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SnapLogger Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — SnapLogger

Record your screen activities and play them back like a movie to see what you did the whole day.
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 238 107 comments

SnapLogger was available as a giveaway on November 11, 2008!

Today Giveaway of the Day
free today
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SnapLogger is computer activity tracking software for Windows that helps you remember how and where you spent your time. It records on screen activities as screenshots and plays it back like a movie showing what you did the whole day.

This software is a boon to those professionals who work most of the time on computer and they need to know what they did the whole day to fill up the timesheet or bill a client.

Key Features

  • Runs in background
  • Takes screenshots at specified intervals and saves them at a specified location
  • Provides a screenshot viewer that can play back the screenshots like a movie
  • Provides report of how much time was spent on individual applications throughout the day
  • Shows a report of number of hours the computer was active for
  • Lets you export the screenshots in a video format so that you can share it with others
  • Protects your screenshots with a password
  • You can control what SnapLogger can and can not record with filters.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0


Uconomix Technologies



File Size:

1.24 MB



Comments on SnapLogger

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I've thought of a use for this if I had the equipment. A high powered webcam or telescope pointing at the pole star. The result would be a time-lapse star movie. Appeals to me....

Reply   |   Comment by Will 358  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Haha people must want to spy so much. Look at all the thumbs down for the first two comments.
If anyone put this on my machine, I'd sue them (and I could). If any husband or wife thinks this is a great thing to do to get evidence that their spouse is cheating or chatting or looking at undesirable websites, think again. There are cases that they lost because this is a gross breech of trust and a tool against personal freedoms. This is funny.

BTW, the reason *I* wouldn't use one of these products is because it slows your computer every time it saves a picture etc.
One benefit that I've seen is that one of these would show connections and it helped me bypass some of UBI's chat room limitations through their software.

Reply   |   Comment by Bhaltair  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

All public libraries should have this software to catch the scumbag child porn idiots. Hope everyone who has a public library near them to encourage them to download this type of software. It will make hometown libraries safer for all the children going there.
Thank you for allowing me to vent. Granny92105

Reply   |   Comment by granny92105  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

It was here once and I have tried it, nice software.
But as #1 says its a very good spyware :)

Reply   |   Comment by Tornado  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I love this application!! I downloaded it previously to try it out and after a re-image went to their site and bought it. As others have said, it's a great way to go back and see how many little projects you've done throughout the day. I've also used it to remember an URL for something I forgot to bookmark. I spend the majority of my day on the computer and I can't always be sure how long I've spend doing any one thing.

The software on GAOTD is varied and there's something for everyone. If today's software doesn't suit you, there will be one later in the week. I stopped reading the forums a long time ago because the whining comments really got annoying. Now I just post when it's a piece of software that I've used before. I still download a lot.

Thanks again GAOTD!!

Reply   |   Comment by ShineCC  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

When I first noticed giveaway I had a personal issue with whether my use of the software was personal use as I am a sole proprietor.
I finally decided that the law sees my business and personal life as the same entity, note if I get sued my car and house are considered business assets, or by contrast my business assets are considered my personal property.
I gather from the comments that people can't legitimatize there personal use of such a program, however as a micro business to track computer time it could be a great asset and in reality if I were to become a LLC I will remember these programs and upgrade to the pay versions.
Thanks giveaway for the boost up.


Reply   |   Comment by Shane McCarty  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GAOTD.After experience, I prefer Wondershare DemoCreator on GAOTD May 28, 2008.

Wondershare DemoCreator automatically records exactly what users see on a computer screen, what they say, and how they interact with PowerPoint or any Windows-based application or Web site to create software demos, tutorial videos, and online-help videos for web/Youtube sharing.

Reply   |   Comment by joey618  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#91, BD, Fubar said "majority" not "all". And that's true--the vast majority of open source projects don't impact the world much. There are some exceptions, though, as you mentioned. That's why the reference to "majority" and not "all".

Also, besides OpenOffice and Firefox (which I'm using), there's Linux itself along with Apache, probably its only true saving grace.

Reply   |   Comment by TheBlindBat  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Seems like it could be great for keeping track of just how much time I spend going through all the GAOTD comments every day..

