Timing Changelog

What's new in Timing 2018.4.3

January 13th, 2019
  • Bugfix: Timing 2018.4.1 and 2018.4.2 accidentally showed the 'Upgrade to Timing Expert' option on the status icon's menu, instead of just in the 'Timing' menu of the main app. We never intended to show that option on the status icon's menu, and have accordingly removed it now.

New in Timing 2018.4.2 (January 11th, 2019)

  • Bugfix: Timing 2018.1 had an issue where signing up for sync would reset your project rule order.
  • Timing 2018.2 fixes this for future sync signups. However, if you have already signed up for sync, please check your rule order in the Timing preferences and fix it if needed!
  • We are very sorry for the inconvenience; to make reordering rules faster in the future, we have slightly increased the height of the rule order preference pane and added a button to move all irrelevant projects with zero rules to the bottom of the list, to make it easier to ignore those when editing.
  • Also, keep in mind that the order of rules that do not overlap does not make any difference; you only need to re-order rules that could match the same activity.
  • Improvement: Changed the behavior of projects in task suggestions:
  • If Timing automatically suggested a project for your task (e.g. when created via the timeline), picking a suggestion from a different project will override the suggested project. This is the pre-Timing 2018.1 behavior.
  • If you have specifically selected a project in the Task editor, Timing will now never override your selected project. This is the behavior that we had in Timing 2018.1.
  • We hope this combines the best of both worlds; if you do not like this behavior, please let us know.
  • Bugfix: Fixed some very rare "no device ID available" errors.
  • Improvement: Slightly improved the usability of the project editor on very small screens.

New in Timing 2018.4.1 (January 10th, 2019)

  • Improvement: Made the calendar integration's preference pane scrollable when needed.
  • Improvement: Improved tracking capabilities for Skype calls.
  • Bugfix: Fixed an issue that could keep the Timing app running after its last window was closed, at which point you'd need to manually quit and re-open the app to show the Timing window again.
  • Bugfix: Fixed an issue that could lead to 'Database is locked' error messages.
  • Bugfix: Fixed an issue where the timeline's horizontal scrollbar could overlap with the timeline's contents.
  • Bugfix: Restored snapping to quarter-hour boundaries and activity start/end times when dragging on the timeline.

New in Timing 2018.4 (December 20th, 2018)

  • New Feature — Calendar Integration: Timing Expert now shows meetings and other events in the timeline!
  • New Feature: You can now disable tracking on weekends.
  • New Feature: Choose any color you want with the new project color picker.
  • New Feature: URL tracking support for Brave and Firefox Nightly.
  • New Feature: When you select activities in the activity list, its header will now show their total duration.
  • New Feature: You can now drag files, folders and websites onto projects to add rules for them. Note that existing activities that would match these rules will not be moved into that project; these rules only apply to future activities.
  • Improvement: We tweaked the size of the task editor's suggestion window and notes field such that the start/end date fields no longer get obscured by the suggestion window.
  • Improvement: Newly created projects now start out with a productivity score of 100%.
  • Improvement: Mitigated the effects of the operating system accidentally launching the Timing menu item twice.
  • Improvement: A few minor cosmetical improvements and glitch fixes.

New in Timing 2018.3.1 (September 28th, 2018)

  • Bugfix: Fixed some display issues with weird shadows.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a few rare crashes.

New in Timing 2018.3 (September 19th, 2018)

