How Active app tracking works in Clockk

How Active app tracking works in Clockk

Clockk has a unique approach to tracking the work you do.

Unlike most automated tracking tools, Clockk divides the applications you use into two categories: supported and unsupported. This distinction helps Clockk build its unequaled Activity view, which shows you the work you did by project.

Supported apps

Supported apps are applications whose usage Clockk can uniquely assign to a project.

For example, when you’re using Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop, you’re also working on a document e.g. ACME Mobile App Proposal.docx, Daifoon logo design refresh 2022.psd. Using the document filename, Clockk can unambiguously assign the Word doc to the ACME Mobile App project and the Photoshop doc to the Daifoon Logo Design project.

Browse Clockk’s list of supported apps. We’re adding new supported apps all the time, based on the apps you’re using. Contact us to ask us to support an app you use every day for project work.

Unfortunately, not all applications show the file name in the window title. For example, Final Cut Pro and Affinity Photo don’t give any detail that Clockk can use to automatically assign the time. You’ll have to assign each block manually. Enabling Clockk’s File tracking will give you additional information to help assign your time in these apps to the right project.

Unsupported apps

Some apps are not specific to a particular project, and some apps are not for project work at all. In Clockk, these apps are considered “unsupported” apps.

When you use an unsupported app for a longer period of time, Clockk will show it as blank time. Usually you can use surrounding blocks to help you figure out how to allocate the blank time.

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There are several reasons an app might not be supported:

  • The app does’t unambiguously show which project you’re working on
  • The app isn’t used for project work
  • The app might be used for project work, but it’s only used in short bursts
  • We haven’t added it as a supported app (yet)

The app doesn’t unamibiguously show your project

You use a number of tools every day, but the way those tools are written and the way you are likely to use them don’t give enough information for Clockk to reliably assign the time to a project.

Examples include:

  • Command-line terminal tools like Terminal, iTerm2, Command Prompt, and Windows Power Shell
  • File transfer applications such as Transmit, WinSCP
  • Password managers like 1Password, Keychain Access, KeePass, Bitwarden
  • System tools like your Dictionary and Calendar
  • Filesystem management tools like Finder and Windows Explorer
  • Chat tools like Discord, Messages
  • VPN software

You use these applications every day, but usually not for very long. When you do, they could be for any project, or no project at all. In Clockk, these appear as blank time.

The app isn’t used for project work

Not everything you do on your computer is for work, and that’s ok. Examples include:

  • Video games
  • App store
  • Stock market apps
  • Netflix/Apple TV+

The app is used for project work, but not for long

Sometimes you dip in and out of an app quickly, many times per day. By tracking these apps, the Activity view might be overwhelmed with too much detail. Examples include:

  • File transfer applications such as Transmit, WinSCP
  • File viewers like Irfanview, Preview, Adobe Acrobat etc.

You might be using Preview to review a contract, but you might be using Preview to look through old photos. Clockk could report all the time you use these apps, but most of the time you wouldn’t need it, or you could infer the time from other nearby work you did.

Where an app falls on this list is a tough balancing act. Let us know if we should support a tool that we’ve been on the fence about.

We haven’t added it as a supported app (yet!)

Is there an app you use every day for your project work that Clockk doesn’t support? Let us know about it and we’ll add it as soon as we can.

Browser tracking

The Clockk Desktop app ignores all browser activity.

There’s nothing less helpful in an automated time tracking tool than telling you used Chrome for 4 hours 48 minutes. Clockk aims to do better.

Instead, install the Clockk Browser extension in each browser. The Browser extension’s tracking is similar to Active app tracking (we have supported web sites that we call “web apps”) but even more detailed and powerful. You can read more about how web tracking works.

If you have a web-heavy workflow, you need the Clockk Browser extension.