Finch is an app that takes all the effort out of time tracking. If you can open it, you can use it! With virtually zero configuration, Finch sits quietly tucked away in your menu bar and collects data throughout the day. It monitors what windows and apps are active on the screen at any given time.
After reporting your usage for the day Finch will present you with a bar chart clearly displaying how you spent your time, or alternatively you can export straight to CSV to get control of your data (it’s yours after all).
Whether you are measuring your work hours in order to bill clients, trying to keep your time spent on Facebook under control, or just interested in seeing your usage habits, Finch is by far the best tool to quantify your activity.
Keep Your Data Private
Competing apps have a habit of uploading your content to their servers. Touch Studios, the authors of the app, 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.
Go Get It!
Finch is available on The Mac App Store for only $8.99. Go grab your copy today and start automating your time tracking activities!
Our sponsor this week is Studiometry, an amazing professional project management tool from Oranged Software.
Studiometry is a powerhouse of professional organization tools that’s been serving the industry for over eight years. Whether you’re managing contacts, generating estimates, tracking work, or billing clients, this one app has you covered in a single beautifully cohesive workflow.
Small businesses, freelancers, large organizations, all types of professionals from every industry can relate to the incredibly practical suite of tools in Studiometry. Unlike simple todo apps, which are a dime a dozen, this is a genuinely useful and fully featured productivity tool that can help you manage almost every aspect of your company.
I particularly like the invoicing capabilities with Studiometry (customizable templates that are edited with a built in WYSIWYG editor) and the fact that the whole suite of tools syncs seamlessly with Studiometery Touch so you can take your work everywhere you go and aren’t necessarily tethered to a laptop.
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Our sponsor this week is Translate Tab, an awesome way to access Google Translate right from your menu bar.
Translate Tab is a super slick menu bar implementation of the popular Google Translate service. You can translate words, phrases, paragraphs or even entire sites into 57 different languages without leaving your desktop.
If you frequently work with or communicate in several languages, you simply can’t beat the speed and convenience of having one of the most popular translation services right in your menu bar. It’s really nice to be able to open Translate Tab quickly from any other app, grab your translation and get back to what you were doing without even messing with a browser.
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Our sponsor this week is Radium, our favorite way to listen to the radio on a Mac!
Radium is a fantastic, Lion-ready Internet radio player that nestles right into your menu bar. Don’t let that fool you though, just because it’s small doesn’t mean it isn’t packed with features. Radium allows you to listen to thousands of radio stations from around the world and gives you a song history, album art, keyboard shortcuts, social media integration and more! There’s even an equalizer so you can custom tailor your audio experience.
Go Get It!
Here at AppStorm, we’re huge fans of Radium and gave it high marks in our review. If you’re a radio fan, you simply shouldn’t be without this application. To learn more, check out the Radium Website or download it right from the Mac App Store.
We’d like to say a big thank you to this month’s Mac.AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can purchase a banner advertisement through BuySellAds, or sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot.
Thank you to the fantastic applications we had sponsoring each week during the month, all of which we personally recommend you download and try out!
- Stuf 2 – Stuf is a super advanced clipboard manager. Not only does it give you full access to your clipboard history, it lets you easily copy and paste between Macs over your wired or wireless network!
- NetUse Traffic Monitor – NetUse provides the best way to monitor your network traffic on the Mac. Utilizing the SNMP feature of any modern Internet router or gateway, NetUse monitors and collects real-time Internet usage statistics for all the computers in your home or office that share an Internet connection.
- Timing – Timing is the best way to keep track of the time you spend with your Mac. It automatically tracks which documents you are editing, applications you use, and the domains of the websites you visit. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to start or stop a timer again!
- CheckUp – CheckUp is an awesome utility designed to help you monitor the behavior and health of your Mac in real time. Like the dashboard of a car, CheckUp gives you a quick reference for important information about your Mac.
- Box Shot 3D – Box Shot 3D allows you to render custom software boxes, book covers, magazines, CD, DVD and Blu-Ray boxes, cans, bottles, mugs, bags and much more. No 3D-knowledge is required at all and the results look very professional because of the raytracing rendering technology.
Finally, thanks to you for reading AppStorm this month, and for checking out the software that our sponsors create. I really appreciate it – you make the site what it is!
We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Stuf 2.
Stuf is a super advanced clipboard manager. Not only does it give you full access to your clipboard history, it lets you easily copy and paste between Macs over your wired or wireless network!
Share With Anyone
Stuf stores your clippings and can share them with any other Stuf users, even in a different country, with your permission of course. Stuf can use any network drive to share clippings, but we really recommend you use DropBox.
