Monthly Archives: August 2010

Customising your TrackRecord experience

Whenever we add features to TrackRecord we discuss the impact those new features will have on our customers. To date, we’ve always tried to spend our development time wisely, working on features that will be appreciated by the majority, rather than the minority. This often involves admitting that not everyone likes to work in the same way. As a result, TrackRecord tries (wherever possible) to allow you to customise its time tracking behaviour.

The majority of this customisation will occur in TrackRecord’s preference pane. Today we’d like to give you a quick run through of the options available to you. To open the Preference pane, use the keyboard shortcut Command key, or select ‘Preferences…’ from the TrackRecord menu.

Here’s a run down of the options available to you under the General tab:

  • Add TrackRecord to the menu bar. As we discussed in a previous news post, this option toggles the existence of the TrackRecord menu bar item.
  • Hide timer badges in the Project pane. Project pane badges are handy for keeping track of timers which have unposted time against them, but some people don’t like the visual distraction. The preference pane makes it easy to hide them.
  • Remove timers after they have been posted to Basecamp. If selected, TrackRecord will remove timers from TrackRecord after they’ve been posted to Basecamp.
  • Let me edit a Timer’s description immediately after it is created. Get started quickly by editing your timers description.

Under the Basecamp tab there are a number of options for Basecamp specific settings:

  • Hide to-dos and to-dolists marked as ‘complete’ in Basecamp. Great for completionists, TrackRecord lets you hide anything you’ve marked as complete within Basecamp.
  • Automatically set posted times to the current date and time. This one has tripped a few people up. It’s selected automatically and ensures that whenever you post time to Basecamp, the timer is updated to today’s time and date. Handy for people who don’t enjoy manually updating timer dates.

Today we’ve covered just a few of the options available to TrackRecord users. Please feel free to grab a copy yourself and give them a try. TrackRecord is built to work the way you want it to. If there’s something you think we’re missing, why not drop us a line?

The TrackRecord mobile status board

Here in the office we’re all big fans of Panic. Being a Mac-based web design agency, we use Transmit on an almost daily basis and absolutely love it. We especially loved their Panic Status Board and knew that when we released our first Mac application, TrackRecord, we wanted to take a shot at cooking up our own status board solution.

Sadly, while we don’t quite have the budget for a nice, wall-mounted Samsung 460UXN-2 professional display, we do have an office iPad. The result is the TrackRecord mobile status board.

It runs from our local webserver and makes use of a healthy helping of HTML5 and CSS3. We grab site visits from our Mint installation, with the number of application downloads, sales and revenue generated from our own logs. We even calculate the number of trial copies due to expire today (and those due to expire the day after). Running in the background is a Google Map which we use to plot recent sale locations. And at the bottom we’ve even got a twitter activity ticker to let us know when we need to get back to people.

All data is updated via AJAX calls at set intervals, to keep things nice and fresh. Rest assured, though, that all of the information you see in the above pictures has been faked. Visitor counts, downloads and purchases have been (unfortunately) massively inflated, and purchase locations have been randomized.

The new TrackRecord menu bar

TrackRecord v.1.1.5 is out now and available for download via our website or through in-app update. The update addresses a number of smaller issues as well as introduces TrackRecord’s new system menu bar.

The system menu bar is a quick way of accessing TrackRecord to perform basic timing tasks without having to interrupt your workflow by opening the main application window. While TrackRecord’s original system menu bar did its job, we weren’t totally satisfied with it. We wanted a menu bar that would let us seamlessly stop, start, clear and post timers without ever having to magnify the application window. Here’s what we came up with:


The new menu bar lists all of your timers (complete with a digital display of their current time), and gives a clear indication of your currently active timer. Performing actions on a timer is as simple as selecting it from the menu and choosing an option from its submenu.

We hope you enjoy using the new system menu bar as much as we do. If you have any questions or further suggestions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Tip: contextual refresh

TrackRecord keeps a handy local cache of your Basecamp projects and to-do lists. This helps to keep things snappy and responsive when you’re working with timers, but what about when you need to refresh your local cache to reflect changes to your Basecamp account?

TrackRecord makes this process as simple as possible using something we like to call contextual refresh. Just added a new item to one of your to-do lists and want to see it appear in TrackRecord? Don’t wait for TrackRecord to update your entire Basecamp account. Just select the to-do list or project you’re interested in and hit refresh!

TrackRecord lets you get back to the work as quickly as possible.