For personal use, you can share your license on five machines that belong to you or your family members.
For business use, you need to purchase one license per user.
We currently don't plan any paid upgrades. Your license is perpetual.
Yes, please contact us.
Click the tab with the key icon in the top right corner of the app window. Enter your email and the license key you've used for the purchase. (It should be in your inbox.)
Apps from the Mac App Store are sandboxed (limited in functionality). Therefore, if Qbserve were to come from the App Store, it would also be sandboxed and it would lose its core functionality because sandboxed apps cannot automatically track time. However, even though it’s not available in the App Store, every release of Qbserve is securely signed with our developer certificate issued by Apple and is safe to use on any Mac.
Cube-serve, an observing cube. It's odd and sometimes gets written as "Qobserve" or "Qbserver" but finding a short available name for a time management app is a tough challenge, so we decided to be the odd ones.
Not yet, sorry. But you can change the daily backup path in the app's preferences to keep backups in your cloud storage, so your tracking history will not be lost in case something happens with your Mac.
Minimal. Qbserve is a native Mac app, optimized for running in the background. It "sleeps" most of the time, checking your active windows once every 3 seconds with a lightweight algorithm.
Absolutely. It does not send any data besides anonymized macOS version, language, and crash logs. This is feedback required for future app development and localizations.
There's also a checkbox to anonymously submit newly categorized domains or app bundle IDs, so we can add them to the app database in future releases. But don't worry – we check each domain and your private domains will never get there. You can completely opt-out from these submissions in the app settings. Just uncheck "Allow sending categories to developers."
By default, all windows are hidden inside the app activity and you can see them by selecting the app in the Details table and pressing the "View windows" button. But, if you'd like to see detailed time reports for each window in this table and dashboard, then select this option.
Qbserve shows reports for your "real" days instead of switching the day at midnight. So "Day Start" is the time when you're usually asleep; 05:00 in the morning by default.
Qbserve requires this extension to track sites in Firefox. Please check if it's installed.
Unfortunately, iOS doesn't allow apps to watch other apps, so automatic time tracking is not possible there.
But Apple made their own simple time tracker! It's hidden in "Settings -> Battery". Just tap the clock icon to see your app usage.
You need to create rules in "Advanced -> Rules" that will match some unique words in web page addresses, file paths, window titles, or chats. See "Tracking Work Hours" for more details.
Go to the "Timesheet" tab, "Projects" section. Then, drag activity rows between columns to assign them to projects. You can switch projects by clicking on column headers.
Qbserve can track any app that follows macOS accessibility guidelines. Most Mac apps follow these guidelines.
Here's the list of the tested apps:
You enable checkboxes in the day rows of the project history table and Qbserve converts recorded project time for these days into invoice items. You can manually increase or decrease time for each item. See "Creating Invoices" for more details.
Any version starting from Yosemite (10.10) is good. If you have an older version, you will have to update to a newer version before using Qbserve.
Qbserve uses the macOS accessibility API for screen readers to see the frontmost window, and then "looks inside" it. Then, it checks the information against a local database of known domains and apps to determine the productivity of this window. That's why Qbserve asks you to enable accessibility access on start.
Go to the "~/Library" folder (see here how to find it), then the "Application Support" folder, then the "Qbserve" folder and copy UserDatabase.sqlite to the same folder on another Mac.
You can also copy "com.QotoQot.Qbserve.plist" from "~/Library/Preferences/" to bring all the settings from the Preferences tab.
Sorry, it rarely happens, but any database can get damaged. But Qbserve makes a backup every day, so most of your data should be ok.
If this happens, quit the app, go to the "~/Library" folder (see here how to find it), then the "Application Support" folder, then the "Qbserve" folder and move UserDatabase.sqlite to the Trash.
Then rename "Backup.sqlite" to "UserDatabase.sqlite" and launch Qbserve. If you previously setup a different backup location – get the "Backup.sqlite" file there instead. In case there are any problems, please contact us and we will try to help.
If you set a custom backup path before – use "Backup.sqlite" from that folder instead.
Find it in your "Applications" folder and then move it to the Trash.
To delete all the tracked history, go to the "~/Library" folder (see here how to find it), then the "Application Support" folder, then the "Qbserve" folder and move "UserDatabase.sqlite" to the Trash.
To remove your settings go to the "~/Library" folder, then the "Preferences" folder and move "com.QotoQot.Qbserve.plist" to the Trash.
Qbserve is a native app made with Objective-C and Apple's AppKit. It uses amazingly reliable open-source libraries: Core Plot, FMDB, DateTools, CocoaLumberjack, GCDWebServer, MASShortcut. Its critical code is tested with Specta and Expecta.