Reply   |   Comment by AlanTAK69  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This sounds less like a billing/timekeeping software and more for people who want to use it to find out what someone else is doing on the computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Geek Grrl  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Excellent! I am a contractor that works on several projects for different clients. I cannot tell you how often I switch to a client project for a few minutes (for example, to do maintenance or respond to a problem) and then just as quickly forget about it. Over time, a few minutes adds up to hours . . . unbilled hours! Now, when I fill out a timesheet for billing purposes, I can look back on my log to confirm all billable activity. GREAT PIECE OF SOFTWARE!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Joe Mojado  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TO THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK YOU HAVE PERFECT MEMORIES AND/OR PERFECT FAMILIES: Many comments on here (including but not limited to Comments #2, 4, 6, 13, 15, 49), you need to know that not everyone has a good memory. There are those of us who have mental disorders that seriously interfere with remembering what we have done with our days. And (to #11 especially) some mental disorders can also cause severe productivity issues which can cause a lot of problems at a job. We feel a lot of pain and trauma from these disorders and the resulting problems created in our lives.

Just don't assume that because you can do something easily doesn't mean everyone else can, and your rude or judgemental comments can hurt those of us who don't have the abilities you have but wish we did.

That also goes for those who made comments on "spying" on family members (#1, 40, etc). You're very naive if you think your family and friends are all totally honest, never do anything you'd disapprove of, or even that spouses never have affairs. Do some research or watch "Forensic Files" and similar TRUE stories on Tru TV and A&E: Most murders are committed by cheating spouses who don't want to pay for divorce. Statistics indicate that 60% to 80% of all murders are committed by someone you know, usually a significant other. As a matter of fact, the group of people at highest risk for murder are women who are married or involved in a relationship, with one exception: that same group of women who are pregnant. Example: Scott & Lacy Peterson case.

Consider that most marriages don't end in murder (one hopes!). But they do usually involve cheating. Check the statistics: most men and a significant number of women cheat. More than the number of divorces, and that number is well over 50%.

And the reverse of the above is also true for women, although still less so than men.

Further, many kids kill their parents. Many more lie to them, do stuff they know they shouldn't. So if you think your kids are such perfect angels when you're not watching, especially on the internet, you'd better get some better information on kids, teens, and PEOPLE.

Reply   |   Comment by Nancie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#70, Ashraf, this is a many-times, unchanged, repeat. I've commented on it previously. I mentioned just a few of TimeSnapper Pro's many features, you can read about it on the website.

Many people still don't get this type of software. SnapLogger and TimeSnapper Pro can not only filter at capture and playback time, but can produce reports. TimeSnapper Pro and PC Fare Meter are much better for that.

My comments about the freeware/open-source issues are because so many people think GOTD is a freeware site. It isn't. Developers aren't giving you their wares for the fun of it or because you deserve to be showered with free gifts. They do it in the expectation of future sales. You complain about the quality of the offerings, but you aren't willing to pay for anything. Vendors aren't lining up to post their wares here, because they're getting so few sales off GOTD, they're just losing potential sales by giving away their products (not to mention the bad press, deserved or not). GOTD offerings are commercial products, it's entirely appropriate to post commercial alternatives in addition to the freeware/shareware alternatives.

My intention was not to start a debate about freeware/open-source vs. commercial products. That would not be appropriate, and the issue is far too large to discuss here. I'll briefly say a few things, then I'll shut up about this subject.

Freeware and open-source software has been around since programming started. I'm appalled that so many people are trying to sell crap (some offered here on GOTD) on the Internet which are so basic that people didn't even used to think about offering them as anything other than freeware.

In my comment, I differentiated between small freeware/open-source products/projects and the large open-source projects. Most of the relatively small projects should be open-source, it keeps 10,000 programmers from trying to reinvent the wheel and make money off it. Open-source in no way guarantees quality. Look around on SourceForge. Probably 90% of the projects never even got around to posting any source (now, many are just commercial feelers), or haven't had any activity in a decade, as the developers found paying jobs and moved on.

Most of the large open-source projects started out as commercial products, or are heavily financed by corporations. It's a myth that 10,000,000 programmers are working without pay on the large projects. All industries tend toward oligopolies. As products become larger and more complex, the cost of entry for new competitors becomes prohibitive. On rare occasion, someone is willing to make the investment. Open-source eliminates that possibility, as there is no possible return on investment (charging for support doesn't cover it).

