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CurrentKey Stats counts the number of minutes an app is in the foreground, ๐Ÿ˜„ unlike Mac’s Screen Time, which counts the total time an app is running ๐Ÿคจ

As this popular reddit post aptly points out: “Screen time for macOS should only count the minutes when the app is open in the foreground” , there’s a basic problem with Screen Time for Mac. Unlike with its iOS counterpart, the stats that it relays to the user are largely useless, because they don’t represent… Continue reading CurrentKey Stats counts the number of minutes an app is in the foreground, ๐Ÿ˜„ unlike Mac’s Screen Time, which counts the total time an app is running ๐Ÿคจ

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Assign specific scripts to run when you visit certain Mac Spaces ๐Ÿ–ฅ ๐ŸŽฏ

Most of us know about the MacOS feature called Spaces, and many of us love splitting our projects, work, and hobbies across our virtual desktops. Some find it unweildy because each Space is generic out of the box. Spaces don’t come with the ability to be named or personalized other than setting a desktop background… Continue reading Assign specific scripts to run when you visit certain Mac Spaces ๐Ÿ–ฅ ๐ŸŽฏ

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PSA: you can rearrange your Mac’s menubar icons by pressing Command (โŒ˜) and then clicking and dragging them

CurrentKey Stats has an icon that lives in the menubar, and a little-known trick can help you further customize where it exists. To move your menubar icons around, press the “command โŒ˜” key and then simply click and drag them around, to reposition them wherever you want. I learned this trick a few months into… Continue reading PSA: you can rearrange your Mac’s menubar icons by pressing Command (โŒ˜) and then clicking and dragging them

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Introducing CurrentKey Stats 3.5, graph color palette switcher, more powerful alerts, and more! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“Š

Version 3.5: Adds the ability to switch the color palette of all graphs and charts within the app to one of six choices. Find the button on the left side of the toolbar in the large stats view. Debuts an option to auto-show the Room-selection dropdown when popover opens, for faster access to common actions.… Continue reading Introducing CurrentKey Stats 3.5, graph color palette switcher, more powerful alerts, and more! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“Š

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How to give each of your Mac’s Spaces a custom sound ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿป

We all know about the MacOS feature called Spaces, and many of us love splitting our projects, work, and hobbies across our virtual desktops. What if you could not just assign a name to each Space but also assign a custom Internet radio station to each one too? As you move between them, immersive sound… Continue reading How to give each of your Mac’s Spaces a custom sound ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿป

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CurrentKey Stats 2.7 brings a couple big stats features and a nice option for custom icons

I’m looking forward to improving CurrentKey Stats on a frequent basis. This release mainly focuses on new stats features, doubling the timespan of backup-able stats to 60 days, and doubling the hour-by-hour view to 4 weeks. Now, you can also toggle your custom (Space/Room-specific) emoji between appearing dimmer and brighter. This software is 100% free… Continue reading CurrentKey Stats 2.7 brings a couple big stats features and a nice option for custom icons

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How Apple could navigate its touchy Touch Bar dilemma

Jump ahead to the proposal In 2016, Apple debuted the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro. It’s a strip of touch-enabled screen meant to add functionality to the user’s active app. It exists where the function keys used to reside, and it’s something that developers go out of their way in order to support. The… Continue reading How Apple could navigate its touchy Touch Bar dilemma

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[Updated: it’s been approved] Why is CurrentKey Stats not in the App Store? Because it’s been stuck in app review purgatory for weeks.

Update: CurrentKey got approved. The story: The day after Christmas this year I spotted some bugs in my app, I fixed them – I also added a cool new feature, and submitted the new build to the App Store for review as soon as the holiday downtime was over. Within a few hours, my app… Continue reading [Updated: it’s been approved] Why is CurrentKey Stats not in the App Store? Because it’s been stuck in app review purgatory for weeks.

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Key takeaway from developing for the Mac App Store: it’s unreliable

Last May I launched my Mac app, CurrentKey Stats, which helps you keep track of how you spend time across Spaces (virtual desktops) and apps, as well as navigate between your Spaces. It was not always a foregone conclusion that I’d distribute the app through the App Store. In fact — I had round-tripped the… Continue reading Key takeaway from developing for the Mac App Store: it’s unreliable