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I need to keep track of online research time on each tab of a website.

Example: If I open two tabs from Stack Overflow with two different questions, I want to see both and the amount of time spent in each tab.

I'd also want to categorize tabs into work related and personal – this way I could charge my clients with accurate time spent on each research work.

I'm looking for a free way to do this, and I've already looked at those tools, none of which fulfill my requirement:

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The irony is that you can't even do 5 minutes of "online research" to find a time tracking app. They aren't exactly hidden treasures, trust me I've looked before. They are super easy to find, but perhaps you are too busy in your lab to be disturbed by such trivial tasks? –  Zombies Dec 26 '12 at 15:38
@Zombies I looked into many apps and I can write a list of all I tried and deleted like finch,nimble works tracktime,time tracker pro ,time sink ,time tracker pro ,time tasks but I did not find any which is open source or fits my requirement.Finch was the closest and hence I was looking for an answer fro someone who had walked the same road.Thanks again for taking an interest in the question above. –  John Smith Dec 26 '12 at 15:48

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I believe RescueTime does exactly that, and it runs on Mac. There are many such "window/tab/document/website" tracking apps tailored for freelancers/billing purposes (creating invoices), a quick google search pretty much reveal them all.

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I want an app for local mac and nothing to do with the browser.The data needs to be local. –  John Smith Dec 26 '12 at 15:31
What makes you think this is a browser add-on? –  Zombies Dec 26 '12 at 15:32

I suggest you check out Worksnaps. Aside from the screenshot, number of keystrokes and mouse clicks, the active application and corresponding executable sampled in each minute within the 10-minute interval can be reviewed individually with each work snap. It has everything you need to track time and work activities, create reports and charts, generate simple invoices and connect with multiple third-party services.

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