Take operating systems. The US legal system failed miserably to enforce anti-trust laws, and Microsoft monopolized the PC OS industry. Capitalism, socialism, and communism have never existed in anything like their theoretical forms in the real world. Real-world capitalism is about eliminating the competition, which is quite different from out-competing them. For those who don't know, Microsoft licensed and produced a version of Unix called Xenix for some time. Also for those who don't know, prior to the introduction of the abysmal IBM PC, 80-100 companies were producing M68000 based computers (32-bit instruction set) running Unix. If it weren't for the PC, Unix and 32-bit instruction-set computers would probably have dominated the microcomputer industry by the mid-80's. Linux started out as just a fun project. While much of its early development was done by volunteers, Microsoft's competitors have dumped huge amounts of money into Linux. That's the plus side of open-source, companies which would normally never work together cooperate and effectively pool funding, because they all benefit from the result. The downside is that Windows and Linux are fundamentally flawed, but it's tough to come up with a scenario where a better competitor could even get started.

One of the very obvious downsides to the open-source movement has been the devastating effect on competitive programming languages and environments. Many of the better but less popular languages which have relied upon commercial development are being crushed. Vendors are struggling to survive, some by switching to dual-use licenses, where both an open-source and a commercial license are available. Open-source only works for projects that are considered "cool" enough to attract competent (that's another major problem) programmers who are willing to work for free, or when a corporation has the resources to dump money into open-source development for its own purposes (as some large corporations are doing just to try to break Microsoft's monopoly, and since someone mentioned it, OpenOffice is one of many examples).

Browsers and multimedia players attract both programmers and corporations because the issue is about control of Internet standards and user access. Microsoft's early browser domination allowed it to set its own standards, which happens in all industries and isn't a good thing. That's why you see a lot of activity in the browser arena and why major corporations such as Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft are so aggressive about multimedia players and standards.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I haven't tried it yet, but the function of this would be perfect for someone like me who is a computer programmer and needs to have an 'audit trail' to find out where I have been, especially if I hit the wrong key and delete stuff. By the sound of these comments, it appears that some are just idlers who want to criticize a freebie just because their brains are limited by not being used too much.

Reply   |   Comment by Jackson Snyder  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

#71 I hope on the day they post a video editor you miss it. Though you think the worlds light shines only on you, you fail to realize it only shines on the one part you've become in life which is your rear. To say none of us know the difference between a computer and a hole in the ground is about as false as saying you were loved while growing up. If you "Weed" through these comments I'm sure you'll find something you don't already know which is politeness. I've had fun with this program today and have my 9yr old wondering how I'm able to tell what he's doing which is absolutely great.

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Software sounds like fun but does not install on VISTA!Error message after installation with WINDOWS VISTA HOME BASIC.Hope you have more luck than me.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul The Ball  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#7, #39 - The MSI file would be mainly used in a network situation where an administrator would want to distribute programs via Group Policy automatically.

Reply   |   Comment by Faffy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To Ashraf (and his friends)

Too many too quick shots - missing substance!
Comment 1 just repeats a (too) common and too short view...
Comment 2 has no substance; it almost only re-tells the product description!

Question to all + votes: "Where let you read ?"

Reply   |   Comment by sjh  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Fubar in comment 24 has lost all his credibility.

Clearly he has never heard of Openoffice, Truecrypt, Firefox, Thunderbird and hundreds of other open source software that unlike his claim haven't been a disaster at all.

Reply   |   Comment by Belgian Dude  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I agree, if you have no use for it, don't download it and don't clutter the comments with unearned neg. I create databases and do this from home, many clients pay me by the hour and do not comprehend the length of time it can take. This gives me an accurate record I can share with them if they have questions as well as proof that I worked all the hours I'm billing for. Also will help with those times I forget to record a start or finish time and have to struggle to determine what my hours actually were, I may stop cheating myself out of hours that should have been billed.

Thanks GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by kianie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I think this will be kind of interesting since I'm not home all day and I think someone has been in my house messing around on my pc. I mean my husband works and I work too so this will be fun to see who's also using my pc other than me.