  • New Feature: Support for Dark Mode!
  • New Feature: Minor redesign for light mode as well. In particular, Timing will now use macOS Mojave's accent color for a few interface elements.
  • New Feature: 你好! Timing is now available in Chinese.
  • New Feature: Integration with GrandTotal (requires Timing Expert). If you have installed the Timing plugin for GrandTotal, all your Timing tasks will now show up in GrandTotal and can be added to invoices. In addition, you can now select tasks in one of Timing's lists and drag or copy/paste them into a GrandTotal invoice.
  • New Feature: Support for tracking the current account and message title in Mailplane.
  • New Feature: Support for tracking the current note title in Bear.
  • New Feature: Added support for tracking the current URL in Opera.
  • New Feature: Added experimental support for exporting data in JSON format.
  • Improvement: Improved compatibility with macOS 10.14 "Mojave".
  • Improvement: Added support for tracking the current tab's URL in the redesigned Chrome 69.
  • Improvement: Added support for tracking the current conversation in the latest Slack version.
  • Improvement: Added support for tracking the current conversation in the latest Skype version.
  • Improvement: Timing will now remember the last estimated duration when starting a task.
  • Improvement: Added an option to format durations as fractions of hours in exports, and changed the HH:MM:SS format to get parsed properly by Excel.
  • Improvement: Tweaked the way durations are displayed in the project and activity lists. Instead of showing "Xh Ym" mixed with "Ym Zs", Timing will now always show "Xh Ym" (or just "Ym") and drop the seconds part. Durations shorter than one minute are shown as "

New in Timing 2018.2 (July 11th, 2018)

  • Bug fix: Timing 2018.1 had an issue where signing up for sync would reset your project rule order.
  • Timing 2018.2 fixes this for future sync signups. However, if you have already signed up for sync, please check your rule order in the Timing preferences and fix it if needed!
  • We are very sorry for the inconvenience; to make reordering rules faster in the future, we have slightly increased the height of the rule order preference pane and added a button to move all irrelevant projects with zero rules to the bottom of the list, to make it easier to ignore those when editing.
  • Also, keep in mind that the order of rules that do not overlap does not make any difference; you only need to re-order rules that could match the same activity.
  • Improvement: Changed the behavior of projects in task suggestions:
  • If Timing automatically suggested a project for your task (e.g. when created via the timeline), picking a suggestion from a different project will override the suggested project. This is the pre-Timing 2018.1 behavior.
  • If you have specifically selected a project in the Task editor, Timing will now never override your selected project. This is the behavior that we had in Timing 2018.1.
  • We hope this combines the best of both worlds; if you do not like this behavior, please let us know.
  • Bug fix: Fixed some very rare "no device ID available" errors.
  • Improvement: Slightly improved the usability of the project editor on very small screens.

New in Timing 2018.1 (July 3rd, 2018)

  • New feature: Sync! Read all about this feature on the Timing blog.
  • Improvement: The headers of PDF and HTML reports have been improved; we removed the distracting report settings header and replaced them with a nicer title and subtitle.
  • Improvement: Timing will now automatically back up your data locally once per week.
  • Improvement: AppleScript exports now support selecting whether to include task title, notes, and timespan in the report.
  • Bugfix: We removed an annoying "feature" where changing a task's start or end time would also mess with its other field.
  • Bugfix: We also fixed several bugs that only affected a small fraction of users.
  • Change: The AppleScript property "description" for tasks has been renamed to "title".
  • Change: The AppleScript property "rule string" for tasks has been replaced with "rule data".

New in Timing 2.2.7 (January 22nd, 2018)

  • Bug fix: Clicking "Done" on notifications about tasks whose estimated duration has expired did not stop those tasks in Timing 2.2.5/2.2.6. This has been fixed.
  • Bug fix: Fixed tracking for the Mac App Store version of Slack, as well as for direct messages and private channels inside Slack.
  • Bug fix: Fixed a menu item crash while using Outlook.
  • Bug fix: Fixed titles on task buttons for dark projects in the timeline being unreadable.

New in Timing 2.2.6 (December 21st, 2017)

  • This update fixes a rare crash on startup in Timing 2.2.5, as well as an issue where right-clicking to delete activities or tasks would not work.

