Time Sink

Where does the time go?

Release Notes

What's new in Time Sink?

Time Sink 2.0 - Jan 16 2017

New Features

  • Use ad-hoc timers to track non-Mac activities.
  • Timers now pause automatically when the display sleeps.
  • Easily pause and resume tracking of your activities.
  • Choose time frame for Reports via simple pop-up menu.
  • Open exported reports in Time Sink to look at historical data.
  • User-definable time for "start of day."
  • View time usage as percentages instead of hours/minutes.
  • Use window title filters to merge windows from apps that include always-changing info in window titles, like the zoom level.
  • Choose the original appearance theme, or one of two new themes.
  • The App Store version of Time Sink is sandboxed.

Time Sink 1.2.6 - Sep 9 2016

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Makes sure updating to an imminent new major Time Sink version will work on an imminent new major macOS version.

Time Sink 1.2.5 - Jan 31 2016

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Updated the Sparkle in-app update mechanism to use a secure connection (HTTPS).

Time Sink 1.2.4 - Sep 28 2015

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed an issue with OS X 10.11 El Capitan's Gatekeeper.

Time Sink 1.2.3 - Aug 6 2014

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Modified some interface elements in preparation for Yosemite (OS X 10.10).
  • Prepared for upcoming Gatekeeper changes.

Time Sink 1.2.2 - Oct 23 2013

New Features

  • New entry in View menu lets you show times over 24 hours as days instead of hours.
  • Lists windows from all Spaces.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed a bug that caused some auto-exported reports to not export all data.
  • Disabled Report view's contextual menus in cases where they don't apply.

Time Sink 1.2.1 - Apr 24 2012

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Time Sink now ignores floating windows by default.
  • Fixed an issue related to application-specific window blacklisting. (Hat tip to Heidi B. for finding this one.)

Time Sink 1.2 - Mar 23 2011

New Features

  • Wildcarded window titles (i.e. *somewindow*) can now be pooled across all applications. (Hat tip to Visnu P. for the suggestion.)
  • Time Sink's CPU usage can be managed via a new slider in the General section of its Preferences.

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • License files that end in .xml are now accepted when dropped on Time Sink's Dock icon.
  • Time Sink no longer writes occasional spurious messages to the Console.

Time Sink 1.1.2 - Jan 20 2011

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Certain applications with non-standard naming practices (in their code, not the publicly-visible name) weren't being picked up by Time Sink. (Hat tip to Paolo S. for reporting this one.)

Time Sink 1.1.1 - Dec 1 2010

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Fixed auto-export, which was broken in the 1.1 release. (Hat tip to Alan G. for reporting this one.)

Time Sink 1.1 - Nov 30 2010

New Features

  • Auto-exports can now only export new data since the last export.
  • Auto-exports can be set for any hour of the day.
  • A new 'time bar' appears when custom time periods have been chosen in the Activity Report window. You can drag the time bar around to see different portions of Time Sink's history.
  • Optionally see the date/time of the position under the mouse when viewing the Activity Report in Time Lapse mode.
  • The Activity Reports window now has a contextual menu; Control-click on any entry to see it.
  • Entries in the Activity Reports window can be expanded and collapsed, just as in the Time Sink Organizer window.
  • Added 'Bring to Foreground' and 'Quit' to the contextual menu.

Time Sink 1.0.1 - Nov 2 2010

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Alert windows (e.g., when resetting timers) won't display behind other windows when in menu bar mode. (When this happened, it caused those alerts to remain virtually invisible while blocking Time Sink)
  • Better logging tools are available for us to use when debugging problem reports.

Time Sink 1.0 - Oct 28 2010


  • Initial release of Time Sink 1.0

Time Sink 2.0 requires macOS 10.8 "Mountain Lion" or newer. You can try it for free. The release notes are an interesting read. If you feel like talking to fellow users, there's a dedicated discussion group. And for the nostalgically inclined, you can still download older versions of Time Sink.