If our Mac’s are so smart, then why can’t they remember everything we do? Well, as it turns out, your Mac can remember everything you do. Almost. You just have to have the right app on your Mac. Then, setup your workflow so everything you do gets recorded. Record and capture your keystrokes? Is that worthwhile? Is it even legal?
Are you in the mad hatter habit of typing without saving. That means, from time to time, we lose something we’re working on. Whether it’s an email, a document, or adding code to a field in a browser window, something gets lost because it can.
Mac OS X Lion aims to fix all that with a trio of functionality that ranges from Auto Save (you don’t lose anything, to Versions (multiple versions of documents that are changed), to Resume (brings all apps and documents back to where you were when you shut down your Mac).
First, those features don’t work everywhere yet. They don’t work on all on many Mac apps. They won’t record and capture everything you write. Of those apps, I’ve tried in an attempt to give myself an ongoing, always-on backup, BackTrack is worth a look.
There’s not much to BackTrack on the surface. It records and logs nearly everything you do, from screenshots to capturing text. What you get is a humongous log with the apps name, the window name (perhaps the document you were using) and all the text you typed in. Well, almost all. BackTrack doesn’t record passwords.
When you lose something, or need to back up and see what you typed awhile ago (or earlier in the day, or yesterday, or last month), BackTrack has the keystrokes, and they’re easy to find.
BackTrack is an archiving database. Select by date, by app, by window name, even the time used on the app. Then select the Text window to see what was typed.
It’s a quick and dirty way to retrieve something you typed earlier but somehow lost.
Until all Mac app developers adhere to Mac OS X Lion’s newfound way to save versions, and auto save documents, we’ll need tools like BackTrack to save our bacon.
If you use BackTrack in an office environment, is it legal? The answer is probably yes, so long as Mac users know they’re being recorded. For security reasons, though, BackTrack doesn’t record, capture, or store passwords. You won’t spend much money on BackTrack, but you can try it before you buy it.