightly improved the visuals of the menu item's "Start Task" and "What did you do?" screens in Dark Mode.
  • 🐞 Bug fixes:
    • One that caused weird squares to appear on the screen.
    • Improved the visuals of the menu item when dark mode and high contrast were enabled.
    • The project editor will no longer be too tall for small screens.

Version 2.0 — 9.5.2017

Timing 2.0 is a completely new version — rewritten from scratch, and with a completely new interface.
Click here for more information.


Version 1.8.1 - 9.5.2017

  • Bugfix: Fixed an issue where Timing would prevent Xcode Playgrounds from running properly.
  • Bugfix: Fixed an issue where exports generated via AppleScript would only contain parts of a day.

Version 1.8 - 16.11.2016

If you are using macOS Sierra and have downloaded Timing from our website, but not moved it to the /Applications folder, Timing might not notify you about this update. In that case, please re-download the app from our website and move it from the applications folder. Thank you!

  • New feature: Timing now supports the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros. Try the duration slider (also available from the bottom right of the app's window) to quickly filter out short activities!

Version 1.7.5 - 17.10.2016

  • Improvement: Timing will no longer detect idle time when the frontmost app prevents the screen from going dark, e.g. because you are playing a video.
  • Improvement: Improved reliability of automatic updates on macOS Sierra by providing the app in a signed DMG file.
  • Bugfix: Further reduced AppleScript tracking. This should ensure that no apps behave differently when running Timing, in particular for Chinese users.
  • Bugfix: Dragging multiple activities that started with the same text onto a project will now add all these activities to the project.
  • Bugfix: In non-App Store versions of Timing, clicking recap notifications will now open the main app as expected.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a crash in the menu item for Timing 1.7.4 (which was only available for a short time).

Version 1.7.2 - 22.8.2016

  • Improvement: Timing now has a short onboarding flow that introduces new users to the app.
  • Improvement: Timing will now track the title of emails that you are writing in Mail.app. It used to only track the previously selected incoming mail in that case.
  • Improvement: The "Add Custom Activity" popover now lets you specify the activity time in seconds.
  • Improvement: Timing now doesn't discard all activity information anymore if an app-specific extractor failed.

Version 1.7 - 23.2.2016

  • New Feature: A pseudo-timeline! If you select "By Hour" in the title bar, Timing will now group activities by hour. That's not yet "down to the second", but much more detailed than before already. A "real" timeline will require a rewrite of the database and thus take a while, but we hope this helps bridge the gap.
  • New Feature: Recap notifications. Timing will now notify you of the time spent in the past week at the start of each new week. This can be customized in the app's preferences.
  • Improvement: The timeline graph will now hide e.g. empty hours at the beginning and end of the day. This makes that graph much clearer.
  • Improvement: "Pause for an hour" will now pause for an hour of wall time rather than system time, so it won't accidentally pause until e.g. tomorrow.
  • Improvement: Removed the "Troubleshooting" preference pane as Timing does not cause trouble anymore. Just kidding - these settings have become unnecessary over time and caused some confusion, so we removed them.
  • Improvement: Pressing Cmd+T will now jump to today's data. Let us know if you would like to see hotkeys for other features as well!
  • Improvements to the custom activity popover:
    • The task list will now suggest tasks in a case-insensitive fashion.
    • It can now be dismissed with the Esc key.
    • After closing it, the focus will automatically be returned to the previous application.
    • It looks better now if you are using Yosemite's dark menu bars.
  • "Improvement": You will now be asked (but only once!) to rate the app after some time (or tweet about it, if you bought the app directly). We hope this is not too obtrusive and really appreciate every time you review Timing or tweet about it. It really helps!
  • Bugfix: CSV entries with spaces will again be correctly escaped in "double quotes".
  • Bugfix: Fixed recognition of file paths in Xcode.
  • Bugfix: The minimum delay after which idle time kicks in is now 30 seconds. This avoids no activities being tracked due to the delay accidentally being set to zero.

Version 1.6.4 - 18.12.2015/23.12.2015

This update fixes the new date range picker on OS X Mavericks. Apologies for the inconvenience!

Version 1.6.3 - 18.12.2015

This update fixes an issue where Timing would not respect Safari's private mode browsing properly.