New in Timing 2.2.5 (December 20th, 2017)

  • New Feature: Timing will now track the current Slack channel in addition to the team!
  • New Feature: Timing will now track the selected email in Outlook!
  • New Feature: You can now hide the Timing icon from your menu item while keeping e.g. today's tracked time and Productivity Score.
  • Improvement: Improved performance and memory usage, especially on the Details screen. In general, Timing should feel even snappier now.
  • Improvement: More reliable path tracking for Firefox, especiall version 57 and up.
  • Improvement: More reliable path tracking for Terminal.app and iTerm.
  • Improvement: Added support for path tracking in the new version of Skype.
  • Improvement: Improved compatibility with Bartender.
  • Improvement: Made the timeline overlay display long paths with multiple lines, so you can better see what you worked on.
  • Improvement: Added a "Timesheet (Week + Day + Notes)" preset to Timing Professional so you can better generate Task reports that contain your Task notes.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a rare condition where Timing would not resume tracking after the screensaver has stopped.
  • Bugfix: Fixed the Task suggestion overlay not appearing for "What did you do?/What are you going to do?" popovers on secondary monitors.
  • Bugfix: Made the "What did you do?/What are you going to do?" popovers movable, so you can now use them even when macOS misplaces them.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a minor issue with generating reports via AppleScript.
  • Bugfix: Made the "Don't include Tasks when computing Productivity Score" optional functional again.
  • Bugfix: Fixed tracking for fullscreen YouTube videos in fullscreen Safari windows (yes, double fullscreen!).
  • And several more smaller improvements to further improve Timing's usability and reliability. (Seriously, there have been more than 100 changes in this version in total.)

New in Timing 2.2.1 (October 2nd, 2017)

  • Improvement: Added support for Yandex Browser.
  • Improvement: Added a few more logging options (deactivated by default) to better investigate any possible tracking problems.
  • Bug fix: Worked around a bug where macOS would temporarily "forget" your Timing preferences, including your license. This could occur from time to time on macOS Sierra, and for some reason much more frequently on macOS High Sierra.
  • Bug fix: Fixed a few rare crashes.
  • Bug fix: Reduced tracking for StarCraft. This should help avoid a bug in StarCraft where the menus would become unusable.

New in Timing 2.2 (September 12th, 2017)

  • 💡 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.
  • ✅ 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 ⇥.
  • ⚠️ 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!

New in Timing 2.1.1 (June 14th, 2017)

  • Fixes a possible menu item crash when using application or domain list rules in the blacklist.

New in Timing 2.1 (June 13th, 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.

New in Timing 1.8 (November 16th, 2016)

  • 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!

New in Timing 1.7.5 (October 17th, 2016)

  • If you are using macOS Sierra and have not moved it to the /Applications folder, applying this update might not work. In that case, please re-download the app from our website and move it from the applications folder.
  • 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).

New in Timing 1.7.4 (October 17th, 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.

New in Timing 1.7.2 (August 22nd, 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 activity extractor failed.

New in Timing 1.7 (June 13th, 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.

New in Timing 1.3.1 (June 17th, 2013)

  • In order to avoid data loss, please make sure to quit Timing and its menu item before updating.

New in Timing 1.3 (June 3rd, 2013)

  • In order to avoid data loss, please make sure to quit Timing and its menu item before updating.
  • 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.

New in Timing 1.2.5 (January 25th, 2013)

  • Fixed a few crashes and added a German translation.

New in Timing 1.2.4 (December 18th, 2012)

  • Improves support for Retina display Macs. In order to avoid data loss, please make sure to quit Timing and its menu item before updating.

New in Timing 1.2.3 (June 7th, 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.

New in Timing 1.2.2 (May 26th, 2012)

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

New in Timing 1.2.1 (February 24th, 2012)

  • This build fixes the crash of the menu item under Snow Leopard.

New in Timing 1.2 (February 22nd, 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.

New in Timing 1.1.5 (January 9th, 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.

New in Timing 1.1.4 (December 15th, 2011)

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

New in Timing 1.1.3 (December 10th, 2011)

  • Bug fix: Fixed some bugs that might appear when upgrading from Timing lite.

New in Timing 1.1.2 (December 10th, 2011)

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

New in Timing 1.1.1 (September 29th, 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.

New in Timing 1.1 (September 13th, 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.

New in Timing 1.0.1 (July 27th, 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.