Reply   |   Comment by Figaro  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It's too bad some people don't see a use for this program. Why bother to post if you don't? I'm so tired of having to wade through such comments to get to the useful ones. Luckily others have posted possible uses.

For me, I'm going to try SnapLogger for snapping pictures of certain games I play. Some of them are so hard (for me, that is, especially later levels of Around the World in 80 Days--one of my favorites) and my memory is so bad that I can't always remember how I managed to complete a level so I can do it again. OR why I messed up on a level that I was able to complete before. It's worth a try, and if it doesn't do what I want I can always remove SnapLogger. Your mileage may vary.

Thanks, GAOTD, for the software you offer. Of course, there's a lot I don't use, but I've found a few gems here in the months since I learned about this site. Ignore the ungrateful posters.

Reply   |   Comment by Ms LN  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Wednesdays free games - Three breakouts, two of which were previously commercial, have been posted over in the forums:


Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I too, don't want to get into a free vs. paid program debate, but I think #24 is missing an important point. The analogy of a company giving away free cars is off. By getting a free car, I would actually be obtaining something physical. Programs are not physical, they are conceptual. By giving away a program, the programmer is giving away an idea - mental work (with some key pressing).

A better analogy to software is art.

An artist (programmer) paints a painting and offers anyone to come see it and take pictures of it or clone it if they like. No charge. That is freeware.

The same artist puts a tip jar next to his work. That is shareware.

The same artist lets you not only make copies, but add more birds and fluffy clouds... and lets you give that away. That is open source.

The artist takes the picture to a gallery, charges admission, and only allows you to purchase postcards of the painting. That is closed source.

Like #64 said, this is just setting a bar. I still see lots of gallaries and museums around. And also lots of free art and art at Wal-mart.

Reply   |   Comment by DBigWoo  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

You can password protect the screenshots that are taken.
Has options to automatically delete screenshots after they get

Reply   |   Comment by herno  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

While this program may do as it says and may smell of spyware, IMHO it still misses the point of recording time worked. Using this concept, I would have to sit down at the end of the day or week and 'relive' my week via a movie. So to get my hours and activities, I have to watch a timer and take notes while hoping to recognize for whom I did what. Time away from the PC (phone calls, co-workers stopping by, errands, meetings, etc) are totally missed.

My preference is to track my activity all the way through. I've been using "Personal Timeclock" by KMR Consulting (http://www.kmrconsulting.com/timeclock.html) for years to track my time. PTC allows me to create my projects and tasks so that I have control over the reporting. I start it up in the morning and it starts a timer. When I switch to another project or task, I just pop it up, click on the other task and have an option to add a comment. If I am interupted by a call, I can switch to the new task or keep the original going (if I know it will be short) and just add a note to the other project/task. When I am off-site, I just add the time in via an off-site mode. If I forget to switch, I can back-date the timer. If I forget often, there is a reminder feature that can be turned on and the time interval adjusted. At the end of the week, I use the included report program to print to print out customized reports that summarize my hours worked (for the timesheet) and what I did for each project (for my status report). Since it is like a diary on steroids, I can also easily answer those "Hey, when did we do...?" questions. Quick search, and I can tell them - and not just down to the week, but down to the minute!

Personally, if I want to know what I did all week, I want a report. If I want to watch a movie, I would rather get a good DVD and sit down with some popcorn.

Reply   |   Comment by DBigWoo  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For parents who should be checking up on their kids, I would think this type program would be wonderful; for the rest of us, I see no use in reviewing the day on-line rather than continuing on to the other things on the to-do list.

Reply   |   Comment by anne-ology  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Have none of you people heard of the idea of recording a period of screen activity for the purpose of training someone else in how to do something? Spying is hardly the only purpose for screen recording software and probably the least important of its purposes. Creating training movies or avi-s is the most important. On the other hand there are plenty of freeware programs that perform this function.

Get over your paranoia and thinking that's the only reason anyone would use a screen recorder. Like, duh. Most of you are the kind of dunces that I would make a training AVI for so I don't have to answer your stupid questions when showing you how to do something.

Reply   |   Comment by Brad  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

DAMN now thats a hard drive space waster...
recording video all day?? what 200 gigs???