Version 1.6.2 - 7.12.2015

  • Improvement: The date picker has been reworked completely! It is now located in the app's toolbar and much easier to use.
  • Improvement: Timing now does not track the title and URL in Safari private windows on El Capitan and Yosemite.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a crash when creating a custom activity that contained e.g. slashes or dashes.

Version 1.5.2/1.5.3 - 12.10.2015

This update of Timing improves support for OS X El Capitan, including App Transport Security and a few changes to use the new San Francisco font where it wasn't used automatically. In addition, a few minor glitches have been fixed.

Version 1.5 - 3.8.2015

  • New feature: You can now reorder projects via drag and drop!
  • New feature: You can now create subprojects! Just drag a project onto another one to add it as a subproject.
  • Change: "Private Mode" is now called "Pause Tracking".
  • New feature: You can now pause tracking for a specific amount of time.
  • New feature: You can now pause and resume tracking via AppleScript. See here for details.
  • Improvement: Timing now remembers the size of its window between restarts.
  • Improvement: When creating a new project, it is not automatically selected anymore. This way, you can start dragging activities onto it without having to go back to the previous view (as the new project doesn't show any activities yet).
  • Improvement: Timing now ignores idle time when the frontmost app is in fullscreen mode.
  • Improvement: Improved the appearance of selected projects on Yosemite.
  • Improvement: Slightly improved the contrast of the graph switcher on Yosemite.
  • Improvement: Slightly tweaked the appearance of the colored dots for projects on Yosemite.
  • Improvement: The activity list in the project editor is now scrollable horizontally.
  • Improvement: Some minor performance improvements.
  • Bugfix: Increased the size of the date field when creating a custom activity to show whether it's AM or PM.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a minor issue with the striped pattern that appears when an activity is in more than one project.
  • Version 1.4.8 - 1.12.2014

  • Improvement: Timing now also shows minute durations in addition to hours for projects in the sidebar.
  • Improvement: Timing now tracks window titles for Terminal.app (and other apps) if it can't get the full path.
  • Improvement: Timing now tracks project information for Aperture.app.
  • Improvement: CSV-formatted data is better escaped now.
  • Bugfix: (Hopefully) fixed a crash when entering custom activities under Yosemite. Please let me know if the problem still occurs for you.
  • Bugfix: Timing now quits properly when trying to log out or shut down.
  • Bugfix: The sidebar doesn't occasionally become black under Yosemite anymore.
  • Version 1.4.7 - 20.10.2014

    This version of Timing properly removes support for OS X Lion. Version 1.4.6 already didn't support it, but that was unfortunately not displayed on the App Store.

    Version 1.4.6 - 11.10.2014

    This version of Timing improves compatibility with OS X Yosemite. In particular, the sidebar and graphs now have a "vibrant" look on Yosemite. A few bugs (e.g. some repeated log messages and translations not working properly) have also been fixed. If you encounter any remaining compatibility issues, please let me know!

    Version 1.4.2 - 29.5.2014

  • Improvement: Timing now properly tracks the time spent in games using the Source engine (e.g. Dota 2).
  • Version 1.4.1 - 22.4.2014

  • Improvement: Day mode is back by popular demand! Sorry - I didn't know it was this popular. If you click twice on 'Day' in the date selector, the current day will be selected, so now you can have the best of both worlds.
  • Version 1.4 - 4.4.2014

  • New feature: There is now an option to export the "raw" data Timing captures in either JSON or CSV format.
  • New feature: You can now control Timing's export functionality via AppleScript. Please have a look at the FAQ for an example.
  • Improvement: You can now export durations in HH:MM:SS format rather than just raw second counts.
  • Improvement: Timing will now disable the idle timer when tracking Skype and Netflix.
  • Improvement: The timeline view now shows a bar graph rather than a scatter plot.
  • Improvement: Timing should now remeber its previous window position, date setting, selected projects and export settings.
  • Improvement: Replaced the "day" selection mode with just today.
  • Improvement: When displaying a single day, Timing will now group data per-hour rather than per every four hours.
  • Improvement: Timing will now track the URL scheme of websites so you can distinguish between HTTP and HTTPS.
  • Improvement: Timing will now ask before deleting a project.
  • Improvement: Right-clicking a URL (with scheme) will now give you the option to open it in the browser.
  • Improvement: You can now add custom activities from within the main application rather than having to use the menu item.
  • Bugfix: Problems with the timeline not showing up upon startup have been resolved.
  • Bugfix: Fullscreen mode is now available again.
  • Version 1.3.4 - 28.10.2013