Stuf stores your clippings in simple folders, so DropBox can easily mirror them to your other computers, keeping your clippings synchronized.
Easy to Use & Lion Ready
Stuf is easily accessed through a user definable global shortcut or an always accessible menu on your menubar. You can access shared clippings just as easily, through the menu, or the easy to use new user interface.
Stuf 2 has been rewritten from the ground up, it’s faster, leaner and designed for Lion.
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We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, CheckUp.
CheckUp is an awesome utility designed to help you monitor the behavior and health of your Mac in real time. Like the dashboard of a car, CheckUp gives you a quick reference for important information about your Mac. It monitors and detects hardware issues, keeps an eye on your processor and network performance, gives you stats about your files and storage, shows you a history of recent crashes and a whole lot more.
The application itself is gorgeous and conveniently sits on the side of the screen in a dock until you need it. You’re never more than a click away from all of your important information.
Here are some more reasons to love CheckUp:
- Optimized and build for recent Macs
- New core completely rewritten for Snow Leopard and Lion
- More than 100 new features planned for version 3.1 in September
- Available in 5 languages
- All updates always free for life
Go Try It Out!
We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Box Shot 3D.
As a graphic designer, I am constantly faced with the task of creating 3D product mockups. Unfortunately, 3D modeling programs are extremely expensive, quite cumbersome and can take years to master. Box Shot 3D has come to my rescue quite a few times.
Box Shot 3D allows you to render custom software boxes, book covers, magazines, CD, DVD and Blu-Ray boxes, cans, bottles, mugs, bags and much more. No 3D-knowledge is required at all and the results look very professional because of the raytracing rendering technology.
So Easy, Anyone Can Use It
Box Shot 3D provides probably the easiest way to create virtual boxes for representing software products on the web or to create 3D book images for e-books. Box Shot 3D is used by thousands of designers around the world to represent their work to customers, as it supports more than 50 different shapes and most of them can be configured. It is also possible to render external 3D files.
The latest updates feature the support of multiple shapes in a single scene, external Collada files, sample ready-to-use scenes, image transformations and lots of other improvements.
Go Try It Out!
Box Shot 3D runs on Mac and Windows and is available for $80. Be sure to stop by the website to download the free trial version and see what you think!
We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Raskin.
There are very few Mac applications that one can label as truly unique, Raskin is one of them. It represents an entirely new way of interacting with and managing your open applications and windows. It makes finding, organizing, previewing, and opening documents a fast and remarkably seamless process.
Take a Step Back
Raskin allows you to use intuitive gestures to zoom out and view all of your content on a single, zoomable surface. The idea is an extreme one and it makes for a wonderfully simple window management process. By maintaining Finder’s built-in file and folder structure, it helps you stay effortlessly organized.
An Awesome Way to View Your Files
Quickly review and organize your visual files – photos, graphics, presentations, and artwork on the Raskin Surface with seamless zooming of all file types. No importing necessary. And Raskin’s “Bird’s Eye Windows” shortcut let’s you zoom-in on and get details of all open application windows.
New In Raskin 1.5
Raskin 1.5 is an awesome update that brings tons of new features. Here are just a few of the awesome additions:
- Light Table View: Use Raskin’s New Light Table View (from the View menu or ⌘L) for ad hoc presentations or as a dedicated review space
- Autofocus while dragging items (moving and re-organizing made easier). This behaves similar than Finder’s “Spring-Loaded Folders”, drag objects on a folder and wait for Raskin to move it into focus. Delay can be adjusted in Preferences.
- Auto-open (eg. Drag and Drop pictures and text straight into your layout document). Similar to Autofocus, documents now are “Spring-Loaded” as well.
- New “Focus” menu and shortcut menu for a better navigation experience.
- Hide objects: New keyboard shortcut to hide selected objects (^⌘H)
- And much more!
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We’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to this week’s sponsor, Postbox.
Postbox is one of the most powerful alternatives to Mail.app that you’ll find anywhere and is a simply incredible email client. In addition to your favorite standard Postbox features like tabs and beautiful reply formatting, Postbox 2.5 sports several brand new features that make it even more irresistible.
The Postbox interface is now simpler and more intuitive, plus there’s a fresh new theme for the Mac by Benjamin De Cock, and a new icon set by Kenichi Yoshida.
On the Mac, Postbox 2.5 is now running in 64-bit mode, so it can take advantage of all the computing power your Mac has to offer.
Postbox now supports a double-row Vertical Thread Pane View, which makes more efficient use of widescreen displays.