Reply   |   Comment by Cole  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

And to not confuse people, the list of software I posted above (Paid/Free) not all the free software are open source. But all are free. I have a bad habit of using free/open source interchangeably when they are not.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

One issue that hasn't been mentioned yet is the program's footprint (resource use). BladedThoth, who used to do detailed blog reviews like Ashraf, reviewed this a couple times. His last was on V. 1.1 (I don't know what version is being offered today, yet.) So the undecided can make a more intelligent decision, here's the footprint issue excerpt:

"My biggest concern with the last version still exists in this application unfortunately. There is a cyclic memory use while taking screenshots. While the application looked a bit more promising during my first testing of the application, with the application at first only climbing to 54MB memory usage, after leaving this run for a few moments, the cyclic action did climb to a max of 70MB usage, before dropping back down to 43MB usage. On a system with 512MB RAM (Or even 1GB) this is a fairly hefty chunk of memory to be chewing off. The memory climbs (with my test system – Likely dependent on screen resolution) approximately 6MB every time a screenshot is taken by the application until it seems to hit a specific point and then the memory is quickly purged back down to its lower state, doing this over and over while recording. This could cause performance issues, especially with those who may be nearing their memory capacity and beginning to use their swap space."

Here's the link to the whole review:

Also, it was mentioned on earlier giveaways that IrfanView has a similar function. I know that's partly apples and oranges and don't want to get into the "don't mention other programs" controversy, but IrfanView is such a popular image viewing/playing freeware that some people trying to decide on Snaplogger may already have it and not know they may have this capability, and others may have it on there lists of things to download already.

I don't need it, but SnapLogger looks like it's got some value.
Thanks, GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This program might become handy to me. I am a webdesigner and have a brilliant program for tracking my working hours: AllNetic Working Time Tracker, but when I work with design, banner and logos, I am intuitiv, and often forget how I made a certain design, when the customer wants minor changes after a year or two. I will give this program a try regarding that.
Let it run while I surf or program? No way!! And neither do I want to know about other peoples activities on my computer:-)

Reply   |   Comment by Dowie  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

a great piece to track your system use when you are absent really good for me because my laptop is used by my friends and i really want to know what are they doing ?

Reply   |   Comment by Niten  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

is this actually useful to anyone other than people who spy on partners/families etc??? maybe used at work??A complete waste of time tho ..Big thumbs down

Reply   |   Comment by Iggy  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

WELL....where to even begin...

First off I think I will download and try out this software. Not because I need it but because it looks interesting.

Next thanks to fubar for his intelligent commentary each and every day. He takes his time and explains his comments. Doesn't fly off the handle and be a chicken little saying the sky is falling.

Too many wanna be's. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

There will always be some disagreements in a discourse which occurs in this environment. It probably would be a little boring if it didn't happen. But a chosen few do take it to extremes.

I have said in the past to GOTD thanks for what you do here. I don't like most things offered but every once in awhile I download something and enjoy it. Even the games once in awhile.

Now some will say who cares what "I" like or think. Good point.
Just words from my head to your eyes. Take them or leave them.

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Why are so many people scared about this program? If you aren't doing anything immoral, illegal or socially unacceptable then you have nothing to worry about. It records computer activity nicely and let's you account for your time. Rather than whine about privacy - stop doing things you are ashamed of on your computer.

The program does what it states. No problems noted.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oh and I have to agree with Balaji. Open source software are the corner stone of our every day lives. The time has passed when closed source software dominated.

While this particular software may not have an open source alternative that bests it, nowadays, the quality and quantity of open source is such that, if one wants, one can usually find an open source alternative to a closed source software, which in some cases may not be as good, or may be better, but is a viable alternative for the price you pay. Just examples:

Adobe Photoshop/GIMP
Microsoft Office/OpenOffice
Adobe Flash/FlashDevelop
Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton [insert other paid AV]/AVG, Avast, Avira free edition

Open source creates competition, not "destroys the computer industry". Just look at how Firefox has had an effect on internet explorer and how Linux is having an effect on windows. The computer industry is evolving, not being destroyed. Open source is the new wave.

And as many people have pointed out, the biggest advantage of GOTD is not the software that are given out (that are, although very useful from time to time), but rather the people posting alternative free software, open source or not.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Defending freeware... Freeware & Open-Source software provide a valuable service, sometimes when the pay-ware biz model doesn't work, i.e. FireFox growing out of Mozilla itself growing out of Netscape. Or how about the Opera browser? Fresh is another example, as is GOTD itself, providing a free service to/for us all! There's also Donation-Ware (see donationcoder.com), and other programs &/or sites that survive on donations - some fairly well from what I've heard. And what about Linux?