  • Improvement: Titles of custom activities are auto-completed again and their ordering is improved.
  • Bugfix: Improved idle time detection under OS X Mavericks.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a possible crashing issue when visiting long data:image URLs.
  • Version 1.3.3 - 28.10.2013

  • Bugfix: Updated the error messages that appear when accessibility is disabled for OS X Mavericks.
  • Improvement: Deleting entire activities is possible again.
  • Improvement: AppleScript tracking for Photoshop and Toast is now disabled automatically.
  • Version 1.3.2 - 10.10.2013

  • Improvement: Timing will now keep a backup of your database in case it gets corrupted.
  • Improvement: Slightly improved general performance.
  • Version 1.3.1 - 15.6.2013

  • Bugfix: Fixed a crashing issue with OS X Lion.
  • Version 1.3 - 3.6.2013

  • New feature: For each activity, you can now see during which hours you spent time on them.
  • New feature: Added by-path grouping to the CSV export.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a few issues with the German translation.
  • Version 1.2.2 - 25.5.2012

    This update fixes a few bugs with the custom activity popover and fades the menu item when tracking is suspended due to idleness.

    Version 1.2 - 25.2.2012

    • New feature: Added a dialog to manually enter custom activities (Lion only). It's available from the menu item's menu.
    • New feature: Added an option to the menu item to automatically ask you to manually create activities after having been idle (Lion only).
    • New feature: Timing now has an option to track whole URLs rather than just domains. See the preferences for details.
    • Improvement: Significantly improved performance for large databases.
    • Bugfix: Timing will now stop tracking time if another user is active via Fast User Switching.
    • Bugfix: Timing won't force discrete GPUs to be enabled on newer MacBook Pros anymore.

    Version 1.1.5 - 9.1.2012

    • Bugfix: Fixed an issue that could lead to projects not showing the new data after activities have been dragged onto them.
    • Bugfix: Fixed a possible crash.

    Version 1.1.4 - 6.12.2011

    • Bugfix: This version should fix a bug that might cause data loss when upgrading from an earlier version of Timing.

    Version 1.1.3 - 30.11.2011

    • Bugfix: Fixed an issue that lead to no data being shown at all.

    Version 1.1.2 - 29.11.2011

    • Bugfix: Fixed a few crashes that might occur during startup or when closing the preferences window.
    • Bugfix: Made path extraction for individual files work again in Xcode 4.2.
    • Improvement: Added support for Chrome canary builds..

    Version 1.1.1 - 22.9.2011

    • Improvement: Added a "Troubleshooting" pane to the preferences. If an application behaves strangely after installing Timing (e.g. Photoshop, InDesign, Scrivener, Intaglio etc.), use that pane to disable AppleScript tracking for that application.
    • Improvement: Improved the reliability of document tracking for Photoshop.
    • Bugfix: Fix a possible crash when trying to export CSV data.

    Version 1.1 - 20.8.2011

    • New feature: CSV export!
    • Improvement: Add a preference to change or disable idleness detection.
    • Improvement: Add a help article for the "General Preferences" window.
    • Improvement: Hide applications with a project from the "Unassigned" project by default (see the help file mentioned above for details).
    • Improvement: Add support for iTerm 2.
    • Bugfix: Fix several issues with custom Terminal tracking on Lion.
    • Bugfix: Fix a bug that could cause the menu item to crash on some occasions.
    • Bugfix: Fix a bug that could cause the helper application not to track time at all.
    • Bugfix: Fix a bug that could lead to some tracked data only be displayed properly after restarting the main application.
    • Bugfix: Improve column resizing behavior, especially on Lion.

    Version 1.0.1 - 27.7.2011

    • Improvement: Add some more applications to the sample projects (only affects new users!).
    • Improvement: Add the application icon to the menu item.
    • Bugfix: Fix a bug that could cause the menu item to crash on some occasions.
    • Bugfix: Fix a bug in the code that enables Terminal support.