Sometimes folks code for their love of coding, or out of frustration at what's available commercially. Often it's a way to show you know your stuff -- it's often recommended as helpful or even crucial for finding a job. Often it's just a desire to do something nice for others, like Ashraf or Fubar writing comments here that I'm sure they aren't paid by GOTD for.

And finally, commercial developers don't always get it right, nor do they create applications for every conceivable purpose. Only by banding together can a group of coders develop a solution, or in some cases, like Blender, a solution that non-pro individuals can afford.

Regarding competition, Firefox hasn't made Internet Explorer go away, nor has Gimp (or dozens of freeware image editors) made Adobe cancel new versions of Photoshop. Linux & Openoffice haven't bankrupted Microsoft, but their competition has made Microsoft's products better. Sure, if you're a Microsoft maybe you could charge more for less if alternatives weren't available, but then again, that ego-centric, perhaps predatory approach has also gotten MS sued by the EU etc., becoming one of the most disliked (even hated?) brands on the planet. If they hadn't taken that approach to business & marketing, you can argue that, ironically MS wouldn't have had to deal with so many Linux &/or OpenOffice users today! With OpenOffice, Microsoft's biz practices are the very reason it exists!

So Please don't accept any Apples vs Oranges arguments to the contrary -- arguments that have no merit, but sound so ridiculous one is tempted to agree. Who's going to make a free car, when it costs millions in facilities and thousands in materials to produce? Who's going to make even a free bicycle? The thought is ridiculous, and it applies to EXACTLY Nothing!

You buy a loaf of bread -- where do you go & why? Which loaf do you buy -- on the shelf there are several. What are you going to do with it -- make a sandwich, feed the ducks, or make before dinner appetizers for the boss? You go to the bakery & buy a fresh baguette for dinner with the boss -- why? Because it's worth it. You want me to buy your software? Simple -- make it worth it, just like the good baker does. That's basically the free market. Eliminating choice, telling me I Have to pay more isn't.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Snaplogger goes for <$20... IF it helps anyone collect money from a client or customer, that's a very small, affordable price to pay for such a service. If anyone's worried about using this GOTD offer professionally, just pay the kind folks at Uconomix already.

@ Ashraf: what would worry me is if the program creates a hidden NTFS folder when you use default location & encryption. This is common with the temp folders for some video recording programs, & if/when something goes wrong, or if the program's been uninstalled, short of formatting you might not be able to get rid of that folder & contents. I haven't tried it so I don't know - just something to check out if you wanted.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I didn't try this or download it cause I don't need it. So I am not gonna comment about it. What I want is a good image editor right away. I would like this immediately please. I should not have to wait too long for it or I will go someplace else. I don't really care for the comments here because most of the people commenting here (well all of them frankly) wouldn't know a computer from a hole in the ground. I've got more important things to do that weed through these comments to learn something I already know anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by rafe  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


I just tested what you say, and you are correct indeed. You cannot view the images if it is password protected - just the folders. I don't know why I did not notice this earlier. I will update this now, thank you.

And as for blocking this program by sending information out with firewalls, of course one should do that. I merely was pointing out the hazard of using non-opensource software for monitoring computing activity. As I said before, that does not mean that this software is the same way, but that it is a risk and depending on what you do on your computer, you may not be willing to take that risk. Simply saying "block it with your firewall" is not an excuse for the software if the software in fact is sending out your private information. Just like saying "download a virus but quarantine it with your AV" - would you do that? I think not.

And as a side note, Fubar, your comments today seem very clouded, in the sense that you are not posting your usual objective viewpoint of the software. Is this because your purchased a copy of a similar software or because you really really love the software?


Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Great Great Software. Thanks Gotd. I been waiting months and hoping this would return. I lost this when I reformatted my pc.

This is a very invaluable tool. I cannot understand why people are negative about it. This is especially a necessity if you go shopping online or go applying for many free products, or researching things, or doing any type of business online. Unless you have an excellent photographic memory there is no way to remember every place you've been and all the different information and the things you've seen on the internet.

To me the other alternative would be to take a snapshot of the web pages you've visited one-at-a-time manually or even bookmark them?
Man, life is too short. I've got better things to do with my time.

This is a perfectly good program that does the recording automatically. Once you've use this you'll be grateful for it as I am.

Reply   |   Comment by lookeehere  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

_______this is a great program for my wife, she can put it on my PC and yell at me for looking at PrOn to long...that is the ONLY reason for this, they just dont advertise it that way

Reply   |   Comment by Bailey  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Unfortunatly the only thing that this thing will show me right now is the hour or so I just wasted reading through comments while I was trying to decide whether or not I would keep it.

UI is simple enough, But the real test will be my dual monitor computer, does this do duel okay?

'Bout the best use I will come up with this is for my photoshop* work... a timlapse could be handy of the stuff I did. (* replace photoshop with any other CS3 suite program, or 3D manipulation, etc.)

Reply   |   Comment by DragonCMNDR  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I think this would be good for creating screen shots for tutorials. There must be a way to extract only the screen shots you want. if not it will be useless to me

Reply   |   Comment by dana  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Nice piece of software... great for parents who have youngish children.

I myself made a very lighter type of program to this a while back. Just Google "dhSpy". :)

Reply   |   Comment by Dale Hay  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I completely disagree with #24 (Fubar) on his/her assessment of freeware and its effect on the computer industry. Let us take the analogy of a car manufacturer that gives away their car and extend it further. If that car was equivalent to a honda civic (as it is likely to be), why would it take away the market for a lexus? Freeware and opensource sets the bar in terms of what functionality and quality is a baseline for software of a particular kind. Other software makers are free to extend the feature-set in any direction the market will bear and as long as the public perceives a value to the additional features, they will pay for it.

Opensource is the main driver of innovation and quality in the software industry. The other players in the domain are kept in check because of the threat that nobody would pay for their software if their feature-set and quality did not beat the freeware alternatives on the market, so it drives other software makers to include more features and higher quality (or not) into their products.

Open-source also does not mean that nobody makes any money off the product. Red Hat makes most of its money by supporting its own version of a product (Linux) that you can freely download off their website and install on any number of machines. Opensource software also has support needs that can be met by for-profit companies.

I guess our ideas of "disaster" are different, but I don't consider any of the open-source projects to be disasters to the computer industry. Perhaps, you mean the kind of free software that comes bundled with a paid product like windows, that kills off other stand-alone products because of the anti-competitive actions of companies like Micro$oft. That is hardly open-source though.

I don't want to get into a religious war with anyone about open-source and closed-source software. But I am a firm believer in open-source and encourage open-source projects and products whenever they meet my needs as opposed to a commercial product. There is a place for commercial products also, but people have an expectation of having good affordable software for their computers when they buy one and open-source is able to fill that need with quality products as long as you are willing to be satisfied with the feature-set they provide. If you are a developer yourself, you can extend or customize the feature-set using the source code yourself. If you need something that is beyond your abilities, then there is always the paid software industry that should be there specifically for the purpose of satisfying people who need more features and quality than the open-source alternative can provide.

Reply   |   Comment by Balaji  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have two similar programs, one downloaded from GAOTD not long ago, http://valixsoft.com/remoteobserver.htm, the other is www.file.net last changed files.
I only use this type of program to find out what I did to my computer to cause my latest screw-up.

Great Day to All!!

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I am using the program on my work laptop now. Working fine. I am not noticing any slowdowns because of the program. The one difference that I noticed that on my home laptop I installed the program using the exe file. I had to use the msi file to install it on my work laptop.

I have not checked this yet since I'm working right now but I could see it being useful on a home computer if there was some way to turn off the icon in the system tray and the notices. I'm thinking of parents right now. Anything to keep them out of trouble.

Reply   |   Comment by Pamela  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Download windows media encoder from microsoft (free download from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5691ba02-e496-465a-bba9-b2f1182cdf24&displaylang=en). It allows you to record your actions on the computer as a wmv movie for later playback. It does not take snapshots, rather it makes a movie, so it is better for demonstrations and such rather than long (all-day) recording sessions which are more akin to spying (even if it is only on yourself).

Reply   |   Comment by Balaji  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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